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How to get your toddler to eat

I am lucky that Valentino is a good eater. He is now almost 18 months, and for the most part he loves eating. Sometimes, however, he will get picky and refuse new foods that I introduce or that look different. So then I have to get creative and trick him. Sometimes my tricks will work, and sometimes they won't. Sometimes kids just aren't hungry and it's better to give up than trying to force feed. When they are really hungry, they will eat. 

Here are some tips that have worked for me:

  • Buy fun plates and cutlery. Make the whole eating process fun, and make it look appealing. If it looks good, then it will probably taste good, thinks the baby. 

  • When giving something new, start out with giving them a tiny peice. You don't want to overwhelm them with a big bite of something they're not familiar with. They will most likely spit it out. 

  • Have the whole family eat at the dinner table at the same time. Make sure your baby is hungry, and then start eating whilst he waits for his food. This works almost every time for me. Make your baby feel left out. Make him ask for it and really want it. Then after a few minutes be like "Oh you're hungry? Ok, here you go!" 

  • Try adding some condiments. Valentino loves plain yogurt. When he's refusing to eat, I'll dab some yogurt onto his food, put it in a new plate and get a new fork. Then I will pretend that it's different food. I will pretend to eat it while ignoring him. Then he will look at me curiously and eventually he will complain about wanting some. 

  • Never, ever force feed. That will just make it worse. Instead, ignore them. Give them more time to become hungrier. Then try again later. Don't keep offering food after he refuses it the first time. Just wait it out and try again later.  

  • Try the "hiding" technique. Take a food that your toddler loves, chop some foods that he doesn't like so much, and then hide it in the food he loves. Valentino won't eat green beans and spinach on their own, but if I sneakily chop them up and mix them in his rice and yogurt, then he will eat them and he will eat all of them! This is the best trick ever. 

  • Place the food in front of your toddler, then all of a sudden grab it and eat it yourself. Repeat several times. Then your toddler will get angry and think "That's MINE!" This works every time. 

These are some food Valentino finds palatable. I'm trying to get him to eat on his own with a spoon or fork, but that doesn't seem to be going so well. Wish me luck on that. 

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Hope this helped!

xoxo

Baby just loves to eat

As Valenitno grows, so does his appetite. He is constantly eating and then gets upset when he finishes his food. So then I give him more and then he eats too much and throws it up :p Instead of cooking for him every day (which is hard now as I'm pregnant and always tired) I cook for him once a week and then store and refigerate or freeze the food in these handy containers. They are microwavable and bpa free. 

I try not to give him store bought baby food. There is something I don't trust about fruits, veggies and meats all being kept at room temperature on the shelves for a long time. 

I have this rice cooker that steams also. I'll fill it with veggies or fruits, steam, smash, and then store. It makes life easy. I'm trying to get his palate used to different tastes and textures. I don't want him to be a picky eater.

Valentino loves cauliflower and tomato mix. I'll steam them and then put them in a grinder.

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He also likes to eat bell peppers and spinach:

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baby food

One thing we cannot live without is a crock pot. It is so convenient for cooking meat in for baby. It's by far the easiest way to make baby food. The meat becomes so tender and falls apart so easily, making it perfect for baby to chew on. 

Every few days I'll throw in a bunch of chicken breast, veggies and low sodium chicken stock into the crock pot. I'll cook it on high for 4 hours, and then we will have dinner for all of us, and I'll store some away for Valentino. 

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For Valentino's dinner I'll mix in some yogurt with his chicken and veggies. Ok so it doesn't look very appetizing but he absolutely loves it. 

Another one of his favorites, broccoli and cauliflower. 

And Baby Eats......

I absolutely love cooking for my baby because it's just so easy. There is nothing easier in this world to cook than baby food, and I am all about easy. 

A few months ago, I started Valentino on solids. We started with rice cereal, that I would mix in with his formula. At first I made it super runny until he got used to it, then I slowly worked my way up to a thicker consistency. In one the early days, I made the mistake of giving him rice cereal that I had made too thick and he kept me up all night screaming of gas pains. 

Here he is at 5 months eating his rice cereal. 

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After he got used to eating rice cereal I would add in some fruit, starting with bananas. I'd make the rice cereal, add half a banana, and then mash it up with a fork.

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I would give him the same food for 3 days before trying anything new to rule out allergies. Then I'd make little mixes for him, like banana strawberry smash (he LOVES this)

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He also loves his yogurt. I'll take plain whole fat organic yogurt and mix it up with his breakfast sometimes. I'll microwave some frozen blueberries for a few seconds, mash them up and mix them with yogurt. Or I'll boil an egg and mix the yolk with yogurt, but I won't always mix everything with yogurt because I want him to try and get used to different textures. 

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After I feed him most of his food with a spoon, I throw some on his tray and let him make a mess of it and hopefully have the rest land in his mouth rather than the floor. That's his favorite part of meal times. Here's him playing with some steamed and smashed sweet potato. 

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