Encouraging healthy eating in childhood
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115: Encouraging Healthy Eating In Childhood

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Starting healthy eating in childhood is very important and when your little one is ready to start solids, they may experience challenges such as constipation. As a baby massage instructor I regularly teach parents techniques to help their little one through these challenges and I thought a discussion with an expert in pediatric nutrition would be an interesting addition to the healthy eating in childhood area.

In this week’s episode of First Time Mum’s Chat, you’ll hear healthy eating in childhood tips on how to help prevent constipation in babies from Jennifer House, mum of 3 and an author and Registered Dietitian from Calgary in Canada. Jennifer has run her own private practice specialising in family and pediatric nutrition for some years and has a wealth of knowledge in this area.

Jennifer promotes healthy eating in childhood and loves baby led weaning and has written two books titled, The Parents’ Guide to Baby Led Weaning and Baby Food in an Instant Pot. You’ll find links where you can find these two books on Amazon later in this post. 

She is a big fan of introducing your baby as early as possible to the different tastes and textures instead of just giving them pureed food and I wanted to draw on Jennifer’s knowledge of pediatric nutrition to find out more about what foods parents can feed their little one to minimise the likelihood of constipation occurring. You’ll also hear Jennifer explain why babies often experience constipation in any event as they begin solids. 

During our chat you’ll also hear Jennifer share healthy eating in childhood tips and insights including:-

  • The importance of how you feed your baby and why you must learn to be responsive to their hunger and being full signals.
  • How to ensure when they start solids, that you do not set up your baby to become a picky eater throughout their life. I found what Jennifer shared about encouraging different tastes and textures through the use of spices a great idea and something I had not come across before.
  • What foods you need to avoid giving your baby that could cause illness and also foods that have a greater danger of getting past their gag reflex, leading to choking.
  • The differences between gagging and choking and how to identify when they are choking. Jennifer shares some great insights on gagging and why parents need to avoid the inclination to panic which can instill an unhealthy association with eating in your little one.

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About Jennifer House

Jennifer House

Jennifer House’s mission is to help moms to nourish their growing families with confidence. Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian, mom of three and owner of First Step Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta.

Whether it’s dealing with picky eaters, starting solids or getting organized with meal planning, Jen helps her clients decrease food overwhelm through online programs. She is the creator of the Solid Steps to Baby-led Weaning e-course, End Picky Eating & Food School online programs and author of “The Parents’ Guide to Baby-led Weaning” and “Babyfood in an Instant Pot.”

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