Do I have toddlers now? When do babies transition to toddlers? When it comes to eating and meals, I sure feel like I have toddlers. My boys are big eaters, but they can be super picky sometimes! Not all the time, but a lot of the time! I know this is a super relatable topic, so I am hoping to get some insight and advice!
My boys no longer receive breastmilk ... I have some in the freezer, but not tons. Also, we are done with formula. The amount of formula we were going through, and the cost started to add up, so we sort of quit it all together. I am plant-based (not vegan, plant-based) ... and so I wanted to try and keep the boys eating as much plant-based goodness as I could. I have really struggled with it. I of course want the boys to receive the nutrients that they need, but I truly believe they are able to receive the fats, protein, calcium, etc... from many plant-based foods... the only thing is that sometimes they have to take in a LOT of plants to receive the adequate nutrition. So, we now do a bit of whole milk with Lunch and Dinner and we've tried eggs and cheese, but they don't seem to love those.
The boys are super picky about texture and temperature. It's tricky figuring it all out! Some days/meals they will LOVE something and devour it, and other days/meals they will spit it out and throw it on the floor. It's frustrating and yesterday I lost my shit.... INTERNALLY people, not on the boys (I know they are babies/toddlers). I was so frustrated, because they wouldn't eat anything I had prepared. It was a waste of time, food, and money. Sometimes I will wrap the leftovers up and try them again the next time, but sometimes they just aren't salvageable.
So far, my trick is .... drum roll please .... SMOOTHIES! I can cram SO many nutrients into smoothies and the boys will drink it all up so quick! I had in veggies, good fats (avocados, nut milks/whole milk), fruit, brazil nuts (selenium heroes!), dates, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flaxseed, basically ANYTHING! So, if they refuse everything I prepare, I will whip up a smoothie and at least I know they've taken in some good stuff! It makes my mama heart calm and content.
Things that my boys (usually) love/like:
bananas, frozen blueberries, toast, tortilla shells, cantaloupe, watermelon, homemade granola bars, chili, quinoa, some beans, nut butters, muffins, yams, peas, carrots, oatmeal, chia seed pudding, raisins ...
I SO wish that they would just eat whatever we are eating ... it'd be easier that way! But they don't ... can you give me some tips/tricks/things that your 12 month olds love/hate? Or even some words of reassurance?
One of my IG mama friends suggested always offering them first what you want them to eat, and don't offer the "treat" until later. I try to do that. As soon as they hear or see something they love, they will immediately throw the other stuff on the floor. Another mama friend suggested just keep feeding them what they will eat (we all just want our kids to eat and grow and thrive!!)... it's a hard balance between wanting them to get the nutrients they need and just getting them full!
Leave me a comment and tell me about your experiences!
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MRS. + MAMA