HOW IT ALL WORKS TOGETHER
In a 4-Week Program
Answering Your Questions
What BetterBites Moms Asked
Before They Became BetterBites Moms
It starts Friday, January 17th. The first LIVE Q&A on Week 1 material will be Friday, January 24th. All questions will be submitted prior to the live Q&A. All live Q&A's are recorded and can be watched at a convenient time. For those attending live, if there is extra time, they may ask follow up questions related to that week's topics.
Yes, this program does cover parental feeding practices during weaning and strategies to reduce and deal with picky behaviors. It also covers important foods and what kids need to be served during weaning. It also covers developmental skills that need to be developed during weaning.
BetterBites does not promote one type of food or weaning method over others, as all methods have been shown to have good success if good parental feeding practices are used. So I focus on parental feeding practices.
BetterBites does cover special feedings strategies that are applicable to all children, including those with feeding challenges.
Kids with feeding challenges will take longer to move along the road to eating better. They may also still require in-person personalized nutrition assessments from a registered dietitian to ensure they are getting what they need.
Additionally, occupational therapy may be helpful for children who need to learn how to chew and swallow, and muscle function development. This course will give you the tools you need to walk them through the phases, spot practitioners with helpful strategies, and provide a healthy feeding environment at home.
Having a partner onboard definitely makes things easier. Many BetterBites moms attended the classes with their partners or their partners listened at another time. This helped both parents to be onboard.
Funny enough, my hubby didn’t start out onboard either! I didn’t let that stop me though. I started making changes that he was on board with. Then I asked him if he wanted to watch a few parts of a class together with me, so that we could both learn together.
That helped us both understand more and decide how we would do things together. Many more “let’s try this and see what happens” later, he is the biggest champion of the BetterBites process and does a great job feeding our little guys.
Including dads or other caregivers from the start and letting them watch the classes or the replays and ask their questions in the Facebook Group is a great way to help them learn along with you.
Different kids need different strategies. The BetterBites system is super flexible and gives you a framework that you can customize for your child.
That said, usually it’s one of two things that is keeping kids from moving forward:
I totally get it. Little kids take up all the minutes! The whole goal of BetterBites is to help you cut down on the time and stress it takes to feed kids. Especially if you are cooking multiple meals, feeding can take so much time and mental/emotional energy.
With BetterBites, you will get some of that mental and emotional energy back. And you won’t be a short-order cook for every person in your family. That saves time.
The moms and dads who get the most out of this program do the following:
I know it will be tricky for a few weeks, but the long-term payoff is sooooo worth it.
It's best for infants to age 10.
BetterBites teaches YOU to create meal plans to overcome YOUR child's picky eating.
For some children who have multiple things going on, this program is an important complementary resource for children still needing one-on-one therapy. BetterBites is not the same as one-on-one therapy with an occupational therapist or speech language pathologist. They may specifically work with your child on developing muscles needed to chew and swallow, work on body coordination, fine motor skill development, etc.
BetterBites does not address those things. What feeding therapy often leaves out, however, is the family home environment, which is the foundation for all healthy eating. BetterBites focuses on giving you the tools you need to help your child at home, where they will spend a lot more time than if they were in therapy.
For example, this program works for families who have a child with autism. The child may still need to work with an occupational therapist or speech language pathologist to develop other skills necessary for eating and functioning.