We really have it pretty easy at our house when it comes to what Elem eats. The girl loves to eat, and these days there is rarely a mess on the floor unless she’s been “sharing” with the dog (which she only does once she’s finished eating what she wants). She loves veggies, which we are really grateful for! Here are some tips for easy toddler feeding…
For on the go:
Buy some small containers so that you can make a little bento style box lunch for on the go. (We love the 2/$1 ones at the Dollar Tree…perfect size and they have the snap top lids.) We eat out a good bit and we like to pack a little lunch bag for E with her food and an ice pack. We are still not ordering off the kid’s menu since, you know, they think chicken nuggets and french fries are kid food. We will share things that we order though, especially veggies, pasta, and grilled meat and fish. She is super interested in eating what we eat so we try to have the same things most evenings when cooking at home.
We are starting to use booster seats at some restaurants because she gets squirmy in the highchair and really wants to be close to my plate so we can “share”. We always pack her own water so that it is spill-proof, and sometimes we even remember a plate! I always have on hand a couple of extra squeeze pouches for snacks. Elem’s favorites are by Happy Tot, but we’ve tried them all! She loves that she can feed this to herself (usually quickly).
Getting Organized in the Fridge:
We steam veggies for her about twice a week and have them on hand in the fridge ready to go. If we don’t have any grilled chicken on hand then I will add some turkey as her meat. She isn’t overly into meat really, she is too focused on picking up every.single.pea that she can find. We try to keep it interesting and rotate between broccoli, corn, peas & carrots, beets (she adores them), green beans, and sweet potatoes. She also loves avocado when I can find ripe ones at the store. Her absolute favorite food is tomatoes, so we will definitely be planting E her own tomato garden next year! Pasta is also great for toddler hands if you don’t have any aversions to gluten!
We love the Built neoprene lunchboxes because you can through them in the wash! We also use the non-skid Boon mod-ware plate and forks. I love the non-skid bottom and even though it’s not 100% spill proof, it’s saved a lot of cleanup from accidental spills. We love all of the Skip Hop products because they are cute and durable so it’s Elem’s water bottle of choice (she’s currently into the bee one) and we also have several sets of their forks & spoons. We got the Zoli snack stacker in one of our Citrus Lane boxes and have loved it! Super easy to fill up with different foods and take on the go!