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.
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.
My son’s extremely restricted diet has been one of the most challenging behaviors. When we started working with Mel, I was awed by her ability to handle his oral sensitivity issues and a serious resistance to change. She respects his fears and recognizes his abilities. Every time she breaks through one of his defenses, I gain that much more hope for his nutritional health.
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.
Given the miracles I’ve seen her work with my son… I am pretty sure she has a magic wand in her bag.
How grateful I am to have found the food whisperer…and her name is Melanie.
We made it almost through the first segment and had many “Aha!” moments. Very helpful at getting my husband on board as well.
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.
I love the way the course was broken up into “bite sized” segments for each topic. The course was easy to navigate and the different video styles kept me engaged. I could really see the passion Coach Mel and Dr. Yum have for helping children develop healthy, happy eating habits. In just 2 weeks I’m already seeing changes in my son’s eating. He is excited for meal time and is trying new foods finally!
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 love the idea of them being accountable for their school lunches. I plan on making a board for them to choose the food to put in their lunches :)There were so many great takeaways from this course for our whole family and I’ve already referred other parents and our OT to the book and website.