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Picky kids

Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

Star Wars birthday party ideas on a budget

July 25, 2014

What’s the difference between a third child and a first child? The first child has a “Star Wars fourth birthday party” and he’s never seen Star Wars. The third child can hum along the Clone Wars theme song before he can even speak. With a new Star Wars movie on the horizon and Clone Wars […]

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What I wish I could do over: Introducing my kid to food

July 16, 2014

My nine-year old son is a very picky eater. I was the same way. The world will not end over this, and he is certainly not lacking in the nutrition department — red bell pepper, raw spinach leaves, and hummus are on his limited list of approved foods. More than anything, it’s inconvenient. Going to […]

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Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

Immunity-boosting smoothie ideas for spring

March 19, 2014

This post was sponsored by PediaCare in celebration of Spring. The experiences are my own. My two-year old is suspicious of every food. Really. It took us three times offering ice cream for him to try it (ICE CREAM!) and forget about vegetables. If it doesn’t look like a cracker, he won’t put it in […]

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Prunes are my secret weapon

March 4, 2014

This post was sponsored by Walmart.com, where you can order just about anything. Obviously, the views and experiences are my own and not Walmart’s. If you’ve ever introduced a breastfed baby to rice cereal, you already know what I’m about to tell you: solid food is constipating for babies. Oh boy! Perhaps if you’ve taken detours […]

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Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

Try this with me: Smoothies in squeeze pouches for big kids

November 6, 2013

When I’m an old lady, the way 80-year olds will be able to tell that I’m 90 is because I’ll mention that when I purchased baby food, it came in jars. “Jars?” they’ll say, “No. When we were young mothers, baby food came in pouches!” “Not until 2009,” I’ll remind them. Back then, baby food […]

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9 do-able Thanksgiving contributions for rookie moms

November 5, 2013

Repeat after me: Rookie moms should not be in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal! Get yourself some real help either with food prep, childcare, or (better!) both. Hacks for new parents hosting the big meal: I found myself in this position the first year I had a baby because it seemed easier than traveling […]

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Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

Reader tip: Minestrone soup for toddlers

August 20, 2013

Sarah reports that her son Theo has never met a food he doesn’t like. Lucky mama! She shared a tip that sounded brilliant to me: Take a can of low-sodium minestrone soup and dump it in a strainer. Serve your self-feeding baby or toddler the remaining bits and let him explore what he likes. “Pasta, […]

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How to get a breastfed baby to take a bottle

July 1, 2013

My two children never would take a bottle, and it wasn’t for any lack of trying on my part. When our friend Crystal asked about any magic strategies that would get her third baby to accept a bottle, I sent her a list of ideas in hopes that at least one of mine would be […]

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Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

Fast, healthy side dishes for Pizza Night

May 9, 2013

This post is sponsored by Annie’s, makers of bunny crackers, and now frozen Pizza! On any given weeknight, I am working against the clock to get a healthy meal on the table during the span of a 25-minute block of television (sometimes I have only 12 minutes, but those nights are crazy!). I am a […]

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What to do with picky eaters?

February 8, 2013

One of the most popular topics people come here searching for is “food ideas for picky kids”. If you are one of those seekers of answers, I feel you. My son is picky, too. I can’t resist pointing out, however, that my baby brother was very picky as a child, including NO FRUIT ON HIS […]

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Feeding picky babies, picky toddlers, picky preschoolers? We’ve got lots of ideas!

How to make sweet potatoes for your picky eater

January 16, 2013

Sweet potatoes are a super food, meaning that they are packed with nutrients. If you can get your kid to like them, you’ll have an easy veggie to turn to when times are tough — like when you can’t think of anything to make besides pasta. There’s a lot you can do with sweet potatoes, […]

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Makin’ it: “Eat Your Greens” baby food from Weelicious

October 1, 2012

I just spent the last 15 minutes testing out this simple baby food recipe from weelicious: Eat Your Greens baby food puree so I could share it with you with some authority. I first saw it in my bloggy friend Catherine McCord’s new book: Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes (which was sent to […]

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