Anyone who has had a toddler can attest to one fact: FEEDING TIME is akin to Feeding time at the zoo. Hence this post Feeding your Toddler: 7 tips to combat picky eaters and a CYBEX 4-in-1 LEMO Chair Giveaway
Toddlers are exceptionally curious creatures with very short attention spans and always on the hunt for the next new, shiny object and distraction du jour. With my first child feeding time was a BREEZE- she just had an aptitude for opening wide and eating her food. She liked it, it didn’t matter what kind of chaos or stimulation was or wasn’t occuring at that particular moment in her milieu. She just adored her food; the veggies, the fruits- ALL OF IT!
And then I had my son and ALL BETS WERE OFF. He just didn’t like the smell, taste or sight of it! What I realized I needed – and what EVERY parent of a toddler needs-are the right tools in your arsenal– tips to make the food go down and of course the right feeding seat!
So my first word of advice to parents of toddlers facing the HOW CAN I GET MY TODDLER TO EAT conundrum. Get CYBEX 4-in-1 LEMO Chair made especially for toddlers to help them sit comfortably at the table in an adult chair. Whether it is feeding time or playtime, this seat gives a much needed boost for engaging with your child.
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Keep reading for your chance to win a CYBEX 4-in-1 LEMO Chair and tips to deal with picky eaters!
7 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters
1)Pay attention to patterns: Many children who are pre-school age have not adjusted to chewing certain foods and those in elementary school are starting to lose teeth, which can make it difficult for them to chew. Try opting for dishes with softer consistencies such as chicken stew, sweet mashed potatoes, and pasta.
2) Include the whole family: Studies show that many families are eating together less due to the past-paced society that we live in. However, leaving children to develop a taste for unhealthy snacks such as potato chips, soda and fast food. If time permits, include older children and younger children in the meal prep process and allow them to have a say in what they’d like to eat for dinner
3)Don’t be an Old-Fashioned Parent: Some of remember a time when our parents use to tell us to eat everything on the plate, or else. According to modern day nutritionists, encouraging children to eat everything on their plates has contributed to high rates of obesity in the United States. If a child says that’s too much, listen to them and only feed them what they can eat.
4)Hide Veggies in dishes they love: Spaghetti and macaroni and cheese are kid favorites. Try adding colorful vegetables such as squash, orange sweet peppers and zucchini to spaghetti. You can even add more tomatoes to the sauce. Incorporating small pieces of broccoli into macaroni will not only give it added color, but also add vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium to your child’s dish. To make meal favorites more nutritious try opting for whole grain pasta instead of pasta made with flour. You can encourage meal prep with the kids by making the pasta from scratch, either by hand or with a juicer like Omega juicer which does more than just juice–it can extrude pasta.
5) Tasty Desserts: Let’s face it, most kids love sweets. Eating sweets doesn’t have to be first class ticket to obesity. For instance, you can create delicious sorbets with fresh frozen fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and mangos will excite your child’s taste buds and satisfy their sweet tooth.
6) Make Yummy Snacks at Home:Pre-packaged bars, cookies, dried fruit can increase a child’s intake of sugar, preservatives and sodium. Expand your child’s view of snacking by offering healthier, yet still tasty, options. As a DIY project, dehydrate apple, mango and banana slices with an Excalibur food dehydrator. Dehydrating food at home with kids will create a fun environment and also allow you to swap out those pre-packaged snacks for healthier alternatives.
7) Lead by Example: Kids usually grow up eating what their parents eat. Become extra excited about the foods you are eating. Say words like wow, this is so yummy! and they will want a taste.
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