Feeding and Scheduling Tips for Your Toddler

That first year with your baby really goes by in the blink of an eye. Suddenly, you find yourself with a toddler on your hands, one that’s walking, babbling and ready for more food than you realize. So how do you provide proper nourishment and what time should you feed your child? Well, some of that is up to your own personal schedule and you’ll have to figure out what best meets the needs for your family, but here are some helpful tips on how to transition into feeding a toddler.

There is no one perfect schedule

Every family is different so following the schedule your best friend follows to feed her toddler might not work at all for you and your toddler. Other factors that contribute to what will work best for you is if you are still breast or formula feeding, or if you stay at home or work outside the home.

Starting a solid foundation

By the time your child is 11 months, from there on out he should be eating solid foods three times daily. The time you feed him is up to you, but whenever you sit him in his high chair, make sure you’re serving him all different kinds of foods. This ideally should be the things you serve the rest of the family but cut up into very small pieces and in smaller portions. Your child should also be able to feed himself and drink from his own cup. He will take longer to eat his cubes of chicken and potatoes than the rest of the family, but he will be building a solid foundation for healthy eating.

You can (and should) still give breast milk

If your child still nurses from your breast, don’t worry about weaning right away. He will do so in his own time. At one year of age, you can start introducing cow’s milk to your child but be careful not to give too much. Milk tends to fill up their stomachs and will decrease his appetite for other foods that he should be having.

Sleep plays a part too

Now that you’ve got a toddler, he’ll be sleeping a lot less than he was as a baby. As a result, he’ll be hungrier so watch for his hunger cues and be ready with snacks. But remember, he’s still a little guy. Too many snacks will make him too full at meal times.

Kids aren’t always hungry when we are

For many different reasons, your child might not be hungry when you feel it’s time to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. And that’s very normal. Big snacks, random naps and changes in your schedule can all play a part in when your toddler is ready to eat again.

Let it go

Don’t ever try to force a schedule on your child. The pattern will emerge on its own. If your child isn’t hungry right when he wakes up, don’t force him to eat breakfast. Try 30 minutes to an hour later and you just might be surprised how much he gobbles up then.

Encouraging your 5 year old to do a creative play as Chef !

It is rare that our children do not like to work right alongside us no matter what we are doing.  This is never truer than in the upper preschool age range when our children become more adept at modeling our behaviors.  It is a natural progression of this modeling that leads them to want to do and create just like we do.  If they have a parent who is handy with woodworking, you will see them often trying to create out of wood, if they have a parent who is a medical professional, you may see them playing doctor.  However, almost all parents spend time in the kitchen which naturally leads to young chefs in training.  What is the best part about their curiosity in the kitchen? It leads to creativity and when encouraged can lead to a growing sense of accomplishment.

Encouraging your preschooler in the kitchen doesn’t have to be a big ordeal and requires little more than a stepstool so those little eyes can see what is going on.  It can require the parent to have patience but there is little about parenting that doesn’t require this asset.  Think first about the tasks you are doing and then decide what can be delegated to little hands.  Young children learn by doing, kitchen tasks are no different. You may start simply by just allowing them to dump pre-measured ingredients into a bowl as you are making cookies, or you may be braver and allow them to crack the eggs, whatever you feel comfortable doing, encourage them to assist you.  This does sometimes make the task take a bit longer, but the education that they are getting simply by watching you and being a part of what you are doing is priceless.

Once you have moved past the initial stages of kitchen help and your little one has a desire to create things on their own you can actually make it a game.  Teach your child to be able to discern measuring cups from teaspoons and tablespoons, liquid measure from dry.  If this is too mundane for them then move straight to the good stuff.  Begin by setting out 3 ingredients that you know may mesh well together and then talk your young one through what they can do with those ingredients.  For example, you might set out some vanilla, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  Talk to your little one about how good vanilla smells but how it doesn’t taste good by itself, it needs to be added to other things.  Suggest that your chef put a tablespoon of peanut butter in a bowl followed by a teaspoon or two of powdered sugar and then mix the ingredients together.  What does it taste like?  What if you add a drop or two of vanilla?  What does it taste like now?  Unbeknownst to your little one they are learning the basics of fudge and candy making.  It is simple tasks like this that can encourage our young children to explore and become a bit fearless in the kitchen.

Another option is to open your spice cabinet to your protégé.  Start by having them look at a spice jar and tell you what they think it will smell and taste like, then have a try and allow them to taste a bit of dried basil, a few granules of sea salt, then discuss what kinds of food that they like have these ingredients in them.  This concept can actually be broadened so much as each of the individual components of our food taste so distinct but when meshed together into a recipe they become something new, a concept that we can apply in so many areas of life.

Our children are like sponges and taking the time to teach them and allow them to create allows the information that they have absorbed to come out in the action of creativity.  This is a process of learning that is so invaluable that it is a detriment that every subject can’t be taught in this exact same manner.  Give your child simple tasks and they develop a sense of accomplishment, give them license to be creative and they develop more imagination, give them a purpose and you may well see a budding chef flourish before you very eyes.  Enjoy this time with your little one, before you know it you will have taught them the skills they need to prepare a family dinner and you just may have worked your way from head chef to Sous chef.

Here’s an Interesting Recipe your 5 – 10 year old can make as a play

FRUIT TRIFFLE PUDDING

Kids love deserts and what better than your 5 year old making a Triffle for you.

Ingredients:

  • Readymade sponge cake: 1 no
  • Vanilla custard
    1 ½ cups Milk
    3 Tbsp Custard Powder
    4 tbsp sugar (depends on sweetness you want
  • Jelly Rasberry or Strawberry 1 packet
  • Vanilla Ice cream 1 family pack
  • Mixed fruits (atleast 4 – 5 types)
    (like – Apples, Bananas, Grapes, Pomegranate, Mango, Chickoo, Pear, Strawberries, Kiwi)
  • Whipped cream

Method

An adult should make the custard by boiling 1 ½ cups of milk. Add 4 Tbspsugar . Stir Well. Then add the custard powder in a little milk. Stir well. See that there are no lumps in the milk. Pour this mixture in the boiling milk. Keep the gas on simmer and keep stirring till the custard becomes a little thick or batter consistency. Keep it to cool.

  1. Cut different fruits of your childs choice. He will feel very important because next he is going to be in charge of the dish.
  2. Jelly can be made as instructed on the packet and kept to set.
  3. Meanwhile in another bowl take half cup chilled cream. Add ¼ tsp vanilla essence and beat with an electric beater till there are soft peaks of cream. Keep in the refrigerator to chill.
  4. Now your little one will first crumble the sponge cake.
  5. Then it should be arranged in a big glass bowl.
  6. Now spread a layer of vanilla ice cream on it. Alternatively you can also use mango pulp or fruit juice. Just see that the cake does not become too soggy.jellyadd
  7. Then spread a layer of fruits . After that pour custard on the fruits. Then add a layer of jelly.
  8. Then add a layer of the cream which was whipped and refrigerated.

fruittriffle9. Again repeat the whole process of cake, vanilla ice- cream, fruits, custard, jelly and cream. Decorate with glazed cherries or fruits. Keep in the fridge.

featuredimageYou can see the joy of accomplishment on the face of your 5 year old which will be the best thing that can happen in this world.