Feeding Toddlers: Meal Ideas and Useful Tips

Toddler Meals Ideas
Toddler Meal Ideas

It is pretty amazing when your toddler can start eating anything, but it can also be a little bit challenging and overwhelming. Especially when you prepare something you think he/she is going to love and they don’t even want to try it out. 

Useful Tips for Picky Eaters

1. Allow your toddler to feed him/her self 

I discovered that it is easier to get toddlers to try something new if you allow them to touch and explore the food on their own first. I know this might be frustrating for some parents because it definetely means a mess all over the kitchen. But I promise it is worth it in more ways than you think. 

They will not only try any new food but the different textures in the food are a way of sensory stimulation that will  provide your toddler with meaningful information. Plus allowing your kids to get messy will also help them to learn how to self feed and gain independence. 

So next time you are about to feed your toddler allow him/her to “play” with their food and see what happens. 

2. Let them tell you when they are full 

Parents usually get frustrated when their kids don’t finish their meal. Trust me I have been there a thousand of times. But I decided to let my son eat as much or as little as he wants. With this, I have notice there are some days he finishes all his meal and wants more and then there are other days where he is not that hungry and will only try a couple of bites. Allowing them to eat what they want is fine. Toddler’s appetites typically change with the days and weeks and depends on if they are going through a growth spurt. 

3. Offer healthy snacks between meals 

Giving toddlers snacks between meals is really important especially if you are letting them tell you when they are full. By giving them snacks you are making sure they are eating enough and helps them balance out an uneven diet. 

Meal Ideas: 

These are some meal ideas you toddler can eat on his own: 

Please share your tips to ensure your toddler is getting enough nutrients in their meals and snacks! 


  1. Thank you so much for this post! I’m having such a hard time feeding my toddler right now. It seems like every night we sit down to dinner and he refuses to eat anything! Sometimes there are wins, but more often than not, we lose. Will try some of these tips!

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