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?

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Read Books to your baby

Why you must read books to your baby

Do you know how important is it to read books to the baby/toddler every single day?

I introduced books to my little man around his first birthday with a pang of guilt in my heart that I am a little late in doing so. Contrary to my view, people mocked at me and I was accused of treating my 12 months old like an older kid. I was told that my idea of introducing books to him at this vulnerable age is crap as he is too small for it. According to these people, this is too early for him and he will get to know about the world of books when the right time will come.

My point here is why people think that introducing books will create a stressful environment for my baby and will stop him from having all the freedom and fun that he deserves at this age?

Why are books considered as a burden?

For me reading books to babies aloud and showing them colorful pictures of animals, birds, fruits, vegetables, transports, shapes and things around us is another activity which starts with babies listening and observing and over a period of time develops into a feeling of love towards the presence of books around them.

When I introduced books to my little one I never expected him to learn everything that is given in the book in fact I just wanted him to feel the pages, flip them, observe the pictures and purposely pick his book himself when he finds it lying in one corner of the shelf.

Importance of introducing books To babY early

They learn to value books

First and foremost benefit of introducing books at an early age and making it a part of baby’s routine will teach him that reading is something to be enjoyed and later in life when he will move into the formal environment of school he will not take books as a protocol that has to be followed without escape. This attitude will foster an attachment and acknowledgment towards books that will stay with him throughout his life.

Helps in building Vocabulary

Many studies have also shown that children who were read as newborn tends to have a richer vocabulary and they performed better at the academics level too.

Helps in developing Social Skills and Communication Skills

When your baby sees you reading aloud, making your pitch go up and down while expressing different kinds of emotions, taking out different sounds and using multiple facial expressions to express the situation helps in improving his power of observation and thinking skills. Your baby develops communication skills when he imitates those sounds, touches the book, flips the pages, gets a feel of it, pinpoints a picture, tries to recognize a picture, give a response to your questions and learn new words.

Strengthen the bond between parents and babies

For me, the most important reason why I prefer reading a book to my baby is that it helps in enhancing the bond between the baby and the parents. When you read aloud to your baby with joy, excitement, and involvement they begin to enjoy your sounds and gestures. They start loving this special time spent with you which helps in building your relationship with them.

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HOW TO READ BOOKS TO YOUR BABY

Okay, now you know why you should read books to your baby and what long term impact it can make to his personality. Now the question arises is how to read books to a baby and how to keep him engaged at this tender age?

Don’t worry it is pretty easy. There are three simple ways to do that.

  • You just need yourself, your baby and a few books to keep him busy and engaged in this lucrative and fun activity. Fix a particular routine for reading books to him. This could be any time of the day- Naptime, bedtime, bath time, potty time, traveling time, feeding time or anytime. Bedtime is one of the best time to perform this activity as if performed every day your child will start associating the reading time with the sleeping. He would know that after reading the book he is supposed to go to sleep.
  • I always carry a couple of my baby’s favorite books in his diaper bag whenever we are out. He loves watching his books while sitting on his car seat. It keeps him engaged for some time and also soothe him when he starts getting cranky.
  • Make the whole reading session a fun activity for your child. Sing rhymes, dance with her, make funny animal sounds, read with a variety of expressions, pitch your voice high and low or occasionally cuddle your baby – make this special time with your baby an enjoyable experience for him. Encourage him to imitate you, ask your baby questions, read and repeat. All this is going to help in developing his communication skills and would prove to be good for him in the long run too.

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What to read to your baby


For infants, you have so many books around to choose from as at this age they just have to listen so you can read almost anything to them. But make sure it should have some rhyme, rhythm and should involve repetition of words.

As your baby grows older, get him colorful and chunky board books or touch and feel books. There are a lot of pop up books, mirror books and different texture books available in the market but make sure the books are colorful, bright and attractive with clear and understandable pictures. You can also create your own photo book for your baby by cutting and pasting the pictures of the family member and pets on a colorful background. Babies enjoy recognizing their closed ones through pictures.

Recommended Books for Babies:

TIP: Spread books around the house like on the table, near your child’s bed, near his feeding chair, in his toy basket or any place which is easily approachable for him. This way he will get a feeling that books are a significant part of his life and he would start cherishing its presence the way he cherishes his toys.

breastfeeding

Why Breastfeeding is a must for Your Baby

Do you know about the wonders breastfeeding can do to your baby?

Human breast milk is the safest and the healthiest food which provides all essential nutrition that your baby needs for the first 6 months after birth. It contains all the vital components in the perfect quantity. The breast milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of the day (morning, evening or night),  age of the baby and frequency of nursing. It helps the baby in getting healthy and grow right. Breast milk also promotes mental development in babies which later help them in achieving a higher IQ level.

Breastmilk helps the baby ‘s body in developing his immune system to fight against various diseases.  

It protects the baby against:

  • Type 1, 2 diabetes
  • Sudden infant death syndrome, SIDS
  • Obesity
  • Pneumonia and other respiratory infections
  • Cough and cold
  • Gastrointestinal illness(vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Constipation digestion issues
  • UTI (Urinary tract infection)
  • Middle ear infection
  • Heart diseases liver diseases in adulthood
  • Certain childhood Cancer

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Benefits of BREASTFEEDING for Mother

  • Breastfeeding (BF) helps in postpartum healing.
  • It helps in burning 500 extra calories every day thus helps in achieving the pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Frequent skin to skin contact during breastfeeding helps in enhancing the emotional bond between mom and baby
  • Breastfeeding soothes the baby as every time the baby takes the feed, the mom gets a surge of the bonding hormone Oxycontin which provides a soothing effect to the baby.
  • Mums who breastfeed their baby are less prone to diabetes, osteoporosis, breast ovarian uterine cervical cancer

Not only this breastfeeding your child is way more convenient as compared to giving formula milk to the baby. It can be fed anytime anywhere so one gets saved from the hustle of preparing it from time to time. Breastmilk is always at the right temperature, clean and free of cost.

CONCLUDING NOTE :

Try to give only breastmilk as it is the best gift a mother can give to her child which will stay with him/her throughout his/her life in the form of strong immunity and lot many other health benefits as discussed above.

Diaper Bag Essentials

14 Must Haves For Your Diaper Bag

Until and unless you have a baby in your life you won’t realize how important is a diaper bag for new moms and dads. Going out without carrying the baby’s diaper bag is like a BIG nightmare to them. A non-parent can’t even realize how much stuff these little human beings need whenever they are on a day out with there caretakers. They can need anything anytime even if they are out for even a couple of hours. So this means you need to carry a lot of stuff, yes a LOT.

New Parents often get confused about what to pack in a diaper bag. As they are new to this parenting world so they often tend to forget one or the other thing back at home. Here I have given an ultimate diaper bag checklist to help new parents pack everything that they might need when they go out with their baby.

DIAPERS

A diaper bag is nothing without DIAPERS in it. You must always carry 4-5 diapers with you and more than this number is always good. Even if you are going out for a couple of hours, you must carry them as babies are highly unpredictable in nature. For newborn, my preferred choice is Pampers New Born Diapers.

WIPES

Wipes are not only important for cleaning your baby’s bum while changing his/her diaper but is also a handy solution for a lot of other things. Try Mother Sparsh 98% water wipes.

CHANGING SHEET

For diaper changing, you will definitely need a changing sheet for placing your baby on it.

DIAPER RASH CREAM/COCONUT OIL

Even if you are out it is important to apply a diaper rash cream or coconut oil on your babies diaper area to avoid rashes. Carry the travel size bottles to save the space in your bag. Try out Mamaearth Natural Diaper Rash Cream.

DISPOSABLE BAGS

Always carry a few disposable bags for dumping soiled diapers and used wipes. Unclean bowls and spoons, pacifiers, etc can also be kept in them for carrying back home.

BIBS AND WASH CLOTHS

Either younger than 6 months or older than this age a baby should always have his bibs and washcloths around him. A newborn is prone to spilling out undigested milk and 6 months older baby has now started eating semi solids/solids by now so to avoid mess and to keep him clean bibs and washcloths are important.

SANITIZER

Baby and maintaining proper hygiene are correlated. So, you must carry a bottle of sanitizer whenever you are out. Pour few drops of sanitizer between your palm, rub it and you are germ-free to handle your baby. Use it before and after feeding your baby or before and after changing your baby’s diapers, a bottle of sanitizer serves multiple purposes. You can go for the travel size pack of Himalaya Pure Hands Hand Sanitizer which comes in a leakproof bottle.

EXTRA CLOTHS FOR BABY

Your little one can spill milk/food over him or his diaper can get leaked when it is least expected. So it is better to have a spare set of clothes during such situations.

EXTRA SHIRT FOR MOM

If you are a new mommy than you might know how full your breast becomes most of the time and leaking is quite a common scenario during those initial months with your baby. Keep an extra shirt for yourself too in case your breasts get leaked.

SOFT BLANKET

A soft baby blanket is needed to cover him and provide him comfort during his nap time.

NURSING CLOTH FOR MOM

For breastfeeding in public, you may need a cloth/sheet to maintain your privacy.

Breast PADS

Yes! Carrying extra breast pads is a must if you are a breastfeeding mom. Generally, during the first six months of delivery new moms face the issue of leakage when their breast gets full. So, you must wear breast pads and also carry an extra pair of them when you are out. The Mee Mee Ultra Thin Super Absorbent Disposable Nursing Breast Pads are one of the best breast pads available in the market.

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FORMULA MILK, BOTTLE AND WARM WATER

If your baby is on formula feed then you must carry your formula milk brand and warm water to prepare his feed. Don’t forget to carry his bottle. You can try Nan Pro 1 Infant Formula which is one of the best formula brand suggested by Doctors in India.

TOYS

·         For 0-6 months old:

Carry rattles to calm your fussy baby

·         For 6-12 months

Carry his favorite toy or book to engage him up when he gets restless.

·         For older than 1 year

A single piece of a toy won’t be sufficient to entertain as toddlers get bored quickly and they need something new every time. So carry multiple toys to keep him engaged.

BABY FOOD, BABY FEEDING BOWL SET, AND SIPPER

If your baby is older than 6 months then you must carry his food (cereals, quick snacks, fruits, etc) along with his personal bowl and spoon. A hunger-free baby is more playful, cheerful and less cranky than a hungry baby. So, don’t forget to carry something for your baby to munch on.

You can buy Mee Mee Feeding Bowl and
Philips Avent Premium Soft Spout Cup as both of them are made of non-toxic, BPA free food grade polypropylene plastic making them ideal for small babies.

Suggested Diaper Bag: Robustrion Waterproof Multifunctional Baby Diaper Backpack

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Diaper Bag Tips

  • Always keep your baby stuff ready in your diaper bag except for his food which will definitely be packed before leaving.
  • Prefer a  bag with multiple compartments and waterproof lining.
  • Pack eatable items including medicines in plastic bags to avoid leaks.
  • More than traditional diaper bags, tote bags, and backpacks are much more convenient as they serve the same purpose of a diaper bag, are easy to carry and serves multiple purposes too. Find the one that suits you the best.