Is your toddler a picky eater? Do you make delicious food, yet struggle to get them to eat? I’ve been exactly where you are and I know all we want is to see them healthy and thriving. From one mom to another, here are 3 helpful tips on how to get your picky toddler to eat!
I was extremely naive and thought I was an excellent mom for getting him to eat well (poor me!) It had nothing to do with me. I was just lucky that he was a good eater.
I surely discovered that when I had my second son! I made exactly the same types of food, but he wouldn’t eat anything!!! For a while, I had to mix bananas to almost any dish I made for him.
That’s what would make him eat. And guess what? He’s always had a hard time pooping. So bananas weren’t the best thing to add to his food. See how complicated it was to get my little one to eat?
Luckily, my mom is a pediatrician and she was always just a phone call away! That helped me a ton. Today, he’s still a little bit picky, but nothing that compares to the extremes of when he first started eating!
I know how hard it is to cook food and have it be rejected. To try again, only to see your son not touch a single piece. Not because I wanted him to like my food or anything (although it would be nice to see him appreciate what I made), but mostly because I wanted to see him get his much-needed nutrients!
I get it. It’s tough! And this is exactly why I’ve compiled my best tips so you can have a smoother road ahead of you than the one I had.
3 helpful tips on how to get your picky toddler to eat
Some of these I tried out myself and some of these I discovered recently, but I really wish I had them available to me when I needed the most.
On the other hand, I’m happy to be able to share it with other moms who need it and know that you will be successful in feeding your child healthy, delicious food. Or at least, have the tools you need to make the process easier for you!
1. Seek professional adviceI know that seeking professional advice for “picky eaters” sounds a little too complicated and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
I’m thrilled to be partnering up with Happy Family Organics to let you know that they’re coming alongside parents to offer free advice on any feeding questions.
They believe we deserve to feel confident when it comes to feeding our children, offering them the best possible nutrition. And I couldn’t agree more.
With this in mind, they started offering a free chat service on their website where parents can speak to their Happy Mama Mentors, who are registered dietitians, lactation specialists and certified in infant and maternal nutrition.
How awesome is that?
The Happy Mama Mentors know exactly what struggles we go through. Not only are they certified professionals, but they’re also moms who are real and go through the same worries at home.
They understand us and are ready to help anyone with questions. The service is available 8am–8pm (EST) Mon-Fri & 8am–4pm (EST) Sat-Sun.
I didn’t have this support system available to me at the time of my own struggle, but I’m happy that it’s available to you now!
2. Look for new recipes. Innovate in the kitchen
When my little one was giving me a hard time with this, one of the things that really helped me was finding recipes that were fresh, delicious, and fun!
Discovering the recipes in the Little Bites (homemade baby & toddler food cookbook) really helped me feed Daniel food that was healthy, and at the same time, exciting for him to try.
If you’ve been a reader here at Family Life Blog for any amount of time, you have probably seen me talk about it and recommend it. That’s because it truly helped me and it still does.
The recipes in the book grow with baby, and honestly, are a wonderful treat for the whole family to enjoy!
Here are some recipes from the book that we absolutely love as a family:
3. Talk to other moms who have been there
I know that having too much advice from other moms can sometimes be a little stressful to us.
But think about it this way…When it’s solicited advice, especially from other moms who have been at the same place we are now, it can make a tremendous difference in our journey.
Wouldn’t you agree?Hearing other perspectives might help us see things with fresh eyes and figure them out in a way we weren't able to on our own.Click To Tweet
And you don’t always have to follow every piece of advice you receive, but be open, listen with honesty, and analyze them carefully. You might just hear something that will make your journey that much more effortless.
Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. Proverbs 13:10
Getting your picky toddler to eat
I hope with this advice, you’re finally able to get your little one to eat.
Seek out that awesome free professional advice at the Happy Family Organics website, make some exciting recipes, and finally, talk to other moms who have been there.
They get you. Happy feeding!
Oh…and as always, the best part happens now: share with us (down below in the comment section) your struggles with feeding your children and how you have overcome them or how you plan to do so if you’re still in the midst of it all!