Baby Classes (Birth-1year)

Feeding to Grow

This is an exciting time, and your baby will be doing ALOT of growing this first year! Come to learn about the key nutrients for this age, why they are so important, and how to ensure your child is receiving them.

In this session, we will cover:

  • 5 Key Baby Nutrients- the growth they support and food sources
  • Portion sizes and types of foods to offer them
  • Which foods to avoid in the first year

Upcoming Sessions:

February 13, 2020- Register Now!

April 9, 2020- Register Now!

Peanut Butter Party

Are you having a stressful time with the thought of or actually introducing potentially allergenic foods to your baby? Rather than sitting in our parking lot and hoping for the best, we invite you to join us for our first ever Food Introduction Session. Just bring your baby, and feeding supplies (including food) with you and we will be on hand for guidance and medical support in the unlikely event that medical intervention is required.

This session will be lead by our very own Pediatric Nutritionist, Jane Henley, and one of our highly experienced triage and clinical team members; Nurse Nicole, who just so happens to also be a mother of a child with food allergies.

Please be advised that this session is geared towards infants and toddlers that are developmentally prepared to eat solid foods.

  • If your baby has severe eczema and/or egg allergies please contact advicenurse@potomacpediatrics.com prior to registering for this event.
  • Your child should have been introduced to 2-3 foods prior to attending this event.

While the name of the seminar implies it is solely for the introduction of peanuts, parents are welcome to introduce any of the major allergens they may be anxious about. Here are some ideas of what you could bring with you to introduce:

Potential Allergen Food

Egg Hardboiled egg, scrambled egg

Milk Pudding, dry milk powder mixed into a food of choice, yogurt

Wheat Toast strip, small bits of cooked pasta

Soy Tofu, edamame cooked soft and mashed, soy flour mixed into a food of choice

Peanut Peanut powder mixed into a food of choice, thin layer peanut butter on toast, peanut butter diluted with water until thin (1:1 ratio)

Tree Nut Almond / Cashew butter diluted with water until thin (1:1 ratio), thin layer almond / cashew butter on toast

Please remember: only one allergen is to be introduced at this workshop and your child should be eating a couple of other solid foods first.

Ideal Age: 4 months – 9 months

Please only purchase 1 ticket per parent/baby.

*Must be a current patient of Potomac Pediatrics to participate in this event.

Upcoming Sessions:

December 18, 2019- Register Now!

February 5, 2020- Registration opens on 12/20/19!

Let’s Grow: From Bottle to Table

Growing healthy eaters is an 18-year journey that begins with their first adventures with solid foods! Come learn about your baby’s developmental milestones during this first year and how best to feed them to establish a foundation for lifelong healthy eating habits.

In this session, we will cover:

  • The developmental characteristics of your child at this age and how these impact feeding.
  • Different feeding styles and how they can nurture or inadvertently interfere with healthy eating habits.
  • How to recognize your baby’s hunger cues.
  • How to effectively transition your baby’s food from liquids to solids.

Upcoming Sessions:

January 9, 2020- Register Now!

March 12, 2020- Register Now!

May 7, 2020- Register Now!

Toddler Classes (15 months-4 years)

The Picky Eater!

Feeding and enjoying meals with our children should be one of life’s pleasures. If feeding your toddler is proving to be a challenge, or you would like guidance on how best to establish a strong foundation on which your child can build healthy lifelong eating habits, this session is for you.   During our hour together you will have the opportunity to learn about and practice the “Division of Responsibility” in feeding so as to successfully feed your toddler in a developmentally appropriate way, correct and prevent common food battles, and raise competent eaters. This class is ideal for parents with children who are 15 months-4 years.

Upcoming Seminars:

January 16, 2020- Register Now!

March 19, 2020- Register Now!

May 14, 2020- Register Now!

The Toddler Food Plan

Many exciting changes are taking place with your toddler and/or preschooler as they begin using their bodies and minds more independently of you.

The first step in becoming a confident feeder during this transitional time is getting your arms around the nutritional issues- the WHAT of feeding. Come to learn about the key nutrients for this age, why they are so important, and how to ensure your child is receiving them.

In this session, we will cover:

  • 5 Key Toddler & Preschooler Nutrients- the growth they support and food sources.
  • Top nutrition pitfalls to be aware of before they begin.
  • Important transitions during this age.
  • A plan for offering balanced meals and snacks, including sweets, and how to put it all together.

Upcoming sessions: 

December 12, 2019- Register Now!

February 20, 2020- Register Now!

April 16, 2020- Register Now!