Food Readiness & Fussy Eaters


Providing a well-balanced nutritious diet to our children is becoming very difficult for many parents/caregivers. Not a day goes by when an advertisement informs us of too much sugar, too much salt or how processed foods can be a problem to our health. The challenge becomes more difficult when trying to introduce solids to our infants or dealing with a 2-3 yr old that may be termed as a “fussy eater” leaving parents/caregivers in despair.

The process of introducing solids is just as challenging as eating the food for children and parents/caregivers alike. Exploring some developmental stages to assist parents/caregivers around feeding cues (engagement and non-engagement) may provide some strategies to support the process.

This webinar will help you to offer advice to parents who are introducing solids or struggling to encourage their child to eat a variety of nutritious foods.

In this session, you will:

  • Acquire knowledge about the process of introducing solids (signs of readiness)
  • Gain an understanding of the main points we need to observe in food readiness
  • Build on your knowledge of food allergies & how to navigate this when introducing food
  • Recognise and address parental anxieties when introducing solids


This webinar is included in your membership.

Course Content

Total learning: 1 lesson / 1 quiz Time: 1 hour

About The Paediatric Nurse

Our Story

The Paediatric Nurse was founded by Brooke Batchelor, a paediatric nurse and qualified teacher, after she experienced the frustration of finding affordable and accessible continuing professional development that was relevant to her paediatric nursing practice. Through this frustration, she decided to set up an online platform that assisted paediatric nurses in meeting their continuing professional development (CPD) annual registration standard requirement, with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. In August 2018, The Paediatric Nurse CPD/CE platform was launched and began delivering live and recorded webinars featuring expert speakers from all over the world.

Our Vision

We believe that with access to relevant, affordable and evidence-based professional development, all members of the paediatric healthcare team can provide opportunities for children & their families to have a voice and receive care that is meets all of their needs. Our profit-for-purpose business model ensures a sustainable, long-term goal of improving paediatric healthcare experiences through programs that fund paediatric post-graduate training for nurses, funding hospital familiarisation programs and supporting play therapy programs to assist with aftercare or post-hospitalisation readjustment. We look forward to a future where children feel part of the decision making in their care and suffer no trauma related to their healthcare experience.

Our Mission

We exist so that you can receive evidence-based CPD/CE that is affordable, accessible and relevant to your practice by breaking down the barriers that prevent you from meeting with the experts. AND We exist to advocate for children in healthcare ensuring that they receive care that considers the whole child within the context of their family and the effects that the care they receive may have on their emotional wellbeing.

Our Values

  • Empowerment – by providing engaging and relevant CPD/CE opportunities, we hope to influence the future directions of paediatric healthcare in Australia
  • Advocacy – we take child health and protection seriously and as registered nurses, we aim to advocate for Australian children to ensure their needs and rights are met
  • Access – the opportunity to speak directly to the experts and access the latest in evidenced-based care
  • Community – we encourage the essence of community and connection by making this space just as much yours as it is ours- your suggestions are always valued!
  • Passionate – our love for paediatric nursing is infectious
  • Selfcare – when nurses look after their own health & wellbeing, their practice can soar to new heights

Our Role

  • Is an international online membership community that champions the success of paediatric nurses the world over
  • We provide continuing professional development (CPD) education/CE, training, resources and support for nurses via our online membership and social media channels
  • Helping paediatric nurses learn from world-wide experts
  • Inspires paediatric nurses to be leaders in their field
  • Provides content and resources to educate and inform paediatric nurses
  • Is an opinion leader and advocate on issues of importance to paediatric nurses across all communities.


Siglinde Angerer is a Registered Nurse/Midwife/Maternal Child Health Nurse with her career spanning over 37 years. Over the last 14 years Siglinde has been a Clinical Nurse Consultant in the area of Maternal and Child Health working in remote and rural locations in Australia. On top of her original nursing & midwifery qualifications, Siglinde has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Health, a Masters of Applied Science and a Masters in Professional Education and Training. Siglinde’s notable achievements in 2011-2013 include designing and setting up two successful parenting groups which focused on getting to know your infant and understanding your toddler. Siglinde also designed an additional program for families with 6 to 16-week-old infants aimed at getting to know their baby through infant massage. A fathers group was later set up to allow fathers to attend a Saturday group with their children aged birth to 3 years, with the support of a Psychiatrist, Social worker and Early childhood worker. Siglinde was a co-contributor to the ‘Baby teeth count too’ program with Dental Health Service Victoria as well as the ‘Strong women, strong babies, strong culture’ program in the Northern Territory. Siglinde was involved in designing, developing and implementing the ‘Lead testing program’ for 6 months to 5-year-old children in Mount Isa Queensland as well as the development of an e-learning program for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation on Infant massage and brain development.


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In this session, you will:

  • Acquire knowledge about the process of introducing solids (signs of readiness)
  • Gain an understanding of the main points we need to observe in food readiness
  • Build on your knowledge of food allergies & how to navigate this when introducing food
  • Recognise and address parental anxieties when introducing solids



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