Toddler Meals – Toddler Talk Thursday

by Mama Chocolate on July 21, 2011



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This week’s topic is:
How does your toddler’s mealtime go usually? How do you deal with not eating, or picky eaters?

Katie is not so much of a picky eater as a…NON-eater.
We have always had trouble getting her to eat much, even from the very beginning, when we struggled with her lazy nursing and lack of weight gain.

We can get her to eat a little bit of almost anything, but it is rare for her to want to eat what we feel is enough.
Two bites and she’s “all done!”
Even the above ice cream cake we made her for her birthday she only ate about half of it before she was satisfied, (even though she loves ice cream, and is always excited to eat it!)

Victoria is another story, (thank goodness!)
She can stow it away!





Much of it still ends up on her face, bib…and thumb these days, however. ;-)

I’ve started to not worry about Katie so much…she is growing and gaining weight, albeit slowly.
She eats healthy food: some of her favorites include scrambled eggs, broccoli, and green beans, (!!) so we’re good in that department.

I can always get her to drink quite a bit of a breakfast smoothie, so we do that pretty often.

Right now we are in the midst of a no-dairy trial period to see if it helps her constantly runny nose and congestion go away.
It has been difficult…I didn’t realize how many of my go-to dishes included milk or cheese. Or chocolate! (Which almost always has milk in it.)
It will be worth it, though, if we find that it clears up these issues she’s been dealing with.
In the mean time, I’d love any dairy-free recipes or tips you can give me!

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Shanan, The Book Addict July 21, 2011 at 6:07 am

I always feel for kids who can't tolerate much milk because you are right so many go-to things involve milk or cheese.

I personally like the taste of most chocolate soy milks. So you may test those out. I have friends who use vanilla soy milk in their cereals rather than cows milk. They have told me that the plain soy milk is really not for them.

I have had goat's milk yogurt and I thought it tasted a lot like regular yogurt. I did not try to freeze it though (which is my daughter's favorite way to eat yogurt).

Good luck!
Shanan
http://yogi-mommy.blogspot.com/

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gkbccb July 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

the chocolate face is reminiscent to me of Easter w my little one (lol)
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Adelina Priddis July 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

your daughters are so cute! We've had to cut a lot of dairy out for 2 of our 3 kids, and it's helped with a myriad of issues. Although I haven't cut it out of our actual meals, just the glasses of milk, and cheese so far here.

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Becca August 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Going no-dairy was the best thing our family has ever done – diet wise. :-) I’ve learned that processed dairy is loaded with histamines…no more allergies/asthma around here and that is such a blessing! Eating no dairy has changed our diets for the best. W/o cheese, sour cream and cream cheese we tend to eat fewer carbs and more veges, fruits and meat. I am buying fewer processed foods and more from the meat and produce departments and it’s amazing how much further our grocery budget stretches. We have 6 kids, and for our family of 8, I get away with a $250/week budget for groceries. And that includes shampoo, paper towels, diapers…drop the dairy and don’t look back! It is worth it. We eat a lot of stew, soups, grilled meats…
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