Feeding a toddler can be tricky, especially if they are a picky eater. Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life, and providing them with the best nutrition is a crucial part of this. Many parents worry about what to feed their little ones and fear that they are not providing them with the nutrition that they need. However, there is no need to start putting together complicated meal plans or investing in expensive kitchen equipment. Going back to basics and creating simple, healthy meals is by far the best option to get your toddler off to a healthy start in life.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Many parents that love sweet treats worry that their kids will inherit this trait. In truth, most people prefer the taste of sugary foods, and the reason is our past. Science shows that a preference for sweet foods is all down to our primitive ancestor’s instinctive preference for sweet, ripe fruit.
Although it is easy to blame evolution for a love of sweet things, there are ways that you can encourage your child to eat more savory. When you begin weaning your baby, try to avoid sugary foods at the start. If your child grows accustomed to eating sweet foods, the taste of more bitter, savory flavors will be a shock to the system.
Healthy Start to the Day
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it makes sense to ensure that you make it as nutritious as possible for your child. Porridge is an excellent breakfast choice for younger children, and you can even make it using their toddler formula, such as Holle stage 4. Mixing the porridge with your toddler’s regular formula milk can help encourage them to eat it as they will find the taste familiar, even if the texture may be different.
As your toddler grows used to eating plainer flavors, you may want to add some extra interest to their porridge by including pureed fruit, such as a banana or apple. This increases the flavor of the porridge and is an excellent way to increase the amount of fruit that they eat, which ups their daily vitamin intake.
Developing good eating habits that last a lifetime, takes more than just producing tasty, nutritious meals for your child. Good eating habits also require routine and making eating part of your family’s together time.
Eating at regular times, as far as possible, will help to get your child in the habit of eating regular meals and may help to reduce constant snacking as they grow older. Children are far less likely to become fussy eaters if they eat with the rest of the family and see that everyone else is eating their food at the same time, and will be keen to join in.Sitting down to eat together at the table makes mealtimes, a family event, and is the ideal opportunity to enjoy some quality time together.