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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!
 
Andrea Olson of Go Diaper Free explains elimination communication - the concept of pottying your baby, as early as birth - which is what people have done for all of human history and in today’s world where there are no diapers. She makes it easy to integrate EC into your modern lifestyle as a new parent, demystifies how to know your baby needs to go, how to take them to the toilet instead of primarily relying on the diaper, and makes EC approachable, accessible, and fun, for all parents...wh ...
 
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Welcome to the show! So, if you’ve been here for any length of time, you know that I do NOT interview people on my podcast. However. Katie Ferraro interviewed me about elimination communication for her podcast, Baby-led Weaning Made Easy, a few weeks ago. It was SO Good that I felt compelled to share HER topic, babyled weaning or BLW, with y’all on…
 
#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…
 
#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…
 
We have former NHLer, Cammi’s big bro, new grandpa and Head Coach of Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Ice Hockey, Tony Granato, on the bus! With the college hockey season starting back up, Tony talks about his college experience, how the recruiting process has changed, how important it is to have a locker room full of leaders, individual players growth, dif…
 
Today’s episode is a guest post from our Cerified Coach Emily in NY. A snippet: “Here's the thing. Putting babies on potties was common practice up until the 1950s. Way back when, parents did anything they could to avoid washing poopy cloth diapers. Although disposable diapers are undoubtedly the norm in the US today, I’d say it’s also still pretty…
 
#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 …
 
Over the years I’ve been approached by many, many parents who are practicing RIE - which is a form of respectful parenting that focuses on not interrupting a baby’s play - about whether elimination communication complements or contradicts it. Most of these parents were convinced that EC would be disrespectful, considered an unnecessary “interruptio…
 
#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…
 
Today’s episode is a guest post from Go Diaper Free Certified Coach Tracy Gillett, who blogs at Raised Good and teaches parents EC (and many other things) in the Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Here’s an excerpt: “I read about Elimination Communication (EC). It blew my mind. I remember my husband’s raised eyebrows when I told him about …
 
Cammi and AJ are back for Episode 31 of On the Bus with special guest, Director of Hockey Strategy & Research with the Seattle Kraken, Alex Mandrycky! Alex talks about the many hats she wears and how her role with the Kraken has evolved, how she got into hockey & sports analytics, her experience in the “War Room” for the Expansion Draft, the unpred…
 
#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…
 
Anyone who’s tried to decode their newborn baby’s various cries and fusses knows that it can be virtually impossible! Is baby hungry? Tired? Cold? Uncomfortable? In pain? (Or, for those of us doing elimination communication: does baby have to go potty and wants the diaper removed first??) However, what if your baby cries and fusses ALL the time?? Y…
 
#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…
 
We are so excited to welcome Dietitian, Founder of Fourtified Family, mother of seven (yes, you read that right - seven), super mom, Katie Ferraro on to the bus! Katie chats with Cammi about growing up in a big family, how she juggles her own seven kids, how creating her baby-led weaning program, her nutrition background, parenting, youth sports pl…
 
#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…
 
How to catch your menstrual blood in the toilet without using a tampon or pad?? Wha??? I, thinking I was the ONLY one who did this, have also been “catching” my monthly cycle in the toilet every night for about the past 2 years. So, when Jenn told me she wanted to write this article, I couldn’t believe I wasn’t the only one applying Elimination Com…
 
Cammi & AJ are back for a special Summer Recap! Catch up with us on the bus as Cammi and AJ chat about what they have been up to this summer. AJ’s shares how coverage of the Olympics with NBC went and her inaugural Ice Out ALZ event. Cammi’s talks about her experience at the Seattle Expansion Draft and her Showcase Series. The two chat about the Ol…
 
#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…
 
Today I’m gonna share a bunch of testimonials from mamas (and one daddy) who’ve done Elimination Communication and/or potty training with their babies, using the Go Diaper Free resources as their guide. These are amazing and I hope that they both warm your heart and inspire you just like they do for me. Get full show notes and add your comments or …
 
#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…
 
Parents, you may be wondering how to be successful at potty training while your child is in daycare much of the day. For most parents these days, some type of childcare is part of their child’s week. Whether its grandma’s house, a dayhome/in-home daycare, full or part-time daycare, or even a drop-in at the gym…. So how do you potty-train while your…
 
#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…
 
My oldest son turns 11 years old this week!! He’s always been the “star” of my book and videos, bringing EC to the world in a big way (and he’s proud of it!). In celebration of this wonderful event, I’d like to share a little bit about how I believe doing elimination communication with him, from birth, has impacted his life as a now pre-teen. As pa…
 
#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…
 
Today’s episode is about mommy guilt. And how elimination communication can soften the guilt...even if you have to leave your baby every day to work outside the home! Get full show notes and add your comments or questions here: https://godiaperfree.com/154 Get my free easy start guide for EC at https://godiaperfree.com/start Start EC with your baby…
 
#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 …
 
Today we’re going to have a lively debate: what is the best diaper for elimination communication? Are disposable diapers okay for elimination communication, or should they be avoided at all costs? Do you have to commit to cloth diapers to make elimination communication successful? (OMG major overwhelm!) Do compostable diapers even work? (Or do they…
 
#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…
 
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