Mama Knows Nutrition: Feeding toddlers made easy

Mama Knows Nutrition: Feeding toddlers made easy

For parents who want quick and easy to implement advice, for all the most common struggles that come along with feeding your toddler! Hosted by Kacie Barnes, Registered Dietitian, mom of 2, and creator of the popular toddler nutrition Instagram account, @mamaknowsnutrition. You can always count on Kacie to keep it real, to the point, and to never take herself too seriously (cuz where's the fun in being serious all the time??).

Episodes

June 26, 2022 32 min

This week I picked the brain of Kate Strickler from Nap Time Kitchen, mom of 4 and cooking lover. She and I have bonded over working smarter not harder, and finding joy in your home no matter its size or decor (or lack thereof). 


In this episode, you’ll be inspired to let go of unrealistic expectations for yourself and lean into the season of life you are in. Kate’s insight and passion for reducing the burden on moms will leave you ...

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If you have a picky eater and ever wondered, “is there any future in which I don’t feel like I’m failing at mealtimes? Will I ever be free from stressing over everything they refuse to eat?”


Sarah and Ryan, parents of 2 kiddos, one being a very picky eater, talk about all the improvements they’ve experienced in their home after taking the Simple Steps to Picky Wins course. Listen in to hear what has changed for them!



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Becoming a parent changes you. Your day to day life looks COMPLETELY different than before, and the demands on your time are unparalleled. If you’ve ever found yourself thinking that you don’t feel like yourself, things feel too hard, or you’re experiencing feelings you never had before (like rage, anxiety, and depression), you might wonder if therapy is right for you.


Mental health is one of my #1 priorities because I’ve gone throu...

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Growth charts from the pediatrician may leave you with some questions or concerns, so I talked with pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin from @pedsdoctalk all about toddler weight and what you actually need to know about their percentile.


Disclaimer: this is for educational purposes only, please consult your child’s healthcare provider for any concerns related to their health.


Here is what we will cover:


  • What is a growth chart and why does ...
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    Food allergies scared the poop out of me when I was a first time mom with a baby, and it’s one of those things that the more you know about it, the less afraid you will be, and honestly it’ll be less likely your baby develops severe food allergies when you know more about it because early introduction is hugely important. Today we’re talking to Meghan McMillin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and International Board Certifi...

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    Since beef is something people often think they need to restrict or avoid, I asked special guest & nutrition expert Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD to share what the research says about beef, specifically for young kids!


    Keli Hawthorne is a Registered Dietitian and the Director for Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. 


    In this episode, I asked Keli about:

  • the he...
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    Does your child actually need a multivitamin? Today I’ll walk you through why your little one may or may not need to take a daily multivitamin, and what common nutritional gaps I see in kids’ diets (and how to address them). Plus, I talk about why you need to be careful with the supplement industry, and have your guard up when you hear influencers promoting vitamins & supplements!


    To read more about vitamin recommendations for k...

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    Dinnertime with toddlers is like herding cats – except worse, because you also probably had to field a tantrum 5 minutes ago and you have zero chill left in you. And then they don’t even EAT anything you made and you want to say, as my son does, “WHAT THE FLIP?!”  

    Believe it or not, there are 5 very common reasons why I see littles not eating at dinner. Listen to today’s episode to see which of these might be the culprit in your ho...

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    Carbs! They just might be your toddler or preschoolers love language and today I’m talking about what too much carbs actually looks like, when carbs are a problem, and how to feel about your little one’s obsession with all things carbohydrates.

    In this episode, I’ll answer: 

  • How much of their diet should be carbohydrates?
  • Should you limit grains or starchy carbs?
  • Should you limit sweets?
  • Protein and fiber boosting alternatives to tradit...
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    Jessica has 12 years of experience in education and 22 years of experience working with children. She was recently named school counselor of the year in 2021-2022 for the Richardson School Division, a large school district in Dallas/Fort Worth. Currently, she works with children from Pre-K to sixth grade or four to twelve-year-olds. Her passion is teaching students coping tools for anxiety and helping them better understand how the...

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    Once your little one hits the 12-month mark, they become a full-on toddler. And when they become toddlers, we want to start weaning them off formula. (Side note: Isn’t that wild? We get one baby year. Like who gave them permission to stop being the baby I brought home?!)

     

    Anyway…stopping formula sounds nice and simple, right? But it brings up SO many questions. Can you move them off formula early? Do you jump straight into milk? Cow...

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    Mama, but I’ve had so many moms asking me about popular ‘kid snacks’ wondering if they are actually healthy. Sometimes it’s nice to give your kids a quick and easy snack you know they’ll love and will actually eat (Oof!) But then we can start to spiral “Should I be letting them eat that? Is this bad for them? Am I a bad mama?” to make things even harder (as if being a mom isn’t hard enough) the internet is full of people claiming t...

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    Today, I invited Myriam Sandler to this podcast to dive into easy sensory play ideas you can do today that are TOTALLY mess-free. She’ll talk about how sensory play got her toddler eating solid foods (For real!). And finally, we’ll get into why creating a setup routine and boundaries with your little one is so important for keeping the mess off the floors and in the bins. So if you’re a momma who’s done with finding slim or paint a...

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    Is your toddler obsessed with carbs?! Like, to the point where their idea of a balanced meal is crackers with white bread, a few cheddar puffs for color, and a side of fruit that may or may not get eaten? And, is that making you panic or second-guess yourself just a little? If so, this episode is for you!

     

    This week on Feeding Toddlers Made Easy, I’m spilling the soybeans on protein for toddlers and answering super-common parent FAQ...

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    Heather Staller is a mom, cooking instructor, and recipe developer dedicated to getting kids into the kitchen. After culinary school, she worked for many years at a recreational cooking school teaching kids camps and workshops for ages 3 to 16. Currently, Heather runs her own business and online platform where she shares recipes, lunch box ideas, and cooking knowledge on her website HappyKidsKitchen.com and her Instagram page @...

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    This week’s podcast episode, I called up Erica Campbell: mom, wife, nurse, and breastfeeding consultant. We talk through the most common problems that come up around weaning. Things like what to do when you want to wean when they don’t (ugh), what to do when they want to wean but you don’t (gaaaah), the hormones, pain, and side effects of weaning (yayyy more mom fun!), and allllllll the feels that come with weaning. If weaning is a...

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    Katie and Carly are licensed pediatric speech-language pathologists specializing in early intervention and the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of speech and language disorders in children ages birth to five. Together, they run Wee Talkers, where they teach parents of babies and toddlers how to support their child’s language and communication development. 

     

    Through online education, courses, and memberships, they offer connectio...

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    Short-Order Cooks: Parents who: ask their child what they want for each meal, then make it; give LOTS of meal alternatives; get their child something else when they deny a meal; sometimes feel like failures for giving in when they WANT their child to eat what they made.


    Short-Order Kitchens: Frustrating places where alternative meals are always on-deck, pantry favorites are forever available in place of meals, and exhausted parents ...

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    February 21, 2022 22 min

    I recently had a mom tell me she wanted to help her child gain weight, and when she spoke with her pediatrician, they told her to “just feed ice cream and cookies and not worry about it.” And while technically this advice might work, she didn’t feel great about it. It puts her in the position of choosing between her child’s nutrition OR their weight, which made her second guess. And I’m glad she did!


    In this week’s podcast episode, ...

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    If your toddler wants snacks all the time, you might be at a total loss—or feeling like you’re about to lose it. 😅  Especially if your no’s have historically resulted in tantrums of major proportions. You’re probably thinking, “This can’t be the best way to handle incessant food and snacks, can it?!” And honestly, the answer is no, it isn’t! 

    You’re right to be a little frustrated at the fact that you can’t say no to your ch...

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