Pre-Weaning Support

Questions to Ask a Potential Weaning Program

Questions to Ask a Potential Weaning Program

Regardless of where you are in the process of thinking about weaning, and what your personal family goals are, we thought it might be helpful to look at some of the questions that we think should be asked of every weaning program -- and share our answers.

Should I Switch My Child to a Blended Diet before We Wean?

Should I Switch My Child to a Blended Diet before We Wean?

The do’s and don’ts of pre-weaning can be difficult to assess and navigate. In particular, many families wonder about their child’s tolerance of tube feeds and how they might adjust in order to make the experience more comfortable and conducive to oral intake. Blended diets, in particular, spark curiosity, so let’s take a look at how they might factor into your child’s pre-weaning stage.

Swallow Studies: What They Tell Us….And What They Don’t

Swallow Studies: What They Tell Us….And What They Don’t

While swallow studies are a useful piece of the puzzle surrounding whether or not your child is able to swallow food and drink safely, they rarely provide us with an absolute, comprehensive picture of what’s going on during typical mealtimes. So, let’s take a look at how swallow studies are conducted, what kind of insight they provide, and how we ought to interpret their results.

Pre-Weaning Strategies for Toddlers

Pre-Weaning Strategies for Toddlers

Being the parent of a toddler is exceptionally fun and rewarding.  It can also be exhausting. Developmentally, toddlers are learning to be independent people. Having a toddler with a feeding tube brings its own set of challenges. How do we, as loving caregivers, help the toddlers in our lives with tubes get ready to participate in a wean during this sometimes challenging developmental stage?

Why Won’t My Tube-Fed Child Eat?

Why Won’t My Tube-Fed Child Eat?

What can feel more devastating than initial placement of the tube is that moment you realize that, even though your child’s medical issues have resolved, the feeding tube remains.  And the question that most often persists at this stage is simple: Why won’t my child just eat?

Tricks and Treats: How Halloween Candy Can Foster Food Play!

Tricks and Treats: How Halloween Candy Can Foster Food Play!

There are so many ways to explore foods – to learn about them and to increase your sensory understanding of them (eventually leading to the sensory experience of eating them). And Halloween provides the perfect opportunity for some messy, candy-filled playtime!