Getting Ready for Baby’s First Class

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Whether your young one is entering her first Mommy and Baby class or starting preschool, there are a few things parents can do to prepare for these memorable milestones. If you and  your baby are ready to delve into the Parent and Me/Mommy and Me universe, take a few moments to check out a variety [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: My Baby Won’t Eat Solids!

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Andy: My baby is 6 months old and because of allergies we are just starting with solids. He started the first day eating them so well, but then that night he threw everything up. Now, he doesn’t even want to taste them, no matter what’s on the spoon, fruit or vegetable. What can I do? [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Bedtime Feeding

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Nadia: My 16-month-old is waking up every night after midnight and she will not fall asleep until I feed her. This impromptu schedule is affecting my beauty sleep pattern. I need an after-dinner or before-bed snack that is healthy and will fill her up until morning. Maybe milk with fruits as a shake or something like that? [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Pureeing Berry Seeds

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Jessica: Hello! I absolutely love making foods for my little girl. She has just started eating pureed foods at 5 months old and she loves everything (except avocados) that she has tried so far. I am curious, though, how to go about pureeing things like strawberries and kiwis. I’m not sure her little insides are [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Nitrates in Homemade Baby Food?

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Dr. JJ recently received two similar questions about homemade carrot purees and their levels of nitrates.  Patti Reid: I am making all of my grandson’s baby food using the Baby Bullet to help my daughter out. His pediatrician has cautioned us about making homemade pureed carrots due to the nitrates. He is now a little [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Should I Introduce Solid Food?

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Ashley: Hello, My little guy is going on 15 weeks old. He is purely breastfed. He was 8.4 pounds at birth and 20.5 inches long. He currently sleeps 9-9.5 hours at night and usually takes 1-2 one-hour naps (2 hours total) during the day. My concern is that he has been gaining weight VERY slowly. [...]

That Sounds Fishy…


One of the most common questions I would get in counseling parents about nutrition was about the safety of fish, especially since we live in a sushi-loving universe here in California. I wanted to offer some information and perspective so that fish can remain an integral part of our diets, with safety in mind. For [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Helping Get My Baby Chewing

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Melissa: I have a 13-month-old who still gags on food! I always cut things really small and sometimes he does fine and sometimes, not so much. He hates the 3rd stage foods because of the lumps. Is there something I can do to try to and help him get chewing down better? Or will he [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Defrosting Baby Food

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Penny: Hello, I was just wondering what the recommendations are for freezing homemade baby food. There are so many different answers out there on the internet! For example, if I make a batch of oatmeal puree for my daughter and freeze it in individual portions, how long will it stay fresh in the freezer? What [...]

Ask Dr. JJ: Weaning My Baby Off Formula

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Debbie: My son is turning a year old next week and I would like to know how I can wean him onto whole milk? He is currently drinking 5 ounces of formula 4 times a day plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thank you. Dr. JJ: You can start by adding 1 ounce of milk to each of his bottles [...]