Baby Led Weaning, by Rapley and Murkett (Book Review Pedcast)

Baby Led Weaning

by Rapley and Murkett

Vermilion Publishers-2008

Who would have ever thought that feeding an infant solid foods, the way your great grandparents did, would be a cutting edge medical controversy in the 21st century–but it is. So says the authors of Baby Led Weaning, by  British authors Rapley and Murkett. 20th century western society has been all about controlling the introduction of solid food to babies when it is time for them to get more that breastfeeding can offer. It is generally accepted that solid foods, also called complimentary foods, are needed by babies for good growth beyond six months of age. Standard 20th century dogma says that these first foods should be pureed and fed to the infant on a spoon, by his or her parents, introducing one new food at a time, without the addition of spices, salt, or added flavoring that would be normally added to the food.  Home cooked fresh foods were the opposite of what  babies were expected to eat for much of the 20th century America. Continue reading

Holiday Message 2015 (Pedcast)


Dr. Paul Smolen here, you know…Doc Smo, your pedcast host.  I can’t believe it but this is my fifth year blogging and now my fifth holiday message. I’ve got to tell you, who would have figured I would have this much to say and having so much fun saying it. I now have a newly published parenting book and one of the most successful pediatric blogs in the country with an average of 40,000 visits each month. Thank you for your support, your comments, and your enthusiasm. It is my privilege to be able to contribute to your parenting knowledge and hopefully improve your children’s well being.  Today, we are not going to talk medicine, pediatrics, or expert recommendations but rather, we are going to talk about some of what makes your family unique and special and I am going to try and convince you that your family’s absolute one of a kind nature is worth passing onto your children. The holidays are the perfect time to do that passing on. Children benefit from having a place in  their family, their community, and a place in the world. To a large part, they get these things from you, their parents and grandparents.  So today, let’s explore that theme a little today, especially in light of the upcoming holidays, shall we?

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The Power of an Elimination Diet w/ Dr. Sheila Kilbane (Pedcast)


Welcome to one of the most popular pediatric blogs out there, We love children and parents here and try to bring you ideas, guests, and practical strategies to help you be the best parents you can be. Portable practical pediatrics is our motto and what we try and deliver with each pedcast. I am thrilled to have a returning guest today, integrative pediatrician, Dr. Sheila Kilbane. She is a board certified pediatrician who has extra training in integrative pediatrics. Check out more about Dr. Kilbane on her website, Infinite Health, Welcome Dr. Kilbane. I hope you are having a good evening. Continue reading

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