Feeding a toddler.

If I’d seen a post like this two years ago, I’d’ve thought ‘how ridiculously dull!’ Fast forward to now and they are some of my favourite posts to read, I follow about 5 toddler meal idea pages on Instagram and I’m a regular on Pinterest.

It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel like you’re serving the same things over and over again so I enjoy seeing what others are feeding their children.

Little Knight can be quite reluctant to try new things but I aim to put a little something new on her plate most meal times with no pressure to eat it. This has worked with some foods, for example she wouldn’t touch grapes for ages and has only recently ate cheese. If she refuses to eat something I just take it away, I don’t want meal times to become a battle between us both. She still won’t touch meat or banana but we’ll persevere.


She has a metal fork and spoon but she still prefers to use her hands most of the time. I can’t say I blame her. She’ll get there in her own time.

There are thousands of articles about feeding children but I’ve found so much conflicting advice. As with anything I think it’s a case of following your own parenting instincts. I’ve read so many posts saying to eat with your child which will encourage them to try things. Little Knight could honestly not care less what I’m doing when she’s got her food. We nearly always have a different breakfast and sometimes we have dinner in the evening at a different time and she doesn’t care.


Here’s a few examples of what I feed  my 19 month old.

Breakfast

  • Toast with peanut butter or honey (not for under 1s).
  • Milk soaked shredded wheat.
  • Scrambled egg. (DEFINITELY NOT with cheese. Don’t even think about it!)
  • Weetabix
  • Yoghurt


Lunch

I tend to do a bit of a platter with different things for her to pick as we have a cooked meal in the evening. she’ll have some sort of combination of the following things.

  • Waffle
  • Toast
  • Sandwich (often cut into shapes, just to look more inviting)
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Red pepper strips
  • Grapes (cut LENGTHWAYS until she’s about 24 years old)
  • Apple
  • Beans
  • Organix crisps
  • Yoghurt
  • Courgette fritters
  • Pom bears


Snacks

  • Cheerios
  • Rice cakes
  • Organix gingerbread
  • Chocolate (on occasions. Sorry to the Mummy Mafia)
  • Ella’s Kitchen 100% fruit smoothies

Dinner

In the evening we normally all have the same thing. Her favourites are pasta and a homemade curry. I have all of the Ella’s Kitchen cookbooks and find them brilliant for family meals. She has a child friendly ready meal occasionally, like when Mr Knight and I are having a takeaway!

She also still has breastmilk on demand, maybe 5ish feeds a day but they are very short now.


I would love to hear what you feed your child! I’m always looking for new ideas,and sometimes it’s the most obvious things that you don’t think of, so please get involved.

Thanks for reading!

Knight Mummy x

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