Solutions for School-Day Breakfasts

By Natalie Hammer Noblitt

Many consider it the most important meal of the day, but a healthy and filling breakfast can get lost in the shuffle while rushing everyone out the door for school and work. Retailers can help parents and kids find satisfying options that will jumpstart young minds and provide go-to foods they’ll come back for throughout the year.

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Empowering Parents to Raise Happy, Healthy Eaters

By Melanie Braga

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring woman who is changing the way we parent in the kitchen. She is providing resources to empower parents to raise happy, healthy eaters. This change maker is Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP and I am thrilled to have her as this month’s Mom of the Month. Melanie is an international speaker, author and certified speech language pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders, including picky eating.

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Step Away From the Sippy Cup!

By Melanie Potock

Sippy Cups became all the rage in the 1980s, along with oversized shoulder pads, MC Hammer parachute pants and bangs that stood up like a water spout on top of your head.   A mechanical engineer, tired of his toddler’s trail of juice throughout the house, set out to create a spill-proof cup that would “outsmart the child.”  Soon,  Playtex® offered a licensing deal, the rest is history and I suspect  that mechanical engineer is now comfortably retired and living in a sippy-cup mansion on a tropical island in the South Pacific.

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21 Tips for Navigating the NICU

By Michelle Crouch

The odds are on your side that your child will be born full-term and perfectly healthy. Still, about one in 13 babies in the United States spends some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). And a recent study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Geisel School of Medicine found that 43 percent of these infants are not even premature—they are full-term babies who need more care. For new parents, having a newborn in the NICU can feel scary and overwhelming, so we asked top medical professionals, as well as moms who’ve been there, for their best coping strategies.

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Giving Up the Pacifier: How and When to Do It

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

The earlier you can get rid of the paci, the easier it will be, says Melanie Potock, a speech language pathologist and co-author of Raising a Happy, Healthy Eater. “There’s a period of rapid cognitive growth around age two which results in your child realizing that she has a bit of control over you and your actions,” she explains. So when kids hit those (sometimes terrible) twos, they’re more likely to protest paci removal. For kids who are 3, the attachment is more emotional than physical, so your approach can be rather matter-of-fact (see ‘Discuss broken’, below).

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4 Signs Your Baby Is Ready for Solid Foods

By Alice Callahan


My last post went into great detail about the research on age of starting solids and health outcomes, including nutrition, growth, illness, and allergies. If you read that post, you know that there are small risks and benefits of starting earlier or later (in the range of 4-6 months), but there’s no evidence for an optimal age of starting solids for all babies. Here’s what to look for instead, starting with a brief summary of the data on age:

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Raising an Adventurous Eater

Navigating a culinary landscape is an adventure for the senses—and mothers who enjoy a diverse diet play a key role in raising adventurous eaters.

On a quest to discover what makes our children curious or cautious of different foods we consulted Pediatrician Dr. Nimali Fernando and feeding specialist Melanie Potock, two moms behind the award winning book Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating. Learning to eat a variety of foods is tied directly to a child’s motor and cognitive development from birth to age 6 and influenced by parenting, child temperament, family dynamics and overall health. Dr. Fernando (Doctor Yum) and Melanie (Coach Mel) teach parents how to keep their children from falling into picky eating habits plus provide insight should trouble arise during these crucial years for sound nutrition.

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