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How to Overcome Picky Eating: 3 Techniques to Introduce New Foods

When you have a picky eater at home, any meal can become an exercise in tantrums, tears and untouched food. While too much change tends to draw stubborn refusals, too little change may leave you feeling like no progress is being made. If you’re stuck in this cycle—wondering why your child is refusing food, how…

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Easy Cardboard Box Crafts for Kids of All Ages

At Nurture Life, we’re all about inspiring creativity, playfulness and independence in our children—and not just at the dinner table! To build up a spirit of inventiveness and get your kids thinking outside of the box, check out some of our favorite kid-friendly DIY cardboard box projects below. In this crafty highlight reel, we’ve gathered…

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How to Start Introducing Solid Foods to Babies

Introducing solids to your baby can be intimidating. With safety and nutrition top of mind, we’d like to help simplify the introduction process. Starting on solid foods allows babies to get accustomed to eating, establish a feeding routine, learn about textures and experience using utensils. Our guide will help you transition your baby during their…

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4 Practical Tips for Feeding a Picky Toddler New Foods

It’s completely normal for toddlers to be fussy about eating—but when Sally refuses anything green and Bobby won’t touch an egg, it can drive you nuts (especially when they won’t eat nuts either). Feeding a picky toddler is a challenge, but there are strategies you can use to make mealtime easier! Try our four practical…

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Transitioning Your Baby to Finger Foods

Babies take in everything around them: seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and of course, tasting! As your little one develops, so do their feeding skills. Once they are eating Stage 2 purees with ease and show interest in feeding themselves, it may be time to introduce more filling foods for them to pick up and try…

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Getting Kids to Eat: 6 Helpful Picky Eater Tools

It’s an all-too-common scene at dinner tables around the world: kids and parents facing off in a head-to-head battle over what’s being served. If you’re having trouble getting kids to eat a nutritious and well-balanced meal, we’ve made a list of six picky eater tools that just might help. 1. Food Face Plates Even the…

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6 Meal Ideas for Wholesome Stage 3 Baby Food

Once your baby has reached about 10 months of age, he or she will likely be ready to move past smooth baby purees and into the exciting world of self-feeding. Although meals can get more creative with thicker solids in the mix, the transition from Stage 2 to Stage 3 baby food can also be…

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Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas: Mix and Match to Build a Nutritious Plate

Feeding a hungry toddler can feel like a full-time job, especially when you’re facing a demanding day of work or a long to-do list of appointments, extracurricular activities and household errands. On busy days like these, it helps to have your little one’s lunch planned and ready to go—which is why we’ve compiled a list…

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5 Essential Baby Feeding Tools to Start Solids

Introducing solid food is one of the most exciting stages of babyhood, but gathering all the baby feeding tools you need can be overwhelming. Never fear—when you see signs that your baby is ready to start solids, reference our list of five essentials baby feeding tools that will keep both you and your baby happy…

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Mac & Cheese Nutrition Comparison

When it comes to a home run dinner for the family, mac and cheese rarely disappoints. This cheesy pasta is a perennial kid favorite, easy to find in stores and simple to prepare. Depending on which brand you choose, macaroni and cheese can be high in fiber and protein, or it can be high in…

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Q&A with our Pediatric Registered Dietitian

  • How do I get my kid to eat more vegetables?

    Vegetables can be difficult for kids at any age, but there are ways to incorporate them without being so “vegetable.” Here are a few tips for diversifying your kid’s veggie intake:

    • Lead by example. Eat veggies yourself and treat them as a normal part of meals.
    • Involve your child in food prep. Active participation sparks interest. On homemade pizza night, let your kids decorate with bright bell peppers and fun-shaped mushrooms.
    • Mix veggies in. Blend veggies into a sauce, such as pureed cauliflower in a cheese sauce, or finely chop them into a bolognese.

    Combine old and new. Serve something new with something familiar. If green beans are the tried-and-true, add some asparagus to the mix.

  • How much protein does my child need?

    Protein is one of the most talked-about questions among parents, many of whom worry that their children aren’t getting enough protein for healthy growth. Issues with picky eating, teething and learning how to chew often exacerbate these concerns. Fortunately, little kids actually have little protein requirements. You can take your child’s weight in pounds and half it to determine their recommended daily protein intake. (So a toddler who weighs 40 pounds should be getting about 20 grams of protein per day.) For most toddlers, this equates to just about 1-2 ounces of protein per meal. In a balanced diet with protein-rich dairy and whole grains, most toddlers’ needs will be met!

  • What is the difference between organic vs conventional food? Do I need to buy all organic?

    The difference between organic and conventional foods lies in how they are grown, treated and processed. Foods labeled as USDA organic must adhere to strict guidelines, including no synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, antibiotics or GMOs. For the most part, little difference has been found between the vitamin and mineral content of organic and conventional foods. Moreover, because the cost of organic foods can be significantly higher, we suggest buying organic only when and how it makes sense for your family. The Environmental Working Group recommends the organic versions of the “Dirty Dozen” (to avoid excessive pesticide content) but the conventional forms of the “Clean Fifteen.”

  • How much sugar can my child have per day? What’s the difference between all natural vs added sugar?

    When considering how much sugar your child should eat, it’s important to note that there is a difference between natural and added sugars. The goal isn’t to eliminate sugar completely, because sugar naturally occurs in foods that are part of a balanced diet, including whole grains, dairy and fruit. Instead, we should aim to limit added sugars to less than 25 grams, or about 6 teaspoons, per day. Added sugars are anything used to sweeten food, such as table sugar, corn syrup, cane sugar/juice, molasses and honey. A good rule of thumb for reducing the added sugar in your child’s diet is to choose whole foods—fruit over juice, whole grains over refined grains and unflavored over flavored dairy.

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