Transitional Food for Toddlers

Transitioning your little one from pureed food to table food is an exciting, and sometimes daunting experience.  Finding foods that are nutritious and that your child will actually enjoy eating is a challenge every mom faces. Below are some tips and tricks that will make this period easier for both you and your kiddo.

 

Kiddo Friendly Foods and Tips

It is not unusual for children to be fussy about what they will or will not eat in the beginning. This makes incorporating new foods into their diet difficult for mom and dad. If your child turns up his or her nose to new foods here is a great tip to ease the process:

 

  • When adding a new food to their plate, try including two foods that they already enjoy eating. Chances are the first time they see the new food they will not touch it. Persistence is key. Keep including this new food to their plate along with the two foods they enjoy. Eventually they will try it and more times than not they will be surprised that they actually like it.

 

Here is a list of toddler friendly foods to try incorporating into your child’s diet:

  • Yogurt
  • Cut up cheese
  • Cut up chicken
  • Cut up fruit
  • Cut up vegetables
  • Pasta

 

Recipes

Once you have found what your child will or will not eat you can now have fun! There is a great collection of recipes on the Internet tailored specifically for toddlers. The following recipes can be found on our Pinterest account.

 

The Bump, has a great collection of recipes for one year olds, which includes these mashed potato cakes.

 

Mashed Potato Cakes

In need of a breakfast recipe? Here is a recipe from One Handed Cooks for banana toast for babies.

 

Banana Toast

Nutrition for Toddlers

 

According to WebMD toddlers, depending on their size and how active they are, should be consuming between 1,000 and 1,400 calories per day. They also provide an informative and detailed toddler feeding chart.

 

Remember, it is always best to check with your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s nutrition.