How to get your partner on board

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to get your partner on board.

I know it can be frustrating when you tackle table struggles differently. Today I walk you through several steps to help get on the same page and have the same answers to common meal time requests and struggles.

Click here to download a printable to help you make this transition!

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home!

Click here to listen to my episode all about the division of responsibility and click here for the episode all about meal and snack schedules!

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

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Thanks and until next time mamas!

What to do when your little won’t eat the dinner you made (listener question)

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa your Mama and Me RD. Today I answer another listener question.

A mama asks me what to do when her little refuses the meal she cooks.

Has this ever happened to you? If so, I give some tangible strategies in this episode and discuss what to look into and how to adjust to help set your little up for success.

If you are looking for more help on this topic check out episode 2 the division of responsibility where I cover another angle to take with this question.

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

Why you need a meal and snack schedule and how to create one that works

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Alyssa, your Mama and Me RD. Today I go over meal and snack schedules in detail.

I chat about:

  • Why you need a meal and snack schedule or routine
  • The difference between a schedule and a routine
  • How to build a schedule that works for you
  • How many meals and snacks to offer and other guidelines

Click here to download today’s FREE printable guiding you in making a meal and snack schedule that fits your family!

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my Instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

Also if you liked this episode share it with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Still want more? Click here to join my email list! I’d love to share more goodies with you and connect with you over email!

Thanks and until next time mamas!

What to do when your little asks for more

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Mama and Me RD. Today I chat all about how to handle your toddler’s requests for more.

In this episode I chat about:

  • How saying yes helps you say no
  • Different examples of situations that may come up
  • How to change our perspective
  • Changing our expectations

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you bring peace to mealtimes.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If you enjoyed it or learned something it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

If you’re interested in submitting your real life scenario to the show and getting my advice email me alyssa@mamaandmerd.com and I will consider it for a listener question podcast episode!

Click here to join my email list to get all sorts of goodies delivered to your inbox monthly or to check out my other podcast Diet Riot where I chat with a fellow RD all about how to heal YOUR relationship with food.

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

Division of Responsibility; quickest way to peaceful mealtimes

Feeding kids can be a challenge. How would you feel if I told you I can help create more peace during mealtimes? How would you feel if I told you I can take the stress out of mealtimes> If I told you I could help avoid the daily throw down matches over how many bites and which foods to try? How would you feel if you were let off the hook? 

Enter the division of responsibility. The first time I heard this (before I had kids) I was in awe. Duh, that’s so simple, so straight forward and honestly quite obvious. But this is not how most people are raised.

The Division of Responsibility (Ellyn Satter Institute) separates the responsibilities during mealtime.

As the parent you’re in charge of what, when and where your child eats. You then trust that your child can decide how much of and whether they eat the food presented. 

Now if your child is still a baby then this can be easy to implement now. If you already have a toddler or child who is used to you telling them how many bites to take or each foods, or what their plate should look like at the end of mealtime you might have some work to do. And that’s totally ok.

You love your child – I know! You want the best for them, you want them to grow and to thrive! I totally get it but I also suspect you want your child to be self-sufficient and in tune with their own specific needs. I bet you also want your kid to grow up and avoid any disordered eating habits they might bring from their childhood.

Now I can hear some of you already; “but you don’t know my kid, he wouldn’t eat if I didn’t count his bites”, “sounds easy but what if they don’t eat”, “what if they overeat and put on too much weight too quickly” so many thoughts around food and mealtimes with kiddos.

At the end of the day babies and toddlers are born to be intuitive eaters. They have no learned behaviors that cause voices to tell them what or how much they “should” eat.

They just eat.

Now I get it, I’ve even gone down the rabbit hole of “two more bites please” but don’t fall for that trap. The truth is some days your child may only need a small portion of their meal whereas another day they may eat two helpings, or 4 bananas in one sitting (real story of my son). 

Trust your child to eat what they need, they will grow, they will regulate and they will thrive!!! Not to mention, they will grow up without food rules which haunt them later in life. 

So start now. Hang the division of responsibility on your fridge if you need a reminder. I’ve created a free printable for you right here and in the show notes of my podcast. Then when you’re frustrated or feel something about to come out your mouth you can ask yourself if the division of responsibility would support it or not.

Let me know what other questions you have about this and I would be happy to answer! Until next time mamas!  

EP 5 | When to start solids

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Mama and Me RD. Today I talk about what signs to look for in order to know if your baby is ready for solid foods.

In this episode I chat about:

  • Signs of readiness
  • What changes if your baby has teeth
  • What age to start solids at
  • When to contact your pediatrician
  • Difference between baby lead weaning and purees

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you bring peace to mealtimes.

Hope this episode was helpful for you! If you enjoyed it or learned something it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much!

I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

If you’re interested in submitting your real life scenario to the show and getting my advice email me alyssa@mamaandmerd.com and I will consider it for a listener question podcast episode!

Click here to join my email list or to check out my other podcast Diet Riot where I chat with a fellow RD all about how to heal YOUR relationship with food.

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

EP 4 | How to start using low pressure techniques today (Listener Question)

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles with Mama and Me RD. Today I answer a listener question. A listener asks if she can change from a high pressure mealtime environment to using low pressure techniques and if so how.

I chat about:

  • how to talk to your kids in an age appropriate way
  • how to handle this situation if you have older kids
  • what ages work best with the low pressure technique

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where I drop almost daily content helping you change the mealtime environment in your home.

Hope this episode was helpful for you. If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much! I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when your village is all on the same page!

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

EP 3 | How to build a meal or snack plate

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles. Today I discuss how to build a balanced plate for your little. I talk about:

  • the differences between a meal and a snack
    a mental checklist of food items to add to a plate
    other considerations when building out a plate
    how much food to put on the plate during a meal or snack

If you’re looking for more content from me please head over to my instagram account @mama.and.me_RD where i drop almost daily content for you. I also have some examples of meals and snacks I’ve fed my children that fit into this framework.

Hope this episode was helpful for you. If it was it would mean so much to me if you left a written review it only takes you a second but impacts my show so much! I would also love it if you shared this podcast episode with your friends and family because it really does take a village to raise kids and it helps when you’re village is all on the same page!

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

EP 2 | The division of responsibility

Hey mamas! Welcome back to another episode of Nutrition for Littles. Today I dive into the division of responsibility (DOR). The DOR is a great framework for feeding children developed by Ellyn Satter.

It’s a way of dividing up the responsibilities between you and your child at the dinner table to make meals infinitely less stressful.

I figured this would be a great topic to start with since I will likely reference it a lot in the coming episodes so I want to have a place to point you to when you’re needing more clarification.

Hope you enjoy todays episode; if you did please take a second to rate and leave a written review that would mean so much to me. Also would love it if you shared with your friends and family too! If you’re looking for more free content from me head over to my instagram @mama.and.me_RD where I drop new posts almost every day.

Thanks and see you next Wednesday!

EP 1 | Welcome to the pod

Hey hey mamas! Welcome to this brand new podcast that I created just for

Hey mamas! Welcome to the very first episode of Nutrition for Littles with mama and me RD. I am your mama and me RD, Alyssa. Today’s episode is a get to know me. I chat to you about who I am, what I do and what you can expect from today’s episode.

If you want to learn more about me and get access to more free content head over to Instagram and follow me there @mama.and.me_RD I post all sorts of tips and tricks to feeding babies and toddlers and it’s a great place to tell me more about you!

I would love it if you went to my most recent post and told me a little something fun about yourself! If you’re interested in making any episode topic requests or asking any follow up questions please leave them in a comment or DM on my instagram. You can also e-mail me if you’d prefer alyssa@mamaandmerd.com

Thanks so much for tuning in today and I will see you next Wednesday!