Toddlers are notoriously very picky eaters and more than likely yours will be too. After their first year of fast growth, toddlers will gain weight slower during his second year and will also need less food.
This developmental change, with a toddler’s growing need and want for independence, and inability to sit still for prolonged periods (including diaper changes), can turn the dinner table into a battleground.
If you already have a toddler or in my case toddlers, then you already know what I’m talking about. Just last night, I cooked dinner with potatoes and the twins wouldn’t even taste it. And here’s the kicker, they have always loved potatoes!
When toddlers decide to turn their nose up at new foods or refuse to eat or drink something that was once a favorite, don’t worry too much on it.
For toddlers, what and how much they are willing to eat will always change. The best thing to do is offer foods that gets in a lot of nutrition in small amounts and that could make meals a little fun.
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Make Every Calorie Count
Children aged (1-3) years of age a re required to have atleast 1,300 calories a day according to AAP. Nutrient packed foods as snacks or during meal time will help keep you busy toddlers when they are nibblers.
Some of these foods, many of which are pleasing to even the most discriminating toddler palate,
Foods that are nutrient heavy and pleasing for most toddlers taste buds include:
- peanut butter
- sweet potatoes
Offer Different Ways to Try Foods
Be creative with meals and the way you present them. Finger foods can make mealtime fun for a toddler, a toy for a few minutes . Offering different ways to try foods can also make them more appealing.
A lot of toddlers love to eat anything that they can dunk in a dip, such as cream cheese, fruit preserves or guacamole. The messier it can get, the more interested your toddler is in it.
Different foods that can be spread on bread, crackers, or sprinkled onto main courses are also toddler favorites.
Let your Toddler Drink it
If your toddler is more of a drinker than a eater, make drinks full of nutrients like smoothies. Smoothies made with milk, fruit and yogurt can be a delicious yet healthy snack.
Try offering drinks in a fun new spill-proof cup, such as the stainless steel 360° Cup by Munchkin, to attract your toddler to the goodness inside.
The steel 360° cup is insulated to keep those smoothies cold. Pull out your steel Munchkin cup during snack time, fill it with a nutritious drink, then mama can relax.
You know your toddler much more likely to drink those nutritional and important fluids if they’re fresh and cold. Fluids and nutrition are important at any age, so Munchkin offers an insulated cup for different developmental stages.
Be a Good Role Model
I have to say one of the most effective ways to make sure that your toddler develops healthy eating habits is to model your own love for nutritious food. Eat all of the foods that you are offering your toddler. If your toddler sees you engage in healthful eating and exercise habits, chances are they will too. Toddlers love to copy mommy and daddy.
Being a mom is already in one word, overwhelming, but working through your toddler’s picky eating habits can be done with a little ingenuity and a whole lot of patience.
Do you have picky eaters of your own? What are your go-to tips?