Practicing motor skills with food

Cooked peas, corn, and green beans can help toddlers practice using their pincher grip to develop small motor skills as they enjoy a healthy meal.

Falling asleep easily

Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested way to fall asleep. The amino acid l-Tryptophan is thought to play a role in making you sleepy.

Valentine’s breakfast treat

As a valentine’s breakfast treat, make your child’s breakfast pancakes or toast in heart shapes. Heart shaped cookie cutters are best for this.

High fiber for toddlers

Offer a high fiber, easy-to-eat cereal as part of tots daily diet. Most will happily eat O’s type cereal that is high in fiber.

Fruits and vegetables as snacks

Fruits & vegetables always make a wonderful snack for toddlers. It is important to introduce fruits and vegetables while young to develop a taste for them.

Foods can cause sleep problems

Food can contribute to sleep problems. Some babies on formula have sensitivities to certain types of formula.

Don’t force your toddler to eat

Do not make mealtimes a power struggle between you & toddler. Forcing toddler’s to eat can cause an unhealthy relationship with food that can last a lifetime.

Whole grain pasta tip

Serve your toddler whole grain pasta and brown rice, instead of their highly refined white counterparts.

Eating something before dining out

Feed child a little something in the car on the way to dinner, not enough to fill up, but enough to combat fussyness.

Make vegetables part of a toddler’s diet

Make high fiber vegetables like broccoli, sweet potatoes, spinach and cabbage an appealing part of your toddler’s diet.

Sneaking fiber into a child’s diet

Make sandwiches with high fiber wheat bread. Try serving your toddler’s peanut butter and jelly on high fiber wheat bread.

Self feeding

Self-feeding can begin as early as 6mos, as soon as baby can pick up bits of mashed potato or banana or baby peas.

Providing high fiber to toddlers

Provide high fiber fruits such as apples, pears and prunes. Fruits are a painless way to add fiber to your toddler’s diet.

Introduction of soft foods

Introduce very soft food in small amount on tip of spoon before seven months, to accustom infant to its feel.

Nutrient-dense foods

Nutrient-dense foods that most children are willing to eat include: Pasta, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Potatoes, Cheese, Poultry and Eggs.

Limiting snack time

Toddlers should not be allowed to eat multiple snacks throughout the day, it will suppress appetite for regular meals which tend to be more balanced

Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first weeks of school.

Cooking as family time

Cooking is both fun and educational and even children as young as two can get involved.

Offer tots a nibble tray

Offer a nibble tray. Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customized smorgasbord!

Avoid the sweet stuff

Oatmeal, raisin bran, fat-free granola & Cheerios are good choices. If child is used to sugary cereals, gradually mix in healthier cereals while reducing sweeter stuff