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There comes a time that the infant we once knew who adored nearly every food we put in front of their face, becomes a screaming, argumentative, hates the world attitude, nothing works, more food is on the floor than in their mouthes, toddler. It’s true. Every parent faces this, some sooner rather than later. As my husband has been a picky eater thanks to his Mom being one, I try to approach the situation with our son in a different way. Nothing is forced.
One thing I like to focus on when helping my toddler get his nutrients other than breastmilk, is to aim for Non GMO USDA certified organic treats. Not to say we eat healthy day in and day out but when it comes to him wanting to stuff his face at random hours, I want there to be better choices. I am so sick of throwing out produce that I can’t eat fast enough after he decides he no longer likes it for the week.
With Sprout® Organic Toddler Purees and Toddler snacks, we can nail all five tips on the head and feel good about the choices we make. With them offering a product that has no additives fillers, or fake flavors, it is something you almost wish you could delight in for yourself!
- If your toddler strays from eating on a schedule or refusing meals, offer a “snack box”. I keep one in the fridge for cold items, which I make sure to include the yummy fruit blend Sprout® Toddler Purees. Sometimes I purchase based on one fruit or vegetable he has been showing interest in and then let him decide if he likes the combination. It has given us a lot of range in choices. For the pantry box I make sure to include his favorite Sprout® Crispy Chews Toddler Snacks.
- Let your toddler choose at the store what appeals to their eye. Pull down to their level a few items you approve of and let them make the selection. Even if they are unable to talk, they can see, therefore what is appealing visually is something they are willing to try.
- Toddlers are going to have eat everything in sight days and refuse every meal days. Don’t fret. Keep offering the snack boxes. If you are putting nutritious options within reach, they will get what they need and toddlers have those days they just refuse to eat. You are doing nothing wrong. Just keep offering. If your toddler screams and points, follow along. See what they want. They may be willing to try a new food you had not thought to offer them based off their visual experience.
- Puree packets are amazing for toddlers. They want independence and sensory. These provide both. My son loves to take the cap on and try to put it back on. He loves to learn how to squeeze the pouches of the Sprout® Toddler Purees to put as little or as much as he wants in his mouth as he feels is good. Granted, some days they may wear it, but sensory is important to their development on feeding themselves and sadly, growing up!
- Don’t purchase all or nothing and don’t limit yourself or your child. Look at the variations and flavors. Try serving the pouches both at room temp and cold, another fun way to serve them is to create popsicles with ice cube trays and sticks! Let your child try eating with a spoon from a bowl. It does not need to be one way or no way. Experiment. Your child is learning just as you are. No two children are alike nor will their taste preferences be. I always make sure I buy one of each flavor and approach them one at a time to see what my son may like. If he take a liking to something, I know to invest in that flavor next time. This prevents waste and throwing in the towel with frustration. This is a journey both of you will take and both of you will have good and bad days.
Professionals state that it takes multiple times for a child to realize they truly like or dislike something. When it comes to foods it can easily be the way it is prepared or served that they dislike. I offer the Sprout® Toddler Snacks in the pouches, on a plate, in a sandwich bag, in a snack cup, in an open bowl, or on the table for him to pick from. As for the Sprout® Toddler Purees, I also give options He is not limited to the pouch. It can be in a bowl, on a spoon, in a smoothie cup with straw, frozen in to popsicles. In essence, each way you deliver it becomes a new adventure.
Watch your child and how they choose to sort, distribute, hide, and eat their foods. My son loves using straws and pouches and closes his eyes like he is relishing in the excitement and taste of the items. For his snacks he likes to pour them out in front of him and pick up one at a time or stuff them in a snack cup and run for his life from the dogs in hopes they don’t steal from him!
My son really loves the new Sprout® Organic Smoothies in the pouches as well as the flavors with apples or pumpkin! Did you know you can also use puree pouches to bake with? It’s true! Get creative and the love of healthy foods is just a few steps away. Having not only products I feel are good for my toddler but that are also convenient, is a win win in my book!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby and Toddler Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.