At Learn to Eat. Love to Eat. we understand how challenging it can be to find trusted resources.
Information about feeding and your child’s development:
For information on child development, parenting, mealtimes and nutrition.
Information on healthy eating for toddlers and children.
Information on Australian dietary guidelines, with examples of serving sizes.
Information for introducing solids to your baby and the progression of solids until 12 months of age.
For information on ages and stages, nutrition and growth, family meals and feeding problems.
Research evidence of the benefits of family mealtimes and a guide to starting family mealtimes.
Information if you have concerns that your child has more than typical fussy eating:
The Royal Children's provides a list of examples of typical or problematic feeding behaviours.
This organisation provides resources for identification of feeding issues, a directory for providers and specialists that serves the complex needs of feeding disorders and support for parents and carers.
Emotional health and wellbeing for parents:
Parentline provides a statewide telephone counselling service to parents and carers of children aged from birth to eighteen years
Healthy Families is all about giving you the information, knowledge and confidence to support the young people in your life – whether you’re a parent, guardian, grandparent, a favourite uncle or an awesome auntie.
Websites for meal ideas:
Follow our journey on Instagram where we put a few recipes to the test!
First aid courses:
We recommend parents/carers attend a infant/child first aid course. We want you to feel confident feeding your child a range of food that is developmentally appropriate. We know parental/carer anxiety around mealtimes can influence children’s feeding behaviour. Knowing how to respond to choking or allergy reaction will provide you confidence. Here are just some of first aid courses available in Melbourne and Geelong.
“Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense” By Ellyn Satter
Widely considered the leading book involving nutrition and feeding infants and children, this revised edition offers practical advice that takes into account the most recent research into such topics as: emotional, cultural, and genetic aspects of eating; proper diet during pregnancy; breast-feeding versus; bottle-feeding; introducing solid food to an infant's diet; feeding the preschooler; and avoiding mealtime battles.
“Baby Led Weaning” by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
Learn to Eat. Love to Eat. believe child led weaning is best, whether it is from a spoon or with finger food. Whether or not you follow the baby led weaning approach, we love a lot of the practical information presented in this book about starting solids and all the great finger food ideas.
“Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater: A Stage by Stage Guide to Setting your Child on a Path to Adventurous Eating” by Nimali Fernando and Melanie Potock.
Paediatrician Nimali Fernando and feeding therapist Melanie Potock (aka Dr. Yum and Coach Mel) know the importance of giving your child the right start on his or her food journey—for good health, motor skills, and even cognitive and emotional development. In Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater they explain how to expand your family’s food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes.
“Helping your Child with Extreme Picky Eating: A Step-by-Step Guide for Overcoming Selective Eating, Food Aversion, and Feeding Disorders” by Katja Rowell and Jenny McGlothlin
A family doctor specialising in childhood feeding joins forces with a speech pathologist to help you support your child's nutrition, healthy growth, and end meal-time anxiety (for your child and you) using the clinically proven STEPS+ approach.