Food Chaining is an approach we use regularly to help introduce new foods into a child’s diet. This resource explains the steps to creating new “chains” while making a child feel safe around the new foods. Other information such as common food allergies, improving eating skills, advice specific to special needs kids, and a pre-chaining program to help prevent food aversions before they develop are discussed.
Ripton, N. & Potock, M. (2016) Baby self-feeding: Solid Food Solutions to Create Lifelong, Healthy Eating Habits. Massachusetts:Fair Winds Press.
Baby Self-Feeding offers practical solutions and a step-by-step guide to transitioning your baby to early purees and table foods. The emphasis is on teaching spoon-feeding and finger-feeding skills with the child as the primary feeder which allows her to proceed at her own pace. This book is filled with fantastic information for parents from the reasons why we should use this approach to which foods to try along with many other helpful tips!
Rowell, K. & McGlothin, J. (2015). Helping your child with extreme picky eating: A step-by-step guide for overcoming selective eating, food aversion, and feeding disorders. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
A parent-friendly resource that reviews underlying causes for picky eating behaviors. It provides tips and strategies to make mealtimes less stressful and help decrease the “power struggle”. These authors further support the need to be responsive feeders and approach meals as a time family time in order to expand a child’s food repertoire.
Satter, E.M. 2000. Child of Mine: Feeding With Love and Good Sense. Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing.
This resource is on that will help you navigate all aspects of feeding in the first several years of your child’s life. The Division of Responsibility (DOR), another approach we implement into our daily practice is described in this resource. “You can't control or dictate the quantity of food your child eats, and you shouldn't try. You also can't control or dictate the kind of body your child develops, and you shouldn't try. What you can do, and it is a great deal, is set things up for your child so she, herself, can regulate her food intake as well as possible, and so she can develop a healthy body that is constitutionally right for her.”