Feeding your Little One: Nutrition for Infants & Toddlers
- 2 hours on-demand video
- 2 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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Are you confused about nutrition during childhood and what to feed your 6 month old? Dealing with a picky toddler? Tired of begging, cajoling and forcing your child to eat? Worried that your little one isn't eating enough? Learn what and how to feed your child from a licensed nutritionist and a mom who's been there.
Feeding Your Little Ones will teach you:
· What and how to feed your little one
· When to start solids and which foods you should avoid in the early years
· How to encourage your child to eat more vegetables
· Why to avoid "kid foods"
· Tips for dining out with young children
· How to make mealtimes less stressful
· How to raise adventurous eaters
This course includes two modules: one on feeding your infant and a second on feeding your toddler. It includes fifteen lectures and two handouts, as well as a list of resources including recipes, academic papers, recommended books and websites, and much more. Lectures are divided into 10-15 minute segments to fit into your busy schedule. Total time is between 2 and 3 hours.
There are no prerequisites for this course; everyone is welcome.
All information in this course is meant to provide suggestions & possibilities for parents. In all aspects of parenting there are many "right" ways to do things. Please take what works for you, and leave what does not. Check with your pediatrician with any concerns or to receive guidance about your specific situation; this course is not intended to take the place of medical advice.
Should you start at 4 months? 6 months? Why does it matter? Find out here!
Don't forget to download the handout for the infant section in the "Supplemental Materials" section!
Take away point: Most children are ready to start solids between 4-7 months, around the middle of the first year. Be sure that your little one meets the guidelines listed and start when you feel ready.
Learn the differences between spoon-feeding and finger-feeding (aka baby-led weaning), and some of the benefits of finger feeding.
Take away point: There is no "right" way to do this. If you prefer spoon-feeding, then start there. If finger feeding makes sense to you, then try that. Or feel free to do a combination of both methods. No research suggests that children are significantly better off in the long-term with one method v. the other. This course includes more information about finger-feeding because it's more difficult to find this information.
Get answers to your burning questions about starting solids and infant nutrition.
NOTE: I am planning to update this lecture shortly. In the meantime, I wanted to clarify the section on iron. If your baby is exclusively breastfed and does not eat iron-rich foods (meats, legumes, leafy greens) by 5-9ish months, it may be worth having his or her iron levels tested. The concern is greater for infants whose mothers were anemic during pregnancy and/or whose cords were cut immediately after birth.
Don't forget to check out the resources page here.
Learn how to create structure around mealtimes, and how to divide responsibility between you and your toddler. Both of these things lead to more peaceful meals and happier parents (and kids!).
Don't forget to download the handout for the toddler section in the "Supplemental Materials" section of this lecture!
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