What to Feed a Toddler and What Not to

What to Feed a Toddler and What Not to

Feeding toddlers can be challenging. When they aren’t fussing about food, your child is probably throwing it on the floor or feeding it to the cat. The blueberry baby food that they hated the other day is now their number one favorite! Children are either absolutely refusing to eat anything that has some semblance of healthy food or they insist on one particular type of food for every meal. All of this can be very stressful, especially for new parents. And yet, researchers insist that healthy eating starts in early childhood.

At Little Spoon, we provide healthy alternatives to homemade baby food so that busy parents don’t have to prepare meals from scratch or worry about feeding store-bought baby food that may include additives and preservatives. We use a wide variety of organic and non-GMO ingredients to make yummy organic baby food that’s not older than your baby. A lot of moms are surprised with the list of ingredients that go into making these baby blends. “Can you feed kale to babies?” “I didn’t know hemp seeds could be given to babies!” To help all moms out there, we’ve made a list of foods that you can feed and foods that can wait until your child is older.

  1. Kale:

Kale is the new superfood that’s not only rich in essential nutrients but also low in calories. The peppery flavor and slightly bitter taste can be too much for babies, but you can blend them with other veggies or fruits. For example, we’ve made this super yummy kale baby food blend using avocados, green apples, and chia. It’s not only tasty but super nutritious as well.

  1. Blueberry:

Did you know blueberries are packed with antioxidants, phytonutrients, potassium, and vitamin C? In fact, Native Americans cherished them and a lot of folklore has developed around their medicinal properties. They help improve memory and cognitive skills in children and are known to promote digestion too. But it’s also important to feed them in the right form. You could either puree them to make a blueberry baby blend or cut them into fingertip sizes if the baby is over ten months.

  1. White Rice:

There’s no problem with white rice. However, you don’t have to feed your baby something that has very little protein or fiber when the alternative, brown rice, is full of beneficial vitamins and other nutrients, including manganese, protein, fiber, and selenium. If you’re looking for alternatives to these, try quinoa, oats, or even buckwheat! Sweet potatoes are a healthy starch as well!

  1. Juice and Baby Food Pouches:

It’s convenient for you to hand a toddler a bottle of juice or a food pouch when you’re on the go. But there are several studies that show there’s nothing beneficial about juices, even when they’re made from organic fruits and veggies. In fact, even 100% fruit juice with no added sugar lacks fiber and cannot be substituted for fresh fruit. Similarly, food pouches can affect your child’s oral hygiene and cause tooth decay and sipping directly from the pouch means that your child does not get to see, smell, or even feel the food they’re eating.

If you’re not sure about what foods to feed or avoid, send us an email at care@littlespoon.com. Our in-house team of pediatricians, food experts, and nutritionists can help you out.

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