Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

Eating and your Toddler:

Getting your toddler to eat can be pretty difficult. If your one of those parents who can’t seem to work it out maybe some of these tips will help you. Hopefully, some of them will give you the confidence to stick it out and figure out what works for you.

I think, I lucked out as far as not having a “picky eater” Allie loves most foods. She will eat pretty much anything I give her. But, I have noticed recently, after only a few minutes she gets bored with it and wants to go play. Now, that may be a result of being able to run around the house easier and get into everything.

I have tried a lot of different things to get her to sit and finish a meal but I have yet to find the right combination that clicks for her and the rest of our family.

I researched a few different techniques and have compiled my own list of tips I think might work for me. Hopefully. some of them will help you and we can share in mutual success 🙂

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  27 TIPS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO EAT (AND FINISH) A MEAL

  1. First of all, let us just be clear… As long as your child is eating SOME of their food it is a great accomplishment. Especially around age 2 when they want to do anything but what you ask them.
  2. Allow only two to three snacks a day. Such as fruit, cheese, crackers or raisins. Children who over snack will not be hungry for meals. snacks
  3. Avoid to much juice or milk as it takes up their calorie intake for the day. (16 oz. milk and 6 oz. juice) banana-juice-in-glass-13929203836Q6
  4. Give your child smaller portions and only give more if they ask. To much can overwhelm and discourage. Also, giving them this little bit of control will make them want to do it for themselves.
  5. Try to incorporate all four food groups at each meal. (Carbs, fruit, veggie, and meat)
  6. Try, as much as possible, to eat as a family. When the child see’s others eating and enjoying themselves they will want to do the same.
  7. Maybe, change the appearance of the food to peak the child’s interest. (use cookie cutters for fun shapes)
  8. Avoid negative reactions or even positive praise. The child should want to eat to please themselves not anyone else.
  9. If you feel like your child just isn’t getting enough try a multivitamin.
  10. Don’t judge from just one day, as long as your child is getting a variety of foods over a week long period, they are fine.
  11.  As a rule, only make one meal for the entire family.Show that if you are eating the meal everyone else eats the same food.
  12. One bite rule, at least try each thing once.
  13. No substitutes! They must have the same meal as everyone else.
  14. Don’t offer any snacks at least two hours before dinner. To insure they are hungry for the meal.
  15. Get them excited for the meal.  “Almost dinner time, lets set the table!” table-setting
  16. Try to have a tray stocked with anything you might need for the meal. Constant up and down to get forgotten items disrupts the flow and children tend to get distracted fast. eating tray for the table
  17. Offer special rewards for eating a certain amount like stickers or dessert. educational-rewards-prizes-poster
  18. No punishments. but make the rules clear. They must try at least one bite of everything at every meal no exceptions.
  19. Keep your expectations low. These things take time. One day might be great and they eat most of their food and everyone has a great meal, and the next day spaghetti is on the wall and in your hair and the dog ate most of the food. The more you do it and stick to your guns it will get easier.
  20. Keep your eye on the prize. That being, a smooth family experience, not etiquette school. Since it is your house you get to decide what the difference is for your family.
  21. Keep the meal short. As we all know, children have very short attention spans. Get to know your time frame and try to stick within that time slot.  look-blocky-text
  22. Try to make after dinner dessert more of the fruit variety. Cakes and pastries will give them a sugar rush. fruit-mix
  23. Don’t give up! It takes time to form a good habit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, keep up with it.
  24. Keep offering new and different foods. No matter how many different times, you never know when they will be in the right mood to try and like a new food.
  25. Do not try to put so much effort into the preparation of your toddlers food. They will most likely reject a lot of it. Don’t feel defeated, it happens!
  26. Be sure to have dinner long before bed time. Tired children are notorious for being very cranky and not wanting to eat anything no matter how hard you try to feed them.big-ben-wall-clock
  27. Don’t get to crazy! If you hit the end of your rope its okay to give in and make a PB&J. (but only once in a while)

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Keep your head up! We can’t all be stepford wives 🙂

So, these tips may not work for everyone. But, I do believe they are a great starting off point to find what works best for you and how you would like your meals (and overall life) to be for your family.

That is all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Organizing for Dummies…. Not really

Organizing your home can be very stressful. Especially if you haven’t been keeping up with all the random stuff you collect throughout the years.

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I know I love to collect lots of different things. I love home goods. Kitchen appliances and decor seems to be my favorite.

So, in order to organize all the things you may have lets go through some of the top organizing tips I’ve found so far,

First of all, I thought I was organized until I ran out of space. But, that is always how it works out. Once you run out of space things just seem to come out of the woodwork. Most things you didn’t even know you had in the first place.

There are a lot of things organized people do… apparently…

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  1. Organized people write things down
    1. When I write things down I usually wind up losing the paper or forgetting I wrote it down in the first place.
    2. I try very hard to remember to bring a notebook with me every where I go but that doesn’t always happen.
  2. Give everything a home.
    1. My mom used to say “A place for everything and everything in its place”. I obviously don’t follow that as much as I should.
    2. Obviously, this picture shows how truly unorganized I am, No matter how many times I clean and organize the things on this dresser it always seems to look like this in a few short days.
  3. Keep up with yo’ stuff:
    1. Stuff does not keep itself organized, keep it in check
    2. Always put things back where you found them, this will make it a lot easier to find them again and look a lot better as well.
  4. Keep only what you need.
    1. Now, this one makes me a little uneasy. I don’t NEED my Dolphin/Giraffe collection but I like them a lot and I will keep them no matter what. They make me happy.
    2. Less is more or whatever. Easier said than done… I love stuff!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.
    1. If you do it right the first time you won’t have to go back and do it all over again.
    2. It might seem to take longer but it will definitely save more time in the long run.
  6. Give yourself a reward/treat when you accomplish a task, to motivate yourself (this is my favorite step of all)
    1. Pretty much self explanatory
  7. Keep things you use everyday within reach and those once-in-a-while things out of site.
    1. Obvious
  8. Have a donate box in the car for things you don’t need
    1. Utilize it
  9. When in doubt… have lots of hooks for hanging things…
    1. nothing on the floor makes the home look much more organized
  10. Slow and steady wins the race
    1. You don’t need to organize everything in one day. Take your time.

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Organizing an entire home is an art form.

I recommend this book…

Move your stuff Change your life: How to use feng shui to get love, money, respect and happiness

Move your stuff, change your life: how to use feng shui to get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

It is engaging, informative, joyful and funny. A must read for those who need to organize in a deliberate way to feel more at peace.

You’ll be organized at more at peace with your life in no time.

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading. Have an incredible Day.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.