Nutrition

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

Not eating 9 almost 10 month old.

Hey mommas!! I am super stressed as my little one is not eating the same as he used to.. he used to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner and now barely eats anything except his cereal snacks & some of our food. He is breast fed but I feel like (I bet any mom feels) that he Is not getting enough. ALSO! What do I do with the purées I’ve bought that he won’t eat?? ive tried many times and he still ... More

  • Julie
    Wednesday

    I would say it’s teething or a purée strike!! My daughter eats way less when teething but right around this age she also refused ALL puréed foods and only wanted regular food!!!

  • Aleksa B.
    Wednesday

    Lol it’s gotta be both of those and I’m so glad that it’s not something uncommon! Thank you!

Elderberry

Anyone give their toddler the zarabys elderberry gummies? If so do they only get it when they are sick or can you give them one a day like a vitamin?

  • Aaron Thompkins
    Wednesday

    I Understand with daycare being involved.

  • Stephanie
    Wednesday

    The research I’ve done is mixed but from my point of view I don’t think it can hurt her because it’s all natural right

Refusing Milk

Help!!! My 16 month old won’t drink milk unless it is from a bottle. I’ve tried everything! Different types of sippy cups, cups with straws, the 360 cups, plain cups, her bottle but with a sippy cup nipple. NOTHING works. I’m getting concerned because she isn’t getting her milk. I give her yogurt and cheese to help with the lack of calcium. I also have tried almond milk. She just won’t take any... More

  • V
    Feb 07

    Hi there, i tossed out all my son’s bottles out and did cold turkey style... it’s been 4 months and he’s still refusing milk from ANY cups. I’ve even tried adding chocolate syrup. Nothing. If he knows there’s only milk, he will refuse it and run away from me. He’s currently eating cereal with milk from a bowl with a built in straw (you can get them from amazon). He also eats a lot of yogurt, ch... More

  • V
    Feb 07

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Who Bakes??

I need diabetic friendly sweets made for my husband’s birthday! Like barbershop themed cookies etc.

Ten month old won’t eat.

My ten month old has lost interest in eating. I open a four ounce container and he doesn’t finish it. I’ve tried feeding him different types of food; purées, Puffs, fruit, etc. No interest in eating. Then around dinner time he’ll eat about eight ounces of food. His molars are coming in and I think another tooth is breaking through. Is this due to teething?

  • Kieli
    Feb 05

    I agree with Kerry, teething definitely affects appetite. I also have noticed my daughter will go through phases. One day she is a bottomless pit and will eat all day then a week later she won’t hardly eat at all. You can try giving him cold things to chew on to help the pain

  • Anonymous
    Feb 05

    My son definitely eats a whole lot less when teething. If it continues through and gets closer to the weekend I’d maybe call the ped if you’re worried

Suggestions!

Hello I have a one year old and she will eat the bare minimum in her high chair. I think okay she’s full? But then once she goes about playing she comes back to me and wants to be fed while walking around. This is something I want to avoid!! Please anyone have suggestions on how I can keep her in the high chair for her full meal???

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    I’ve seen people who feed in the Walker- putting food on the little tray part. Maybe when she starts asking for food plop her in her chair. Let her down when she wants down. Repeat. I’m sure it won’t take long for her to see that’s the one and only place she’ll receive food. Remember- YOU run the show, not her :)

  • Elle
    Jan 28

    Sit down and eat with her, model the behavoir you want to instill in her. She probably doesnt see eating in the highchair as personally enjoyable /interesting as eating while exploring, interacting with things around her. Sit down with her, eat with her, and interact with her while she's in the highchair to instill the behavoir.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jan 27

Refuses any meat

My almost 2 year old daughter hates meat. I’ve tried different types of meat, different seasoning, baked, breaded, grilled, even Mc Donald’s chicken nuggets. Wants nothing to do with it. Her diet consists of veggies, noodles, and potatoes, and yet she’s been the same weight for the past 8 months. She’s just such a picky eater I don’t know what to do any more. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    Thank you all for your ideas ❤️

  • Ruth
    Jan 28

    My one year old is pretty much vegetarian (we are both pescatarian) Some good protein options we eat are Beans and things made with beans options are endless stuff from bean salad sandwich’s to brownies. Chick peas (Gabanzo bean) Falafel is delicious! Tofu she loves it surprisingly, I hated it as a kid. Peanutbutter or other nut butters. Cheeses, yogurt, cottage cheese. Even some veggies lik... More

Anonymous posted in Developmental Disorders Jan 25

I need reassurance and you tell me what you think??

So my in laws have been watching my LO for a couple of days and they seem to think my son has autism/some type of eating disorder. He doesn’t like eating solids, and he’s really picky with what he eats but he does love sweets 🤦‍♀️ because of his dad. (We still encourage him at home to eat solids/healthy food etc.) he loves those pouches that are like purée foods (apple sauce pouches) etc. so he... More

  • Kait
    Jan 26

    It’s horrible of them to say that to you. Your kid is still very little and sometimes kids are picky. Always trust your momma intuition over people who don’t know your baby like you.

  • T
    Jan 26

    From 15 months until 3 years old my daughter went through a Costco size jar of mixed nuts every week. She ate a variety of other food, but she lived off mixed nuts. Her pediatrician said it was fine. She met and exceeded all milestones. Wasn’t lethargic. Etc.

Anonymous posted in Food & Cooking Jan 22

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

  • Activemommy
    Jan 23

    That’s really cute Julie. Im going to talk my husband into it

  • Julie
    Jan 23

    How’d it work for y’all!? This song happened tonight: Ohhhh, I love cauliflower, I doooo I swear it doesn’t taste like a shoooooe Especially because your mother refuses to add salllllt Which she insists is good for my hearttttt My husband was never this cheesy (we’ve been together for over 10 years), but I do love him for it! Lolololol

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
    Jan 19

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

  • MommyDear
    Jan 21

    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

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.

  • A
    Jan 18

    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
    Jan 18

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

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Jan 17

Son not gain weight referral to a Endocrinologist

My son was born at 2017 September at 6lbs 8oz then from 8month to 12 months he always weighs 17lbs-18lbs we just got to 19lbs and he is 16months. Had anybody experience a Endocrinologist? What was your experience? I’m afraid they gonna say we have to do growth hormones and that is a shot for the rest of his day? I mean my MIL said that my husband was small like in middle school she wouldn’t him... More

  • Brittany
    Jan 18

    Definitely not an expert but my son didn’t gain any weight (not even an ounce) for almost a year. Our dr recommended pediasure and a couple months later he started gaining weight. You could try that to start with if you wanted to. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    Jan 18

    We just left the doc and she don’t thing it’s a grrowth problem but she did get us to go to dietitian

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
    Jan 22

    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

Jessy posted in Nutrition Jan 13

Starting finger foods

Hi everyone! I recently started giving my 8 month old finger foods banana, raspberry Dissolvable crackers. Any recommendations foods, fruits and veggies of which ones to give? She has not teeth I worry that she will choke. I want to give her corn kernels of course boiled but I’m not sure if she needs to have teeth to chew? First time mom. I appreciate any recommendations in advance thank you! :)

  • Christa
    Jan 14

    I really followed the book “French kids eat Everything” when I started really weaning my son into more solids and less purées. He’s almost 1, and eats things like broccoli, fish, beets, zucchini, olives (sliced), pickles, hamburger, chicken, noodles, lemons (seriously loves them), clams, shrimps, bacon, pickled artichokes, and the usual things kids love too. But set the rule, as you start educa... More

  • Bailey
    Jan 14

    My daughter didn’t have any teeth until 9m old and she still ate a lot of what I ate. If you can squish the food with your fingers easily, then she will be able to chew it with her gums no problem ☺️

A posted in Breastfeeding Jan 13

Cows milk

My son has been exclusively breast feed, he eats food now And gets BM 4-7 times in a 24 hr period. When he was a few months old we found that me drinking dairy in coffee or however effected his digestion and now I’m concerned cows milk will bother him in a sippy cup. Any one have any thoughts on this? I became sensitive to something in cows milk as a kid I could least have yogurt, cheese, i... More

  • A
    Jan 13

    He loves yogurt I bought vanilla unfortunately instead of plain but have been giving him a few spoonfuls here and there. And he LOVES cheese Appreciate the input:)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 14

    My daughter had cows milk protein allergy when she was an infant, I didn’t know until she was 6 mos old so I stopped breastfeeding. Took her to an allergy test last month, no milk allergy but the doctor recommended her to transition to lactaid first for three weeks then slowly introduce whole milk. So far so good. My husband is lactose intolerant and I’m not.

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

Recommendations for Toddler Whole Milk?

Just wanted to know what milk you give your toddlers 1 yr old & up after they’re done with breast milk or formula milk. Mine is formula fed since he was 5 months. We’re about to transition to whole milk. There are so many types & brands. Also, there’s the big brand names toddler formulas which they market as to have all the nutrients, boost immune system, etc. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  • Katie
    Jan 12

    I just use grocery brand whole milk. When we transitioned from breast milk we mixed them to gradually introduce the cows milk and managed to avoid the intestinal issues. If you find your child can't take whole milk, I would check in with your kid's doctor on suitable alternatives. As someone else mentioned, your kid needs the fats/protein/calories and whole milk is an easy, cost effecti... More

  • Anonymous
    Jan 12

    We started with lactose free whole milk for a few months, then weaned into regular whole milk

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.

Eating struggle

My almost 2 year old has decided he will eat only nuggets and fish sticks these days. He used to love Mac and cheese and be open to different things. I don’t want him to be hungry but he also has to eat more than this.

  • Julie
    Jan 06

    I follow kids eat in color on instagram and she gives a lot of great advice!! One thing she suggests that I do now is while I don’t cook “special “ food just for my toddler, I do make sure to offer one thing at each meal that I know she’ll like or want to eat. I try to make sure to rotate what that thing will be, too. Like berries and hard boiled eggs at breakfast, corn at lunch, and broccoli ... More

  • Elle
    Jan 07

    Yes, thay's a great insta acct, love it

Protein for 9m old.

I need some protein ideas for my picky 9m old. Right now she’s basically living off yogurt and minimal meat she chooses to eat at dinner time. Any suggestions or tips? Thanks!

  • Bailey
    Jan 04

    @PK she’s always been in the lower percentiles for weight but not underweight. And she’s always been in the 80-90 percentile for height so she’s tall and skinny lol She’s been so picky lately I’m trying to give her more options. @christa is this a purée? She absolutely refused purées now 😢 @Elle I just bought tuna fish! Gonna try it for lunch 😋😋

  • Christa
    Jan 04

    @ Bailey, couldn’t you just deconstruct the puree and give the ingredients to her whole?! @Melanie- I just deconstruct it if you will. If there’s Greek yogurt, oatmeal, chia seed- or Quinoa, and banana, I make it as though I’m going to eat it- in a bowl, and give it to my son. If I want it in a hurry and don’t want to make the thing into an extravagant meal, I make stuff ahead- Quinoa, and C... More

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