Picky Toddler

20 Tips and Tricks To Make a Picky Toddler Eat

“My toddler is a picky eater. I am concerned about him.”
Whenever you meet a toddler’s parents you will find them complaining about their toddler throwing tantrums at the table. As a mom of a toddler, I know how hard it is to deal with a baby who doesn’t eat well.
It can be sometimes really frustrating to make a fussy eater eat without losing your cool.

I have compiled 20 working tips and tricks to make your trouble making little one eat well during meal time.

1. Eat as Family

Toddlers love to imitate other people around him. Let your picky eater sit and have his meal along with the other family members. Offer the same food which you are having. This would lead to a successful feeding session as your toddler would get a feeling that he is eating what others are eating and he is not offered something different.

2. SAME CROCKERY

Toddlers are great observers. They are always curious about what others are eating. When they see their plate and bowl different than their parent’s plate and bowl they think that the parents are eating something interesting and they are offered separate food. So, use the feeding essentials for your little one from your crockery set.

3. Use attractive feeding set

If you are already using the same plate and bowl for your toddler as yours and still he is being picky, consider buying an attractive feeding set for him. The colorful and attractive looking set might excite him resulting in your toddler enjoying his meal time.

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4. Turn off the Television and other activities

Turn off the television, tablet, games and other distractions around your toddler. Let your fussy eater concentrate only on his food.

5. Choose a fixed meal time

Follow a consistent mealtime for your picky toddler. Divide his feeding sessions into five parts- three main meals and two snacks. Decide the meal timings and the gap between the meals that suit your toddler’s routine (consider naps too).

To maintain the consistency, your little one should have a fixed routine for everything- mealtime, naptime, and playtime (obviously it can go a little up and down). Feed him at the same time every day and in a few days, he would know what to expect when.

Another tip is don’t feed your child immediately after waking up and just before his nap time.

6. Give Reasonable Portion of food

As discussed above, divide your toddler’s meals into five parts. Don’t expect your toddler to eat a large portion of the main meal after having a large portion of the previous meal. Always remember, kids, love to eat throughout the day. So, spread the meals diligently into multiple parts keeping the quantity reasonable.

7. Don’t offer the same food too often

Introduce a variety of foods in your toddler’s meal chart. Toddlers often get bored if they are offered the same food too often.
Some of the healthy food ideas for picky toddlers are listed below:

  • Stuffed Paranthas
  • Beaten Rice With Banana
  • Vegetable Poha
  • Carrot and Spinach Puri
  • Makhana Kheer
  • Dry Fruit Kheer
  • Suji ka Halwa
  • Wheat Halwa
  • Tomato Paneer Rice
  • Moong Dal Chilla
  • Mango Shrikhand
  • Beetroot And Carrot Raita
  • Wheat Porridge
  • Scrambled Eggs with vegetables

8. Make the food look attractive

It is quite common for toddlers and young children to refuse food. They sometimes find their food unappealing. To combat their feelings, explore your creative side and think about making the food look interesting to catch your child’s attention.

9. Make the eating session fun and interesting

Have you observed the energy level of your toddler while playing?

It is at a next level, right?

So, think about turning mealtime into play time.
Let the food become a prop.

Game No.1: Tell your little one that he is a superhero and he has to gulp the monster (food). Praise him each time he finishes the task.

Game No.2: Ask your little one to point out the object when you ask, ‘where is the clock’? ‘where is the fan’? or ‘where is the table’?
If he gets successful in telling, ask him to accept his prize (bite of his food).
Give a round of applause as he takes the bite in, and repeat the activity.

10. LET YOUR toddler Participate

Toddlers enjoy getting involved with their parents in day to day activities. Let your toddler participate with you in whole meal preparation session right from purchasing the groceries and veggies from the supermarket to chopping the vegetables, cooking the food and setting the table. Ask him to do simple things like picking up a vegetable, throwing the peels in the dustbin, passing the things, and setting the plates with you.
This can help your toddler in developing a positive attitude towards food (as he had a hand too in the preparation) and he might end up enjoying his meal like never before.

11. Give some time to toddler to accept food

If one day your picky toddler refused to eat a particular food then don’t think to drop down that food completely from his meal chart. It is very common for young children to take some time to accept a new taste, flavor, and texture. Try to give the same food the next day and the following days for a week before jumping into the conclusion that your child is intolerant to it.

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12. Avoid offering rewards

Never bribe your toddler by saying ‘if you finish your food, you will get chocolate, candy or ice cream’. By doing this you are giving your fussy eater a feeling that he will get some ‘good food’ in return for finishing a ‘not so good food’.
Bribing your child might make it easy for you to make him finish his food but it will give an invitation to more problems in the future.

13. Don’t offer drinks just before the meal

Avoid giving milk or juice an hour before your child’s mealtime. These heavy drinks will fill his stomach and he will not be able to eat well.

14. Mind the gap between the meals

There must be at least 2-3 hours gap between the main meal and snacks. If the gap will be too less between the meals then naturally the baby will not be too hungry to finish his food.

15. Stop pleading and force-feeding

If your toddler has started refusing the food after eating a portion of it, don’t push him to finish everything on his plate. Never try to force feed or push the spoonfuls into his mouth. All this can create a stressful environment and can lead to your toddler feeling dreadful before meal times.

16. Stop replacing the food with snacks

You’d made so many attempts to feed your picky eater, but he is not ready to finish his food.
Now the next thought that comes to your mind as a considerate mom is that your baby is hungry so you should offer him something of his choice which at least fills his stomach.

This is where you go wrong!
These little munchkins are way smarter than we can imagine.
Your toddler knows that if he will throw tantrums during the meal time, he will surely get his favorite snack to eat.

17. Change the presentation of the food

If your picky toddler doesn’t like mashed potato then replace it with stuffed potato paratha or potato fries.
If he avoids eating paneer in the cubical form then think about giving him paneer scramble.
It is always a hit and trial thing with kids.
Change the way you present food to your toddler which he doesn’t like and observe if it makes any difference?

18. INVEST IN A FEEDING CHAIR

Develop good eating habits and table manners right from an early age. Invest in a good quality high chair to make your toddler comfortable while eating. Putting your toddler in a high chair before serving meal will prepare him mentally for his eating session and he will less likely to become cranky and fussy.

I bought Chicco Pocket Meal High Chair for my baby when I started weaning him (6 months +). That was also the time he was learning to sit on his own. I guess buying a high chair was one of the best investment I made on baby gears. High chair not only makes it easy to feed the baby but also provides safety to him while eating.

19. APPRECIATION AND APPLAUDE

Appreciate your little one for trying new food. If he finishes his meal without much hustle, give him a loving smile and applaud for his efforts.
If your child will relate your appreciation and applaud with finishing a meal then feeding sessions will not be a challenge anymore.

20. Consider the toddler’s mood

We get so overwhelmed to feed our munchkins that we forget to consider their willingness. Sometimes we adults also go through mood swings when we simply don’t feel like eating. This commonly happens with everyone be it an adult or a child.
Keep yourself calm. Don’t make a big deal out of the whole thing.
Give some time to your toddler and try again in the next meal.

Do you have any other idea to feed a picky toddler?

If yes, please share it below.

After all, sharing is caring, right?

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SAHM

11 Amazing Ways To Enjoy Life As A Stay At Home Mom

It is quite hard to just be a Stay At Home Mom (SAHM) especially when you have enjoyed work life before having a baby. Staying inside the four walls of the house and running around kids all day can lead to frustration in the long run. Over a period of time, SAHMs begin to feel worthless which is not healthy.

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Believe me, if you are not happy and contented as a mom you won’t be able to give your 100% to your family. Taking out some time from the day dedicatedly for yourself is very important to rejuvenate oneself.

Spare at least 30-60 min in a day to do something that you enjoy. It could be yoga, craft, book reading or writing.

Now you must be thinking, ‘how do I make time for myself as a busy full-time mom’? The answer is simple!

A little bit of management is key to make some time for yourself which looks like a luxury after entering motherhood. Convert your child’s nap time into your ‘me time’. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your husband and family members.

I have compiled 11 amazing ways which you can integrate into your life to have a rocking and contented life as a Stay At Home Mum.

1. HIT THE GYM

Take at least one hour every 4 days in a week and move out of the house to enjoy time nurturing your body. Working on your body and burning calories would give you a sense of satisfaction that you are taking care of yourself too. And having a perfect body with time will also give you a high level of self-confidence too.

2. JOIN YoGA/AEROBICS/ZUMBA CLASSES

If you don’t like exercising think about joining Yoga, Aerobics or Zumba classes near your house. Moving your body will help you to stay active and confident. This will also help you to socialize with new people.

3. TAKE UP A HOBBY

When you don’t have anything else to do other than your everyday routine then life seems to be on a REPEAT MODE. Another way to enjoy life as a stay at home mom is to have a hobby. Having a hobby can help you relieve stress while allowing you to do something that you enjoy.

Your hobby could be anything from singing, dancing, painting, reading, jewelry making, photography, gardening to baking.

5. READ BOOKS

A few years back I created a list of books to read before I turn 30. Completing that task is in my wishlist. If you are a book lover too then you would definitely be having a list of books to read in the coming years.

Dear stay at home mommy, don’t get lost in looking only after the house and kids, take out some ‘me time’ for yourself too and catch up on some reading time if this is something you enjoy.

6. SOCIALIZE WITH FELLOW MOMS

Motherhood can lead to loneliness specially when you are a stay at home mum. When your working friends are busy juggling between their work and personal life and you stays at home then it becomes quite difficult to find compatibility with them.

During such times it becomes important to meet and strike friendships with new people who have a similar routine and interest like yours.

Find fellow moms in your neighboorhood, parks where you take your baby for everyday outing, local gym or Zumba class, your child’s daycare/ play class or social media groups.

Also, there are also so many online meetups that are organized to connect young moms with similar beliefs and interests.

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7. LEARN A SKILL

We are a lucky generation as we are provided with the 24*7 access to the pool of knowledge that is available through online learning. Youtube is a great source of learning to almost anything in the world. There are so many tutorials available on youtube that gives step by step knowledge to learn whatever you want.

You can learn skills like video editing, graphic designing, interior decoration, fashion designing, professional makeup, languages, basic or high-level computer skills, etc. This could also help you to convert your skill into a career in the coming years.

But if you are not very keen to make a career, learn something that can help you to perform better in life. You can take up personality development lessons, improve command over your language, learn cuisines from around the world, learn personal grooming skills or just upgrade your general knowledge.

8. GROW YOUR EDUCATION

If you are a Stay at home mom who has taken a career break and you wish to join back to work in the next few years then it is a good chance for you to add some education to your qualification. When your baby will grow up a little you can think about joining back to work with your upgraded resume.

Apart from degree courses, there are numerous short term courses available that can help you in professional growth later. Online and offline distance learning courses give you an opportunity to pursue your studies from the comfort of your home.

Coursera, Udemy, Udacity, Lynda, twenty19 are some of the top online education sites which you can check if you are interested to pursue some course.

9. Read Blogs, articles, good stuff online

There are so many Stay at home mom available online who writes beautiful blogs about life, parenting issues, and motherhood. Reading such blogs and articles not only helps in growing your knowledge but also helps in connecting with mums who are sailing in the same boat. Connect with fellow mums and get inspired.

10. Freelancing

As a Stay at home mom, taking the freelancing work is a great way to meet your obligations at home and in your career. If you are a SAHM and want to be financially independent at the same time then go for it!

Freelancing means offering online service in a field you are good at with the comfort of your home and with flexibility. Find out what freelancing service you can provide over the web.

Can you work as a Graphic designer, website designer, content writer, web developer, social media specialist, translator, copywriter, photographer or online tutor?
Sign up to freelancing work websites like Upwork.com, Guru.com and get a chance to work from home. There are also so many online portals that focus on the stay at home jobs for women.

Check this : Jobs With Flexible Work Hours for Stay At Home Moms

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11. BlogginG

There are so many Stay at home moms I know who write with only the intent of reaching to masses with their blogs. They feel rekindled when they pen down their knowledge and share their perspectives with the world. For blogging you just need two things:

  • Good Command over language
  • Knowledge about a topic of your interest

Your area of interest could be Fashion, Health, Fitness, Education, Technology, Home Decoration, Life Hacks, Personal Care, Food, Music, etc.

NOTE: Dear Stay At Home Mom don’t get overwhelmed to integrate all the ways described above in your life. Take up one or two of them which you like the most and which comes under your comfort zone.

Also, remember that your child should be your priority first. He/She is growing up fast and this time is not going to come back. Consider it as a privilege to be the most important part of your child’s developing phase by enjoying each and every milestone that he/she makes. Don’t consider yourself less than anyone and feel proud to be a STAY AT HOME MOM.

Mother's Day Gift ideas

11 Creative Mother’s Day gift ideas 2019

Looking for creative Mother’s day gift ideas?

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we all vacillate a lot while deciding the perfect gift for our Mothers. We always think of gifting our mothers something special each Mother’s Day but somehow due to lack of creative ideas we end up buying traditional flower bouquet, cake or some usual gift item.

After punctilious observation over the years, I have concluded that moms don’t love gifts as much as they love experiences and practical ways of being pampered on that day.

Check out the 11 most amazing, creative and practical gift ideas for the coming Mother’s day that every mother would love.

1. BOOK An appointment at the PARLOR

When was the last time your mom visited the parlor for some personal grooming session?

You don’t remember it, right? This is because of day to day activities and household responsibilities our mothers are left with almost no time for themselves and visiting a parlor for some self-pampering sessions seems like a dream to them.

So, what could be more amazing than pampering her with a relaxing hair spa, facial, pedicure, and manicure? You can also ask the hairstylist to give her a nice haircut according to her face and age and believe me after getting a new look she would feel completely rejuvenated from inside.

On the occasion of Mother’s Day, many parlor brands come up with exclusive offers and discounts specially for moms and sometimes for mom and daughter duo also.

2. no cooking day

There probably could be days when our moms don’t feel like cooking or they just want to do almost nothing. Even then there could not have been a single day when we have not been served food irrespective of her mood. This is her selflessness and love towards her family which actually goes unnoticed.

On coming Mother’s day, give her a break from cooking duties and surprise her by serving the breakfast on her bed. Think about her favorite cuisines and plan the menu. Chances might be that you are not good at cooking.

Don’t worry, open YouTube website on your smartphone, search the recipe and go ahead with the instructions. Even if the final preparation doesn’t turn out to be as good as you wanted, your mom will not mind it as what she would see is your love and thoughtfulness behind your efforts.

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3. group party for moms

Now, this is going to be really interesting.

Your mom must be having a girls gang in her life with whom she loves chilling and having a frolic time. Her most favorite gang could be with the other female members of your family (like your paternal or maternal aunties) or with her school/ college friends or with her society friends.

Coordinate with the children of her friends and share the idea. If they are cool with your plan, organize a surprise party for your moms at a commonplace. Decorate the place, arrange some snacks, organize some fun games, play some music and let them have a rocking time.

4. relaxing spa session

We children are very much used to getting infantilized by our mothers. But this Mother’s day, infantilize her back by taking her to an Ayurvedic Spa center in your city for a rekindling experience.

These holistic treatments are aimed at reducing fatigue, overcome stress, deeply soothe the mind, relax and calm the body and promotes good sleep. This experience would be something that will last for a long time.

Many Ayurvedic centers launch special packages for Mother’s Day for a limited period of time. So, find out about the Ayurvedic center available in your city and grab the offer.


5. live plant

This Mother’s day don’t just give something to your mom that won’t last for a long time. Instead of investing in temporary flowers, invest in a live plant that would stay with her for a long time and if given proper care it would last forever.

Do you know? There are some indoor plants that attract positive energy to our homes, improves health, brings good fortune, promotes inner peace, brings calmness, purifies the indoor air and combats harmful toxins. Example of some of these plants is Lucky Bamboo, Basil, Money plant, Aloe Vera, Lily, Orchids, Lavender, etc.

Apart from providing these incredible benefits, these plants would enhance the interior of your house too.

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6. Mom’s day out

Make your mom enjoy a much needed and much-deserved break from daily chores, by gifting her a mom’s day out on Mother’s day.

Take her to ‘only mom’ shopping and help her choose some stuff for herself. This can be followed by dining out and spending quality time with her.

Please please stay away from using your phone because if you would be as usual busy on phone then the entire mom’s day out plan would be of no use.

7. Gift according to her interest and hobbies

You can also gift something to your mother which has some relation with her interests and hobbies. For example:

  • Gardening Lover: If your mom has a fascination towards gardening then think about gifting her a plant for her garden.
  • Music Lover: Gift her a headphone or a Bluetooth speaker if she enjoys listening to music.
  • Movie/Series Lover Mom: If your mom has an interest in watching different movies and series then buy her a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription.
  • Reader Mom: If she loves reading about a particular niche like interior, fashion, lifestyle, current affairs, travel, cooking, womanhood, etc then gift her a one-year subscription of a magazine that caters to her niche.
  • Home Decor Lover: If she has love towards decorating house then gift her a decoration piece for her room like antique wall clock, vase, photo frame, bed sheet, cushion covers, etc.
  • You can also gift her a handbag, wallet, makeup item kit (lipsticks, nail paints or eye pallets), customized coffee mug, accessories (imitation or real depending upon your budget), watch, sunglasses, saree, kurta, etc.
  • If you think your mom is not following a proper skin care routine and she should follow it, then gift her a skin care treatment kit/hamper.

A Mother’s Day gift may be small but it should be unique with full of love and emotion is something that moms cherish the most.

8. 100 reasons why you love your mom

I know the reasons why you love your mom has no counting but this would be interesting if you narrow down those infinite reasons and pen down 100 of them.

Write them on small colorful papers, fold and put them in a glass jar. Now keep this jar near your mom’s bed before she woke up.

This is one of the cutest Mother’s day gift idea that could surely bring a smile on her face.

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9. photo diary

Collect old pictures of your mother with you and your sibling with her. Buy a colorful scrapbook from a stationary and paste those pictures in it. Write beautiful captions and messages below those pictures and decorate the scrapbook.

Your mom would surely adore this Mother’s day gift consisting of old pictures and heartfelt messages.

10. video message

Due to our day to day struggles to cope up with our respective lives we often forget to tell our moms how much we love them.

The occasion of Mother’s day is a great opportunity to tell your Mother all that your heart feels for her.

Create a video by putting together a collection of photos of your mom (with or without you) and include some loving text messages along with a piece of background music.

If you are not a creative person you can simply create a video where you tell your mother, ‘Why she is the best mother in the world?’ , ‘What are the top five things that you love about your mother’, ‘Revive a memory of you and your mother from the old days that you still remember’.

Your mom would certainly treasure this cute gift throughout her life.

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11. random notes

Another great way to show your endearment towards your mother on Mother’s day is to surprise her with love, care and appreciation not at one go but at multiple time in a day.

Now you must be wondering, how to do this?

Write loving messages on colorful papers and stick them around different corners of the house. You can stick one message on the back of her bed, one message inside her cardboard, one message on the fridge door, one message on the kitchen door and one message on her dressing table mirror.

Think about more and more places and implement this idea.

A mother’s love is the purest form of love on this earth as she sacrifices her days and nights to raise her children and make them capable to survive in this world. Before ending this post I would like to request you all to not restrict your heartfelt efforts to just one day. Instead, express your love and gratitude towards your mothers and make them feel happy by doing something special for them more and more often.

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