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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 13-Jan-14 09:38:59

We've been asked by baby and toddler food brand Organix to find out your top tips and advice for feeding toddlers throughout the day both at meal times and snack times (please think about main meals and snacks for each question).

So we'd like you to think about your toddling child aged approx 1 to 3 years (or think back if yours are now older) and share....

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

Share your thoughts, tips and advice on this thread and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 voucher for Love2Shop.

Please note your tips and comments may be used elsewhere by Organix.

Thanks,

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 21-Jan-14 13:41:27

Thanks for all the comments: excellent tips!

Am pleased to say MrsMarigold wins a £100 Love2Shop voucher from Organix. Well done!

tinypumpkin Tue 21-Jan-14 11:24:38

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
Blueberries, grapes, organix bars, breadsticks, cheese

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Weetabix (x3), snack, dinner (sandwiches etc), snack, tea (pasta is a favourite)

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
I do offer a variety of healthy and less healthy foods. I don't want to 'ban' unhealthy things as I think that just backfires. All things in moderation. Fruit is something I try to offer a lot.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Get them involved in 'helping' prepare it!

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
They like fruit more than I do (not that I let on about that).

LegoCaltrops Tue 21-Jan-14 10:09:34

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

The only major food tantrums we've had were due to odd texture, DD won't eat anything like couscous & isn't keen on rice. She prefers things she can pick up as a piece, eg potato wedges, pitta bread, vegetable sticks etc. She loves bananas & tomatoes, & will steal them off the shop counter if she gets the chance!

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?

Breakfast is usually cereal, we've just discovered she likes shredded wheat, so probably that or porridge, plus fruit. Lunch would be rice cakes & butter, & cheese/tomatoes/cucumber. Sometimes a sandwich or leftover pasta or a slice of homemade cheese & vegetable pizza. Dinner could be curry, or pasta with peas, salmon & cream cheese, or fish finger with homemade potato wedges & baked beans, or spaghetti bolognaise. Most things are homemade but not all. She sometimes has a snack mid afternoon as we generally eat late due to work/college. This would generally be banana, cut up apple/pear or a small orange, occasionally a small plain biscuit.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

She doesn't have chocolate as a regular thing & we don't give sweet cereal. I don't have a sweet tooth, DH does, & he has high cholesterol & a filling in almost every tooth. I've got low cholesterol & 1 filling. I don't think it's a coincidence & I don't want to encourage DD to want sweet food more than necessary.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

We've found that the number one tip for getting a toddler to be interested in food is to be interested yourself! DD has always been much more likely to want the food from our plates, so much so that sometimes we've deliberately kept some aside for her on our plates, to cool, with no salt etc & cut up as appropriate. We get her to eat what we want, she thinks she's getting some of mummy & daddy's food, everyone wins.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

She likes very strong favours & has done since she was very young. Eg cherry tomatoes stolen straight off the plant, curry (would eat a normal 'adult' strength korma at 12 months), olives, very dark chocolate, goats cheese etc.

daisydaisy11 Mon 20-Jan-14 16:44:07

My toddler loves carrot sticks and cucumber dipped in hummus. All types of fruit and some surprised such as olives (even the bitter ones that I wont eat) beans, peas, pasta, sweetcorn.

Dislikes radishes, onions and cooked mushrooms (loves raw mushrooms).

A trick my mum used when feeding us as kids. When cooking pasta e.g penne, she would add a single fusilli or different shaped pasta to the pot. This was the treasure and we would take great pleasure in eating our food to see who had the lucky treasure.

ScienceRocks Mon 20-Jan-14 13:11:04

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

Pasta, cheese, fruit, veg - I was very lucky in that they would eat pretty much anything.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?

I think it was pretty straightforward. Cereal when getting up, fruit and toast mid morning, something bread based for lunch including a protein source and some salad, mid afternoon snack of biscuit and fruit, dinner was something hot, with plenty of veg, a protein source, followed by a yogurt and some fruit. Water available all day. Other drinks only occasionally.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

I didn't offer spicy foods, but nor did I go for "toddler snacks". Normal biscuits, pasta, fruit etc was fine.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

Keep it varied and interesting, don't get stuck in a rut (for example, but always getting the same yogurts or type of bread) to avoid them becoming rigid, always offer fruit and veg, don't make treats forbidden, lead by example.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

Things like sushi have gone down surprisingly well!

serendipity1980 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:58:27

I meant to say that we don't give junk food like crisps and chocolate as snacks, unless they have received them from a party etc. Also, I tend to give them a snack mid morning (but not always) and mid afternoon (they normally ask at this time.)

serendipity1980 Mon 20-Jan-14 12:56:48

When our children were toddlers - now aged 5 and 4 - we gave them snacks of fruit, both fresh and dried, homemade biscuits or cakes and breadsticks. Since they've become older, I stopped buying breadsticks because they kept asking for them and I felt that it wasn't healthy. They both have similar tastes although our 4yr old is generally more adventurous but really doesn't like strong chocolate food.
Our 5 yr old didn't like blueberries as a toddler but does now - which is a shame because there is less for me!!!
One great snack I make now is the BBC Good Food energy nuggets recipe which is balls of pureed dried fruit rolled in dessicated coconut. Our DC (and us) love these and they make a great healthy sweet treat. They can't get enough of them!

jacqroberts Mon 20-Jan-14 12:50:28

I always ate with my toddler and the same sort of foods if I could. Babies learn by emulating but they have dislikes like anyone.
Don't make a bi deal of it and just relax and enjoy this special family time.

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

Loves fruit, plain yoghurt, toast, eggs, cucumber, tomatoes, strong cheese, pasta, potatoes, chicken, salmon, mince-based meals, peas, carrots and green beans. And funnily enough, cake, biscuits and rusks.

Doesn't like raw peppers, mushrooms or courgettes, and can spot them hidden in any food at a hundred paces.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?

Breakfast at 8ish (omlette/scrambled eggs/yoghurt/toast)
Snack at 10ish (fruit)
Lunch at 12ish (picnic-type food often - ham, cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, cream cheese on bread, fruit/yoghurt for dessert)
Snack at 3ish after nap
Dinner at 5 (whatever we're having, always homemade hot meal in the evening)

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

I try to offer healthy choices, not too much sugar/salt, and I try to give her a decent variety of stuff. Not always possible, and grandparents give her completely different food crap, which she also will happily eat.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

Eat together, make mealtimes a sociable, fun time. Talk to them about things other than food during meals. Don't stress if they don't eat everything, and don't withhold pudding (make it healthy) if they haven't eaten all their main course.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

She will happily eat things that are far less sugary/salty than what we're used to, and that we all eat more healthily as a result! Spelt pancakes with unsweetened berries are a really sweet treat for DD.

She's also perfectly capable of self-regulating her food intake. I don't need to force food down her - if she's not hungry anymore, she won't eat anything else, even if there's only one mouthful left. But that's ok. If she's hungry, she will let me know.

EssentialCoffee Sun 19-Jan-14 13:21:45

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

Fruit is a big favourite, at the moment DS (2) loves to eat clementines, apples, grapes and nectarines. I'm finding it tricky to get DS to enjoy vegetables at the moment, I think possibly it's the texture of things eg mushrooms, courgettes. Kidney beans and baked beans are very popular with DS. Potatoes of any sort (baked potatoes, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes), rice, pasta and spaghetti are all enjoyed.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?

DS eats breakfast and lunch with me, and dinner on his own as it's too early for me to eat dinner at 4! He also has snacks in the morning and afternoon.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

We have a rule of only letting DS eat chips when we are eating out as I think he would try to insist on chips every day otherwise! I try to avoid anything too salty or too sugary for him.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

Offer different things, and try not to get upset when it is rejected. Try to make food colourful and let the toddlers get involved in making it.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

I offered him some ice-cream as a treat and he preferred rice cakes - very strange! Also he loves to eat bread rolls, but he won't eat them with butter on. Also that he enjoys spicy food and chilli con carne is his favourite dinner.

sealight123 Sat 18-Jan-14 20:46:49

What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

My daughter loves melon, fruit and most vegetables but getting her to try a piece of beef is like hell on earth (unless you hide it within other foods lol)

What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
We wake up and she has breakfast, a mid morning snack, dinner, a afternoon snack, tea and then a supper snack. We go for the little and often approach, as she struggles to eat lots in one sitting. With water and juice as she goes too.

Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
I try to offer her as much as possible, but I allow her to feed herself, so that she can pick up when she's full. I also like to let her try as many new things as possible...but we also have the good ol' favourite Lasagne to fall back on if all else fails.

What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Let them eat similar meals, if you can't get them to eat the same meals. Let them help you cook the meals, my daughter loves eating 'Livvy's' meals smile If all else fails shape it like a smiley face

What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
We have never struggled to get her to eat fruit and vegetables...she loves them...she picks them over sweets

PinglePongle Sat 18-Jan-14 17:43:47

What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
She loves anything containing mash potato or cheese but hates the textures of root vegetables
~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
3 set meal times which are fairly the same time each day
~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
Didn't offer anything containing too much sugar until aged 1
~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Vary the food every day to make meal times an exciting suprise
~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
The amount of new things that she is willing to try

couldthisbeit Sat 18-Jan-14 15:25:39

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
He loves pasta, gnocchi, prawns, salmon, eggs, fruit and yoghurts. Oh and chocolate if he can get it! He is not at all keen on tomato or cheese sauces (but does like ketchup and cheese as it comes), rice of any kind and red meats.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Milk first thing; breakfast about 8 am - (fruit (berries / grapes / banana) while he waits for his porridge or dippy egg and toast ); raisins or a plain biscuit about 10-1030; lunch between 1145 and 1230 (picnic style of sandwiches, fruit, popcorn, cheese cubes, houmous etc or homemade pizza or frittata; milk about 330; dinner at 1700-1730 of pasta with prawns or whatever we are havng; milk before bed.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
I try to offer a variety and of anything we night have in the house. We don't buy ready prepared foods in general and so try to avoid salty, fatty or processed foods. Only limits are really the health guidelines like when to give honey etc. i find that offering new foods often works best when he is with friends or we are out at somewhere like softplay as he is less focussed on what he is having to eat.
Both my boys do have, and enjoy, organic type snacks including carrot stick crisps and rice cakes, which I find especially useful when we are out and about and for when friends are having 'real' crisps and biscuits as I feel they are a better choice for odd occasions.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Always let him try our foods if different from his or he asks, eating with him whenever we can, getting inspiration from other mums and dads, praising him for eating well, ignoring fussiness or refusal (this is easier said then done!), not being surprised when a previous favourite is absolutely refused. I have weaned his younger brother later(by 6weeks or so) and he already seems a better and braver eater, far less wary of texture than my first born.
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~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
His varying appetite, from day to day. Some things he unexpectedly loves (smoked salmon, olives) vesus things I love and assumed he would too but refuses (cheesy pasta and tomato based dishes). How much pleasure I get when he eats well and I know he is getting a healthy balanced diet.

muser31 Sat 18-Jan-14 08:26:38

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

addicted to yoghurt! loved cheese strings, and liked fish fingers and chicken nugget type meals and loves eggs.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
breakfast at around 6.30, snack at 9.30, lunch anywhere between 11.30 and 1.00. snack 3.00, dinner 5.00 and snack before bed

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
i don't like offering anything with sugar especially after lunchtime as dd is already quite a hyper child and doesn't sleep well. i don't give her any processed drinks, usually just water thats diluted a little bit, or milk. i like giving her eggs every day as I know they are full of good nutrition and will fill her up and don't have any junk or sugar so im happy to give an egg based meal every day. i also like mixing organix fruit in with her yoghurt as i know then she is getting some fruit every day. i don't like her eating the whole pot at once because sometimes it can give her loose bowels and im worried about the sugar content, but im happy if she spaces it out with yoghurt over the day as this means she gets her protein in as well.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

arranging the food in a pretty manner eg food cut up into chunks arranged in a line or a circle, using different dishes in a variety of colours and designs so they think its new and exciting, having dinner with your toddler so they are interested in what you are eating too and see an example of you eating your dinner. talking about food with a new perspective - eg 'the broccoli are like big trees, are you going to eat the trees! really helps' it has surprised me how much my dd actually CAN eat when she wants too - usually its little and often but in different surroundings such as out for dinner or with friends, she can eat so much more, also it surprises me how much she can eat if she has been very active all day!

HappySunflower Fri 17-Jan-14 23:09:24

My daughter enjoyed things that she could hold on her hand and feed herself, slices of melon, chunks of cucumber that she could use to dip into humous. Soup never tended to go down very well.

Daily food routine:
Breakfast at 8-weetabix with mashed banana or porridge with some kind of fruit
Mid morning snack at 10- cup of milk and chopped banana and apple with breadsticks
Lunch at 12- cocktail sausages, chunks of avocado, crab sticks, bad sticks with dips, or cheese on toast with cherry tomatoes, or a combination of the above! She usually has a yoghurt afterwards.

Snack at 3 after her sleep, similar to the morning.

Tea at 5. Whatever I'm having usually!

Milk at 7 before bed.

I try to offer things that will give her an energy boost at the right time of day. I avoid too much sugar towards the end of the day, and like to offer fruit for pudding as much as possible, that way the odd treat feels fine.

Tips, hmmmm. Getting them involved, letting them help and have some control over inks, by feeding them self helps a lot.

Surprises...well, I have yet to find a single thing that my child won't eat, that's the biggest surprise!!!

Hopezibah Fri 17-Jan-14 21:56:09

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
Unfortunately my toddler adores chocolate and crisps! Having two big brothers has made healthy eating a lot harder as it seems unfair to stop her joining in when they eat those foods.

thankfully she does love some veg - broccoli is her favourite and she likes peas too.

She has gone off sandwiches but likes main meals that are cooked.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Breakfast is milk to drink, cereal and milk. She will sometimes have toast and likes to pinch a bit of my musli.
She also likes to have some cereal dry without milk to pick at.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

We offer fruit for morning and afternoon snack. I try not to offer biscuits until after a main meal has been eaten.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

Keep things varied. Praise for good eating but ignore if they refuse food.
Keep trying - they go through fads - she used to love tomatoes, then refused for ages, now loves them again.

Small portions. Little things they can pick up and nibble at.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
They sometimes enjoy the most bizarre foods e.g. she happily eats cous-cous (ok thats not bizarre but not many other toddlers i know enjoy it so much) and even sardines (which i really dislike). So I supposed I have learnt not to make assumptions about what toddlers will and won't eat but to try everything!

Confitdecanard Fri 17-Jan-14 18:03:03

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy?
Anything with ketchup!
Tinned mackerel stirred into pasta
Sandwiches, especially with pate
Risotto
Fish fingers
Carrots
Raisins
Apples

What didn't go down so well?
Green vegetables are a struggle, although if he is allowed to glue peas together with ketchup then they go down well.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Breakfast: weetabix or toast
Lunch: Sandwiches (ham or pate), a fruit pot or apple
Dinner: pasta/risotto/whatever we are eating as long as it doesn't contain any egg or dairy (he has allergies)

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
No dairy or egg as he has allergies. Occasional dairy free chocolate as a treat (or bribe!) Try to offer fruit/veg at every meal.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
No snacks too close to meals. Fresh air seems to stimulate his appetite. If all else fails, a dollop of ketchup works wonders.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
How I occasionally compromise values I thought I wouldn't in order to get him to eat healthily.

SaltySeaBird Fri 17-Jan-14 00:14:32

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?

Have a 16mo. Her main love in life is Organix crisps (the cheese and herb or tomato ones). We do have to ration them but she stands by the larder banging the door with her fists.

Thankfully this is balanced with a love if fruit. Blueberries, peaches, grapes, strawberries and apple are the current favourites.

She also loves meat, chicken, ham and sausages are firm favourites.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Breakfast is cereal (weetabix or porridge) followed by fruit, a banana or large handful of berries plus a cup of milk.

Mid-morning she has a snack. Often a bit of fruit, savoury muffin, cheese scone or similar.

Lunch is something like omelette, beans or some chicken with salad (tomato, avocado and cucumber) followed by a yoghurt.

Mid afternoon she has another snack. Her beloved crips if she is lucky!

Dinner is what ever we are having, occasionally adapted for suitability.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?

I try not to offer too much processed food and try and keep her diet balanced.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?

Try and be relaxed about it. If she doesn't eat a lot she makes up for it at other times.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?

How varied her tastes are, and how opinionated she gets. She hates bread (annoying) and fruit bars and will scream and cry if you offer her either.

daisybrown Thu 16-Jan-14 22:56:48

Beans, beans, with every meal. They're low fat, high roughage and high protein so at the moment we don't make a fuss about it, just always make sure we buy the low salt variety.
Little one doesn't like to eat alone and always prefers someone to be eating at the same time.

janekirk Thu 16-Jan-14 18:02:27

Grated mature cheddar, quarter of a cucumber to chew on, wafer thin ham and pasta shapes. It's pure heaven to our 3 year old.

We always lead by example. If the kids see us throwing chocolate, crisps and sweets down our throats then they are bound to follow suit, so we wait for them to go to bed before we start that!

Spirael Thu 16-Jan-14 16:08:21

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
She's always been a good eater and enjoys all kinds of things. She particularly loves cheese, the stronger the better. She's not great with some vegetables, the more bitter ones like brocolli. She loves fruit.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
She eats all the main meals with DH and I, generally exactly the same as what we're having. Besides that, she had mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks of various, mostly healthy, sorts.

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
I went by the guidelines for things such as cows milk, honey, nuts, etc. Aside from that, I offered her all sorts of foods when I thought she had enough teeth to cope!

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Eat your meals together as a family and keep food fun - don't make it a battle ground. Some days they'll eat lots, some days not so much. A favourite food one day will be rejected the next. Just keep offering a healthy variety and stay calm!

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
How much she loves strong and unusual flavours. A lot of advice talks about only giving mild, simple foods. But right from the start she loved foods I'd never have expected her to. Things like blue cheese, and mussels!

MrsMarigold Thu 16-Jan-14 11:33:20

continued...

Mid afternoon snack - often a savoury muffin or fruit, ricecakes

Supper - cooked meal like spag bol and salad, grilled fish steamed veggies, roast meat and veggies. ie whatever we are having. Yoghurt (Yeo valley because they are less sweet than Petit Filous).

If we've been out all day we have something really simply like sardines on toast (Fish 4 Ever ones are divine) and chopped peppers and tomatoes.

Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
Mine are only allowed water and organic milk and sometimes weak Nesquik as a treat in the afternoon to boost calcium intake. I try to avoid sweets and chocolates but don't want any food to be taboo so they are sometimes allowed but not encouraged.
My DS (2.6) loves olives and pistachios. Both love prawns and all shellfish (scallops, clams, cockles and lobster) which I know is controversial but my DS had a diary protein allergy and the dietician we saw said to try everything. They also have always had honey, contrary to HV, advice because it has natural antibiotic properties. Salt is not allowed in our house and crisps are never given.

What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Never assume they won't like something and let them try everything. If they aren't bothered don't push it but continue to offer it - after two years of being offered broccoli every day my DS finally decided he likes it. They'll be less fussy if just allowed to get on with it and feed themselves.

What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
They are naturally adventurous - don't suppress their spirit of adventure by fussing too much if they make a mess.

museumworker Thu 16-Jan-14 11:13:18

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
DS is 1.5. He LOVES any sort of fruit, particularly grapes. In general he eats anything, although can be a bit funny about potato.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
8AM- Breakfast
10AM - Snack
11.30AM - Lunch
3PM - Snack
4.30PM - Dinner (nursery)/ light snack at home
6.30PM - Dinner (home - if been to nursery has second dinner!)

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
He's only allowed water or milk - no juice due to sugar content. I also try and steer clear of sweets and biscuits - although with an older child that is harder. I try and keep food out of sight apart from snack and meal times.

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Eat together. DS will often change his mind about eating something when he sees big sis tucking in!
Cook something all the family can enjoy. Easier for you in the long run if you've only one meal to make!
Be relaxed - most children won't starve if they don't eat their dinner. If you get stressed about food, so will they!
Don't offer something else if they don't eat their food. They will come to expect it.
Vary your meals - and be prepared to keep trying, even if they didn't like it the first time.
Allow them to feed themselves and play with their food. Get some cheap oilcloth from the market and put under the highchair to pick up any spills.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
How enjoyable food can be - he loves eating and to feed himself.

boptanana Thu 16-Jan-14 10:53:33

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
Fruit and veg, especially broccoli and peas. Breadsticks, rice cakes and yoghurt .
~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Eats 3 main meals and 2 snacks
~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
She has eaten with us since 6 months and generally tries most things dependent on salt and sugar content, honey etc
~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Offer them everything and don't get hung up if they don't eat much as they go through real stages if eating very little and them loads
~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
How variable their likes and dislikes are. Seem to change on a daily if not hourly basis !

aristocat Wed 15-Jan-14 23:15:07

~ What sort of foods did your toddler especially enjoy? What didn't go down so well?
Mine both loved most food especially if they could do it themselves, every day was finger foods! Chunks of fruit and bread sticks were a definite favourite.

~ What's your toddler's daily food routine like?
Breakfast at 7
A snack at 10
Lunch at 12-1230
A snack at 2.30
Dinner at 5-5.30

~ Why do you choose to offer (or not) certain foods - and when do you offer them?
I offered everything to be honest except nuts and fizzy drinks. If a certain food was refused/not eaten we would try again and again. Don't give up was my motto smile

~ What are your top tips to other parents in keeping your toddler interested at mealtimes or with food in general?
Eat together and have some foods the same. Use texture and colour and imagination and do not rush them.

~ What, if anything, has surprised you when it comes to feeding your toddler?
That it was so easy ..... compared to potty training haha

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