Worrying about your baby choking when starting solid foods doesn't make you "that crazy anxious mama." It makes you normal.
You know what else is completely normal?
Standing in the baby food aisle staring at all the choices and wondering what the heck to toss in your cart.
Is it good for your baby? Is it the right texture? Will your baby like it?
Feeling confused and spending hours online trying to figure out how to get starting solids right so you don't wind up with a picky eater or a baby with food allergies.
Scraping yet another bowl of baby food into the trash and wondering why your baby doesn't like anything you offer.
Feeling stuck on purees.
Feeling pressured to try Baby Led Weaning but worrying that BLW is like throwing your baby into the deep end of the pool rather than teaching him to swim.
Wanting to follow your baby's lead and see him happily feed himself, but wishing for an approach that leads to table foods but doesn't make you feel nervous.
Guess what? It doesn't have to be this way.
You can be:
-the mom who tosses foods for baby into her grocery cart without hesitation.
-the mom who's excited to introduce new solids and feels prepared with the right gear.
-the mom who washes out empty bowls after baby's meals.
-the mom whose baby feeds himself and eats many of the foods the rest of your family eats -- before his first birthday.
You can even be the mom answering feeding questions in your Facebook mom groups.
You can be a mom who confidently, safely and happily helps her baby learn to eat!
What you'll learn
In 9 video lessons, you'll be treated to a detailed rundown of what it takes to...
- Decide when, how much and what to feed your baby.
- Choose the best high chair, spoons, bowls, cups and other feeding supplies to purchase.
- Teach your baby to feed himself using his fingers and utensils from his very first meal.
- Respect your baby's cues to safely progress from purees to table foods as quickly as your baby is ready.
- Take important steps to reduce your baby's risk of choking on food.
I developed this course because the only thing more fun than watching squishy little babies enjoying first foods is watching parents relax and enjoy helping their little ones learn to eat.
In my work as a pediatric Occupational Therapist and baby feeding expert, I've learned that by giving parents a basic understanding of how babies learn to eat I can make a big impact on how they feel about feeding solids and how their babies feel about food.
I've also seen firsthand as a mom how confusing and conflicting all the feeding information online can be! When parents have important questions about feeding their babies, I think they deserve clear, accurate expert advice.
Let's put the FUN in food before one!
Rachel Coley, MS, OT/L
This self-led course isn't for you if:
You're looking for a one-size -fits-all approach to starting solids
You want a complete baby feeding system or program.
You already feel at ease and informed about starting solids and don't have any baby feeding questions.
This self-led course is for you if:
Your goals are to make mealtimes low stress and happy for you and your baby.
Keeping your baby from choking feels really important to you.
You like the idea of baby feeding himself as soon as possible.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I've already started feeding my baby. Will I still learn something?
ABSOLUTELY. But how much of the course you find helpful will depend on how far into solid foods your baby is and how it's going. If feeding is going well, you can skip the two lessons that discuss signs of readiness and choosing baby's very first foods (approx. 15 minutes of the course).
Roughly 25 minutes of the course tackles a way of progressing baby through food textures from purees to solids. If your baby is still on purees or soft foods and you're not sure how to know when baby is ready for other foods, you'll still find this lesson helpful. Or if you feel your baby is stuck on a certain texture and you aren't sure how to move on, you'll find value in this lesson. Nearly all course participants find the sections on choosing baby supplies (like bowls and cups), choking prevention, how much and when baby should be eating and independent feeding skills like using a spoon, fork, cup and straw very helpful, regardless of how far along their baby is with feeding.
Still not sure? Email me and I'm happy to help you figure out if this course is right for you.
I want to do Baby Led Weaning. Is this course right for me?
If you're heart-set on starting your baby exclusively on large solid chunks of food right from the start, you'll likely find about 40% of the course content doesn't align perfectly with that method. But you might learn why from a developmental perspective, BLW is throwing your baby into the deep end of the feeding skill pool and why I recommend starting in the shallow end and easing in. And you may be surprised to learn that even babies who start with purees from a spoon can finger-feed noodles, bread, meat and solid fruits and vegetables by 9-10 months of age, enjoying many of the same foods as the rest of their families. The main differences with my approach are (1) how they got to that point, (2) the size of the solid foods offered and (3) the exclusion of the most difficult food textures until baby is developmentally ready.
While I've never used these words, parents who use my approach consistently refer to it as a "modified Baby Led Weaning" approach. It's perfect for parents who want to encourage independence and self-feeding, who want their babies eating table foods with the rest of the family as quickly as possible and who want safety to be a top priority when introducing foods.
Is this a complete baby-feeding program or system?
No. I wish I could offer you a total feeding plan - week by week instructions and recipes - wrapped up neatly with a bow. But every baby is different. Every family's food choices are different. What I offer is an approach, a way of understanding food textures and your baby's feeding skills that helps you RESPECT your baby's cues and allows you to feed your baby they types of foods your family eats.
So whether you'll be making your own baby food or buying store-bought foods, sharing flavorful ethnic dishes or Grandma's crock pot favorites you'll have the knowledge and confidence to safely and happily feed your baby!