Four Ways I Make Sure My Toddler Gets Nutrition

Four Ways I Make Sure My Toddler Gets Nutrition

Raise your hand if you have no idea how your toddler survives off so few calories per day like mine. I mean, the kid doesn’t eat. It’s amazing and I kind of wish I could pull her habits off myself. In my 4.5 years of being a mom, though, I’ve picked up a few lessons on getting my kids to eat. One of my tricks would probably be considered bad parenting but sometimes you do what you have to do to make it work, am I right? Here are 4 ways I make sure my toddler gets nutrition.

Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches

Somewhere along the way I convinced my kids that pureed fruit pouches – “squeezies,” as we call them – are a treat. I’m not quite sure how I did it but I’m so glad I did. We’ve literally tried every organic brand on the market and have recently become super stoked about the new Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches. The girls love the flavors and I love the organic, nutritional ingredients and that I can see the contents of the pouch. I’m sure we’ve all heard the internet stories about mold inside some other brands’ pouches; I love not having to worry about that with Happy Baby Clearly Crafted™ Pouches since I can see what’s inside before my kids start eating them. I also love that I can easily toss them into my bag and have the girls eat them in the car without my having to worry about the possibility of choking in the back seat. They think they’re having a treat while I know they’re getting some nutrition. Even my 4.5 year old still loves them. Win win! Another great part of them being clear is that I can see when there’s still some left. I don’t like to think about how much “squeezie” I’ve thrown in the trash over the years because I didn’t see there was some left in the pouch.

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Grazing

Okay so this is a method other moms might judge me for. I admittedly allow my toddler to get down from the table once I’ve realized all hopes of her eating with the rest of us are dashed. Then I make her come back every minute or so to take a bite while she plays. It takes forever but I can usually get her to eat a full meal that way. Sometimes I leave a plate of finger foods out for awhile so she can graze throughout the day. These are habits I know I’ll have to break soon but I’m more concerned about her health and nutrition than I am about her habits at this point. Thankfully, my 4.5 year old eats at the table like a champ.

Supplemental Shakes

I often try to get my toddler to eat yogurt at breakfast; she doesn’t always eat it, though (obviously). So when she doesn’t, I take the yogurt from her untouched bowl, mix it with milk, and add either toddler formula powder or a kids’ protein shake powder she loves and shake it up in a blender bottle. We call it her “milkshake” and she loves it. Even my oldest loves it.

Smoothies

There’s nothing more fun than hiding nutrition in a smoothie. I like to add spinach and avocado to fruit smoothies (strawberry banana is a big hit in our home) and snicker with an evil laugh while they drink it down. Mwuahahaha. My girls have special smoothie cups that make it fun for them.

Okay so lay your tips on me in the comments below. How do you get your toddlers to eat?

 

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  1. July 19, 2017 / 10:11 am

    oh my goodness the grazing drives me crazy! I figure he’ll let me know when he’s hungry, but I go crazy when I try to follow him around with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Happy Baby pouches are a great idea!

    • Shannnon
      July 19, 2017 / 10:16 am

      Yes!! It’s SO maddening!! The pouches are life savers.

  2. cfaulkner2411
    June 26, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    These look so yummy and full of hidden nutrients that I really want my 3 year old to be eating! We will certainly have to be giving these a try in the near future!

    • Shannnon
      June 26, 2017 / 3:19 pm

      Awesome! I hope you both love them!

  3. lilflowermama
    June 26, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    Squeezies are the best and these look like the best I have ever seen! I like to sneak spinach in over here too, haha!

    • Shannnon
      June 26, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Yes! Gotta get strong like Popeye! 😂

  4. June 26, 2017 / 12:16 am

    Pouches are the best, and all the flavor combinations are so unique!

    • Shannnon
      June 26, 2017 / 12:18 am

      I agree! I love that my kids love them!

    • Shannnon
      June 25, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      I tasted one and it was good!

    • Shannnon
      June 25, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Smoothies are the best because they totally thinks it’s a treat!

  5. June 23, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I’m totally team grazer. I’m a natural grazer myself and it works for me and my kids. I want my kids to grow up having a healthier relationship with food than myself, so I rather take their lead than force anything. These pouches look AMAZING.

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Yay for grazing!! I agree with you whole heartedly! And my girls really like them!

  6. June 23, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I do all those things! As a mother we reserve the right to hide healthy stuff in their food 🙌🏼🤣

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 11:35 pm

      Yes we do, girl!!

  7. June 23, 2017 / 1:46 pm

    This product is so great! Easy for on the go and packed full of nutrition! Perfect for kids… and moms!

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Yes! I agree completely!

  8. June 23, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Luckily all three of my kids are good eaters. I think the trick is just to not give them choices and make them think that vegetables and fruits are real food and everything else is junk. It’s positive brainwashing! lol. I love these on-the-go snacks. Even better when they’re organic!

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 1:31 pm

      I agree! My girls are actually really good eaters when it comes to what they’ll eat, though; my struggle with my littles is that she won’t sit down long enough to eat! She’s too busy, I guess. I love that she can eat these on-the-go!

  9. June 23, 2017 / 10:23 am

    So important! It’s hard when you have picky eaters so it’s great to offer a variety and try new things. Those pouches are amazing for sneaking in all the good stuff. And your little is so adorable

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you so much!! And you’re so right!

  10. xokerry
    June 23, 2017 / 12:14 am

    Luckily my daughter eats like a champ! She used to love pouches but I think she got burned out on them. I should try these!

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 10:20 am

      You’re lucky! I hope she likes them!

  11. June 22, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    Love these tips.. Such gorgeous packaging. We definitely need these in Canada!

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Aw yeah hopefully they make it there soon!

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Me too! And thank you!

  12. June 22, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Thank you for these super helpful tips. I too wonder how they can go for so long without anything in their belly! Our little one just started liking pouches again and we LOVE using a Pouch Pal to make sure the mess stays contained 🙂

    • Shannnon
      June 23, 2017 / 10:21 am

      Oh that’s a great idea! Thanks, girl!

  13. June 22, 2017 / 9:25 am

    We are loving these pouches. At this point I’m just glad that I can get some nutrition into these girls!

    • Shannnon
      June 22, 2017 / 9:29 am

      Yes girl! Yes!

  14. June 22, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Hey mama- do what you need to!! Declan has never been a pouch kid but I am about to try again (even at 3.5) because they are so easy for summer on-the-go. While Declan is not a grazer he sure would like to be!!

    • Shannnon
      June 22, 2017 / 9:27 am

      Ha! I’m definitely going to have to break her of the grazing at some point but it works for now! Good luck with with pouches!

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