Development & Motor Skills

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What to do when a toddler won’t eat vegetables

Toddlers often have an ambivalent relationship with vegetables. It’s a common issue that many parents face. So, what do you do when a toddler won’t eat their vegetables? Check out our Toddlers at the Table bundle for more tips to help toddlers explore and enjoy their food. Exploring Leads to Eating There is no way… Read More »

Transitioning from Spoons to Fingers

It’s not uncommon to face challenges when transitioning baby from spoon-fed purées to finger foods. Babies transitioning to finger foods are working hard at developing lots of new skills, such as chewing and moving food around to swallow, mapping the mouth, and learning where and how food moves in the mouth. Common challenges include refusing… Read More »

6 Ways to Help Baby Practice the Pincer Grasp

Getting baby ready for smaller pieces of food When babies start using their fingers to form a “pincer grasp” to pick up and move small objects, we’re often told that’s one sign they are ready to eat smaller pieces of food. But what, exactly, is a pincer grasp, how does it develop, why is it… Read More »

How Babies Learn to Chew

Babies don’t need to learn how to swallow. But they do need to learn how to chew.  Swallowing is a brainstem reflex present in utero. Babies are born with the ability to swallow. Some struggle with the oral motor skills to latch at the breast or feed from a bottle, but most are born with… Read More »

Tongue Thrust and Starting Solids

You may have heard that one of the signs of readiness for solid food is the disappearance of the tongue thrust.  This claim, however, is not supported by research and it is our professional opinion that the thrust can be helpful when starting solids. Preparing to start solids? Check out our guides and videos on… Read More »

When Should You Start Brushing Baby’s Teeth?

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Helen Mo to answer all the common questions about baby teeth and brushing. Here’s what she had to say: When should I start brushing baby’s teeth? As soon as the teeth are in! This is typically between 5 and 8 months old. How much toothpaste should… Read More »

Is this normal? Things Babies Do When Tasting New Foods

Parents often mistake a baby’s reactions to food as a sign that the child doesn’t like the food. While this is sometimes the case, more often than not, it’s something else. Here are some common things babies do when tasting new foods: 1. Shuddering or Shivering Why they do it: We don’t know exactly why… Read More »

Smoothies for Toddlers: Nutrition vs. Development

Technically you can introduce smoothies into your child’s diet after their first birthday, though we generally suggest waiting until 15-18 months of age. Here’s why: It takes time to transition from drinking your meals (from breast or bottle) to chewing and swallowing them. And all that chewing and swallowing is hard work! Most babies and… Read More »

What to Expect in Baby’s First Year with Sharon Mazel

Q & A with Parenting Expert Sharon Mazel So much change takes place in baby’s first year of life! Not only will babies likely triple their birth weight by about 12 months of age, they will learn to crawl, eat solid food, stand up, and for many, take their first steps. Which is a lot… Read More »

10 DIY Toys for Babies

When it comes to babies, the very best gifts are often those household items just sitting around in plain sight! Babies and toddlers love to use things they see YOU use day-to-day. And it need not require an entire afternoon of crafting! Here are 10 of our favorite DIY toys and activities you can make… Read More »

Why Bigger Foods Can Be Safer for Young Babies

Have you noticed that the foods marketed to kids (baby carrots, string cheese, hot dogs, etc.) are often choking hazards? Take cheese. In its natural form you’d probably serve it by cutting a slice—a perfectly safe shape for babies and children. But when cheese is formed into firm, rounded logs it becomes a huge choking… Read More »

Baby Spitting Food Out?

Why is my baby spitting food out? Watching your baby take bites of food only to see it fall back out of their mouth can be frustrating and nerve-wracking! Is baby getting enough to eat? Are they unable to swallow? Are they a picky eater? Well, we have good news: For the majority of typically… Read More »