Weaning Support

Why is My Weaning Child Waking Up at Night?

Why is My Weaning Child Waking Up at Night?

Weaning your child from a feeding tube can be stressful and exhausting for a number of reasons, one being that often, a weaning child can begin to wake up at night, crying for reasons that they can’t quite articulate. And while 3 am is sleepy time – especially for us parents! – there are some good ideas for helping you to get through.

The Eating World of Toddlers

The Eating World of Toddlers

 Unpredictable, but typical, toddler behaviors around food can be stressful for families weaning their tube-fed children. But rather than pulling your hair out, I want to offer a few suggestions for how to navigate the two most typical (yet frustrating) mealtime behaviors that toddlers exhibit.

Why It’s Time to Put the Sticker Chart Away

Why It’s Time to Put the Sticker Chart Away

Children are not “good” for eating, and “naughty” for not – and this is especially true for those who have been tube fed for all or most of their lives. For this population, “not eating” is a strangely appropriate response to being tube fed.

Gimmicks and Gadgets

Gimmicks and Gadgets

Every caregiver I’ve encountered has travelled down what I like to call the “weaning worry spiral.” And we travel it because weaning can trigger incredible stress – stress that leads us to try anything and everything to just get our kids to take one, big bite! 

Weaning and Weighing

Weaning and Weighing

Starting a feeding tube wean can be scary for parents because the idea of cutting calories to establish hunger regulation often leads to some initial weight loss.  And setting your child up to lose weight is counterintuitive to everything we have been focused on since birth!