I have to admit that toddler eating habits through me for a loop with Weston. I like to think that I’m more prepared for Carrigan and her eating as we’ve transitioned to the toddler years, but I’m not quite sure I am! But I do have a few tips for how you can handle this tricky age and not get all stressed out about what your toddler is eating!
Toddler Eating Habits Don’t Have to Stress You Out
Toddlers are busy little people. Carrigan doesn’t stop very often (but oh how I wish she would take a nap sometimes), not even to eat. Toddler eating habits around our house do not include sitting down for a full meal very often. But there are some things we do around here to encourage her to stop and eat while also doing our best to get some good nutrition in her.
Since Carrigan doesn’t sit down to eat a full meal very often, I’ve learned to embrace snacks.
When it comes to snack, I focus on options that pack a nutritional punch. Some of our favorites include:
- Apple slices with peanut butter or cheese stick
- Carrot sticks and hummus
- Pretzels with cheese cubes
- Whole grain cereal
- Yogurt with fruit or granola
- Graham cracker with peanut butter or cream cheese
- Fruit leather
Set a Schedule
We offer more smaller meals (or snacks) throughout the day rathr than having a schedule of three meals a day. Find timing that works for you and stick with it. We offer breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and an evening snack.
The meals are smaller in size in an effort to have her actually eat most of it.
We try not to let her just munch throughout the day and instead stick to our schedule to encourage her to actually eat when it’s a meal or snack time.
Make It Fun
When it was time to transition from the bottle to more toddler dishes, we made it fun. We let Carrigan help pick out the sippy cups and new dishes. Getting her involved in her own toddler eating habits has helped build excitement.
So get your child involved in making some of their own choices! You can let them choose the dishes or even what they want to eat (from limited options, of course!)
Pack In Nutrition
In an effort to balance out the toddler eating habits that have me thinking about making sure Carrigan gets enough nutrition, I’ve looked for some options for us. Carrigan was combo fed both breast milk and formula for the first few months and then transitioned to formula.
As we transitioned from formula, I wanted to make sure she was still getting everything she needed to continue growing strong and healthy!
Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink has been a great solution for us during this time of transition! The toddler drink is designed for toddlers 12-24 months and has probiotics to support digestive health!
Some of the other features I appreciate as a busy parent thinking about my child’s nutritional needs are:
- Essential nutrients to help fill common nutrient gaps many toddlers experience
- Has essential nutrients such as Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Potassium
- DHA and iron to help support brain development
- Non-GMO: not made with genetically engineered ingredients
Since most toddlers are not getting the recommended amount of certain key nutrients such as Vitamin E and Potassium, Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink has been a great addition to our routine!
I’m a mom on a mission to triumph over toddler eating habits! It doesn’t have to be hard. Just focus on doing little things to boost the nutrition and your child will make it through these tricky eating times with flying colors!
Welcome to Toddlerhood Giveaway
One lucky winner will have the chance to win a “Welcome to Toddlerhood” Prize Pack from Gerber! You’ll get the chance to try out the Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink as well as some other goodies!
To enter for your chance to win, visit the Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink and learn more. Then come back and use the form to tell me one thing you learned! You can earn another entry by sharing a story about your child’s transition into toddlerhood!
The giveaway is open to US residents and ends on June 26th. Good luck!