Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Feeding a Toddler
The Hospital for Sick Children Better Food For Kids ISBN #0-7788-0045-8 - I think this book is out of print now, not sure, so including the ISBN.
Feeding Little Boy can be a BIT of a challenge, so in desperation I bought these 2 books. I have spent a good portion of the past week reading up on feeding a Toddler and trying out new recipes. I HIGHLY recommend that anyone with a small child run out and buy these 2 great books (or they would make a good gift for any Mom you know) - both loaded with lots of good information and recipes (some recipes are "no-brainers", but sometimes in a Mommy foggy state of mind, we need to be reminded of these things!). The Hospital for Sick Children also has another book - Better Baby Food, but the store didn't have that one - I am ordering that one now that I have had a chance to read the one I did buy.
What have I learned? We cut WAY back on juice. And, after a mere 2 days of temper tantrums, we have decided that we do indeed like water if we are thirsty. Toddlers love to turn juice/milk into a meal so they are full when it actually comes to eating - ah yes - hit the nail on the head! We are drinking milk with meals - and milk is a challenge with Little Boy so every 1/4 cup portion is a celebration. Snacks all pre- ready (carrot sticks, watermelon chunck, cut grapes, sliced peppers) so when he is hungry - I am prepared with something healthy! And, a normal toddler portion size is a mere 1/4 - 1/3 cup - yes, I measured everything out in a little measuring cup until I became familiar with what that looked like. We have a new cup with a built in straw for milk ony! And special seperated trays which happily just so happen to be divided up into about 1/3 cup portion sections. And, a new Dora the Explorer placemat. Our new eating schedule is breakfast, snack, lunch, nap, snack, dinner, 1-2 more snacks, bed. And most of the snacks are actually something that I would put on his meal plate anyway, but by breaking it all down into little segments - he is actually eating. Yeah! Relief! The snacks are something I constantly have to remember.
Freezing smaller portions of healthy meals is a life saver! And... get kid sized silverware...A good set will be used for years.
Next up is a good cookbook for Vegetarian children since he will barely touch any meat - can we all say tofu? And he likes nuts, kidney beans, chick peas and eggs, so protein (at the recommended 2 portions a day) is not a problem.
So far this week we have tried out sweet potatoe/oatmeal cookies (a little sweet, but I will play with the recipe - and they have to be better than store bought chocolate chip), turkey/apple meatballs (Little Boy approved which is amazing since he is just about refuses any and all meat), and frozen yogurt pops (bonus diary points - again too sweet, but I will play with it). We are going to try out many more of the recipes too - the frying canned tuna into patties looks interesting... A good week to try out new recipes since today is the first day I've seen a blue sky in days.
And, to keep it quilty - I managed to put the final 2 borders on my Mitre Box quilt. Plus, I have been plugging along with my oceans waves blocks.