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


Hi, I have an almost 11 month olds baby who doesn’t drink a lot of water and I’m trying to get him to drink more water to prevent dehydration. I tried apple juice mixed with water but he wouldn’t take it unless there’s a lot of apple juice in it. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous

    It may be easier to put the water in a bottle right now, but there's a good chance if you keep that up you'll have a bottle battle down the road. If you havent tried sippy cups then how do you know if he is at that stage or not? Babies can start sippy cups as early as 6mo and drink from straws as early as your sons age. My daughter has been using straw cups since 11mo. Formula is keep... More

  • Jackie

    It isn’t too early to start using a sippy cup. Better to start now so when he turns one (and converts to cows milk) you won’t be struggling (like you are now) to get him to be drinking water. It’s not like magically at one they know how to use a sippy cup. My LO will be one in 3 days and I introduced a sippy cup of water around 10 months. Yea she didn’t seem interested in it but now she’s star... More

Anonymous posted in Nutrition Jun 09

Realistic Ideas for Picky Eater

My 3yr old daughter is SUCH a picky eater. She basically lives off of chicken nuggets and peanut butter. Anybody have any grand ideas on getting a picky kid to try a fruit or veggie. I’ve tried smoothies, I’ve tried hiding them in things ... I am at a loss.

  • Marika
    Jun 10

    Helping out in the kitchen as said above and gardening. Seeing the plant grow and harvesting makes my LO excited to taste the veggies/fruits

  • Kristen
    Jun 10

    Can you at least switch to almond butter with no added sugar? So much better for the body than peanut butter. I switched my daughter and she loves it. And it goes great with fruits and veggies (bananas, apples, celery). Good luck!

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Jun 02

Starting cows milk

My son will be turning 1 soon and I have been trying to give him cows milk. I tried bottle/sippy cup, hot/cold, added a little bit of sugar or home made date paste to make it sweeter. Nothing works. He will spit it back out. He is exclusively breastfed and never took a bottle. I am so ready to wean him off. Desperate for suggestions... thanks.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 05

    Thank you all for your replies. Will keep trying

  • Jenn
    Jun 05

    I also just read that the APA says a 1 year old can get all the calcium they need from 8-12oz of milk and other dairy products, so that's what I'm going to shoot for.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking May 29

1 1/2 year old Picky eater

Oh please tell me they grow out of it. My son will not eat what I eat.... so his diet is pbj, Mac and cheese in the box, some times grill cheese, pancakes ( I buy the big bag of the minis), otmeal, yogurt, he wants to eat all types of chips.... um I think that’s it. there might be more to the list but I can’t think of it at this time... He has at least 3 cups a milk a day water through o... More

  • Anonymous
    May 30

    I cant relate because my daughter would live on only vegetables if she could but, have you tried bribing him? For instance, "if you have three pieces of broccoli you can have three m&m's". Its not necessarily the best way, but it couldn't really hurt to try. Try putting blueberries in the oatmeal or making a blueberry sauce to introduce the flavor. My daughter likes to eat... More

  • Elena
    May 31

    Same story mine turned 2 and we had this from the start of solids he would try and then not touch again and the things he used to it at first are now out the window. Only milk oat meal baby chips and French fries no meats no veggies I'm so worried that he get sick I cry every day. Doc keeps telling me dont force just let him try but now he won't even try he'll lick it and then toss ... More

Jenn posted in Babies May 27

Milk Schedule for a 1 year old

My LO just turned 1 a week and a half ago, so we switched her to cow's milk from formula. Aside from the fact that she won't drink milk from anything but a bottle (I have 10 different sippy cups, but any suggestions are appreciated!), I can't figure out when to give her the milk. If I just gave it to her during meals, she would never have anywhere close to 16oz. TIA!!!

  • Jenn
    May 28

    Sara, we have that one, along with a ton of different spout and straw ones. I'm wondering now if I should just stick with 1 and let her get used to it. Thanks all

  • Sara
    May 28

    Hey Jenn! Yea, we eventually decided to do exactly that. We chose the one he played with/chewed on the most (and that seemed to us like the best option because it was so similar to a bottle and softer on his gums) and then just went with it for a while. It may be totally arbitrary which one you pick as long as you stick with it, haha.

Kendra posted in Nutrition May 24

2 year old won’t give up milk in bottle

I’ve tried giving him milk in every single type of cup but unless it’s in a bottle he refuses. I’ve even tried watering it down and decreasing how many and the amount. He only wants water and milk throughout the day. He also won’t go down for the night without at least 2 oz of watered down milk. He won’t eat cheese or any other dairy as a substitute. 😩 Help!

  • Kendra
    May 26

    Plus I have a 6 month old on prescription formula so bottles remain.

  • Anonymous
    May 27

    My sons milk intake definitely went down dramatically after taking bottles and going to sippys. His doctor said that’s normal and totally fine. Try not to worry! You don’t need milk to survive

Anonymous posted in Nutrition May 15

2 yr old refuses milk

So i am in the process of weaning my 2 yr old off of her bottle, and now she refuses to drink milk of its in anything other than her bottle. She'll drink water in sippy cups but if i put milk in a sippy, any sippy cup, even her favorite sippy cup, she refuses to drink it. Is this a big nutrition problem? How much milk does a 2 yr old need?

  • Anonymous
    May 15

    Thanks for all the tips! ❤️

  • Taylor Bowens
    May 17

    Sounds like my 18 month old son. He will not drink milk/almond/soy/ goat if it’s the last thing on earth🤭 make sure you add yogurt and cheese to his daily diet. The pediatrician told me that if he getting those nutrients through his diet, it’s ok if he does not drink milk. I hope it helps

Anonymous posted in Nutrition May 05

Milk/food intake

How much food and milk should my 1yo be eating? I know before 1 food is for fun. We would do 2-3 “meals” a day. She would take anywhere from 2-4oz of baby food or half an avocado or egg about 1 hour after her bottle. Is milk still the primary source of food?

  • Jenn
    May 07

    We were told to switch food and formula at 9 months, meaning do food first, then formula. So our schedule is food at 6:30ish, formula at 8:30-9, food at 11:30, nap, formula around 2:30, food at 5, formula at 6:30, bed by 7. Her bottles vary depending on the time of day, but are around 5-8oz. 7oz is what I try to get in her. You may want to try giving her food first and then formula or milk if s... More

  • Anonymous
    May 07

    I still think you should talk to your pediatrician, but since you are giving her formula right after wake up it may be a comfort thing for her. I would try to transition formula to milk pouring in a little more milk and a little less formula for a week or so. Maybe try feeding her 1 hour after bottle instead of 2, and start with feeding her when ever you eat. Give a mix of finger foods and pure... More

Spit up — switching from formula to whole milk?

My daughter recently turned 1 and we began the switch from formula to whole milk. She still gets a formula bottle in the morning and before bed. Initially we began giving the milk straight (not mixed with anything else) but she became SEVERELY constipated. We watered it down a bit which helped...but since this milk switch she has been spitting up :( She hasn’t shown any signs of a dairy or ... More

  • Jenn
    May 05

    Have you tried lactose-free milk? May help

Diana posted in Nutrition May 02

16 months old just wants fruits, bread, crackers and milk. No chicken, veggies, etc. What can I do?

  • Cathy
    May 04

    Have you also tried giving her the fork or spoon with the food? She might try to attempt eating more with a utensil. Definitely an age to start trying if you haven’t.

  • Nana
    May 07

    Cheese, eggs, nut butter s

Bad eaters

Does anyone have suggestions on how to get 2 year olds to eat? He won’t eat Mac and cheese, chicken, bbq, hamburgers, meatloaf, and he also won’t eat stuff from like McDonald’s, chick fla a, and Burger King. When he does eat it’s just scraps of food. He weighs 35 pounds and the doctor says he’s healthy but he won’t eat!

  • Christine
    May 02

    Just give him whatever you're having, and if he won't eat it than don't stress about it, especially if weight is on track. Got this advice from our pediatrician. Stressing over it or turning it into a battle won't make them eat it anyway! He'll grow out of it :)

  • Christine
    May 02

    If you have an instagram account look up FeedingLittles her acct is super informative and she has full on pamphlets/programs for toddlers and how to get them to eat.

Annie posted in Nutrition Apr 28

Baby food pancakes/breakfast ideas

I know this sounds lazy but my baby is a morning girl and I’m still not quite there yet as I still have that internal alarm that makes me instinctively wake up every couple of hours to check on her. Ive been trying to make breakfast every morning for her, but I find myself just repeating the same recipes over and over again. Scrambled egg with a veggie mixed in, some fruit, and toast with some ... More

  • Annie
    May 03

    Christine, that’s a good point. Thank you. Im sitting here all concerned and wondering if I’m a lazy mother but if she likes the easy stuff then hey! I’m lucky. That’s a bunch

  • Kerry
    May 06

    This sounds disgusting, but at that age I was making scrambled eggs with banana. My boys loved it. Also, I bought a bunch of Mason jars and would pre make yogart, Berry and granola (flaxseed, etc ) parfaits. Big hit!

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Apr 22

Weight/Feeding issues

My son is 9 months (going on 10 months in a few days). The pediatrician is concerned with his weight (18 lbs). I try to feed him baby food, he turns his head. And doesn’t really want it. He also will only have a few bites of table food then turn head. I refuse to force feed him. He will breast feed and drink formula from the bottle no problem. Has any one else dealt with this? Have you gone to ... More

  • Samantha
    Apr 24

    My daughter was 5 pounds 5 ounces at birth and she only weighs 16 1/2 pounds at almost 10 months. My doctor shows no concern. She’s breastfed (still 8 times at day usually) & she gets baby foods. Just keep doing what you’re doing. I definitely agree with not forcing table foods- you want food to be a good experience for him!

  • Jess
    Apr 25

    My son was 8lbs at birth and not even 21lbs now at 18 months. The dr isn’t worried. He’s following the same growth curve he’s been on his whole life. If your son fell off his growth curve, have them weigh him again. The smaller amount can be a huge difference. At our last visit, they mis-measured his height. The effect on his curve was crazy. They checked again, and the QUARTER of an inch mad... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Apr 22

Stomach bug and now milk intolerance??!

So about 10 days ago my 20 month old got a stomach bug. Every time she drank milk she’d throw up. But cheese and butter and even meals with milk in them was ok. So the pediatrician told me to hold off on milk for about a week because that’s usually enough time for the bug to pass. So I waited till Saturday (gave her oat or rice milk all week) and gave her whole milk again and she was ok. Then l... More

How to keep daughter hydrated?

My 16 month old daughter won’t ask for water; even if I leave a cup of water around. She’s not a big milk drinker either. Now that it’s getting 🥵; how do I help her to keep hydrated? How do you keep your kiddos hydrated?

  • Erica
    May 02

    Our 19mo old likes when we add an ice cube to his cup “like the adults”

  • Mrsyummy

    Pedialyte or Gatorade, they are both still a little sweet so he still drank it. we told my son it was hulk juice and he drank it just fine! Works every time! ☺️

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Apr 18

16 month old not eating

My almost 16 month old daughter is not eating very much...maybe like 3-4 bites on her own, and then I have to feed her and most times it's such a struggle, she is so distracted!!! on a good day it takes about atleast 30 minutes to feed her, this has been so frustrating for me but I need her to eat so I've been feeding her. I spoke to her pediatrician about it and he suggested that I jus... More

  • Anonymous
    Apr 18

    Thank you for your advice, I really appreciate it. According to her pediatrician she should be drinking about 24 ounces of milk at her age.. she drinks around 15-20 ounces.

  • PK
    Apr 19

    We were told 24 oz is the maximum and aim for 16 oz of milk after 1 yrs old. I think you are doing great!! We are struggling with meals too. Some times when he’s really hungry he will feed himself. Most times though, we have to play music and I have to feed him. If I don’t feed him, he doesn’t eat at all. He actually asks me to feed him 🙄. But.. if he says he’s full, he is full and I take the... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Apr 12

PAMF fremont - what does it say on 1 year old appt handout?

What does the PAMF pediatrician handout say about whole milk transition? My baby is still 10 months but I’m curious what they say about milk transition.. any moms been told they don’t need to give whole milk and alternatives were okay (incl yogurt or cheese)?

  • Anonymous
    Apr 13

    I’ve not had the best experience with PAMF, in terms of the advice they give and the reasoning for it. I suggest you do your own research and make a decision that makes sense to you, and you’re comfortable with. For what it’s worth, I transitioned my son to whole milk at 15 months. 50/50 breast milk to entirely whole milk. Some do it sooner, others do it later. I don’t recall having any conve... More

  • Shyann
    Apr 15

    Idk if it helps but we transitioned to whole milk when she turned one

Jess posted in Behavior Apr 09

I could use some help! My son just turned 2 and has become extremely picky about food

Over the last 6 months my son has stubbornly refused anything new. He used to be a great eater and now he cries and screams if I even offer him something he doesn’t recognize. At breakfast and lunch i make things I known he likes but at dinner he gets what the rest of us are eating. At least 6 nights a week he doesn’t eat dinner at all and he’s under weight. The doctor said he needs a multi vit... More

  • Laura
    Apr 09

    Child of Mine is a good book about the division of responsibilities when it comes to food - you decide what and when, they decide if and how much. Guidelines from our doc were straight out of this book

  • Jess
    Apr 12

    Thank you! I’m going to try some of these strategies. Wish me luck!

Meal time 🥺😭😩

So it happened again I made my 15-month-old a nice chicken cutlet dinner with vegetables and she had one piece and considered herself full. I honestly don’t know how she makes it through the day, she lives on milk. yes I know it might be teething but I’m wondering do your one-year-old eat a healthy amount or are you too just getting by on whole milk??!! Also whenever I do cook her a nice dinn... More

  • Lily
    Mar 27

    Dinner time is so hard!!! It is still hard. I let my 18 month old play in the sink while I cook dinner if she is being annoying. If you want her to eat dinner you have to make sure she isn't sanking too close to dinner. Also don't let her have sanks or anything but what you made for dinner after if she wants more to eat. She will learn to eat what you made

  • Daniela
    Mar 28

    If your baby is teething it definitely alters how much they eat. That’s probably why she wants to drink milk instead. My son is a very good eater but when he’s teething, especially this last time all he wanted was soft foods that were not hard to chew. In regards to cooking dinner. It’s tough to cook with them around. Several things that have worked for me is giving him light snacks like bluebe... More

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Mar 25

Am I feeding my baby enough food?

I’ve been looking up sample menus and recipe ideas for feeding my now one-year-old boy but the samples I’ve come across seem to add in wayyyy too much food for such a little person. My baby eats more now than ever but it’s like a handful of berries for one meal and some milk. However, some of the samples I’ve seen out there suggest a whole grilled cheese sandwich plus 1/2 cup of veggies, etc. I... More

  • Raji
    Mar 26

    I feel the same but my kiddo is over the average weight for her age and height. I usually feed her toast and milk for breakfast sometimes fruit. Then, lunch or a banana and dinner. I don’t usually do three meals n two snacks. Otherwise I feel like all she does it eat all day long; she takes a while to finish eating.

  • Stacey
    Mar 27

    We have a big kid (he looks like a 2 year old at 15 months) but the doctor thinks he is doing great. We just let him decide how much to eat. He let's us know when he is done by playing with his food or waving his hands and says "Doe" (His word for done). Sometimes he eats a few bites and other times he will clean his plate. Both are fine. We will sometimes save extra food for an... More

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