Nutrition

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

Anonymous posted in Newborns 52m ago

Is it possible to over feed a newborn?

Our doctor said that our son should be eating 24 ounces in a day. He is almost 2 months and is eating around 34 ounces! We try and hold off feeding him, but he is always hungry!! I feel like he eats too much, but I read it’s almost impossible to overfeed a baby and if he wants it give it to him. Anyone else have this experience?

  • Destinee
    32m ago

    Just feed him when he’s hungry. Everything about how much your baby should be eating is just a guideline. If you were over feeding, he would be spitting up at this age

dinner ideas tips for 15 month old who throws everything!

so he eats well in morning but its sweet stuff like oatmeal and French toast. but at dinner after getting him from day care my son not interested in eating. hes hungry but will throw food and its driving me bananas. any tips on helping him eat better before bed? if doesnt eat well he wakes for milk at night. advice please

  • Yanis
    47m ago

    Have you heard of something called love it, like it, learning it? Maybe that can help? How old is your son? My daughter is 17 months and gets bored of the same thing, and refuses to eat if she’s bored of the dish I made.

  • Kristen
    45m ago

    I will look into that. he is 15 months and yes it seems at times he is bored but will eat same thing for days in a row no problem then just stop! its crazy

My 17 month old chews up her food and spits it out. Does anyone have any idea why or what to do?

I know she doesn’t mind the taste because she’ll put the food in her mouth, if she doesn’t like something she won’t eat it at all.

  • Emily
    Yesterday

    My daughter would do this with every bite! Drove me nuts so every time She did it I’d take the plate away. And put her in the corner and tell her food is for eating. Then sit her back down and this was trend for a little while. She got it though I think it was like the fifth meal she started swallowing her food! It was such a relief it never feels okay when your kid won’t eat. I also found that... More

I need NON DIARY breakfast meals for a 2 years old toddler! She has a milk allergy! Please help!

  • Erin
    Yesterday

    Avocado and bacon

  • Mallory
    2m ago

    My son is allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts so it really limits a lot. Usually I go for bananas, oranges or any type of fruit and a piece of toast with sunbutter and cheese (for some reason he can have string cheese and it doesn’t bother him). We also give him ripple milk which is a plant based milk with pea protein.

How often a day can I give my baby tastes of food that is not her milk?

  • Tammy
    Tuesday

    Started with rice cereal just before 4mos for both. After she got the hang of it we introduced fruit in the morning. Second is not as excited about it as the first so we haven’t gone to fruit yet. Once number one figured out how to feed herself she refused to be spoon fed. We never made it over 6oz bottles with her. She loved real food. These two couldn’t be more different so I’ll keep ya poste... More

  • Kieli
    Tuesday

    My daughters pediatrician recommended feeding her rice cereal twice a day until she got onto more solid foods like purées. Then he said to feed her as often as she wanted. She was a very chunky baby, and thinned out when she started running around. So I just offered her food and sometimes she would eat 3 times a day, and sometimes only twice. I noticed things like colds, and teething really aff... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Tuesday

My 2 year old baby girl doesn't take milk

What can I do?

  • Micaela
    Tuesday

    Mine neither.. I give cheese and yogurt

  • Aixa
    Tuesday

    My 2 year old doesn’t like milk at all neither I just stopped breastfeeding and she does not want to even try it

Devon posted in Nutrition Tuesday

baby loves water at 6 months

my daughter is 6 months 1 week, and she literally throws tantrums for water, when holding her if i’m drinking from a bottle she will pull the bottle to her face and try and drink it. she can’t hold bottles yet but she will literally drink water from our cups or her sippy cup she loves it! obviously i’m not feeding her a whole meals worth just a few sips here and there, it doesn’t impact her hun... More

  • NiaLayton
    Yesterday

    How often do you give her water ? I’m trying to get my 6 month old into water he’ll drink it barely .

  • Amanda
    1h ago

    Nialayton- I found with my son he will drink more water from a sippy cup than a bottle. A bottle he expects milk and won’t drink it

Frustrated with this picky kid!!

So what is a good tactic for a picky 2 year old. The only food intake he ever has is mash potatoes chicken nuggets and noodles (as a full meal he eats pudding and applesauce for snacks ect) he refuses and spits if i try to make him eat anything else but he gets so bored with his food. Its hard to find him the right food even the wrong chicken nuggets and he wont eat him helpppp!!! Lol

  • Charlotte
    Tuesday

    You could try French toast

  • Alexandra
    Today

    Sometimes the same food prepped differently will be eaten. Example: my daughter usually does not like fried chicken but she likes eating the drum sticks from chicken and veggies soup. I tried making my meals match what she would likely eat. If she didn’t want it, I’d talk and distract her for 10 min then try again.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Monday

Is baby too skinny?

So at baby boys 6 month check up doctor told me his weight percentile went down but she wasn’t too worried because he was so active. Then we went to his 9 and a half month check up and we had a different doctor who was more rude lol checked his height and weight and the percentile for his weight actually increased since 6 months but was still in the 20%. So the doctor told me that she thinks he... More

  • Sam
    Yesterday

    My son is 11 months old and weighs 19 lbs. there’s no issue tell that doc to shut up lol — a lot of babies are actually too chunky due to over feeding with formula and unhealthy foods (there’s kids at day care having Pepsi and pop tarts at age 2!!) my friends daughter is so small she doesn’t even register on the percentile and she’s 100% healthy - has all kinds of blood work, saw a nutritionist... More

  • Julie
    Yesterday

    Agree with everyone here. Just think of what people did before we had CDC growth charts...I’m pretty sure people just asked themselves questions like, “is my baby happy? Is my baby growing? Does my baby eat, sleep, and poop??” And if the answers were yes they probably didn’t worry too much about it.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Friday

Any ideas to get a 5 year old to eat his vegetables?

He’s very picky & doesn’t like to see ANY green. He also doesn’t like a lot of fruit

  • Heather
    Saturday

    Smoothies! Both my kids love smoothies

  • Chelly
    Monday

    Smoothies are a great idea and if he likes frozen things like popsicles, you can blend the fruits or vegetables and freeze them into popsicles.

Any advice on a sudden transition off of formula?

My husband and I are financially completely broke. We just moved to a new city and have not been able to get to the wic office to apply, but my daughter is still used to 3 bottles a day at the least. We cannot afford formula anymore. How do I make sure she's getting what she needs?

  • Macy
    Friday

    Ask a doctors office family practice or ped, they have tons of samples and should give you some.

  • Heidi
    Sunday

    Whole milk isn’t filling like formula but my son didn’t have a problem sleeping after switching and I switched him at 11 months. Just make sure she’s eating enough real food or baby food

Suppose to have whole milk after turning one while still breastfeeding?

My son had his one year check up and during the process, the doctor highly recommend that I introduce whole milk into his diet. She highly stressed on the whole as the fat content is suppose to help with his brain development. It just seemed odd to me as he still breastfeeds at least 4 times a day, sometimes more. Is that not adequate enough? Side note, he does eat low fat yogurt in the morni... More

  • Danielle
    Sunday

    I think it’s up to you and when you want to start weaning. I asked about weaning at her 9 month appt and Dr. said when she’s 11 1/2 months or so I can start doing bottles with breastmilk and regular milk. I think my daughter is going to be difficult to wean so I might introduce regular milk but continue breastfeeding also. Do whatever you think is best for him. He will be fine with breastmilk a... More

  • Kellie
    Monday

    Don’t stress! Give him whole milk in a sippy throughout the day! My son will take a few swigs of milk and then go straight to my boob (and then back to his sippy.) We’re trying to figure out weaning now at almost 2 years. I remember when the doc said that to me, my first question was “won’t my supply go down??” It wasn’t until after I realized how dumb that was. That’s the point! If yours is an... More

Food phobia or texture phobia?

I believe my kid has a phobia of food but lately I’ve been told it might be a texture problem. What are some things I can do for him to try a variety of food?

  • Kim
    Oct 11

    My almost 4 year old has a texture problem. The only fruit he’ll eat whole is bananas, all other fruits he’ll only eat if I make a smoothie for him. He wont eat veggies whole, except corn, so what helps is I mix shredded broccoli and cauliflower for example in his pasta sauce bc he loves pasta and he’ll eat it. Hope this helps!

  • Valerie
    Oct 12

    I shred everything too. He doesn’t like to bite his food, like he won’t take a bite off a large piece of chicken, but he’ll happily eat that same chicken shredded so he just has to chew and swallow. My kid doesn’t like slimy or wet food, so dried fruit is our friend.

B posted in Food & Cooking Oct 10

Recipe ideas?

I’m so bored of all of our usual dinners. I’m a vegetarian but my husband and daughter eat meat (although I prefer a recipe we can all eat...). My daughter loves beans and lentil dishes, cheese, pizza, eggs. Apparently at daycare she eats pasta... Anyway, what are your favorite vegetarian friendly meals? Our current favorite is pizza beans, which is a SmittenKitchen recipe.

  • April
    Friday

    Also, i suggest getting a vacuum sealer. Whenever I make too much of something, I just seal it and put it in the freezer.

  • Karyn
    Saturday

    Stuffed peppers! Possibilities are endless and you could easily add meat into theirs and not for yours!

Anonymous posted in Bottle Feeding Oct 09

12 mo swap to whole milk

Once swapping to whole milk instead of formula does the milk intake drop? My son drinks around 30 oz a day in formula. I don’t feel like he eats enough real food to cut back on milk?

  • Jennifer
    Oct 10

    What makes you think he’s not getting enough table food? Sometimes with little ones it might seem like they’re not eating much but their stomach are so little. Also to much liquid can cause that full feeling. I wouldn’t go over 4-6oz of whole milk or formula at a meal rest of the day do water. If he isn’t having failure to thrive I wouldn’t be to concerned

  • Dawn
    Oct 10

    16oz a day is what is recommended from pediatricians. Something I have learned recently about my 15 month old is that toddlers will eat when they are hungry and won’t starve themselves. If they don’t like what you offer them, mix it with something they do like and if they still refuse, they just may not be hungry or could be going through a phase. But eventually, they will be hungry enough to e... More

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Oct 08

Best balanced meal for a fuzzy 6 years old child?

  • Lynn
    Oct 08

    Salad with veggies, baked potato with bacon and cream and butter, mac and cheese with broccoli.

  • Stacy
    Oct 08

    Do pasta and load shredded or blended cooked veggies into a marinara or cheese sauce. They even make grain free or veggie pastas too. And just keep reintroducing a side dish of veggies until they get used to it or find something they love.

Jello

Can I give my 8 month old jello?

  • Brandy E.
    Oct 05

    Sure! Mine loves jello! Small pieces of course 😉

  • Anonymous
    Oct 06

    Definitely! Trying to avoid sweets as long as possible here though, so we haven’t given it yet!

Healthy snacks for Toddlers?

Anyone know any healthy snacks I can buy for my toddler when I go grocery shopping?

  • Hayley Wright
    Oct 06

    We buy strawberries, blueberries, cheesesticks, you can make muffins, I believe the packs are $1 and there will be enough to last all week, we also do bananas, apple sauce and cheerios.

  • Lindsey
    Saturday

    Raisins, small mini bags of cheese poofs, string cheese, Chex mix, veggie straws. I also buy big containers of yogurt and canned fruit and divide them into little plastic containers for daycare. I actually save money doing that than buying little individual cups of fruit. And of course applesauce

My 2 year old doesn’t eat, she’ll eat 1x or 2x a day, and when she eats she only has 3-4 bites.

Doctor says her weight is normal, on the growth chart her weight is in the 50th percentile and her height is in the 100th percentile. Even as a baby she didn’t have a bottle every 2 hours like she was supposed to , more like every 4-5 hours and none at night because she slept the whole night since day 1. I’m just concerned about her eating habits , I’ve been concerned since she was born.

  • April
    Oct 04

    My son fluctuates between gorging and no eating. It can be scary but as long as they’re getting they’re fluids and you’re trying different foods, it should work itself out.

  • Jennifer
    Oct 09

    Unless her weight percentile starts decreasing I wouldn’t worry. My two year old often goes on what I call food strikes or will only eat cereal. I just go with it keep up with weight percentile and if that isn’t decreasing I don’t worry

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Oct 01

Where do I buy nutritional yeast???

  • Anonymous
    Oct 01

    Hannaford???

  • Joanna
    Oct 01

    Trader Joe's stocks it.

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