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Author: Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP,CIMI
ISBN: 978-1941765678

Book Description

Appropriate eating and drinking skills affect so much of your baby's health and development, and most are learned in the first two years of life. Diane Bahr, author of Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That!, returns to help parents navigate the ins-and-outs of feeding your baby to promote the best overall development of healthy habits, proper airway and facial development, and so much more.

Diane compares feeding to dancing. Your baby will take the lead, and in these pages you'll learn the right steps to make every meal a success.

Helpful sections include:

  •  Crucial development checklists for your baby's development.

  •  Good breastfeeding and bottle-feeding practices, and what to do if things go wrong.

  •  Spoon-feeding, cup-drinking, straw-drinking, and chewing, and what to do if problems arise.

  •  The best feeding tools, and where to find them.


Nimali Fernando, MD, MPH and Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP wrote a wonderful FOREWARD for FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT (Bahr, 2018, p. xix – xx).
Here is an excerpt:

Whether parents decide to breastfeed or bottle-feed, understanding the development of the mouth can help their babies have a successful feeding experience from day one. Armed with a good reference like FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT, parents can identify issues and enact solutions before more serious problems develop.

As children progress with their feeding skills, it’s important for parents to understand how development shapes skills for spoon-feeding, open-cup drinking, drinking from a straw, as well as chewing and swallowing solid foods. As with many areas of child development, identifying problems early and timely intervention are key. Oral sensory-motor skills and feeding are no exception. Feeding is an important part of the human experience, which we share many times a day as a family. Therefore, raising a child to enjoy healthy food at mealtimes makes life at home more peaceful, less stressful, and more memorable. When kids enjoy a variety of healthy foods, it sets them on a path for a healthy body and mind for life.

The book FEED YOUR BABY & TODDLER RIGHT brings the professional eye of Diane Bahr into every household. Diane guides parents through mouth development, ensuring their baby or toddler grows and develops in the best way possible—with healthy feeding development from the very start. We are so pleased to share Diane’s latest resource with you and wish you and your family the happiest of mealtimes.

Dr. Yum and Coach Mel are co-authors of Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage-by-Stage Guide to Setting Your Child on the Path to Adventurous Eating.



1: Crucial Developmental Checklists

     What This Book Can Do for You
     The Importance of Developmental Checklists
     Feeding and Related Development Checklist: Birth-24 Months
     Development (3 to 6 months)
     Feeding (3 to 6 months)
     Development (6 to 12 months)
     Feeding (6 to 12 months)
     Development (12 to 18 months)
     Feeding (12-18 months)
     Development (18 to 24 months)
     Feeding (18 to 24 months)
     Food and Liquid Introduction Checklist: Birth to 24 Months
     Intentional, Supervised Tummy/Belly Time to Creeping/Crawling Checklist: A Likely Fundamental Missing Developmental Link (Birth to 7 Months)
     Mouth and Hand-Mouth Reflex/Response Checklists (Full-Term Baby, 40 Weeks Gestation)

2: To Breastfeed and/or Bottle-Feed: That Is the Question
     Breastfeeding and Bottle-Feeding Differences
     Health and Development Benefits of Breastfeeding versus Bottle-Feeding
     Why Are So Many Moms Having Difficulty Breastfeeding?
     Tongue, Lip, and Buccal Restrictions

3: Good Breastfeeding and Bottle-Feeding Practices and What to Do If Problems Arise ..
     The Best Positioning for Feeding Your Baby and Why
     What is Your Baby's Position During Breastfeeding or Bottle-Feeding?
     What Can Go Wrong in Breastfeeding or Bottle-Feeding?
     What is Your Baby Doing During Feeding?
     Choosing an Appropriate Bottle Nipple
     Choosing the Right Bottle Nipple for Your Baby
     What to Do if Your Baby has Difficulty Maintaining a Latch
     Helping Your Baby Latch Onto the Breast or Bottle
     What to Do if Liquid is Flowing Too Fast or Too Slowly
     Important Note for Parents Who Are Bottle-Feeding
     Liquid Flow from the Breast or Bottle
     Nutrition and Hydration
     What My Baby's Body is Telling Me

4: Good Spoon-Feeding, Cup-Drinking, Straw-Drinking, and Chewing Practices, and What to Do If Problems Arise
     Positioning Your Baby for New Feeding Activities
     How Is Your Baby Positioned During Feeding?
     Jaw Support
     How Do You Eat From a Spoon?
     How to Properly Spoon-Feed Your Baby
     How Does Your Baby Eat From a Spoon?
     An Important Note about Pouch Foods
     Drinking from an Open Cup
     How Do You Drink from an Open Cup?
     How to Teach Your Baby Open Cup-Drinking
     How Does Your Baby Drink From an Open Cup?
     Drinking from a Straw
     How Do You Drink From a Straw?
     How To Teach Your Baby to Drink from a Straw
     How Does Your Baby Drink From a Straw?
     Taking Bites and Chewing Safe, Appropriate Foods
     How Do You Take Bites and Chew Food?
     How to Teach Your Baby to Safely Take Bites of Food and Chew Properly
     How Does Your Baby Take Bites and Chew Foods?
     Weaning from Bottle and Breast
     Weaning From Breast or Bottle Checklist
     Appropriate Mouth Items and Toys
     Some Recommended Mouthing Items or Toys by Age
     Feeding Problems and Picky Eating
     What To Do If My Child has Feeding Problems
     What To Do if My Child is a Picky Eater
     Food and Liquid Record
     My Child's Eating and Drinking Patterns

Inside look at "What This Book Can Do for You"

Parents often receive little instruction on how to feed their children, yet good feeding, eating, and drinking skills encourage the best possible mouth development. You are going to feed your child, so why not use appropriate feeding techniques to support your child’s mouth development from birth?

Most of our eating and drinking skills develop in the first 2 years of life. Your child’s feeding skills will change rapidly, particularly in the first year. However, many parents don’t know the significance of these rapid changes. You can help with the process by using appropriate feeding methods.

Feeding is like dancing. You and your child are partners in this dance. The best feeding method for you and your child may be somewhat different from what others do. As in ballroom dancing, many of the steps are similar, but you will use specific feeding variations to suit you and your child.

This book contains important guidelines to help you and your child learn the feeding dance easily and successfully. It also addresses problems you may encounter in feeding. Some information is repeated in the book for your convenience.