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Daycare lunch ideas

Hey everyone! I’m looking for some new ideas on what to pack my 2 year old for lunch for daycare. He is somewhat of a picky eater so I feel like I’m always packing the same things every week and I’m sure he’s probably sick of the usual chicken nuggets, pasta, rice, pizza rolls, etc. Also, I can’t pack anything with peanuts/peanut butter or egg as some of his classmates are allergic. If anyon... More

  • Melek

    My little boy is a little picky, and he likes fruits and veggies better. So I put cucumbers, peppers, baby carrots, berries, grapes, and other fruits. Stick cheese, chocolate milk, graham cracker, little sandwiches with cream cheese or Nutella. Basically those are the main food for his lunch. He always has breakfast (egg, milk, bread and some veggies) so I am fine with the lunch.

  • Shannon

    Thanks everyone! I do always include a side of fruit or veggies as a snack, I just struggle with the main dish lol But I’ll definitely be trying all of these helpful recommendations, thanks so much!

C posted in Food & Cooking Nov 29

How to help toddler move on from purées?

I’ve got a 15 month old with 6 teeth who loves vegetables. Great! Except he’ll only accept them in purée form. The most we’re able to do is get him to eat a little in a diced and heavily steamed version, but a) you have to feed it to him by hand, no utensils, and b) he’ll eat less than he would if it was puréed. I think he’s gotten stuck on his first solid food texture. Any tips on helping him... More

  • Penelope
    Dec 02

    If they don’t eat it the first time, they will when they don’t have a choice and that’s all that’s still around.

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 04

    Keep offering. And slowly chunk up the food...things like stews where the veggies are formed but soft can be really helpful. Also, when he’s teething, offer things like frozen peas, corn, or watermelon...stuff that’s cool and soothing on his gums will hopefully help him over the hump. You mention that he likes puff type things, so he’s okay with dry solids. Maybe try things like raisins, freez... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Nov 23

Need to gain weight & need help with food ideas!

I have been losing weight drastically and my OB let me know I need to put on some weight, she suggested Ensure and I was all for it until I tried it. It’s too sweet and I just couldn’t do it. Are there any quick recipes or other ways you gained weight the healthy way while being pregnant? TIA! Side note: With this pregnancy I have had no desire to eat, if I do it’s literally because I force my... More

  • Penelope
    Dec 02

    Chocolate milk or hot coco and bananas

  • Vonda
    Dec 05

    I ate oatmeal every night before bed to help gain weight. There are tons of recipes. I just do pear, dates and brown sugar.

The dreaded veggie phase

Any one have any ideas to try and get your LO to eat their veggies? I’ve tried sneaking it in a bunch of ways but my baby girl can always tell. She’ll eat the rest of the bite and spit the veggie out or just avoid it completely. I know she needs to eat them. She knows she needs to eat them. How did you all get your kids to eat the greens?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 07

    Mine loves frozen mixed veggies (plus edamame) defrosted, and mixed with feta and olive oil and balsamic!!

  • Jessica
    Nov 09

    I let my kids squirt whipped cream on anything they wanted when they were little and now they’re massive veggie fans! I cringed when they used to put whipped cream on broccoli (why?!?), but they loved it and ate the broccoli and now they eat broccoli without the whipping cream. A little squirt of cream was only like 25 calories and I figured it wasn’t all that bad for them. Fun dips can help... More

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Oct 28

2 year old doesnt eat anything

My son turned 2 this August and i am worried as he doesnt eat anything sometimes whole day. Also he keeps coming to me to breastfeed and if denied screams at the top of his voice. We are having difficulty explaining to him that this is lunch/ dinner time and that he has to eat. Any suggestions on how to discipline toddlers.

  • Jennie
    Nov 01

    I've breastfed 4 children into toddlerhood (so far... I have a newborn) and one thing I'll say about toddler nursing is that it's ok to set boundaries. It's ok to say "No milkies right now, would you like a ???" If it's a snuggle because he's hurt or sad... a cup of water because he's thirsty etc. You can even have set times... like "we have milkies... More

  • Abigail
    Nov 05

    If he’s not eating solids at all, it could be for many reasons but you need to call early intervention and ask for an occupational therapist or feeding specialist. Especially if he used to eat solids and stopped.

Marilyn posted in Behavior Oct 06

Picky Eater

My soon to be 2 year old son is by far one of the pickiest kids alive. And i say that because my other 2 kids will eat the dirt from outside if they could. He’s a pigeon eater as i like to call it. Kid survives on a meal a day and snacks 🤦🏽‍♀️ I’ve been looking into like pediasure and things of that nature. Any suggestions, recommendations even words of encouragement will work at this point

  • JEaton
    Oct 07

    My 2.5 year old has become very picky and I brought it up to my pediatrician because I was debating starting a multivitamin. He told me my son sounded just like his daughter who lived on goldfish, chicken nuggets, and macaroni and cheese for years (without a multivitamin). Since my son is developing and continuing to gain weight normally, he isn't concerned. So, neither am I. I just do ... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 07

    What kind of snacks is he eating? If you are leaving food out all the time then he has no reason to be hungry at meal times. If you stick to serving the same meals to him and don't offer new foods here will never try new things because he won't have the chance. For about a month now I've been putting 1 or 2 carrots in my 3 yo lunch box once in a while. It has always been there u... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Sep 17

How long does it take your kids to eat dinner?

My almost 21 month old kiddo takes more than an hour to eat, every single day. She sits for good 15-30 minutes and then walks around or reads and one of us have to feed her. It just delays the bath and bed time. Just wondering how long other kiddos take..... we do family style dinner everyday.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18

    Anonymous 1: ya we kinda passed on the booster seat, so hard to keep her contained. We are working on spacing out her last snack and dinner.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 18

    Anonymous 2: ya we are working on her knowing if she is full or not. I guess it’s hard as we wanna make sure she is full for the night and not go hungry, hence the feeding her part. The thing is she keeps eating if u keep feeding her so not sure she is still hungry or she eating cuz she is getting bites. Maybe, we’ll just try a few days of her feeding her self and then stop. She does eat and ta... More

C posted in Behavior Sep 16

13 mos old suddenly refusing solid food. Huh?

A few months ago he was adventurous and curious to try all solids. He even had some favorites. That progressed nicely until just this past week or so, when his tastes regressed out of the blue. He won't even try foods that need fingers, utensils, bowls, or plates. Not even purée, unless I mix it with his milk/formula in a sippy cup. Two questions. What's going on here? And how do I get... More

  • Anonymous
    Sep 16

    My daughter did this for almost 2 weeks to the point I was nervous she wasn’t getting enough food at all. It was just a phase and now she’s back to normal trying everything. I will say her tastes have become a bit pickier though.

  • Winifred Z.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Sep 16

    Agree with answers above about teething, involve him in the making of food, be creative with how food presented(cute food display maybe), he might want to eat food that he helped prepare.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Sep 04

Hi does anyone have any tips of tricks on dealing with an extremely picky eater?

My son is so picky he’d rather starve and he really hasn’t gained much weight because of this! Anyone have any tips or tricks? Thanks.

  • PK
    Sep 06

    How old is your son? We have used distraction methods (toys, books, music) to help get our son to try stuff. And then once he realized it was yummy then he would pick it up himself (some times!) Also.. if your son is old enough to use a fork or food-pick to eat with, sometimes that can be fun for them too. Eat with him. Eat off the same plate as him. What is your son’s feeding schedule? Does ... More

What are your kids' favorite (pre)school lunches

My oldest is headed to preschool Tuesday and I am scrambling to figure out lunches. What are your kids' favorite packed, no-need-to-heat again, no-nut lunches? For context, we are no added sugar, prefer to avoid processed foods eaters. Even though we've tried sandwiches, my son dissects them and only eats the bread. 🤦🏻‍♀️ In an attempt to be prepared for anything that works, I'v... More

  • Suz
    Sep 07

    Lower sodium corn and flax chips with hummus (homemade or store bought), pea crisps or cucumbers with ranch, Greek yogurt, fresh fruit salad.

  • Natasha
    Sep 07

    What about cold cuts. Hummus and pretzels. Cheese and deli style meats

My baby won’t eat. She is 16 months old

I don’t know why she is not eating properly nowadays. She was a good eater until 15 months. And now she loves to eat snacks rather food. I am worried she will lose weight if this thing continues. What should I do?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 05

    Limit the snacks, and milk for an hour or more before meal times so they are hungry, otherwise they will be full on snacks. And offer milk or water after dinner. These are things I still do with my 3 yo. But they eat when they are hungry, and some weeks will be less food than other weeks. Toddlers are busy, too busy to stop and focus on things, but they do eat when they are hungry.

  • Jenn
    Aug 05

    My LO doesn't eat well when she is teething. During those times, she only will really eat snacks or preferred foods. Try making her smoothies with fruits and veggies to get those nutrients and see if it gets better soon.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Aug 03

Hand, foot, and mouth foods

Hi! What are foods to give when a child has Hand, Foot, and mouth?

Constipation: any pediatric nutritionists on here?? (Also welcome googlers and avid researchers)!

Hi all. I feel like most of my personal posts on Winnie are about constipation. My daughter is about to turn 2 and is always on the brink of constipation, or so it seems. She gets a daily probiotic, I limit her milk consumption, and she eats fruits, veggies, etc. I limit her “binding” foods (bananas, rice, etc), she drinks plenty of water. But she daily has hard poops, sometimes followed later... More

  • anonymous mom

    Hi Sneha, I’m so sorry to hear this!! Does she eat a lot of fruits? This has honestly been the only tried and true key to success for us. Watermelon is the best, along with the stone fruits (any fruit with a pit, apricots, prunes, cherries, etc). The only vegetable that is hugely successful is carrots. We still have not resorted to laxatives, but will if necessary. Good luck!!

  • anonymous mom

    Also mango! Honestly any fruit except bananas.

Jackie posted in Behavior Jul 27

Suddenly Picky eater

My LO just turned 13mo and has decided not to eat any meat/protein except for hotdogs!! Ugh it gets to be so frustrating. I don’t know what to do. Also, she’s not up for new fruits or veggies. We recently tried fresh pears, plums and mangos all of which she kept spitting out. I just don’t know what else to do. With the fruits/veggies I can still give her baby food pouches but for meats I’m at... More

  • Liza M.
    Jul 30

    Will your LO drink a smoothie? Doesn't have to be very cold...but milk or yogurt (there are TONS of ideas online if you want them) is a great source of protein plus you can add all kinds of fruits and/or veggies in it. You can also add boosters like chia or flax or avocado-even peanut butter if you are comfortable. Making a big deal about the smoothie cup and straw is a fun thing too. My LO... More

  • anonymous mom
    Aug 07

    If you’re on instagram check out!! She’s a pediatric dietitian with two kids and a lot of great advice. The short version is that this is very normal behavior. Keep offering and eventually she will start eating it again. My daughter just ended a 4 month green bean strike 😂😂

Lunch Gear for preschoolers

hi, pls can I get bowl recommendations that are microwavable for new preschoolers to take to school for lunch. thank u

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 24

Breakfast ideas

My two children eat the same things for breakfast. We rotate between eggs, oatmeal and healthy waffles (homemade and then freezer stored) with nut butter. We save our fruit and veggie smoothies for later in the day. My older one will eat some fruit with breakfast but my younger child is not a fan, occasionally eating a banana. Just looking for some easy and nutritious ideas to add to this borin... More

  • Kieli
    Jul 25

    My daughter loves oatmeal. You also could do plain bagels with nut butter, banana pancakes, you could also home make muffins with fruit in them

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jul 25

    Pancakes with fruit on top Baked chocolate chip oatmeal cups Homemade fruit Muffins (let them help) maybe do a variety of fruit. Banana, blueberry and strawberry? Smoothie bowls Cheerios with berries Eggs, sausage and toast (switch the eggs up between hard boiled or scrambled and fried.) You can even do egg cups (put eggs in muffin tin) and put in green or red peppers, mushrooms or whichever ... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 18

Food ideas

My LO’s birthday is coming up and I’m trying to plan food. We are having birthday at a playground - no grilling allowed. Need easy, not a ton of prep involved, cold food ideas for 40 that will last a few hours. Also, I don’t mind buying already prepared items - we were going to get large pizzas from our favorite pizza place. What did you all have? Ideas online tend to be way to much work and I... More

Best Amazon Prime Day deals... go!

This article has some good ones... the Instant Pot is an amazing deal but I already have one! I just bought the crest whitestrips 😃

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 12

23 month old daughter stop eating and drinking milk and water.

23 month old daughter stop eating and drinking milk and water. I know she’s hungry cause she checks out the food I give her. I think it’s her teeth that’s bothering her. How long is this phase going to be? She’s a picky eater but she can eat when she eats but the couple of days/weeks, it’s been terrible. I think she loss some weight. Help! Any suggestions? Thinking of blending some chicken... More

  • Anonymous
    Jul 13

    Thank you ladies! Laura, I apologize I exaggerated the water intake. She sips not drink. I have to remind and somewhat bribe her to drink water. Jenn, I have been thinking about the Tylenol a lot lately. Worst comes to worst I’m gonna have to try it. Don’t they get groggy or sleepy when they take it? She ate good at dinner time. Thank goodness. Tomorrow is another battle lol. I wish the te... More

  • Jenn
    Jul 13

    Mine hasn't been tired or groggy when I give it to her. In fact, she is usually more lively because there is no longer the teething pain.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jul 07

Baby oatmeal

My daughter just turned 11m. I still feed her infant oatmeal for breakfast every morning mixed with a purée of sorts for flavor. Does anyone else still do this? I also feed her whatever I’m eating too when she’s done. I guess I am not sure if she’s supposed to still be having it?

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Jul 10

    It’s fine, but it’s definitely cheaper to do adult oatmeal if you want. You could ever still use a food processor to chop it up.

  • Mariah
    Aug 01

    If your baby still wants it, I say give it to him. It’s still healthy for him, just maybe give some soft bits of fruit in it like banana.

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