As your baby begins their food adventure, offering tasty, vibrantly coloured fruits and vegetables tick all the boxes for the taste buds having a dance party, as well as being nutrient- and antioxidant-rich foods. I recommend making homemade meat broth to give minerals, collagen and fat that help nourish every cell of your growing baby. In Sprout Right Family Food, you’ll find charts, lists and recipes for starting and progressing, as well as Lianne’s recipe for meat broth.
Baby Led Weaning is best in combination with purées, to ensure that your baby gets the nutrients, fibre and antioxidants needed, along with a variety of minerals. Lianne’s Hybrid Method of starting solids maximizes nutrients, taste, flavour, digestion and the experience of self-feeding. When baby starts eating, the gag reflex may still be going strong, not allowing enough food to go down the hatch to provide what’s needed. Offering both purees and finger foods balances the nutrition and Baby Led Weaning experience that parents want. Check out “Chapter 7: First Foods - A Healthy Start” in Sprout Right Family Food for food combinations and a step-by-step guide.
Picky eating can be a combination of resistance, independence and habit. Yes, some kids just don’t like certain foods, but it can take up to 12 times before a food is ‘liked’, so it’s up to parents to keep up a rotation of less-loved foods. Taking a step back from the situation, keeping a food diary and having it looked at by Lianne or one of Sprout Right’s nutritionists can help you to navigate this stage with more knowing than stress and worry. Our Picky Eaters Online Course (coming soon), offers structure, support and ways to sit down to a meal without stress or worry.
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Helping Hands Doula: Comprehensive support for you and your family every step of the way. Starting from pregnancy or after baby is born, they are your expert guides in this transition to becoming parents.
The Sleep Doula: The Sleep Doula provides physical, emotional and educational support to exhausted parents while helping solve their children's sleep problems. They offer 24 hour support via phone, text, email, and if desired in home.
Footprints Therapy: Footprints Therapy is a multi-disciplinary practice that offers physical therapy to from newborn to adulthood, through osteopathy, physiotherapy, naturopathy, counselling and massage therapy. Contact for a referral to an osteopath near you.
Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Phyllis A. Balch 2nd ed. (New York: Avery, 2003)
Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child: Janet Zand, Robert Rountree, and Rachel Walton 2nd ed. (New York: Penguin, 2003)
Ice cube trays for storing homemade food: Easy to pop out cube trays with a lid. Standard 30 ml cube size x 12.
Silicone Cube Trays: Large size silicone baby food storage container, 75 ml x 12.
The Environmental Working Group: Lists and lists of safe products for your babies, from sun cream to bum cream, plastic issues, organics and much more. They are at the forefront of a lot of the current research and committed to keeping you informed. An excellent newsletter to sign up for.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Food Recall Alerts: Keep updated on any current recalls or food safety warnings.
Institute of Holistic Nutrition: Train to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner.
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition: Progressive, hands-on education for optimal health and a lasting career.
Academy of Culinary Nutrition: The Academy of Culinary Nutrition is an online cooking school offering a certification program in culinary nutrition.