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Feeding the Body and the Mind: Nurturing Healthy Eating Habits from the Start

In this podcast, Dr. Dan Kessler describes how the feeding relationship between parent and child nurtures a child’s physical and emotional development, and suggests ways to get babies and toddlers off to a healthy start.  

Dr. Kessler is a board certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.  He will soon be joining Southwest Human Development as the Medical Director of their newly established Child Development Center and will continue his work with young children with feeding difficulties.  


1.  Listen to this podcast

2.  Learn more about Dr. Dan Kessler

Additional Resources:  

Read About Key Findings from ZERO TO THREE’s 2009 National Parent Survey

Healthy From the Start: How Feeding Nurtures Your Young Child's Body, Heart, and Mind

Healthy Eating Strategies for Young Children

Coping When Your Baby Has Reflux or GERD

How to Handle Picky Eaters

How to Feed Babies and Toddlers in the 21st Century

What Can We Do to Prevent Childhood Obesity, Beginning in the First Three Years?

The Feeding Relationship

Frequently Asked Questions:

I’ve been breastfeeding my five-month-old since he was born, but he just got his second tooth and I’ve just gotten my second bite. Any ideas for what works in this situation?

I have a 9-month-old daughter who used to eat anything
, but now when I try to feed her vegetables she clamps her lips shut, cries and pushes the spoon away.

My 2 1/2-year-old is suddenly insisting that I feed him all his meals, even though he's done really well using a child-sized spoon and fork for almost a year now. What should I do? 

My 3-year-old only seems to want macaroni and cheese or bagels and cream cheese at mealtime



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