Most fruits and vegetables tend to be extremely colorful. Their colorful nature makes them attractive to young kids, which is great since they are such healthy choices for toddler meals and snacking. Creating a rainbow fruit tray with your kids is a great way to ensure your children get the right amount of healthy, juicy fruits. It is also a fun activity to try with food as St. Patrick’s Day approaches! Making a rainbow fruit design can also be a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. Mom or Dad can cut up the fruit and the kids, with a little help, can make the rainbow shape on a special plate. This activity is enjoyable for all ages and encourages healthier eating for your family.
With Easter coming up, I decided to have a little fun with a new pancake shape on our frying pan this weekend. Puppy dog pancakes were such a hit with my daughter that I decided to try bunny rabbit pancakes. The bunny pancakes turned out pretty cute and would be a fun addition to your weekend breakfast routine with your kids every once in a while. (If you are new to making shaped pancakes, I caution you to practice making my puppy dog pancakes first.)
If my daughter gets in one good meal per day, it’s usually breakfast. I’m not sure if it’s the variety or just the types of food customarily served at breakfast, but she tends to do well eating at breakfast time. I find that toddler breakfast ideas come fairly naturally to me, so I decided to write a post specifically about making a creative breakfast for toddler aged children. From eggs and pancakes to fruit or cereal, hopefully you can find something here in this list of toddler breakfast ideas to entice your kiddos to enjoy the most important meal of the day!
Enough with this winter already! If I see one more snowflake—or ice ball—falling from the sky, I am going to scream. I’ve given up hope on wishing for warmer temps for the time being and have instead focused myself on living vicariously through memories I have of tropical vacations before starting a family. (Who has tropical vacations anymore after starting a family?) Channeling the warmer, tropical state of mind, I’ve taken to making tropical themed food ideas for my little one. Consider these suggestions for tropical food for toddlers, featuring islands, palm trees, fish, dolphins, penguins, and more.
Disclaimer: These tips are provided as-is and without warranty. I am a mom of one and neither a doctor, nutritionist, nor allergist, nor do I play one on TV. Please use your best judgment in attempting these techniques in your own Toddler Mealtime Battle.
We’ve all been in the trenches at one point or another. A fussy, picky toddler refuses to eat anything on his plate. A stubborn child will only eat macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets day in and day out. Feeding time is a constant battleground no matter which way you turn. You feel like you’ve tried everything, and you likely have. You’ve at least near exhausted your resources and ideas time and again. I know, I’ve been there, too. Thankfully I think I’m finally coming out on the winning side of our toddler mealtime battle.
You may be wondering where we ever came up with Mickey and Minnie Mouse turkey burger sliders. So there’s no shortage of Minnie Mouse in my home, and Mickey is a fast second favorite. My two-and-a-half-year-old daughter simply can’t get enough. Unfortunately, she rarely gets enough to eat, either, because she much prefers to run around the house, read books, play with her toys, chase the dog, look at the floor, you know, anything but eat.
My daughter loves Minnie Mouse so much. In fact, for her first day of school picture, we made up a chalkboard with some of her favorite things and what she wants to be when she grows up. You guessed it—she wants to be Minnie! Not only that, but Natalie also wants to be Minnie for Halloween and she tells “Minnie” more things on her play phone than she tells me or her daddy when we try to talk to her about her day or about school. Minnie for the win! So in honor of her favorite character—okay, okay, and in a creatively selfish attempt to get her to eat more food—I created a Minnie Mouse lunch that you, too, can easily create for your little ones. (If you have boys, keep reading still—just a small adjustment will create Mickey Mouse instead!) Continue reading Homemade Minnie Mouse and Minnie’s Bows Lunch for Kids (Mickey, Too!)
You know it as well as I do… If you’ve had the same leftovers day in, day out for the past three or four days, you’re going to be sick of whatever it is for a while. Toddlers get bored with food just like adults do, maybe even more so. Sometimes the preparation or the recipe can even be different, but if it’s still chicken, or pasta, or a sandwich, we can all easily get tired of the same kind of food over and over again. Continue reading Toddler Meal Ideas: A New Take on Old Favorites
Natalie’s second day of school came and went. I felt bad because this time she started crying before we even left the house, or the kitchen table for that matter. She was working on the second half of her first waffle (she always requests two) and I mentioned that we could bring the rest of her waffles with us to school in case she was still hungry. Then on came the waterworks. Continue reading School Lunches with Love: Fruit Salad with Hearts
I think lots of parents would agree that a good babysitter can be worth every penny when it comes to trying to enjoy a nice night out to dinner. Especially parents of toddlers, most especially parents of toddlers like mine… she won’t sit still, she tires easily of the crayons and coloring pages restaurants sometimes provide. Still, it just isn’t feasible to hire a babysitter every single time you want to go out to eat—especially if it’s a family meal with her cousins or a special breakfast you want to share together. So, as parents of toddlers, how do we survive a meal in a restaurant? Continue reading Surviving Restaurant Meals with a Toddler