Parenting a Fussy or Picky Eater?
Picky Eating Can Begin With Common Feeding Practices
Your child doesn’t come with a feeding manual. Picky eating in babies, toddlers and older kids is more common than you realize with 25% of typically developing children never growing out of it.
Using the wrong spoon ♦ Limiting your child’s diet to “kid foods” like chicken-nuggets
Improper positioning in the high chair ♦ Using sippy cups instead of straws
Preparing separate foods for kids and adults ♦ Offering too many snacks ♦ Dependence on "pediatric" milks
Melanie Potock’s courses, books & articles focus on raising kids to be healthy, happy eaters. From babies to toddlers to teens, “Coach Mel” is here to help.
Pediatric Feeding Expert and Author
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP is a mom who once had a picky eater. She’s experienced first-hand the stress that parents feel when they are worried about their child’s nutritional health. Fast forward to today, and you’ll find Melanie blending her knowledge of feeding therapy with practical parenting strategies that help the entire family eat healthier. She’s an international speaker and author of three books, including co-authoring the award-winning Raising a Healthy Happy Eater. Whether you're raising a child who seems to be on the path to loving all kinds of healthy foods (and you want to keep it that way) or if your child is stuck in the chicken nugget rut, “Coach Mel” is here to guide you.
Audiences say it best: If you are looking for a professional speaker who can “provide practical solutions” for parents, caregivers and therapists and your company needs a “highly knowledgeable, organized presenter” with “energy and enthusiasm” who can deliver a “dynamic course”, then your best choice is Melanie Potock.
Now, you’ve got the only on-demand course that includes a pediatrician plus a feeding specialist to guide you from purees to a wide variety of healthy foods. Short and easy instructional videos help you navigate the most common feeding mistakes. Don’t wait until you have troubles at the table. But,if you already do, we can help.
Parents often seek out Mel’s expertise for a variety of concerns including how to make mealtimes less stressful and how to encourage kids to try new foods. Schedule an appointment to speak with Melanie.
Melanie has been an amazing expert on feeding for children with special needs. When we first approached Melanie on our product FunBites she was eager to use it and understand its application. She knows what products work best with kids, how to use them and even creates posts, videos and present in courses her ideas. She has been a true asset to the FunBites team. We love forward to working with Melanie for years to come on existing and new products in our portfolio. Her advice and support is beyond compare.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the time to come and work with my daughter yesterday! You do important and great work- thank you! My daughter is confident that if she keeps practicing, she’ll be done with this aversion entirely. I felt like the Mary Poppins of Eating blew in yesterday!”
How grateful I am to have found the food whisperer…and her name is Melanie.
Melanie changed our lives. In one year our son has gone from being spoon fed and frequently gagging to now eating our everyday food and enjoying one of the most significant parts of life. Our mealtimes are now what we had always imagined – all of us eating around the table, enjoying our meal and sharing our daily activities. No longer will our family meals be a time consuming and frustrating task. Most of all our son is happy and enjoying food for the first time in his life. We couldn’t have done it without Melanie’s loving care.
This is the best feeding course I have ever been to. So many treatment suggestions!
I wish I could have learned these things before we took them home from the hospital, but instead I was puzzled for weeks why feeding them was so hard. I thought since they BOTH screamed and arched and were bad at breastfeeding, that was normal. I saw several IBCLCs and a SLP before getting a diagnosis. This is the kind of stuff moms aren’t born knowing and I’m happy to have learned tricks that will help us. The later modules were also helpful to watch, as I know I’ll be using many of the tips offered when we get to that point in their lives.
I started with it for assistance with my toddler who has struggled with feeding issues since birth, and although I found it very helpful for supporting her, I appreciated how it also pertained to my older daughter and really, healthy eating habits and mealtimes for our entire family.
I liked the specific recommendations on things to try: many very feasible & were demonstrated clearly. I wish I had learned some of this while he was in the nice, as I would have been better prepared to support positive feeding–as it is much more than just smiling… Hopefully other parents can get similar info earlier.
Mel is energetic and fun…excellent course and excellent content…highly recommend to anyone working with kids who have sensory/medical/behavioral challenges.
I really appreciated that Melanie took the time to answer all of our questions about “our kids”. Melanie provided great practical ideas that we can use in therapy right away. She has a wonderful sense of humor and keeps the audience engaged.