I can hear it now. The screams, the protests. I can see him shaking his head. Yep, you guessed it. It is meal time with my toddler.
Feeding my toddler is a battle. A battle I usually lose, as my toddler’s will is apparently stronger than mine.
Not every meal, as sometimes he absolutely devours his food. But oftentimes the food ends on the floor, with both mom and toddler flustered and upset.
Healthy Eating for Toddlers
I’m excited to have this chance to read Feeding Toddlers: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Happy and Healthy Mealtimes and participate in the release. The book was given to me complimentary and the opinion shared is my own.
The Feeding Toddlers book is full of great advice about eating healthy in general and feeding our little kids specifically. I love the points about taking the pressure off and not trying to force specific foods. Instead, offer healthy options at every meal and let them get used to seeing and selecting the foods.
We do have to change our mindsets about food, and involving the child in food preparation can help them want to eat it. So many adults have bad relationships with food, and we certainly don’t want to pass that onto our children.
I’m also very happy she discussed hiding vegetables and that it has a place. Yes, it isn’t going to help in the long run. But yes, it will help my child eat healthier today.
I liked that the book also contains suggestions for healthy meals that are pretty simple. She suggests ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into the meals, and that’s wonderful.
My issue is when my kid won’t eat any real food, I give him pouches instead (they have veggies, right) or peanut butter on crackers (because this kid needs protein). But those are also defeating the point of getting him to like and eat real food. But I’m taking the pressure off, and giving him a chance to try things on my plate. He usually ends up feeding them to me, rather than eating them himself, but it is a step in the right direction.
Feeding Toddlers: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Happy and Healthy Mealtimes.
Are you struggling to feed your toddler a healthy diet? Are meal times stressful and noisy? Does your toddler refuse to eat healthy foods and nag for cookies and treats?
This book is about feeding toddlers, whether they are picky toddlers, fussy toddlers or “normal eating toddlers”.
This simple and amazing book will show you all the secrets you need to teach your toddlers healthy eating habits and restore peace and calm to the dinner table.
It is tough being a parent, especially a parent of noisy and boisterous toddlers. Doesn’t that describe all toddlers? It’s so easy to cave in and give them the same foods every day. The same, not-so-very-healthy foods every day. Anything for a quiet life.
But you want your kids to grow up to be healthy, fit adults and you know that the key is healthy eating.
Feeding Toddlers will show you how to feed your toddlers (picky, fussy or otherwise) a healthy diet in such a way that they will learn to love healthy food and develop healthy eating habits. You will learn the stress-free way to toddler eating, to bring happiness to your mealtimes.
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Samantha @ Momma Wants Java says
Oooo! This book looks so neat! I’ll definitely go check it out! I need all the help I can get with these twins. 🙂
Gosh two picky eaters and they probably look to each other for foods they will or will not try heh
Nikki Crump says
I’m loving all of this information on feeding toddlers. I’m going to check out this book since I’ll two soon! LOL.
Grab it while it’s free heh
My kiddo is one of those super picky kids. Thankfully he’ll eat carrots and broccoli. Having him in an amazing ethnically diverse daycare also helps him to expand his palate. I never knew he liked curry over rice until he told me when I picked him up from school. And one day when I visited during my lunch break I could smell the deliciousness coming out of their kitchen and became jealous. Lol.
Eryka spera says
Picky eaters is so tough. I recently interviewed a feeding therapist about it and posted her responses. A lot of it I already knew because I worked with her in the past as a special education teacher.
Ooh I gotta check out your feeding therapist interview.
This sounds like a really good book! The best way I get fruits and veggies into my 16 month old is through juice! Every morning, I’ll pull out our juicer and toss in a couple of fruits, some greens, and usually a carrot or celery or something. He LOVES it, and goes crazy for them. It’s also the easiest way I’ve found to give him a probiotic. I’m totally going to give this book a look. Thanks for sharing <3
I pretty much blend in and hide the good stuff in my kid’s food too. Though that isn’t recommended in the book for the long run heh. Oh well, everything has it’s place. Check out the book while it’s free 🙂
Nicole Banuelos says
Eating healthy is an off and on problem at our house. One day my daughter is all for it and the next day she’s not having it at all! Thanks for sharing this resource!
Toddlers and their mood swings! Grab the book while it’s free 🙂
Tori @ The Mama Nurse says
I still think that pouches and PB with crackers is pretty good! I’m lucky if my son will eat that. He loves cheese strings and lunch meat… so strong willed!! Will be checking out this book for sure.
Yea I’m kind of with you. Anything semi healthy that they do eat is a win. Maybe not a long term win, but a win.