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dr. yum’s baby food toolkit

free resources for clinicians, parents, and champions of first foods

For anyone involved in feeding little ones — whether that’s a parent, caregiver, family member, or friend — timely guidance can make it easier to navigate the ups and downs of each child’s feeding journey.

Clinicians can play an important role in providing families with credible education on feeding development but often lack the resources to do so.

That’s why the Dr. Yum Project, in collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier America and a multidisciplinary team of child experts, teamed up to create free patient education handouts for clinicians with stage-by-stage anticipatory guidance on feeding development during pregnancy and from 0-15 months of age.

These Raising Adventurous Eaters with First Foods guides include proactive tips and practical activities to boost feeding development and build healthy habits at every stage of a child’s feeding journey.

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This guide includes tips to help parents and caregivers understand how food choices can support a healthy pregnancy and impact the short and long-term health of themselves and their child.

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This guide explains the responsive feeding model and provides families with guidance on how to boost developmental skills that will be helpful when their child starts eating solid foods around 6 months.

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While breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula are still the main food in a baby’s diet, it is almost time to introduce new flavors and textures. This guide highlights the signs of readiness to begin solid foods.

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This guide provides information for families on how to safely introduce babies to a variety of new tastes and textures alongside the important nutrients in breast milk and/or iron-fortified formula.

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This guide provides tips for families on how to offer a wide variety of textures and flavor combinations by enjoying modified family meals and building self feeding skills.

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These tips to help make food introduction even more safe for your baby including in-depth information on introducing the top 9 food allergens, ways to serve a variety of foods safely, and more.

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Starting around one year, children may be less hungry and not as interested in foods they once liked. This guide offers toddler feeding tips to create a positive mealtime environment for the whole family.

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Download the full set of Raising Adventurous Eaters materials in English or Spanish.

Raising Adventurous Eaters with First Foods is an initiative of PHA’s Veggies Early & Often campaign, in collaboration with the Dr. Yum Project, which aims to raise a generation of adventurous eaters in partnership with health professionals, food manufacturers, and early childhood educators.

Resources were authored by:

Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH, FAAP
Founder of The Dr. Yum Project, Owner of Yum Pediatrics, and Co-author of “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater”
Carmen Berry, MPH, RD, LD
Senior Manager of Program Nutrition, Partnership for a Healthier America
Kofi Essel, MD, MPH, FAAP
Community Pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of GW Culinary Medicine Program, Clinical Public Health Summit on Obesity and Community/Urban Health Scholarly Concentration at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Rupa Mahadevan, MD, FAAP, ABOIM
Integrative Medicine Physician at LSU Health Sciences Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at LSU/Ochsner Health System Feist Weiller Cancer Center and Director of Culinary Medicine Program
Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP
Pediatric Feeding Specialist, Author of “Responsive Feeding,” and Co-author of “Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater”
Emily Rydbom, CN, BCHN, CNP
Owner and CEO of GrowBaby Health