Feed Your Baby Save Your Sanity An online Course to Raise an Adventurous Eater

What if you could feed your baby with absolute confidence, knowing you were setting the foundation for nourishing eating habits and supporting your child to have a healthy relationship with food?

As a conscientious parent, you want your baby to get the nutrition she needs - not only to grow and develop physically, but to be the best she can be.

You’d love nothing more than for your baby to enjoy eating, without fighting, without pressure, and without you stressing out about whether the food you’re giving your baby contains enough optimal nutrients for growth and development.

There’s no doubt, feeding time can bring up a mixed bag of emotions. Thinking about, planning and shopping, and preparing meals for your little one can be a queasy roller coaster combination of fun, good and awful experiences - sometimes all in the same day!

Here are some simple truths that you will experience:

  1. You have control over what food goes into your baby’s mouth - which is amazing! It means you get to be proactive and creative when, at 6 months of age, he is ready to experience solid food (there is a ton of creativity involved in feeding!).
  2. You don’t have to feed all homemade baby food for your baby to be healthy and happy. This is good! Especially if you’re concerned about the time it might take or your own skill level not being up to the task (not true by the way, but we’ll get to that later).
  3. Your baby may reject a lot of the food you offer - and that will feel awful. At times it will make you question who you are as a parent - it’s imperative to remember that this is normal (and I’ll show you how to handle it).
  4. There are mountains of information available on child nutrition and health. Even if you successfully weeded out the quackery and focused solely on what has been proven to work, to truly nourish your baby, you would still have to establish and implement an integrative feeding philosophy - and it’s incredibly difficult, time consuming and stressful to do that via trial and error.
In today’s “fast food nation,” feeding your baby requires a lot more than nutrition. It requires patience, love, observation, trust, respect, creativity, communication, and a flexible sense of humor.

Introducing Your online Course:

An online course designed to help modern parents navigate the art, science, and confusion of nutrition from 6 months through toddlerhood

Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity is an interactive, self paced online program that will help you feed in a way that feels natural, simple, and structured. You and your baby will take cues from each other as you practice making mealtime nourishing, fun and healthy.

This SIMPLE SYSTEM takes the guesswork out of what to do when your baby:

  • Rejects food (sometimes constantly)
  • Wants simple carbs and nothing else
  • Seems famished one day and doesn’t want to eat the next
  • Wants to play with her food instead of eat it

And it supports YOU to:

  • Take simple steps to wean your baby from breastmilk or formula to table food - as seamlessly as possible.
  • Assess whether your baby is ready to start solids - I’ll let you know what the signs are (and also when your baby may be telling you it’s not quite time).
  • Ensure your baby’s first solid food is a great experience - I’ll help you understand which foods work best for her first bites and why.
  • Stay informed about common allergen foods like peanuts, shellfish, and wheat - I’ll put your mind at ease via the very latest research.
As a Mother and a Registered Dietitian, I Want Exactly What You Want for Your Children!

I want them to be healthy. I want them to eat, but not too much. I want them to enjoy food without guilt. I want them to be adventurous in the kitchen. I want them to seek a variety of flavors and get excited about new foods.

I experienced anxiety at the very thought of feeding my daughter after she was born. Probably because I knew that every single decision I made would impact her life long relationship with food. Turns out, with her I had very little to be anxious about. From 6 months old, my daughter would eat anything and everything I put in front of her.

I had a rude awakening when my son started solid food.

While that feels like a weird thing to say about your own child, the truth is, when it came to food, my son derailed me. He rejected most of the food I offered him. He put up fights at mealtimes like you wouldn’t believe. My fear of having a picky eater came true. Despite being a Registered Dietitian and Pediatric Feeding Therapist, I was totally unprepared for the rigors of feeding my son.

What I didn’t realize at first is that my son had challenges with the textures of certain foods. If he didn’t like the way a food felt or smelled he wouldn’t eat it. His sensory processing was wildly different from and much more sensitive than his sister’s.

The extremely short list of foods he would accept caused the people around us to judge him and call him a picky eater. To his face. This hurt. A lot. And it caused something inside me to snap. I realized that I had to be the one to adjust - not my son. I realized it was my responsibility as a parent to support him - not only nutritionally, but emotionally.

From that moment on I refused to call my son a picky eater - because what a parent says about a child is just as important and impactful as what they feed the child. This crucial shift in perspective - from focusing on what I was trying to feed my son to how I was feeding him, changed everything.

I believe we can teach our children to develop a positive relationship with food and give them everything they need nutritionally to grow and live into their full potential.

The problem with labeling a child a “picky eater” is that label actually invites the child to become a picky eater. And, while some babies undeniably reject more food than others, a child is never always rejecting food. A child is never always anything! A child is constantly evolving and one of the first places this occurs is with food choices.

Many parents, myself included, spend hours teaching their children to say the alphabet - without the expectation to instantly read a novel. It takes years to learn how to read. I encourage parents to invest the same amount of patience, care, love, creativity and time introducing new foods (from 6 months of age onward) as they do teaching a child to read.

Encouraging your baby to explore food with all her senses - her eyes, nose, mouth, fingers and even her ears - lets her “taste” food in ways that feel fun and satiate her natural curiosity. I call this Teaching Taste, and it should start at 6 months of age, when your baby is ready for solid food.

Teaching Taste is just as important as the ABCs because it sets a healthy foundation for lifelong eating habits. Raising a child in this fast food nation is hard work. But if we want to have a generation of healthy children we must of course focus on what we feed our child, but, just as important, HOW we feed our child.

Most of us were taught to NOT play with food. And yet, teaching taste through sensory exploration, and creating a consistent flexible framework and schedule for meals cultivates a sense of trust, adventure and self confidence in a baby.

But, despite all the research that supports this . . .

  • We live in a culture where instant gratification, especially around food, drives a lot of what we do and how we live.
  • Well meaning people (family, friends, care providers) are only too eager to give their opinions and judgments on how and what we feed our children.
  • Billions are spent each year on food advertising aimed at children - and is a huge factor in the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Food allergies are prolific among babies and children.

Even the most well meaning parents find it hard to avoid:

  • Feeling torn between wanting baby food that’s fast and convenient versus fresh and homemade.
  • Feeling pressure from well meaning loved ones who have their own opinions on feeding.
  • Pressure tactics (“just one more bite”) which may “work” in the very short term but always backfire.
  • Stressing out over whether their child is eating enough of the right foods and whether the food is safe.
The “SECRET” to all of this is TRUST.

It’s not the easiest concept in this context because it’s an intangible. It’s not tied to instant gratification or a quick fix or a list of recipes - but it’s vital to supporting your baby to develop a healthy relationship with food - versus becoming another obesity statistic.

With patience, flexibility, commitment and love (and a liberal dash of humor sprinkled in throughout), this can become your reality:

You Trust Yourself To:

  • Commit to a feeding philosophy and practice that is nutritionally sound and flexibly simple.
  • Pay attention to cues from your baby, solid research, and medical advice (when necessary) to ensure your baby gets what she needs nutritionally.
  • Not stress or take it personally when your baby rejects food - but rather ask - “how can I introduce this same food in a different way?”
  • Experiment with giving your baby lots of variety: in texture, flavor and spice, to develop taste buds that love trying new food.
  • Respect that your baby will develop her own tastes and preferences and that is absolutely okay.

You Trust Your Baby To:

  • Give you cues when he is hungry, when he is full, whether he likes or dislikes a certain food.
  • Adapt to the feeding schedule you set.
  • Explore food with all his senses without the pressure to immediately eat it.
  • Readily experience new foods, develop his own internal “menu” of favorites, and enjoy mealtimes.
  • Self feed when he is ready - this is a real confidence booster for babies - and amazing to witness.
A baby who loves variety turns into a toddler who can navigate more easily through developmental changes. That toddler becomes a child who expects change and variety with her food - an adventurous eater! The best place to start is where you are, right NOW, with your baby.

Here’s what you need to know about Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity:

  • The entire program is waiting for you right now. It is a completely online training, designed for you to go at your own pace. Each of the five modules includes short, easy to watch video lessons and downloadable pdf guides to help you assimilate and implement what you’re learning.
  • I deliberately designed it to fit YOUR hectic schedule. Each video is under 20 minutes long and is packed with actionable learning that is simple to implement. You can watch one, leave, and easily return.
  • There’s an entire community at your fingertips! Your enrollment is your “ticket” into the Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity Facebook Group - where you can ask questions, receive and give support and become part of a thriving community.
  • Feeling judged by well meaning people around you? You are not alone! Share and get support.
  • Want to celebrate a WIN (maybe with a cute photo of your baby eating something she absolutely loves)? YES - we want to know about it and applaud you!
  • Have questions about anything inside the course modules? ASK IT - if you have it there’s no doubt others do too.

Let’s get started!

Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity is designed to help you implement a feeding philosophy so you can raise a healthy adventurous eater. You’ll discover what to do, how to do it, and why. You’ll learn about which foods to feed your baby in different stages of development.

You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen and you don’t need to make ALL of your own baby food (although you certainly can). This course is designed for parents who make their own baby food, who feed commercial baby food, or who want to do a combination of both.

Module 1: The Building Blocks of Adventurous Eating

In this foundational module, we will cover:

  • What a sensory rich diet is (and what it is not), how it ties in with your baby’s taste bud development, and why it’s so important to implement NOW to ensure your baby becomes an adventurous eater.
  • Why variety is key to raising a healthy eater - the hands down time best time to start with variety is NOW.
  • How to recognizing signals that indicate hunger and fullness, and respond in a way that is positive, and deepens trusting communication between you and your baby.

Module 2: First Fun Food

The creativity and science of feeding! We will cover:

  • Exciting signals that your baby is ready to start solid food - and what to feed for those pivotal first bites (includes the latest recommendations from the American Pediatric Association)!
  • Optimal and healthy “first foods” to build upon your baby’s initial experience with solids, and why it’s so important (and simple) to get this handled right out of the gate.
  • The most convenient natural and healthy baby foods (and recipes). Easy “nachos,” masher smashers, or gorgeous squished berries anyone?
  • Which foods go best together in terms of taste and maximum nutrient absorption (pork and applesauce never looked so good!). AND which foods to avoid at the different stages of your baby’s development.

Module 3: First Meal Basics

Incorporate play and structure into mealtimes. You will:

  • Delight in the knowledge that play can (and should) be utilized as a form of “tasting” by your baby at this crucial developmental time.
  • Begin to implement some self feeding (with guidelines so you don’t have to “figure it out”) to encourage confidence in your baby while still keeping total control over what she eats.
  • Make allergen management a sane, safe practice for you and your baby. We’ll cover the latest research, including specifics on how to use the 4 day wait rule after introducing a single ingredient food.
  • Be alert for physical indicators that certain foods may be hard to digest - and what to do when you see something that’s “off” (like a different color) in your baby’s stool. We’ll also cover what normal and abnormal stools look like.

Module 4: Nourishing Foods & Recipes

Whether you intend to make your own baby food, use commercial food, or some of both, in this module, you will learn about and work with:

  • Meal plans for your baby - how to make them structured yet flexible (for times when your baby is eating “everything” one day then refuses to eat the next day).
  • Simple to use information and research about the most nourishing foods for babies. From calcium, iron, protein and vitamins (and so much more) it’ll be easy to tell at a glance what your baby is getting nutritionally.
  • Brain boosting bone building foods and how to make them fun for your baby to taste and learn to love!

Module 5: Baby Puree Basics

Simple ways to make fresh puree for your baby. You will learn:

  • How affordable making fresh food is, in terms of both money and time - plus, you know exactly what’s in it.
  • Why eating fresh food actually increases a baby’s appetite and be apt to eat more.
  • How to batch cook so you’re not prepping every serving from scratch - I’ll share the tools and strategies I and my clients have personally used and have success with.
  • Best pure pairings that your baby will love - and that are optimal from a nutritional and taste standpoint.
  • Everything you need to know about food safety with baby food - including freezing, how long to defrost, proper temperatures to cook to and more.

Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity Also Comes with These Tools and Bonuses to Help You Implement and Solidify What You’re Learning

  • Companion Guides for each module that contain at a glance charts, information and inspiration to support you as you and your baby embark on this exciting phase of her developmental journey.
  • Robust resource list that has everything from infant feeding books, to blenders, to trays, and more!
  • The Teaching Taste Playbook: 10 Food Exploration Activities to Halt Picky Eating.
  • An idea bank of 30 age appropriate cooking tasks you can give a child age 18 months- 5 years - so they can participate with you in the creation of tasty meals.
  • Kiddo Feedo’s e-Book: Ultimate Guide to Baby Feeding. This supplemental resource is a handy complement to this course
  • Nourishing Food Charts with kid friendly foods
  • Excerpt from Jill's Castle's e-Book: The Smart Mom's Guide to Starting Solid
Dietitians and Industry Experts Rave About Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity

"I believe that Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity can empower parents to provide proper nourishment for their children, as well as the type of nourishing environment that children need to flourish. It empowers parents to provide their children with not only food, but with love, patience and trust."

Margaret Loesch, President & CEO, The Hub Television Networks, LLC.

"In Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity, Clancy has created the perfect blend of research, examples, and heart. I felt empowered because I knew where to start when my baby was ready for solid food. Not only that, I know what works because Clancy has done it and her kids eat a wide variety of foods! She’s the ultimate case study! I was concerned that feeding would be difficult, time consuming and expensive. Clancy dispelled all those concerns! After taking the course I feel confident that my feeding decisions and practices will be nutritionally sound and will set my daughter up to have a lifelong healthy relationship with food. It doesn’t have to be hard! And if you take this course it won’t be!"

Kim Schwabenbauer, RD & Pro Triathlete

Praise From Course Graduates and Clients

"Clancy is definitely a superhero in our household! Through her advice, our daughter not only eats vegetables, she loves vegetables! She even made up a character, Super Broccoli, that she dressed as for Halloween! What I appreciate most about Clancy is that she takes the anxiety and stress out of preparing family meals, equipped me with myriad ways to introduce new foods (even foods that were initially rejected, like broccoli, to my daughter), and because she is a nutritionist I always trust what she says about how much (and in many cases how little) my daughter really needs to be eating to get all of her nutritional needs met."

Alexia Vernon, Women's Public Speaking & Leadership Coach

"Clancy has a gift. Her course and her workshops go way beyond transferring knowledge or information. She communicates so well with parents because she has a real passion for what she does, and she’s not afraid to share real life examples of what works and what doesn’t. She’s also not afraid to show that she herself is not perfect. Clancy has a way of putting people at ease and her method of teaching feels collaborative, like you are a part of something bigger."

Petra Plucenik, The Ark

Who is this course for?

This course is for busy parents, guardians, and caregivers who want to learn to feed in a way that is healthy, fun and sustainable. Who believe that, while nutrition is vitally important (and is covered in detail in the course), how you feed is just as important as what you feed in supporting a baby to develop a healthy relationship with food.

FAQ’S

When is the course available?

Once you enroll, you get immediate access to the entire course! You may go through the modules in order, or you may start where you believe you need the most support.

How long do I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to the course for as long as I run it. If I ever discontinue it, you will be notified in plenty of time to download the materials.

What age should my child be when I enroll?

Babies are ready for solid food at six months - so any time before or around that time is optimal. We’ve had some moms enroll while pregnant, and some of our students had toddlers.

What if I have an older child? Will this course still help me?

Yes. The principles of the course can help you feed a child of any age up to school age.

Do I have to be a first time parent to get benefit from this course?

Absolutely not. If you already have children you will bring that experience to the table. You may feel less anxious than some first time moms because you’ve had prior feeding experience. That being said, if the information on the course page speaks to you, if you’d like to do some things differently this time around, and you agree with the basic premise that it’s not just what but how you feed your child that is crucial to your child having a healthy relationship with food, you will get a ton out of the course!

My child has food allergies. Is this covered?

We cover the latest allergy research and methods like the 4 day rule. That being said, always consult with your physician when necessary.

I am (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or paleo)? Does this program still apply?

It does - because the heart and intention of this program is to help you create a feeding philosophy that challenges outdated feeding practices. While we do talk about specific foods (including meat) in the course (and share recipes galore), you would simply need to adjust for the specific foods and or ingredients that you don’t want to feed.

Will I be able to reach out to you, Clancy, if I have a question?

YES! Inside our Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity Facebook group! While this course does not include private email or phone consultations with me, I am active in the Facebook group and if you post a question I will answer it! You’ll also get support from other members of the community.

What is your refund policy?

You may request a refund within 7 calendar days of purchase.

Proud to Support Low Income Women

Because Feed Your Baby, Keep Your Sanity provides healthy, budget friendly ideas to feed your baby, it’s feasible for women with lower incomes. I’m excited to share that 10% of the proceeds of this course will go to the Women with Children Program at Misericordia University.

Also, for every class sold, one is donated to a low income mother or scholarship program. Via an arrangement with a nonprofit organization that works with pregnant and new mothers, social workers will also have access to use the course as a learning tool with mothers during home visits.

No child should have to go to bed hungry. I am fortunate and grateful to not only do work that I love, but to be able to pay it forward in a meaningful, helpful way. Your enrollment in, and recommendation of the course to your friends, family and peers, plays a pivotal part.

Risk Free Guarantee

I wholeheartedly believe that you will learn skills and a methodology in this course that will support you significantly as a parent. But if for some reason you think that Feed Your Baby, Save Your Sanity is not worth every penny, let me know within 7 calendar days - and I will give you a full refund. That’s how much I believe in what I’m offering you, and it makes your purchase totally risk free.

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An online course designed to help parents navigate the art,  science, & confusion of nutrition from 6 months through toddlerhood. 

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