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To feed toddler like this??

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idokidok13 Sat 25-Jul-15 11:08:23

So for e.g a weeks worth of dinners might be:
Monday- spag bol
Tues- spaghetti on toast
Weds- sausage caserole, veg and rice
Thurs- tuna, pasta and sweetcorn
Friday- one of those little dish ready meal toddler dinner things
Saturday- omlette, baby potatoes, veg
Sunday- fish cakes (frozen) veg and mash.

Other regulars are tortellini (sp?) Fish fingers, pasta and sauce, macoroni cheese etc..

Lunch is almost always a bagel with hummus and grated carrot, or cream cheese. Plus fruit and sometimes yoghurt.
Breakfast is weatabix or porridge or toast.

The odd treat/little milky bar/ packet of those toddler crisps/ chocolate buttons every so often too..

Sometimes I feel like its an OK diet, then other times i feel like its bad.
I'm not great at cooking and its only me and DS so a big meal every night seems a bit long winded when it's just going to get thrown in the floor. I do cook and freeze some stuff.

I'm not concerned with him having a perfect diet or anything but I want him to have a healthy diet! Or at least, healthy enough.

He's 2 next month.

TrinityForce Sat 25-Jul-15 11:13:46

It sounds lovely, it sounds like you're doing a great job

PushAPushPop Sat 25-Jul-15 11:28:18

My ds is 22months and his diet is very similar. Looks finesmile

He is also a bit obsessed with dipping at the moment so likes soup and bread/ dippy eggs and soldiers.

I rarely never really cook much either.

woowoo22 Sat 25-Jul-15 11:50:02

It is vg! Similar to mine for DS and I, he is 2 as well. Don't beat yourself up smile

AlpacaPicnic Sat 25-Jul-15 12:01:37

Bung in some cider and Haagen Dazs and you have a good week for me!

SaucyJack Sat 25-Jul-15 12:03:51

It's fine!

Beans instead of spaghetti is an easy way to get more veg in if you're that bothered.

Ragwort Sat 25-Jul-15 12:04:57

That diet sounds very healthy - do you make most of it yourself though or is it all tinned/baby jar food?

Why are you even questioning yourself over what is clearly a well balanced diet?

What do you think most toddlers eat grin

PaintedTshirt Sat 25-Jul-15 12:08:45

Very similar to my toddlers diet!

I often worry too, all parents do (I assume!) totally normal.

DidILeaveTheGasOn Sat 25-Jul-15 12:09:46

That's a balanced, healthy diet. Why are you concerned? It's not a stealth boast post because you're not casually mentioning that little Tarquinius Farquharious doesn't always eat his organic humus-dipped feta gratin so, I mean, what's the problem? My 2 year old eats roughly as well as that, although if she's not hungry or having a not interested few days re food, she gets offered spaghetti hoops quite often just to see if she'll have something.

Lurkedforever1 Sat 25-Jul-15 12:12:09

Compared directly with dds diet at that age it looks odd, however that doesn't mean yabu or dds diet was superior, just that our dc had different tastes in food so therefore yours eats a different diet exactly as they should do. Apart from spag bol and macaroni cheese my dd would have only ate one or two components served separately from all those dinners. However I'm sure your dc would be equally unimpressed by many of dds toddler meals. ( we're talking a lump of strong cheese, plain pasta and cold sweet corn, or spicy chicken, strawberries and bread, not an overly pure organic healthy ideal). Or at times eating only one food for days on end.
Assuming you aren't using the nasty salty processed type of prepared food, which I have no reason to think you are then at that age I think forming good habits is more important than all dc being forced to eat the same.

ScorpioMermaid Sat 25-Jul-15 12:16:36

My youngest ds is 2 at the end of august. he would be in heaven with that. apart from the omelette as he doesn't like egg but he would happily have a pasta or rice based meal everyday. I have a bit of trouble getting him to eat something for lunch as he won't eat bread or anything similar. so he just usually has fruit, cheese, meat, crackers and a yogurt.

idokidok13 Sat 25-Jul-15 12:17:15

My little sister is 13 years younger and my mum was insane about food with her, everything was super healthy from scratch etc. Literally everything. Shed probably rather poke her eye out than feed a toddler a frozen fish finger for example. She's a bit weird about what I feed DS sometimes so I was a bit worried.

Glad its considered normal though. I don't exactly possess common sense so its hard for me to grasp basic things sometimes confused

Fairylea Sat 25-Jul-15 12:19:57

Oh my gosh if my ds ate even half of that I'd be over the moon! He does have autism though and is a very very fussy eater to point he mostly lives on milk, strawberries and bread - literally that's it. I'm posting because while of course it's not ideal at our recent visit to the paediatrician they said that as long as he is having vitamin drops not to worry about it and eventually he should become more interested in food. So please don't worry - you're providing some great food and your little ones eating it! That's great! smile

DidILeaveTheGasOn Sat 25-Jul-15 13:08:35

I think it sounds great!

RiverTam Sat 25-Jul-15 13:11:06

Yep, another saying it sounds fine to me.

Tangoandcreditcards Sat 25-Jul-15 13:19:49

Snap here too for my 18mo. I have friends who are a bit "weird" about his weekly fish fingers too so find this thread reassuring. smile

xxxbingbunnyxxx Sat 25-Jul-15 13:40:15

That sounds perfectly good for a toddler, my ds is nearly 2 and that is very similar. If you think they need more veggies all do is make a home made soup and give that for lunch, parsnip is the favourite at the moment!

Lurkedforever1 Sat 25-Jul-15 13:48:48

I'm guessing op had some organic quail egg and steamed kale soufflé obsessed parent hinting her ds should be eating the same and just needed the reassurance she's not the odd one!

DixieNormas Sat 25-Jul-15 14:06:41

Sounds much like my toddlers diet, although like Lurked we have days of only wanting to eat one tyoe of food.

Unfortunately he wont eat fish fingers, I love the occasional fish finger sandwich with tomatoe sauce

Siennasun Sat 25-Jul-15 15:42:27

It sounds fine but out of interest why does she have the exact same thing for lunch everyday?

Topseyt Sat 25-Jul-15 15:55:34

That's a perfectly good diet.

When mine were toddlers I'd have been delighted if they ate half of that.

mrspremise Sat 25-Jul-15 15:56:02

I want spaghetti on toast now <misses point of thread>

Seriously, OP, that sounds more than perfectly acceptable, I think you're getting a good balance thanks thanks

tatumsfunkychicken Sat 25-Jul-15 15:56:43

Thanks for posting this, I was going to do the same. It sounds very similar to mine. I feel like we eat the same things in a cycle, pretty dull but it's all about getting him to eat, isn't it?

Breakfast - porridge, cereal or toast. Berries of some description.
Lunch - Egg, tuna, ham/soft cheese sandwich or quiche, beans on toast. (Soup in winter) Then a piece of fruit.
Tea- spag bolognese, beef stew, chicken and butternut curry, sausage casserole, sometimes a cheeky pizza, breaded chicken pieces or fish fingers but he rarely eats this. His latest favourite is leek and salmon (or bacon) pasta with creme fraiche, so quick to make but really delicious.

I'm always looking for ideas. Im struggling to get him to eat veg. Fruit is no problem but a carrot? Hell no. Brocolli? You must be mad, mother. He will eat corn, that's it.

DidILeaveTheGasOn Sat 25-Jul-15 16:02:58

Carrot and swede mash is a great topping for fish pie, great way of getting the veg in. Also a pork and apple casserole is a good way of getting in other veg that become less noticeable because of the apple flavour (like a background sweetness, very pleasant).

bigkidsdidit Sat 25-Jul-15 16:07:32

It's very similar to my toddler. Avocado on toast and tinned sardines mashed with cream cheese on toast are also favourites if you want to try something new smile

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