Baby Classes (6-15 months)

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:

April 11, 2019

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:

February 27, 2019

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:

March 7, 2019

May 2, 2019

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:

March 14, 2019

May 9, 2019

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: 

February 21, 2019

April 25, 2019

School-Age Child (6-12 years)

Molding Your Future Foodie

Good nutrition and feeding remain center stage during the school-age years, and eating habits and food preferences are being molded for a lifetime. The world gets bigger. School, friends, and media may influence your child’s thoughts and eating habits.

Come to learn about your school-age child’s developmental milestones, how best to navigate nutrition and feeding, and strategies for handling outside influences as you continue on the journey of raising a healthy eater.

In this session, we will cover:

  • The developmental characteristics of your child at this age and how these impact feeding.
  • The top three influences on your child’s food choices.
  • Feeding that nurtures development, confidence, and self-esteem.

Food Parenting

Come learn about your school-age child’s nutrient needs, how best to navigate nutrition and feeding, and effective ways to teach nutrition to this age group. Learn realistic expectations for your child’s age.

In this session, we will cover:

  • Top 5 Key School-Age Child Nutrients
  • A plan for offering balanced meals and snacks, including sweets, and how to put it all together.
  • How to effectively teach nutrition

Teenage Nutrition!

Getting a group of teenagers together can be a real challenge and often times they are more successful and open in private sessions. We recommend contacting us at nutrition@potomacpediatrics.com to schedule an individual appointment.  However, if you (the parent) are looking for one-on-one time to better understand your teenagers’ nutrition needs you may request an appointment as well. Below are some the popular topics we can help you navigate.

Independence Reigns Supreme- Feeding Your Teen

The road to adulthood is paved with finding an identity, navigating social interactions, and dealing with moral issues. Physical changes are vast, and so are emotional and cognitive transformations. When understood and appreciated, information about these changes can help you guide your teen through this potentially rocky time.

In this session, you will learn effective ways to guide your teen to healthy and balanced eating, despite their natural pull away from you and your family routines.

In this session, we will cover:

  • The developmental characteristics of your child at this age, how they impact your relationship, and how to effectively feed them.
  • The key components to raising your teen to be a healthy adult.
  • Empowering your child to healthily navigate the real world by mastering key nutrition concepts.

Eating For You! 

*Specific to Troop 6806*

This 1 ½ hour interactive class was developed for Girl Scouts to successfully complete the requirements towards earning their “Eating for Beauty” Badge.

Topics to be discussed:

    1. Know how good nutrition helps your body stay healthy
    1. Find out how what you eat affects your skin
    1. Explore how your diet affects your stress level
    1. Investigate how what you eat affects your sleep
    1. Look at how your diet affects your energy
    1. Focus on techniques to help you stay emotionally healthy
  1. Top nutritional issues in Montgomery County teenagers

Upcoming Sessions:

February 22, 2019

Teen Nutrients, Pitfalls & Weight Issues

The road to adulthood is paved with finding an identity, navigating social interactions, and dealing with moral issues. Independence is in full gear, teens are growing like weeds, and they can be challenging to keep up with as they spend more time outside the home than in!

Teens need our help crossing over into adulthood.  Come to learn about the physical and emotional changes your teen is experiencing, how to connect and talk about nutrition, and how to handle typical teen challenges to assist you in launching a healthy adult!

In this session, we will cover:

  • The top 5 Key Teenage Nutrients
  • Why teens get “off track” and how to help
  • How to have a positive impact on your teen’s eating habits and issues with weight
  • The warning signs for disordered eating and eating disorders and what you can do