Tips and Tricks: My Toddler Eats Everything I Offer Him
How To Get Your Toddler To Eat
Making your kids eat things you offer him might be the hardest thing to do but when successful it is the most superb thing that can happen to any mother for her child eating her food. A lot of kids are quite selective and picky when it comes to their choice of food, you as a mother might have woken up as early as 5am to prepare a very delicious meal for your kids and just in a split second he changes his mind.
This can really be frustrating, and you as a parent feel the guilt of leaving your child hungry weighs heavily on your shoulder. Over the years most people have adopted some few tips and tricks to making their toddlers eat the meals they prepare, although they will still have their strike days like my little three year old but it is nothing compared to how he was a year ago. So am going to be sharing with you some tricks have put in place to ensure my little guy here eats my food and I think it will also be helpful for you too.
- Keep snacking Healthy in between Meals
Moms have come to me complaining that their kids is consistently asking for snacks, although this is a bit strange because most kids ask for candy but have discovered that keeping a snack handy in between their meals can quite be healthy and efficient when offered in between three main meals. Try as much as possible to not make your kids get used to snacks but as a substitute just in between lunch breaks as this will increase their appetite. Some snacks have come across to be quite good for kids are listed below
- Cheese sticks
- Homemade muffins
- Sliced cucumber
- Baked baby potato fries
- Homemade oats bar amongst others….
- Substitute the Meals
There are some days whereby no matter what you make your kids will just not eat, I have an experience in this because my son does this but it is not frequent, so what I do is to substitute the meal with a very healthy and fulfilling drink because I have come to notice that most toddlers are much more receptive to drinking compared to eating. Some drinks you can try out for your kids are listed below:
- Banana milkshake
- Ice cream shakes
- Chocolate milkshakes
- Hot chocolates
- Different Variety
This doesn’t have to be different meals but should also be in single meals. Try to give them 3-4 portions of different choices so that they can choose form and in it include the food item you are most certainly sure he will eat no matter what (no sweeties please), also include a food item you’d like him to try, then make fruits as your dessert.
- Feel and Look
We all love a well plated meal but kids love it the more, if you want to know more what your kids will like or prefer to eat you have to try as much as possible to have sectional plates in order to keep track of their choices. Take out time to create a platter for food in order to make it much more attractive and also enticing. In addition to even get your kids jumping in excitement when they see you make their food, you can add some sprinkles and a little chocolates to some of the meals you make like oatmeal or roti, trust me this is a game changer and your kids would love it.
Here are a few things to consider when trying to make your kids eat your food
- Never force your child to eat something he absolutely doesn’t like, because if you happen to continue forcing him, he will dislike it and this is not what parents like.
- Always brace yourself for impact: bracing yourself up for the day you kids will absolutely not eat whatever you give him, you have to chin up and let him be. All you have to do is just bring him closer and know what he wants, that’s all.
- As a parent If you are hungry please eat beforehand, this doesn’t mean you are a self-centred mother but rather means you are a concerned mother because there is frustration when people are hungry and toddler tend to test the patience of a parent.
- Every kid has a limit to how much they can eat, some eat more while others eat less never force your child to eat a certain amount of food.
So I strictly advice young mothers to try as much possible to always keep in touch with your little kids to know what they want and how they want it as this will keep them closer to you.