House & Home

Your house is so much more than a place to hang your hat. For parents, it's a nest — sometimes held together by a twig — while for children it's a place to be nourished and grow.

This is a place to discuss homemaking and share tips on managing your household, including cooking, finances, decor and time management.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking 5h ago

How to make mealtime more interesting for active toddlers?

FTM here to a 1 yr old active toddler boy who likes to play & run around most of the time. He started walking at 11 mos old & just into moving & exploring more, all the time. He has a good appetite, as well as his height & weight are on track in his growth charts. It’s just getting more challenging to feed him at times & keep him in his high chair for awhile during meals unl... More

Eating question!

How can I get my son to pick up his food and actually put it into his mouth??? He’ll do it with a spoon, and I know he’s capable of eating things that can be grasped (I’ve given him hard boiled egg, small pieces of pasta, banana, boiled veggies, typical BLW things) but they only make it to his mouth because I eventually feed them to him. Should I get the baby puffs since they’re accommodating t... More

  • Julie
    Yesterday

    Agree w/ Kendall! It just takes time! And just when you think they got it, they do something really random that will leave you scratching your head! For example, my 17 month old has been great at feeding herself for months and is pretty good with utensils too...then starting last Friday she decided it would be hilarious to try putting food in the palm of her hand and attempting to “bat” it i... More

  • Michaela
    Yesterday

    Thanks ladies! I hate feeling like I’m doing something wrong or not doing enough... but I guess that’s parenthood 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

Meal time with toddler

My 19 month old refuses most foods I give her, which I know is normal, but she refuses before she’s even tasted the food! What do I do? She’ll just grab whatever is on her plate and shred it and throw it on the floor, will not bring up to her lips at all. 😩

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Monday

Lunch

What is your toddler having for lunch?

  • Victoria
    Monday

    Peanut butter and jelly or grilled cheese/ quesadilla . After naps he’s starving and that’s when he eats lunch so we do quick stuff for lunch. We get our healthy stuff in usually at dinner lol

Juli posted in Safety Friday

I need a toddler-proof trash can!

My little one has been interested in getting into the trash ever since he could walk. I'm hoping someone has found a trash can that is secure against a toddler's prying hands. I'd prefer this to a lock, since I don't have good luck with those in general.

  • AdamAnt
    Saturday

    We ended up putting ours on top of the refrigerator for a time. This was to keep out both our toddler & our dog. 😆

  • MommyDear
    Monday

    No such thing, toddlers will get into anything, anytime, anywhere 😂 Best thing to do is try to teach him that it’s dirty and distracting him with something else or better yet, buy him his own mini trash can, kept clean of course for him to play and add/remove his own toys. Then again, this could be a good learning experience, make the best of any situation 😉. Good luck!

Baby Food..

So, there are times where my son is still hungry after a full, bigger container of baby food. He is almost 11 months old, and I am trying to slow down how many bottles he is getting in a day. Is it okay to give him more than one container during a feeding?

  • Anonymous
    Saturday

    Definitely! By this age he should also be eating table food. That will help fill him up as well.

  • MommyDear
    Monday

    If he’s still hungry after eating, he might not be getting enough protein. Maybe try something more filling like something with meat, legumes or other sorts of protein to help keep him full in a healthy way. Feeding babies just fruits & veggies doesn’t fill them up much or for too long, not to mention they might be missing out of vitamins & nutrients. Mix things up and balance their ... More

Introducing meat

My son is nine months old and I’m unsure how to introduce meat to him. Any ideas?

  • Elle
    Thursday

    Don't overthink this one. Make sure it's fully cooked but still tender. Put it in front of baby. Let baby figure it out. Make sure a trusted adult is supervising.

  • Julie
    Thursday

    My daughters first meat was inadvertently sloppy joe and she LOVED it!! Her daycare has a policy for babies under 12 months that if parents want them to eat any meals or snacks from their provided menu we have to okay it. Well one morning my husband dropped her off and they had just started a new menu that I hadn’t signed off on yet so they asked him to. Apparently he was in a huge rush and ... More

1 year old will only eat store bought food pouches

My 1 year old son will not eat anything homemade. He eats multigrain cereal and 2 fruit and veggie pouches( store bought) everyday and eats it all. In fact he asks for more. I have tried and tried different fruit and veggies combos at home but he knows! He spits it right out. What do I do? Please help.

  • April
    Friday

    I have a picky eater too. We limit to pouches to 2 a day. Usually one in the morning and I’ll bring one for a snack while we re running errands or whatever. Have you tried making your own pouches? They have kits on Amazon and it’s actually pretty simple. This did not work for my daughter but my son loves them. I think really my daughter eats better when we cut down on the snacking .... We got t... More

  • Ginny
    Friday

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I will try anything at this point so all these pointers are helpful.

How to not get unraveled by the mess

I'm a stay-at-home mom of a 19 month old ACTIVE little one and am also beginning to address my generalized anxiety disorder, and one thing that seems to derail my efforts to be a fun mom and keep him away from the TV (which I don't mind using but just not ALL the time like my son would like) is the prospect of too much mess. I never ever pictured myself as the mommy who would choose not... More

  • molly
    Saturday

    i read this somewhere and it stuck with me: My kid won’t remember how clean my house was but will remember how much fun he had. i am saving teaching cleaning discipline when my kid is a little older.

  • MsJen
    Saturday

    So relatable. I have never been a clean freak until I became a stay at home mom. I feel like if I can have control over my environment then I can have more control over my life and emotions. Sadly I too feel like my desire for a clean environment disrupts my ability to relax and have fun with the kids. It’s an ongoing struggle, but I do find that on days where I specifically don’t do any ho... More

What’s your toddler’s favorite store bought snacks?

I have a 1 year old boy who’s just started to snack more besides meals & as much as I want to prepare most of his food at home & from scratch, it’s not always the case. So far, he have only tried puffs (store bought), he didn’t like the arrowroot biscuits as much. I’m wondering what other store bought snacks that other toddlers likes around 1 year old & up? I do give him sandwiches,... More

  • Chelsy
    Monday

    My 15 month old loves Earths best organic crunchin' crackers, multigrain cheerios, fruit cut up in cottage cheese, wheat toast with some butter on it. Squeeze tubes mighty4 plum organics is her favorites all kinds of them to try.

  • Chelsy
    Monday

Snack and Meal Ideas for 1yr old

Any ideas?

  • Destinee
    Jan 16

    I have a hard time with snacks. Graham cracker (sometimes with PB), veggie straws, smoothies, crackers, cheese, fruit, apple sauce, pouches

  • Geena
    Thursday

    You can prep ahead of time berry yogurt parfait. Just crush or blend any berries then fold or mix with a certain amount of yogurt and honey. I divide portions on small cups and spread granola on top. You can prepare several of these and just take them from the fridge if the little one wants some. My son is picky so i do beef egg rolls with grated sweet potatoes and carrots. I also do chicken nu... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jan 16

Need help with 16month old pickey eater!!!!

My son is so pickey. Like he got salmonella like 3months ago. Maybe 4. Anyways it was puking for a whole week. Well ever since that it’s like he won’t try nothing no more. He will only eat peanut butter crackers and otmeal and like snack stuff. Breakfast is easy Bc he will eat his yogurt and toast or blueberries pancakes. But lunch and dinner is a hassle!!!! We already have to go to the doctors... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 16

    And the hormones thing we are. We have a apt this Friday with a specialist too see if that is the problem or if he’s just naturally skinny and light.

  • Jess
    Yesterday

    My son is the same except he never had any sort of illness. He just is a super picky eater. It’s so frustrating! His only sources of protein are yogurt and peanut butter. But the doctor isn’t worried - not even about being in the 1%. So we’re just ploughing on. Offering food, but not freaking out about him not eating it. Doc said, “welcome to 15 months!” Hope it changes soon though. It’s exha... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jan 13

Need 1yo Lunch Ideas

My son is turning 1 at the end of this month and I need help on what I can give him for lunch. He 4 top (2 more coming in) and 4 bottom (2 under the gums). No back teeth yet.

  • Kay
    Jan 13

    I kept giving my daughter puréed veggies with soft chunks, almost all fruits Raw but she mostly ate berries. Tons of ground meets and eggs and tuna and oysters. Sorry for the run on sentences.

  • Destinee
    Jan 14

    We do cheese quesadillas, Mac and cheese with steamed veggies, ravioli, chicken nuggets, leftovers from dinner the previous night. She had meat loaf yesterday. I basically give her anything but raw veggies

Getting 1 year old to eat table food

My son just turned 1 and I have been giving him some table food, but he just plays with it and rejects it. He eats oatmeal and yogurt just fine. Any advice or suggestions would be great! Thanks.

  • Lucy Kent
    Jan 11

    If this is his first go round with table food, this is totally normal. Just keep offering at normal meal times and you eat at the same time too so he can watch and learn what he's supposed to do. He's getting used to new flavors and textures. There will definitely be food waste, but I would usually eat whatever was left haha! Good luck!

  • Heather
    Jan 11

    Just keep trying! Try giving foods that are easier to hold with his hands and fun textures. Stick shape is the easiest to help and get use to textures. My daughter's first favorites were tofu cut in strips and baked avocados fries (breaded avocado slices baked to give a little crispiness) its makes avocados easier told hold. Pinterest is amazing for the beginning eaters recipes. (If you ha... More

Milk, milk, milk

Hi everyone! So I’m just looking for some input from other parents on toddler milk consumption. My daughter was breastmilk and formula fed her entire first year, and everything went really well. She slowly trimmed down her breastmilk and formula consumption to around 20oz as she increased her solids intake and everything seemed fine. She’s always been in ~70th percentile for weight and 80th ... More

  • Mel
    Jan 11

    My Daughter is 16 months and the pediatrician told us she needs 3 servings of whole dairy a day, a serving of milk being 8 oz. Any cheese and or yogurt also counts towards her dairy requirement. So with that being said, we offer her milk before her nap, and before bedtime, offering a yogurt during the day as a snack. She doesn’t normally eat cheese in solids and when she does it’s such a little... More

  • Julie
    Jan 11

    Thanks everyone. My daughter must just love her milk. I’m not really worried about it too too much because she’s overall growing well and seems happy. Emily, the possible growth spurt is a possibility...she has been growing taller lately and recently grew right through a size in about 5 weeks. So maybe that’s all it is.

Cooking

I got a cast iron and I was wondering what would be good things to cook for my 1 yo. Something easy and delicious

Easy recipes

I’m making a meal for 6 adults and two 1 year olds. Need something quick, easy, and stress free. Any ideas? Thanks

  • Kieli
    Jan 08

    Is it for tonight? I would throw something in the crock pot! My husband loves when I make chicken and dumplings in the crock pot. Or you can put some meat (chicken, or pork) with a can of red enchilada sauce and taco seasonings and it makes great tacos

  • Andrea
    Jan 08

    I’m always a fan of the 1-pan chicken / veg / potatoes. You can find dozens of recipes for many variations of this. Super easy to prep and cook.

Tram posted in DIY Jan 08

Photo printing and photo frames

I would like to start decorating our home with family photos. Anyone have good suggestions for where to print larger photos of different sizes, and also where to buy nice frames that aren’t budget busting? Ty in advance.

  • Carly
    Jan 11

    I use mpix.com for photo printing. It costs a little more but they do have sales. The quality is much better than Shutterfly, Walgreens or Target.

  • Amy
    Monday

    Snapfish usually has better deals than shutterfly by the time you're checking out. They have crazy good sales very often, for canvases, books, photo gifts, holiday cards, etc.

Any tools/tricks to help tube-fed baby increase liquid volume by mouth or move to purées?

Hi All! My 7-month little girl (4-months corrected) has been tune-fed since birth. In the past she has taken up to 50% of her feeds by bottle but after bouts of reflux and Head/chest colds she now rejects taking the bottle/boob or any flow of liquid (breastmilk/neosure formula) by mouth. For months I’ve been to doctors and therapists but none have established ongoing therapy yet. So, I’m gettin... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    Hi maisha ! My daughter is a tube fed baby she’s 19 months and got it when she was 6 months . If what your doing isn’t working you should definitely go to her pedi and URGE them to put a referral in for Golden Gate Regional center or for feeding therapy . Feeding by mouth is very tricky and can be dangerous is not done properly . So since all else failed just stay on them about the referral .

  • Anonymous
    Jan 09

    In addition ^ Try dr Browns bottles with new born flow . Worked wonders while my baby waited for therapy

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jan 08

Transition from baby food to table food

My son is 12 months old will be 13 months old on the 17th of this month. I’ve been trying to get my son to eat table foods. He’s just not for it. I’ve tried mashed bananas, soft scrambled eggs, toast, mashed carrots, broccoli, rice cheese etc. and he doesn’t want anything. He eats the baby food without a problem but he just doesn’t want table food. What else can I try so he can eat food?

  • Heather
    Jan 11

    Yes! BLW was amazing for my my daughter, she started at 7 months she is 18 months and eats what we eat and is not a picky eater at all. Dont be afraid to slowly incorporate spices, bland food will bore a child and can lead to a picky eater. And if he doesnt like a food one day, doesnt mean that he will never like it, keep rotating those foods. One day my daughter absolutely loves tomatoes and c... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 15

    Thank you so much :)

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