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Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for! Katie Ferraro, Registered Dietitian, baby-led weaning expert and mom of 7 helps you get a SAFE start to solid foods using baby-led weaning. Baby-led weaning helps your baby become an independent eater & prevents picky eating. Join Katie for easy-to-implement infant feeding tips and tricks that will build confidence in your baby’s ability to safely start solid food and self-feed!
 
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#184: Ever have any clouds of doubt hanging over your head with regard to feeding your baby? Like maybe you were all gung-ho about baby-led weaning at the beginning, but pushback from family and friends or fears about feeding are getting in the way of your success. It’s one thing to say “be positive”, but it’s another to learn the skills that will …
 
#183: Is bread the best food for early eaters to eat? When can babies safely eat bread? In this episode we’re diving into bread for baby-led weaning, looking at sodium levels, swallowing safety and some simple ideas for non-bread carbohydrate foods your baby can more safely eat early on in BLW. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prev…
 
#182: What do babies with reflux or GERD need to do differently when it comes to starting solid foods? In this episode pediatric gastroenterologist Peter Lu, MD is joining me to run through how having GERD affects baby’s ability to do baby-led weaning. Dr. Lu specializes in motility disorders and is a real life first time dad of baby Emma. They’re …
 
#181: Bring that baby up to the table for Thanksgiving! In this episode we’re digging through the Thanksgiving menu to find foods that babies can safely eat for baby-led weaning. From turkey to mashed potatoes and roasted veggies on the side, I’m sharing my favorite Thanksgiving foods for babies (plus advice on which holiday meal foods to pass on t…
 
#180: Does feeding allergenic foods to your baby freak you out? In this episode we are joined by leading food allergy researcher and author Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH for a food allergy question and answer session. From timing of introduction of allergenic foods for babies, to the amounts of protein to be feeding and whether foods are better than supplem…
 
#179: Babies can eat MOST foods if they’re prepared safely...but there are a few baby-led weaning foods I prefer to wait to feed. Inside of this episode I’m breaking down 5 foods that I wait on when teaching babies how to eat...and why! < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK November 15 - 19, 2021, register for free at www.blwmeatweek.com > > If…
 
#178: What is white meat and is it safe for babies to eat? In this episode we are exploring various types of white meat: poultry and fish, including ideal cuts and preparation methods of each that are safest for baby-led weaning. < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK November 15 - 19, 2021, register for free at www.blwmeatweek.com > > If you’re…
 
#177: Red meat vs. white meat: what’s the difference when it comes to feeding your baby? In this episode we’re looking at some ideal cuts of red meat for baby-led weaning. From classification to nutrition and fat content, this episode explores your best bets when it comes to red meat and feeding babies. < < FREE MINI CRASH COURSE: BLW MEAT WEEK Nov…
 
#176: Can babies safely eat meat? You bet! In this episode Cara Nicoletti, a 4th generation butcher is helping to identify some ideal cuts of meat for baby-led weaning. Not all meat cuts are safe for babies, and not all meat preparation methods are either...but once you know the few key cuts, your baby can certainly safely self-feed a variety of me…
 
#175: If your family eats animal products, pork can be a great first food for baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m walking you through the meat counter at your store identifying cuts of pork that are easy to make safe for baby-led weaning. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about …
 
#174: Do you ever catch yourself saying negative things about food at mealtime even when you don’t realize you’re doing it? Our babies and kids are watching and listening and our words are shaping their relationship with food even from their first bites. In this episode I’m interviewing dietitian and body positive coach Riley Peterson from @raising…
 
#173: In this part two episode, I’m answering your called-in baby-feeding questions that you just can’t find the answer to anywhere. We will cover exposure to allergens, what “counts” as a food exposure and how to expand baby’s palate. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-…
 
#172: Positioning your baby properly in a high chair is easier than you think! In this episode we’re joined by Jeff Durkee from Nomi High Chair who is sharing some simple tips for helping your baby get seated safely in the high chair. One trick in particular can drastically reduce your baby’s risk of choking too! If you’re ready to raise an indepen…
 
#171: Ever had one of those burning baby-feeding questions and you just can’t find the answer anywhere? In this episode I’m tackling a few of your called-in questions about baby-led weaning...the ones that are really stumping you or that you’re just plain stuck on. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s ge…
 
#170: If “learning to eat is a sensory experience,” ...what does that really mean? In today’s episode renowned pediatric feeding expert Marsha Dunn Klein is teaching us all about Sensory 101 and what motivates babies to eat. Marsha Dunn Klein wrote the first book on pediatric feeding. She is known for her “Get Permission Approach” which teaches us …
 
#169: Does your baby need to be eating 11 mg iron per day? If you look quickly at the recommendations for infants you’ll see 11 mg per day for babies 6-12 months. So do you need to be counting mg of iron for your baby? And can babies even get enough iron from the foods they eat? Inside of this episode we’ll be looking at iron needs for babies and h…
 
#168: What’s holding you back from going FULL ON with baby-led weaning? Maybe you’re on the fence about whether you can truly skip traditional spoon-feeding...or you’re nervous about gagging and choking, or you’re worried your baby will have an allergic reaction when you try allergenic foods. Today I’m interviewing 5 feeding experts about overcomin…
 
#167: How do I know if my baby’s tongue thrust reflex is gone before starting solid foods? What if I have a preemie or smaller-sized baby, should I really offer food early for catch-up weight? And what’s so bad about white rice cereal anyway?? These are just a few of the baby-led weaning frequently asked questions that I’m bringing some other feedi…
 
#166: Can you become addicted to processed foods? Dr. Joan Ifland is the world’s leading expert in processed food addiction & the co-Author of the textbook Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment & Recovery. Today’s guest, Dr. Ifland speaks to us about processed food addiction while sharing her own experience. If you’re ready to raise an …
 
#165: Your baby can safely eat lamb. Lamb is one of my favorite baby-led weaning foods and in this episode I’m sharing how you can safely prepare lamb so that your baby can self-feed this important food from 6 months of age on. If you’re intimidated by cooking meat - especially roasts - or if you’re not entirely convinced your baby can eat lamb, ta…
 
#164: Did you know babies can potty from birth? I had no idea until my guest Andrea Olson from @godiaperfree came on the podcast to educate us about Elimination Communication (EC). EC is a gentle, non-coercive way to respond to a baby’s natural hygiene needs...and Andrea is the diaper free GURU here to teach us how and why! Just like babies have th…
 
#163: I love a good look at somebody’s else’s schedule...and in this episode I’m sharing a behind the scenes look into my typical daily routine. This is definitely out of my comfort zone because I would way rather be talking about feeding YOUR babies or interviewing other feeding experts...but in case you’ve ever wondered what raising 7 kids and ru…
 
#162: Curious about communicating with your baby… especially during meal time? Today’s guest Mary Smith shares how sign language can be a fun and educational learning experience for both parent and baby! Mary Smith @signngrow is a Licensed Educational American Sign Language Interpreter in Colorado with a degree in Deaf Studies. She is the founder a…
 
#161: Babies should be offered peanut protein early and often to help reduce the risk of peanut allergy later in life. But if thick globs of peanut butter are a choking hazard for early eaters, how do we safely feed babies peanuts? In this episode we’re going to look at a variety of preparation methods for making peanut foods safe for babies to eat…
 
#160: Did your doctor tell you to start solid foods with iron-fortified white rice cereal? Today’s guest Dr. Alan Greene is working hard to change the way physicians talk to parents and caregivers about starting solid foods...and he wants everyone to stop recommending white rice cereal as a first food for babies! Dr. Alan Greene founded the White O…
 
#159: Could you raise your baby on a boat? Genieva and Jeremy Davidson are doing just that with their Baby Skylar. Skylar is 6 months + 2 weeks and she just started baby-led weaning. In this episode mom Genieva is sharing her thoughts after 1 week of baby-led weaning on a boat. If you don’t have a big kitchen or many kitchen appliances, you can sti…
 
#158: Calling all preemie parents. Have you been told that premature babies can’t do baby-led weaning? Well it’s not true and premature babies CAN successfully start solid foods using the baby-led weaning approach. In this episode I’m joined by neonatologist and neonatologist Dr. Terri Major-Kincade. She provides critical care services to preterm a…
 
#157: Can babies eat yogurt? And why is yogurt ok if babies should not have fluid cow’s milk until they turn 1? In this episode we’re exploring the yogurt aisle, with tips on what to look for - and what to leave out - when you’re looking for a yogurt to offer your baby for baby-led weaning. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent …
 
#156: What if you didn’t do BLW with your oldest baby or babies but now you want to try it out with this baby? Baby-led weaning is one of the VERY FEW things that appeals to a second-time mom...because oftentimes you’re working with a picky eater toddlers and you’d like to avoid that with your current baby. Desiree Fortin was in the exact same boat…
 
#155: Can babies eat bitter vegetables? Or is it dangerous to offer bitter foods to your baby? Babies benefit from a variety of taste and flavor exposures, including bitter vegetables. And a baby may need to see a food 10-15 times before he or she likes or accepts it...so don’t turn your back on bitter vegetables just because your baby has rejected…
 
#154: This one’s for the mamas who are doing that back-to-back baby thing! What if you’re pregnant but you’re still working on transitioning your existing baby to solid foods? Moms who find themselves in this situation have a unique set of needs as they need to nourish themselves, their growing baby and their older baby too! Liesel Teen, RN from @m…
 
#153: Zinc is kind of like iron’s lesser known micronutrient sibling. It’s not as talked about, but it’s role in growth and development for babies is really important. And while breastmilk and/or formula will meet your baby’s zinc needs for the first 6 months or so of life...it is important to start including zinc containing foods when you start ba…
 
#152: When does a baby need feeding therapy? And how do I know if my baby needs feeding therapy? Even the phrase “feeding therapy” strikes fear into the heart of parents and caregivers…but feeding therapy is not a bad thing! In this episode I’m interviewing baby-led weaning expert and feeding therapist Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP to explore feedin…
 
#151: Can babies eat whole grains? Can they digest whole grains? Is it safe to offer whole grains? Yes, yes and yes! In this episode we’re looking at why whole grains are why they are an ideal alternative to refined grains for babies who are just starting solid foods with baby-led weaning. If you are curious about how to make whole grains like quin…
 
#150: Can you continue breastfeeding when you start baby-led weaning? Absolutely! And in this special episode Heather Dvorak, IBCLC joins Katie to talk about how to succeed at both breastfeeding and baby-led weaning simultaneously. Heather Dvorak is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who helps parents succeed at breastfeeding in …
 
#149: What are the drawbacks of using baby food pouches? In this episode I’m joined by pediatric swallowing expert and speech language pathologist Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP to talk about why your baby does not need to suck puree food out of a pouch. Ms Dawn and I are breaking down the limitations of pouches from cost, developmental and nutrition…
 
Avocados are the ideal first food for baby-led weaning. That’s because when ripe they are the perfect texture for starting solid foods, you can cut them into strips that babies can pick up and self-feed and avocados are packed with nutrition. In this episode we’re celebrating National Avocado Day with a rundown of how to safely feed babies avocados…
 
#148: Can babies with cleft lip, cleft palate or cleft lip and palate successfully do baby-led weaning? July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness month and in this episode I’m joined by Vikash K. Modi, MD. Dr. Modi is a Pediatric Otorhinolaryngologist and Co-Director of the Cornell Cleft & Craniofacial Program. He’s explaining the differenc…
 
#147: What if you are the only one who wants to do baby-led weaning? It can feel isolating when other people don’t understand why you are choosing to skip traditional spoon-feeding with your baby. There are many benefits to baby-led weaning, but helping others understand what those are can feel overwhelming. In this episode I’m helping walk you thr…
 
#146: Should your baby be sleeping through the night before you start solid foods? And how does baby’s sleep schedule adjust when you begin feeding real food? Sleep is SO important for babies (...and by extension, their parents!) but what comes first: setting your baby’s sleep schedule or starting the transition to solid foods? In this episode I’m …
 
#145: Are you worried that your baby isn’t eating enough with baby-led weaning? If you’re stressed about how much and how often your baby is eating, this episode is for you! In this episode, we’re talking all about the fear your baby isn’t getting enough with baby-led weaning and division of responsibility in feeding. If you’re ready to raise an in…
 
#144: Do you ever take a look at all of the crazy baby food items for sale today and wonder: how did they get here? What did people feed their babies before the advent of commercial baby foods? Do babies need to eat pouches? Do I need to buy baby food? As a new mom who also happened to be a food historian, my guest Amy Bentley definitely did. She i…
 
#143: Fritters are an easy way to help your baby safely eat smaller pieces of food early on in baby-led weaning. You can incorporate cooked whole grains, proteins and various types of cooked vegetables in fritters that your baby can then self-feed. In this episode we’re talking about the components of a basic baby-led weaning fritter recipe as well…
 
#142: You should wait 3-5 days between introducing new foods. You should cut up food really small to reduce choking risk. Babies have to learn to chew before they swallow and baby-led weaning means no spoons and no purees. Myths about baby-led weaning are ENDLESS, and there’s nobody better than Gill Rapley to help debunk these BLW myths! Gill Raple…
 
#141: How do I know if my baby is ready to start solid foods with baby-led weaning? What are the reliable signs of readiness to self-feed that we should be looking out for as the baby approaches 6 months? In this episode as part of our BLW Basics series we’re going through the signs of readiness to start solid foods for babies. If you’re ready to r…
 
#140: BLW Day...it’s a thing! And Gill Rapley, the founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement is here to help celebrate! The first ever NATIONAL BABY-LED WEANING DAY is July 1, 2021. But why? Well, July 1 is right at the 6 month mark in the calendar year. If your baby was born January 1, on July 1 your baby would be 6 months of age. In t…
 
#139: What nutrition and feeding changes happen when your baby turns 1 year old? What foods should a toddler eat that are different than in infancy? In this episode we’re looking at your 12 month old baby-led weaning baby, who is about to not be a baby anymore! This episode covers topics about monitoring growth in the 2nd year of life, how to wean …
 
#138 What do you do if other people don’t agree with the way you have decided to feed your baby? It can be especially hurtful when you’re feeling judged by other moms about doing baby-led weaning or bypassing traditional spoon-feeding. In this episode Chriselle Lim is joining me to talk about how to deal when others don’t get why you are choosing t…
 
#137: Will my baby get enough iron if I do baby-led weaning? And what are the best high iron foods for babies to eat? Your baby can eat real foods that have iron (and you do not have to feed iron-fortified baby foods foods if you don’t want to!) Babies CAN get adequate iron from natural food sources of iron, including both plants and animal foods. …
 
Happy Father’s Day to all the baby-led weaning dads! This is a special bonus episode of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY podcast and we are CELEBRATING dads who do baby-led weaning. If you’re ready to raise an independent eater and prevent picky eating then let’s get started learning about baby-led weaning together! Subscribe, rate and review the pod…
 
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