Picky Eaters

Many toddlers do not like certain foods.. Just like any adult. It is frustrating because what works for one child most definitely will not work for the other one. (My experience at least).

Few things to remember when you are dealing with picky eaters;

  • Of course serve your child what he or she wants to eat. For example, if they only like past, and hate everything else….. give them pasta.. But make sure to grate vegetables and mix it up so they don’t realize that they are actually getting their vegetables in. “Bellybees” makes great puree’s that you can add to the pasta.
  • It is easier when you have your toddler help you cook.. Like stirring and serving..
  • Try not to put them on the high chair before the meal is ready.. and keep to a meal schedule this way your toddler with recognize the pattern and be ready when its meal time.
  • When they are finally eating, try not to draw too much attention to what they are doing or force them to try food. Remember, toddlers usually eat only one full meal a day and the rest they just pick on it and that’s perfectly normal.
  • Do not walk around the house or run behind your child trying to feed them. Have discipline!! get them to sit with you in one place. Give them an activity, like a book or a toy to get their attention away (That’s if you’re feeding them)

Potty Training

Potty training is one of the most mind boggling, messy, frustrating yet more rewarding milestones in your kids life. It is important to be patient and kind during this transition time. Few tips to remember;

  • Get your child’s full attention
  • Combine speaking with gestures as children’s remember visual signals
  • Be consistent – use the same word to describe the situation. For example “Go to the potty”
  • Show your child exactly what to do
  • Always combine Verbal, Visual and Physical action to help your child learn and accomplish the situation
  • At the beginning take your child to the potty every two to three hours so they recognize what to do
  • Give Positive feedback – if they do it wrong do not yell, show them what is correct

Some children are more confident and learns faster than others. It is important that you do not compare your child to another. DO NOT DESTROY THEIR CONFIDENCE on commenting on what they do wrong.

Many children start potty training between 18 months and two years. When your child is ready, he or she will show these characteristics;

  • Remain dry for three to four hours
  • Awake from nap dry
  • Pass a lot of urine at a time
  • Tell their bladder is full