Nutrition

Whether you have a picky eater or a kid who eats anything, proper nutrition is key to a healthy childhood.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Yesterday

Protein Bc of low thyroid from blood test

For your 15 month what proteins did you give him. He loves peanut butter so that’s good and he drink milk mix with a 4th of chocolate pedicure. What other stuff can I give him to up his protein. He likes chicken but idk what other meat I can give him without spitting it out?

  • PK
    Yesterday

    Tofu

  • Diana
    Yesterday

    Beans and legumes, fish and so on

My toddler doesn't have an appetite.

My child hasn't been wanting to eat the past coupe of weeks. He will eat yogurt and drink milk along with some fruits. But he will not easy an actual meal. Not even his favorite foods. Have any of you experienced this?

  • Kimmy
    Sunday

    Going through the same thing atm

  • Kait
    Yesterday

    Yup. Toddlerdom at its finest! Offer dinner for breakfast and vary what you offer. Still doesn’t work all the time though!

My 4yr old son wont eat anything not processed! Help.

My youngest son used to eat really well. The last year and a half he has refused to eat anything that isnt processed foods. I have tried every thing. Tricking, bribing, spanking, grounding, taking things away, letting him go hungry, maki g it a game... Nothing is working. I am so tired. I cant afford to keep buying the pediasure shakes to fill in thebhokes in his diet to keep him from being mal... More

  • Anne
    Saturday

    Head to the library and get the book Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense. Its a life changer! Very simple rules to avoid food battles and I swear it works.

  • Christina
    Saturday

    Also get him involved in cooking. My daughter would “sneak” broccoli when washing it. Or grab a piece of carrot when I finished cutting. We also have the rule of take a bite of something not eaten to get more of something desired.

Help with feeding solids!

Hi new here, I have a 13 month old boy and need help with feeding. He eats solids, but all he really eats are carrots and peas. How can I get him to eat actual heaviest foods without him throwing it on the ground and not trying anything?

  • Michelle
    Wednesday

    I feed mine baby food still as his main form of nutrients....or whatever I’m eating which he readily tries more of every day.

  • Christa
    Thursday

    I would caution at 13 months being on tons of baby food, because of recent recalls... though they have been kept pretty hush hush, I would start offering more of a solid food base than not. Your pediatrician should have given the clear to go ahead on solids of some sort by now. The more you can introduce now, and the wider varieties will offer him a better and healthier relationship with food. ... More

Cake smash substitution ideas??

My boy is 1 in a few days 🤯 Any ideas on cake substitutions for a cake smash photo session? He’s not allergic to anything, just don’t want to introduce artificial sugars yet.

  • Cassandra
    Thursday

    I’ve seen a spaghetti smash and a pizza smash!

  • Michelle
    Friday

    We made a small cake using banana as the sweetener and used blueberries with Yogurt as frosting. None of it had added sugars. She loved it!

Eating with my 23 month old is becoming an issue

I’m not sure if I should take her to the doctor but her appetite lately has literally gone down hill she use to eat big portions and out of no it’ll take a a hour maybe more to eat her favorite meals or she won’t eat through out the day and eat when it’s bed time. I’m not sure if this is a faze or what should I think??

  • Casey
    Dec 03

    My 22 month old just started doing this a week or so ago. I had a hunch it was teething, and sure enough I was right! I forgot all about those second molars. Maybe that’s what’s going on with your little one?

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    It could be she was going through a growth spurt. If you become concerned about a lack of nutrition there are drinks like pediasure, I use Enfamil toddler premium grow and go.

Probiotics

Are there some safe probiotic powders out there I could give my 18month old in his water?

  • Ivana
    Dec 02

    It’s not in powder form, but we’ve been using bio gaia probiotic and vitamin d drops since before me daughter was even one and still more than a year later. Her pediatrician recommended it and we’re happy!

  • Jennifer
    Dec 02

    We use the culturelle brand power for my son. Helps with poopy diapers and seems to keep him from not getting sick as much

Getting enough liquids

My daughter is 17 mos and I'm weaning her off bottles (I know I'm a little late in doing this,but she doesn't eat much just nibbles here and there throughout the day). Anyway when she was drinking 9 ounce bottles 3 times a day her diapers were saturated. Now they are wet but nowhere near what they used to be. I'm worried she's not getting enough liquids. She does drink very... More

  • Melissa
    Nov 30

    Thank you Anonymous, Julie and Cm! You all have reassured me so much! Big sigh of relief 😊

  • Sb
    Dec 01

    Sounds like shes drinking enough if she was peeing any less on a longer time period i would worry. Also as the baby gets older they start to pee less often and usually more when they do. They get used to holding it during their sleep too all I'm their own. This helps when its time to potty train. If you ever get worried about dehydration try to look for the signs like small cracked lips, co... More

HELP!!

My 1 yo is eating 3 times a day and 2 times a day for snacks but is not gaining weight. Went to the doctor yesterday and he is on the lowest percentage for the weight and doctor want him to gain weight in a month. Any suggestions on what to give so he can gain weight? Or maybe drinks or vitamins?

  • Cathy
    Nov 28

    Pediassure. Anything with fat (good fats like Kelly mentioned). Grilled cheese, eggs, yogurt, are also good ideas. Or plain cheese too. Check out Pinterest!

  • Ira
    Nov 29

    Thank you all so much! I will try all your suggestions.

Anonymous posted in Nutrition Nov 27

How to make 9 month old babies drink water

I have twin babies and I've been trying to get them to drink water since they were about 3 months old. They take a few sips from their bottles but then shove the bottle away or dont even want it. They like it warm just like their formula so I normally try to do that or do at least room temp. My husband and I have thought about doing a little bit of apple juice diluted in water but since we ... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 28

    We kept a sippy on his tray as soon as we started solids :) he became interested and I’d pop it into his mouth a few times throughout and probably 2-3 weeks later he actually took a drink or two and then it went on from there

  • Christa
    Nov 28

    I put frozen fruit in my kiddos bottle with water in it! It helps give it a bit of flavor and still all the water!!!!

Anonymous posted in Nutrition Nov 27

2 year old not eating!

When my son turned 6 months I started solids, and it went great. He would eat almost everything I gave him. At about 15 months he totally stopped eating everything I gave him and started eating only yogurt. Since then yogurt its all he eats, everything else he gags, pushes it away, or starts crying. Maybe I’m not trying hard enough for him to try eating again IDK. I thought he had SPD since he ... More

  • Fay
    Nov 29

    My toddler did the same thing- one day she just decided to stopped eating!!! She was losing weight!! It was so scary and frustrating. She only took yogurt and yogurt smoothies. I started adding some oatmeal in the smoothie and some purée fruits/veggies. It worked 🙏. Try Orgain Kids Protein Organic Nutritional Shake - it really helped her gain some weight.

  • Renata
    Nov 29

    My son did the same at the same age. It started when he got sick. Since then...No soups, fish, meat, most dairy, etc. he is now 4 and there are very few things he will eat. I gave up and with the doctors and child psychologist recommendation, feed whatever he still likes and hopefully he will outgrow it.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Nov 25

2 year old barely eating for weeks now

Does anyone else have issues with this? I can’t seem to get my 2 year old to eat much at all. For the last two weeks he will eat a yogurt and toast for breakfast and then maybe 3-4 bites of whatever meal we have plus a fruit cup throughout the day and that’s it. It seems like such a small amount compared to what he normally eats. He seems perfectly healthy but now we are also having problems wi... More

  • Barbara
    Nov 25

    I put frozen peas, spinach and kale in his fruit smoothies 2 x a week because hes a picky eater. He loves his smoothies because he thinks fruit and apple juice are all i put in them lol

  • Ashlie
    Nov 26

    2years old is a slower growth year so it normal for kids to eat less just listen to him/her he will tell if he needs to eat and make sure your only giving him 3 glasses that is 8oz of milk a day for then that your filling him up on milk instead of food and milk will curdle in the stomach casing tummy upsets

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Nov 22

Raising kids as vegetarians

Firstly is anyone else doing this? And how has it worked out so far? Now I’m talking about vegetarianism not full on veganism. Secondly, both S.O and my family thinks it’s ridiculous to raise our kids on that diet, I just ignore what my family says. However, SO is getting sucked into wanting to give our kids meat because his family. We agreed to raise them little to no junk/processed/fast foo... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 25

    @ashley that is exactly what my sil and her husband does! Saying it’s nasty when we give her veggies. LO is 9 months so we started to introduce some solids for her (mainly when we go out to eat, which my in laws Love to eat out almost all the time) they gave her ice cream when she was 1 month old, which I why I don’t like them baby sitting but SO says it’s unfair my mom baby sits and they don’t... More

  • Heidi
    Nov 26

    My parents tried to raise me as a vegetarian and it didn’t work to well and I usually felt like an outsider and weird as a kid. I was personally not a fan. As an adult I do eat meat but not a lot and certainly not much red meat. However I’m not raising my son to be either. I give him the option and see what he decides to eat. My dad is still a full vegetarian so the meat substitutes and tofu et... More

Megan posted in Nutrition Nov 21

Feeding

Hi everyone! I’m having a really hard time coming up with a menu for my 8 month old. I’m worried I’m not feeding him enough solids and I’m not sure what to feed him. I’m making homemade baby food but I’m kind of stuck at this point. Looking for any help! Thanks :)

  • Krystal
    Nov 21

    My daughter was about that age when I started looking into Baby Led Weaning. You can find lots of great stuff on Pinterest about it. It got her really excited about food when I started giving her orange wedges, slices of melon and large pieces of broccoli to gnaw on. She is almost 3 now and loves to eat a very wide variety of foods, including lots of veggies. Not a picky eater at all

  • Elle
    Nov 22

    Proteins: Scrambled egg Chicken Vegetables: Squash Carrot Zucchini Pumpkin Peas Cauliflower Fruits: Avocado Apples Mango Banana Starches: Sweet potato Baby biscuit (we like Gerber's arrowroot biscuits)

Toddler meals?

What are some good lunch meals I should introduce to my 2year old. Most days He just doesn’t eat. He just likes to eat breakfast which is like oatmeal or pancakes, bananas or apples.. ugh..

  • Megan
    Nov 21

    We feed our 19 mo old what we eat. She has started the past couple months being picky depending on her mood. We just had a Dr apt and met with a nutritionist about it. They said offer her what you eat, an array of healthy food and proportioned properly. If she doesn’t eat it, she may not be hungry as her stomach is still about the size of her fist (which is hard for me to believe cause she can ... More

  • Genie
    Nov 22

    We added to the oatmeal. Ex: oatmeal with chicken. peas&carrots.

Transitioning to cows milk

My little guy will be 1 year old in 2 weeks. When & how is the best way to introduce cows milk to him?

  • Nessa
    Nov 21

    I introduced milk 2 weeks before her birthday. Her doctor said 11.5 months was okay and we were out of formula so I just did it cold turkey.

  • Genie
    Nov 22

    Introducing it slowly by mixing it with what hes used to. ex: 25% new milk, 75% his milk and gradually increase the new milk ratio. This helped with my kiddo.

Feedings - milk & baby food

My son has never been a babe that loves to drink milk, breastfed or formula. He’s always fought it and it’s always so hard to get him to feed. He’ll be 8 months at the end of the month and we’ve already been on baby food for months. I’m just wondering if how much formula he should be drinking? Every time I ask my pedi she just says as much as he will take. He’s currently drinking anywhere from ... More

  • Jenn
    Nov 20

    I just asked my Ped yesterday for my 6 month old. She said until 8-9 months, she would drink 28-32 oz a day but around 8-9 months many kids start to self-wean as they eat more food. If he wants to eat, let him eat. She said the minimum my LO should eat if she isn't interested in formula is 20 oz, so I'd say make sure he gets at least that in a day, but if you want to give him more food ... More

  • Kim
    Nov 20

    Ahhh thank you so much. I was thinking that I might be going crazy and making this up cause out of no where he’s just gotten really interested in baby food and would rather eat our food than have a bottle.

Lunches?

I always feel like I'm slacking on giving my kids good lunches. I always think I don't have enough or it's just not healthy enough (which most of the time is probably not healthy at all 🤦‍♀️) my 3 year old is extremely picky which makes it so hard and my twins who are 19 months are usually good eaters but can love something one day and then hate it for a week. Does anyone have easy ... More

  • Amy
    Nov 25

    My daughter is 20 months old and I'll pack her a lunch for school that consists of at least one kind of fruit and vegetable each, one "main" dish like tuna sandwich, ham and cheese roll ups, hot dogs, soup, mac and cheese, cheese and crackers, sometimes even dinner from the night before. And then i will add a thing of yogurt, apple sauce, or one of those food pouches and a snack.... More

  • JoJo
    Nov 27

    Smoothies and omelettes help me with my toddler a lot!! Also burritos, you can add a bunch of things in there mixed in with beans and cheese, they love it!

How does your toddler get their daily veggies?

  • Shuishuipanda
    Nov 19

    My son almost always pick out the veggies from the food I mix them in. I'm struggling too. But I can at least give him his favorite vegetables, like stir-fried cauliflower and stir-fried tomato with egg, mixed with steamed rice. And he loves fruits so I make sure to give him more fruits to compensate the lack of veggies (a lots of avocado)

  • Amy
    Nov 25

    My daughter likes veggies. Some days she will reject them. So I'll add them in smoothies or I'll mix them in with her dinner and pouches work well too.

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