Have you ever wondered why babies suddenly become a whole lot more discerning around 12-to-18-months old? Or perhaps you work with families familiar with the ‘beige stage’ – that frustrating phase where toddlers seem to survive on a bland diet of crackers, toast, plain pasta and bananas. In this episode, we’re joined by dietitian, Alex Parker, from The Biting Truth, to share practical strategies to help parents navigate the ‘beige stage’ of toddler eating. Learn about the key nutrients essential for toddlers, the role of parents in modelling healthy eating habits, and the importance of language at mealtimes. Alex also shares insights into distinguishing typical fussy eating from more complex sensory issues or food aversions. 

Hosted by Brooke Delfino


Alex Parker is one half of the dynamic duo that makes up The Biting Truth. She is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, media nutritionist, guest speaker and mum.Alex has a keen interest in working with parents and children to provide clarity and inspiration for nourishing their family. As a mother of a toddler and a partner to one of Australia’s leading childcare organisations, Only About Children, Alex truly understands the challenge of feeding, and is realistic in her approach to childhood nutrition. She is the co-founder of Little Bites – the ultimate online nutrition hub for families.


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Developmental changes that happen around 12 months old 
  • Practical tips to maximise key nutrients in fussy toddlers 
  • The importance of role modelling healthy eating habits 
  • The impact of language on toddler eating habits 
  • How to identify what’s ‘normal’ and when fussy eating indicates more complex issues

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Connect with Alex and learn more about The Biting Truth @thebitingtruth and @thebitingtruthkids   

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