Many foods pose choking hazards for our little ones, even when you least expect it. Sometimes certain foods can also be difficult for toddlers to fully enjoy as we do as adult—for example, when eating sliced oranges. My daughter is very independent these days, insisting on biting foods whole rather than having pieces cut for her. With this in mind, plus in an effort to minimize waste, I’ve engineered a pretty successful method of cutting oranges for my little girl to enjoy. Hope this works for you as well!
Sometimes going out to eat with your little ones is more trouble than it’s worth. Other times, your kids can be so well behaved it makes you look like all-star parents. The latter is probably more the exception than the norm, but with a few sneaky tricks, you can enjoy more meals out at restaurants without catching all the dirty looks for having a screaming child.
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 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
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
Not sure if anyone else has noticed this, or if my little one is just making it easy on me sometimes, but I’ve noticed lately that our daughter eats considerably more when she is distracted. Logic makes me think it would be the other way around – distracted so not focusing on food or drink. Distracted playing with or watching or doing other things, leaving the plate or bowl untouched. Actually, with Natalie, it’s often not so. In fact, giving her breakfast on the run in the morning in her BOB stroller actually results in her eating more food than if we spent the same amount of time sitting at the kitchen table. (Yeah right, like we would even last that long in the kitchen!) I’m not sure what a behaviorist or other doctor would say about this, but since my child is in the very small end of the spectrum for weight and our pediatrician wants to fatten her up a bit, I’m all for doing what works. Wouldn’t you do the same? Continue reading