This early in life, every single thing your child eats SHOULD play a meaningful role in their overall nutrition. My 6-month-old Kez is working on his baby led weaning to hopefully open up his palate to different tastes and textures. All while our toddler (who wasn’t introduced to baby led weaning) is turning his nose up to most foods. The Goz currently has the pickest diet imaginable. He’ll eat waffles if we’re lucky and milk is a must but he needs more! Some days he surprises us and finishes a meal without any pushback. But most days, he barely stops to graze on snacks as he runs about all day.
Thankfully, he is still eager to eat these Gerber Puffs!
Did you know:
• Little ones 8-24 months get about 25-30% of their daily calories from snacks.
• 1/3 of 8-24 month olds are not eating whole grains on any given day.
• 90% of 2 and 3 year olds fall short on MyPlate recommendations for whole grains.
Tips For Getting Your Toddler To Eat
Tots love to have options when it comes to food. That way they can try out (or decline) each bite, finding what suits them. If there is only one new item on their plate that may make them cringe, they are more likely to dump the whole thing over.
2. Don’t Give Up
Dealing with toddler tantrums is hard. Especially when your toddler thinks food is a punishment. But don’t give up! continue to offer their favorites, have them sit in front of their food with minimal distractions, and know that its ok if they don’t eat as much as you hoped. Keep offering tasty bites like the Gerber® Puffs, Crunchies and Yogurt Melts. They are bound to try a few!
Of course, my 2-year-old is always on the move so we seriously love how the bite-sized puffs are perfect for our busy life. Looking forward to introducing these to gradually introducing these to our youngest one. Helpful Tip: Keep car snacks handy!
How is your toddler’s appetite? Sound off with any tips below!