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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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#255: I love a good failure reflection and this episode is FULL of it for you. If I were starting baby-led weaning all over again, here are 5 things I would do differently. In order to bring you this episode, I went BACK into my phone to the very first few weeks of doing BLW with my baby quadruplets and cringed SO HARD at my mistakes. My focus as a…
 
#254: How does my baby learn to chew and swallow food? In this episode Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP is explaining everything you ever wanted to know about how babies learn to chew and swallow food. Dawn @msdawnslp is a baby-led weaning expert and product designer for ezpz. The baby-led weaning products she designed for babies 6-12 months mentioned …
 
#253: How much salt or sodium is safe for babies to eat? In the United States we do not have clear-cut, evidence-based guidance for upper limits of sodium for infants…but other countries do have some standards for salt. In this episode we’re looking at what other countries’ nutrition and health bodies recommend as far as the amount of salt that bab…
 
#252: Commercially prepared infant formula is a safe and effective substitute for human milk. Homemade infant formula has been linked to documented, serious injuries and negative health outcomes in babies. In this episode Farryl Bertmann, PhD, RDN joins me to talk about the risks and dangers of homemade infant formulas. Farryl Bertmann is a Senior …
 
#251: Cutting foods the right shape and size is important for safe swallowing in baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m sharing some convenient kitchen tools for making BLW foods safe - many of which you probably already have in your kitchen! Cutting Products Mentioned in this Episode include: OXO grape cutter Crinkle cutter Pineapple corer Egg slic…
 
#250: DYK 72% of packaged baby food snacks in the UK make claims about baby-led weaning? But are packaged baby foods healthier than real foods? Can you believe the health claims on pouches and other processed baby foods? In this episode I’m joined by researcher Ada Lizbeth Garcia, PhD who studies the impact of misleading marketing claims on baby fo…
 
#249: Which foods should I start with for baby-led weaning? What are the best FIRST FOODS for my baby? Babies can eat so many more foods than we give them credit for and in this episode I’m sharing some tips for how to select the first foods you offer your baby. Other episodes mentioned in this mini BLW training episode: Episode 185 “6-7 Months Old…
 
#248: Does your baby have a preference for sweet foods? What flavors of foods are best to offer baby? In this episode we are exploring how babies develop taste and flavor preferences during infancy with Erin Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP. Dr. Ross is a neonatal feeding and pediatric feeding development expert who developed the SOFFI method: Supporting Oral Fe…
 
#247: Looking for ways to know if baby-led weaning is going well for your baby? Feeling like you’re about to throw in the towel because you don’t know if it is working? In this episode I am going to redefine what a win and a success is when doing BLW. So do not stress because you will learn about three clear signs that you and your baby are success…
 
#246: You can’t “buy your way out” of the heavy metal in baby food conversation. Heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury are present in whole foods that we modify for baby-led weaning. In this episode I’m interviewing Charlotte Brody, RN and Jane Houlihan from Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF). Their landmark 2019 study “What’s in M…
 
#245: Interested in going on a BLW grocery haul with ME? This is your opportunity to plan ahead and shop for groceries that are the most appropriate to offer your baby during baby-led weaning. In this episode, we will be touching on WHAT to look out for when you are at the grocery store, HOW to plan and WHERE to start on the list of foods that you …
 
#244: A WIC mom who found ways to turn her WIC-approved foods into easy, budget-friendly recipes is turning heads! In case you are not familiar, WIC is the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, a program that is designed to offer nutritious food and nutrition education to income-elig…
 
#243: Finding yourself hesitant to start baby-led weaning with your baby because of the constant feeding push-backs you encounter as a parent? Feeling a bit overwhelmed because of the fear of watching your baby gag when eating? Preparing for what is to come and understanding the natural process of transitioning to solid foods will help a parent bec…
 
#242: Here it is again…the second annual BABY-LED WEANING DAY! The mid-year mark, July 1, was chosen to recognize and celebrate a baby’s ability to feed themselves and I wanted to provide you with ways to do just that! In this episode I will share five different options for parents to be able to celebrate this special day along with family and thei…
 
#241: Ever wondered why baby-led weaning was called “baby-led weaning”? To answer this question, I went ahead and asked the creator herself! In this episode I am joined by Gill Rapley, PhD, co-author of the original BLW book and founding philosopher of the baby-led weaning movement. In this interview Gill shares her reasoning behind why she chose t…
 
#240: Wondering what the best baby-led weaning gear is for your baby? When it comes to baby gadgets or feeding essentials there are endless possibilities to choose from. To avoid unnecessary purchases, Jennifer LaBracio who is the expert and baby gear editor at Babylist joins me to talk about the must-have baby-led weaning gear for parents whose ba…
 
#239: Looking for ways to offer your baby an easy, yet balanced breakfast meal? This is the episode for you! It’s not unusual for parents to stress over the idea of preparing breakfast for their babies and the question is often: WHAT can I give my baby for breakfast? In this episode we are diving into breakfast ideas for baby-led weaning, looking i…
 
#238: Is choking serious business? Of course it is! Although rare, choking is a real risk and a primary concern for all parents when starting their baby on solids. To help ease this anxiety, I am joined by Brandon Doerksen who is the founder of Thrive Training Institute which is an online CPR program aiming to help parents gain knowledge and confid…
 
#237: Worried that your baby’s grandparents may never be on-board with baby-led weaning? You’re a grandparent feeling anxious that your grandchild is skipping purees? In this episode, I am joined by two grandmas who will share their personal experiences with baby-led weaning their grandchildren and what convinced them to jump on the BLW wagon. Get …
 
#236: Having our babies reject food at mealtimes almost always turns into a stressful situation. The question is, should you offer your baby food and patiently wait for acceptance or demand that they eat it? To answer this question, I am joined by Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, M.Ed., FAOTA, a pediatric occupational therapist who has spent over fifty ye…
 
#235: How can I switch my baby’s feeding schedule so they eat solids before offering milk? Will my baby need to drink less bottles when eating more food? As a baby nears the one year mark, it is important to prepare them for the transition into cow’s milk by switching solids before milk feeds but also gradually reducing the amount of milk that they…
 
#234: Why is my baby so upset during mealtimes? How can I make feeding less stressful? An upset baby often results in a stressed-out parent, especially during mealtimes. Inadvertently our emotions can also trigger an upset baby but it is necessary for parents to co-regulate with their babies to allow them to develop their ability to cope and deal w…
 
#233: Can I travel with a baby-led weaning baby? The answer is yes! Hitting the road with your baby does not need to turn into a road battle; in fact, there are lots of ways to make feeding a baby while traveling much easier and less stressful. In this episode I am walking you through some basic tips on WHERE, HOW and WHAT you can do when you are f…
 
#232: Can I offer my baby canned tuna? Does all tuna contain mercury? Well Consumer Reports has issued an important wake-up call for the topic of mercury in tuna and its safety for babies and pregnant women. In this episode we are joined by Michael K. Hansen, PhD, he is the Senior Scientist at Consumer Reports who will be discussing the current saf…
 
#231: How can I offer my baby the BIG 9 allergenic foods? What are some of the safer ways to prepare allergenic foods while baby-led weaning? In this episode I am sharing some of my favorite allergenic food recipes that are great for introducing the big nine foods that account for about 90% of food allergies. In my mini-course that I co-teach with …
 
#230: What is FPIES? How do I know if my baby has FPIES? Although food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome is a very rare food allergy reaction in babies, it is important for parents to understand the difference between an IgE and non IgE mediated allergy, as they are often mistaken for the other. In this episode, I am joined by a global expert …
 
#229: In recent months, there has been a downpour of information that has been released in regards to the current formula recall which has resulted in a considerable amount of formula shortages. In this episode, I am joined by researcher and writer Helena Bottemiller Evich who is the senior food and agriculture reporter at Politico and has followed…
 
#228: How can I help lower the risk of food allergies for my baby? Why should babies be introduced to foods early and often? Can allergenic foods be prepared safely for my baby?...In this episode I am sharing some of the best allergy prevention tips from five different feeding experts who specialize in food allergy research and practice. Listen and…
 
#227: Did you know that babies may have a window of opportunity to prevent allergies in the future? The new and emerging data on infant allergy states that early and often introduction of foods to babies may help prevent food allergies in the long run. In this episode, I am joined by leading allergist Dr. Stukus who gives us insight on this window …
 
#226: What if my doctor is not on board with feeding my baby the allergenic foods? How do I know it’s safe to offer my baby peanuts? My doctor said to hold-off on offering any of the BIG 8 allergenic foods to avoid possible allergic reactions! If this is or has been the case, this episode is for you. In this episode, Dr. Ron Sunog, who is a pediatr…
 
#225: We have now hit the two year anniversary of the BABY-LED WEANING MADE EASY Podcast! To celebrate, I am giving you a behind the scenes look into the making of the podcast. I will share with you the HOW and WHEN it all started and my overall reason for creating this podcast whose goal has been to help parents and caregivers gain competence and …
 
#224: How much sugar is OK for my baby? According to the current dietary guidelines, it is recommended to avoid any added sugars for babies zero to twenty-four months old. To get a better understanding of why these recommendations are given, I am interviewing, professor, director and co-author Dr. Michael I. Goran, PhD who will be touching on the d…
 
#223: Is ground meat safe for babies to eat? Of course! In this episode we’re looking at ways to offer different types of ground meat to babies but also how to make sure it is cooked and offered safely for baby-led weaning. Get your copy of the 100 FIRST FOODS list on Katie’s free BABY-LED WEANING FOR BEGINNERS workshop: https://babyledweaning.co/w…
 
#222: Ever wondered what helped other parents and caregivers be successful at baby-led weaning? It is often common for all parents to experience the same feelings of stress and fear while introducing their babies to solids but what better thing than to ask the parents who have been there for their best piece of advice? In this episode, I will share…
 
#221: Gagging vs. choking: What’s the difference and when should you worry? It is important to understand that gagging is part of the feeding process when introducing a baby to solid foods and a gagging baby may often be confused with a choking one. In this episode, we are touching on some of the ways to recognize the differences between choking an…
 
#220: For those who are currently WIC participants or WIC educators there may be LOTS of great nutritional changes in the horizon for the food package issued to babies. WIC is the US Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, a program that is designed to offer nutritious foods and nutrition…
 
#219: Ever wonder what other ways you can use to cook meat for your baby during baby-led weaning? In this episode Iliana Cruz, an owner of a meat processing plant specializing in the sous vide cooking method is here to describe how using this method of cooking can help prepare meat with perfect texture and consistency for BLW. Get your copy of the …
 
#218: What are some feeding challenges for babies with Down syndrome? Can baby-led weaning work if my baby has Down syndrome? In this episode speech-language pathologist Sabrina Smiley Evans, MS, CCC-SLP is joining me to discuss some of the feeding challenges that babies with Down syndrome may encounter but also the ways in which parents and caregi…
 
#217: Are crackers safe for early eaters to eat? When can babies safely eat crackers? In this episode we will be discussing when it is safe to offer crackers to babies while baby-led weaning. We will be looking at common ingredients that are found in crackers, ways to carefully select and offer them and reasons why crackers are not necessarily the …
 
#216: Just in case you are wondering if there are any updates in the pediatric food allergy world…Dr. Ron Sunog, who is a pediatrician specializing in preventing food allergy with food, joined me in this episode to give us an update on food allergy in babies. He discusses recent studies that have been published and also talks about the recently add…
 
#215: What portion sizes should I be offering my baby when starting solids? Reality is that there is no clear or definitive guideline to what an exact portion size of food should look like for a baby. In this episode I will share some ideas of how much a baby might eat but also share some tips about things you can do to help your baby learn how to …
 
#214: Feeling anxious about starting solids? Although it's pretty common for parents and caretakers to experience feelings of anxiety when facing the transition into solids with their babies, it does not have to be terrifying. In this episode I am joined by Jo Cormack, PhD who is a researcher, child feeding specialist, and award winning author. Jo …
 
#213: Do I have to wait until my baby has teeth to offer solids? Nope!..And although teething is often a time when babies begin to experience a change, it is really not necessary to make any drastic adjustments to solid foods during the teething process. In this episode I discuss the idea that having teeth is not a prerequisite for introducing soli…
 
#212: How does baby-led weaning fit into the intuitive eating model? and What can I do to teach my baby mindful eating? In this second part of the 2-part interview series with the authors of the book ‘How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: Raising the Next Generation with Food and Body Confidence’, I have the pleasure of having the second co-author, regi…
 
#211: Should I feed my baby less milk after starting solids? Do I feed my baby solids before or after milk? And how much milk should my baby drink when starting food? In this episode I will be sharing some ideas on how you can schedule milk feeds in combination with food patterns throughout the baby-led weaning journey. Get your copy of the 100 FIR…
 
#210: What is intuitive eating? And how can I raise my baby to be an intuitive eater? Finding a balance between offering a variety of foods and the necessary nutrition is an important key to creating a healthy relationship between a baby and food. This is a two-part interview series with the co-authors of the book ‘How to Raise an Intuitive Eater: …
 
#209: Ever been on a fruit vacation?...Well, it’s probably not what you think but if you are worried that your baby might be eating too much fruit, then taking a fruit vacation may just be a solution. In this episode I will talk about some tips on what to do when your baby is favoring fruit over other foods and how to effectively balance your baby’…
 
#208: Does baby food really contain heavy metals that are toxic for my baby? Well according to the tests that Consumer Reports conducted on fifty nationally distributed packaged baby and toddler foods, it definitely does! In this episode we are joined by James E. Rogers PhD, he is the Director of Food Safety Research and Testing at Consumer Reports…
 
#207: How can I make my baby’s food safer for baby-led weaning? Dry foods often increase choking risks for babies but one way to make swallowing safer is by adding dippers, toppers, or sauces to add more moisture to foods and help baby swallow easier. In this episode, I will be talking about ways to make foods safer for babies and sharing a free do…
 
#206: What is my feeding role as a parent and how do I make sure that I stay in my lane to ensure a healthy feeding relationship with my baby? Oftentimes it is common to feel the need and responsibility to manage what, when, and how much our babies eat but in reality a parent and a baby have different jobs during the transition into solid foods and…
 
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