Hand to Hold's Official Blog: Written by Parents for Parents

Meet the Professional: What Does a Dietician Do?

While a baby was in the NICU they are often cared for by a NICU dietitian who monitored their nutrition, caloric intake, and growth. After discharge parents must continue to monitor their baby’s nutritional needs. A good discharge plan can help, but it is crucial that parents follow-up with your pediatrician as well. Often parents and doctors seek the assistance of a […]

Starting Solids with your Preemie

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t wait to start solids with my preemie. Anything that brought normalcy, and a sense of another milestone being hit felt victorious! Starting solids with your preemie is an exciting step.

I read up on conventional foods for preemies, as well as alternative and natural routes. It wasn’t until I began feeding my daughter solids that her needs became clear to me. [Read more]

My Child Won’t Eat!  4 Ways to Teach a Picky Eater to Love Variety.

“I don’t like this.” “I don’t eat things that are green.” “Do I have to eat that?” I bet these are statements you hear regularly from your picky eater.  Or maybe your child is younger and doesn’t talk much yet or has speech delays and they just shut their mouth and push the food away, […]

Five Tips for Preemie Nutrition

Does your preemie have eczema, allergies constipation or reflux? Maybe these are just things that you want to avoid? It’s never to late or too early to begin getting your preemie on the best track nutritionally. When my preemie was born I thought I knew a lot about nutrition and eating healthy, but our little […]

The Challenges of Good Nutrition

It was Thanksgiving lunch at Joseph’s school. Parents and grandparents had joined their children in the school cafeteria for a special Thanksgiving celebration. Because of Joseph’s multiple food allergies and compromised gastrointestinal system due to short bowel syndrome, I had packed a lunch for Joseph that was both allergy friendly and one that I knew […]