Classes for Parents

Baby Weaning Class

Starting your baby on solids is exciting but it can be a minefield, given all the conflicting information, it’s hard to know who or what to believe. However, this important step for you and your baby is one you should enjoy and feel confident about starting.

When you come to our 90-minute Baby Weaning Class you will get all the information you need to get your baby off to a Solid Start with healthy family meals and lifelong healthy eating habits. You can even bring your baby along!

Caroline O’Connor founder of Solid Start combines her 18 years experience as a registered dietitian and a mum of four children to bring you the latest evidence on feeding babies in one practical common-sense class. You will leave the class confident and relaxed about feeding your baby from their first taste to the end of their first year.

GET ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS SUCH AS:

  • How will I know when my baby is ready?
  • Should I choose spoon feeding or baby led weaning or is it OK to do both ?
  • How can I  prevent fussiness?
  • I’m worried about food allergies and choking, what can I do to prevent this?
  • What equipment is a must buy and what’s not worth it?
  • Places are limited to 12, allowing you lots of time to get all YOUR questions answered.

INFORMATION PACK AND RECIPES INCLUDED
The cost of this class is €50 per person or €80 per couple (partner or grandparent). This includes a take home information pack with recipes, welcome coffee and delicious homemade muffins. Some of this cost is covered by health insurers.
Where and When: These classes are offered monthly in Rochestown and every second month in Midleton and Mallow. You will find all of the dates for 2018 on our Facebook page.

“ I really enjoyed the class, it was laid out really well and so relaxed. The information was clear, sensible and straightforward- a balanced approach and I liked that it was backed up by evidence and Caroline’s own experience. I feel much more confident now”
Pauline McAree

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Fussy Eating Class for Parents

Parents tell us that they have more enjoyable family mealtimes, feel less stressed about their child’s eating and are more confident in their approach to feeding their family after attending this Fussy Eating Class. This class is not just for parents of fussy eaters, it’s for any parent who wants to raise a happy, healthy eater!

Over 2 hours, Caroline our registered dietitian in Cork will cover why, how and what to feed your children, along with plenty of time for your own questions.

WHY CHILDREN CAN BE FUSSY?

We look at what influences children’s eating habits as they grow and how nutrition requirements change with time.

HOW BEST TO FEED CHILDREN?

We look at 5 key feeding strategies for parents. These strategies have been proven to help kids become adventurous and competent eaters and develop a healthy relationship with food and eating that will last them a lifetime.

WHAT SHOULD WE FEED THEM?

We will talk through meal and snack ideas and you will be able to see actual portion sizes, ideas for presentation and practical tips for managing family meals with busy lives. Learn about how to manage ‘treats’ so that your child doesn’t become ‘treat obsessed’!

You will also get an information pack with advice from the class as well as recipes for meals and snacks.

INFORMATION PACK AND RECIPES INCLUDED

The cost of this class is €60 per person or €100 per couple (partner or grandparent). Includes welcome coffee and muffins. Some of this cost is covered by health insurers.

Where and When: These classes are held in Rochestown, Cork on Saturday afternoons and in Midleton on weekday evenings.

“If you are like me and have a fussy eater on your hands then Solid Start is where you need to go. Not only did this course make me look at the way I associate food with my son, it also made me look at the way I treat meal times. As Caroline says it should not be stressful, that is the biggest lesson I learned today, that and how important family meals are. I have come away really excited and enthused about developing a healthy and happy attitude for our whole family from today on. Caroline’s approach is very relatable as you know that she is speaking from experience having 4 children herself. She isn’t just doling out information from books, she has tried and tested what she is saying. Her honestly about things that have and have not worked for her make you very comfortable in the knowledge that you are doing a good job. I would highly recommend attending this class”
Catherine Ahern, Feb 2018

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Private classes and weaning parties

If it doesn’t suit you to come to us then we can come to you for a private individual class or for ‘weaning party’ for a group of friends. If you are worried about any aspect of your baby or child’s diet or feeding then a private consultation with our registered dietitian in Cork can be arranged (this can be at your home or in the Children’s Clinic, Model Farm Rd, Cork). Caroline O’Connor, our registered dietitian sees children for the following reasons:

  • Suspected or diagnosed food allergies
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Fussy Eating
  • Weight concerns
  • Constipation
  • Anaemia
  • Colic
  • Reflux
  • Weaning

“I would highly recommend Caroline’s class. I’m aware of the time and effort needed for weaning and wanted an approach that would integrate into busy family life and work around all the school runs and activities! Caroline’s friendly, no nonsense approach and practical tips were fantastic”
Sheila Duggan

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