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 How to make your Toddler eat

  Last Updated : Oct 25,2018

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10 Tips to make Meal Times Fun and Healthy for your Toddler

Here is a detailed method of getting on how to get your toddlers to eat plus a collection of excellent healthy recipes.

Children are good imitators. Set a good example for them by eating a variety of foods yourself. Always offer a variety of foods to ensure that your child is getting a balanced diet. Try not to show any dislike towards specific foods while feeding, as your child may easily be influenced by you.

10 Tips to make Meal Times Fun with your Toddler

1. Try and serve small amounts of food at each meal and encourage your child to have a second serving if she wants to. Make meal times pleasant and allow your baby to eat what she wants to eat. Being rigid with her food will only make her stubborn. Be flexible but firm.
2. Encourage your child to have at least one meal with the family members. This is also a good time to encourage your child to feed herself, if she hasn't started already. Do not expect anything other than a messy meal time in the beginning. Very soon, she will master the art of eating on her own with good table manners, making you a proud mum.
3. Ensure that your child sits upright and is not lying, running or playing while eating. You could also engage her in some sit-down games to retain this posture. Television is one way but should only be used as the last resort.
4. Be innovative and occasionally serve your child's meal in plates with different shapes. For example, a flat plate, a colourful oval-shaped plate etc. if she is not attached to one particular plate.
5. Foods with different shapes and sizes also attract children to eat more. It is wise to occasionally serve foods like rotis, biscuits etc. in different shapes like round, oval, square etc.
6. Allow your child to drink soups and juices occasionally with a straw if she wants. This will take more time but will definitely be a source of motivation for your child to drink more too. Ensure that you wash and clean these straws with sterilised water immediately, since even a little juice or soup left in the straw will harbour germs easily.
7. If your child shows dislike for a particular ingredient or a food, wait for a few weeks and then try the same once again. If she reacts in a similar way, do not force her to have that ingredient or food. Instead try and cook it in a different style.
8. Fried foods and aerated waters are a part of everyone's diet in some form. The trick here is to let them enjoy everything in moderation because the more you forbid them, the more tempting those foods will seem to her. If you give your child wafers to snack on, ask her to include a fruit in that snack too. This will make both of you happy.
9. Avoid using too much salt, sugar and processed and refined products like maida, noodles etc. in your child’s daily diet, as much of their goodness has already been destroyed. They may also contain additional colours, flavourings or preservatives, which are unhealthy. Furthermore, since the habits you create now will stay with her for a lifetime, it is wiser to stay with whole grains (wheat, bajra, jowar etc.), fruits and vegetables.
10. Kids are usually aware of how much and what they want to eat. Let the meal end when your little one has had enough. Do not force, bribe or threaten her to eat more or you might find yourself in a shower of baby food or a resentful little baby.

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tips to make meal times fun and healthy for your toddler

‘Mini’ is the best format to serve your child, as it is easy for her to handle all by herself! But the best part is that this recipe is mini only in size, but maxi in nutrient value, all thanks to carefully chosen ingredients like iron-rich bajra and fibre-rich oats. Grated carrot improves the texture, adds a mild sweetness and a lot of vitamins too, to the Mini Bajra and Oats Uttapa. While this recipe requires a long soaking time, it does not need to be fermented, so you can soak the bajra overnight and prepare the uttapa for your baby’s breakfast, for a power-packed start to the day.
I am sure your little one will relish this stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa, as it has a lovely flavour and interesting texture too. The stuffing is an ideal way of introducing a combination of vegetables to your child's meal. The vegetables not only serve as an important source of nutrients like calcium, iron, vitamin A and fibre, but also give a feeling of fullness and satiate your child for longer periods of time. Moreover, we have made this innovative recipe with moong sprouts instead of soaked moong because sprouts are easier to digest and also sprouting increases the nutritive value of pulses.
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The Multigrain Palak Paneer Roti is a delicious way to introduce your baby to other cereals like jowar and bajra, in flour form. These flours are richer than wheat flour in fibre as well as in iron and folic acid, which are essential to build up haemoglobin stores. This experimentation is essential because the greater the variety of foods babies are introduced to during the first year, the more likely they are to accept newer tastes as adults. Apart from the goodness of these cereals, this roti also provides essential nutrients from palak and paneer.
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chana salad for kids and toddlers | fruity chana salad for kids | chana chaat for kids | kabuli chana salad for toddlers | with 24 amazing images. Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby's meals. Once entered toddlerhood, most kids have a few teeth and they learn to chew. They enjoy different textures too! That is the perfect time to serve Chana Salad for Kids and Toddlers then. As the name says Fruity Chana Salad for Kids, this is a combination of cooked kabuli chana, with fruits like orange, apple and pomegranate. The taste is further enhanced by the addition of cumin seeds powder. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won't even notice they're eating a salad like Kabuli Chana Salad for Toddlers. When serving new textures at this age, always remember not to leave the child unaccompanied. This Chana Chaat for Kids is chunky and hence it is necessary to keep a close watch that the child chews it well. Kabuli chana in Fruity Chana Salad for Kids will supplement their diet with protein and some calcium as well. These 2 nutrients are extremely necessary to build strong bones and maintain cell health. On the other hand frutis will build your baby’s defense system and protect from various infections and diseases. Remember to cool the kabuli chana in Chana Salad for Kids and Toddlers slightly before adding the fruits. Enjoy chana salad for kids and toddlers | fruity chana salad for kids | chana chaat for kids | kabuli chana salad for toddlers | with step by step photos
Just toss all the ingredients into a large bowl and let your little ones do a spot of work! This amazing baby and toddler friendly tikki is a delight to munch on, with potatoes, green peas, crushed peanuts and paneer too. Kids will love mixing their favourite ingredients into a soft dough, and shaping it into handy, bite-sized tikkis. Cook the Potato Green Pea Tikkis in a tava and serve warm with tomato ketchup. Children will love the pleasant flavour and exciting texture of these coin-shaped tikkis.
Parathas make terrific toddler food since they can usually be enjoyed without parental supervision. Most babies will often hold onto a piece and nibble away while they're busy doing their own thing. It is also a superb option for moms to hide varied ingredients inside the dough! Here, for example, the paratha uses a crunchy, tasty and nutritious filling of mixed vegetables held together with paneer and mashed green peas. A small amount of coriander adds a herby taste and more nutrients too. Babies will surely enjoy this Paneer and Vegetable Paratha as a snack or as a full meal with curd or raita.
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This tricoloured chilas are sure to lease your toddlers and make them eat these healthy nutritious chilas!
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Leave alone children, even adults love the traditional, evergreen Til Chikki! This simple recipe gives a high dose of calcium and iron, which are wonder nutrients for your growing baby. We have made the recipe child-friendly by using a small amount of jaggery to sweeten it. While this gives a pleasant sweetness, it is not as sweet as what you get in the market. Let them nibble on this delightful snack between meal times, but be around to ensure they are chewing properly as such dry and crisp foods could cause choking if the children stuff themselves with it.
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A nice, bright pink rice that is sure to attract your kids, the Beetroot Rice is an attractive preparation of rice and grated beetroot perked up with assorted spices. Onions add flavour and crunch to this sumptuous dish, which is quick and easy to prepare in the morning. Ensure that the Beetroot Rice is completely cool before you pack it in the box. Sipping Mint Chaas along with the Beetroot Rice is sure to satiate your kids taste buds and tummy! So do pack some in a thermos flask. Check out our collection of many more amazing tiffin box recipes like Rice and Moong Dal Idli, Pasta in Tomato Sauce, Stuffed Hot Dog Rolls, Broccoli Paratha and many more. See detailed step by step photos and video of Beetroot Rice (Beetroot Pulao) recipe below.
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Date and Almond Balls are rich in iron, calcium and dietary fibre. The best part is that they have a sweet taste and chewy texture that kids will love. You can prepare this quickly and easily, so you can even make slightly larger batches and store for a few days in an airtight container at room temperature – to enjoy in between meals or to send to school in the tiffin box. Take care not to stow it into the fridge as it tends to get hard.
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Your kids will not want anything to accompany this tasty dish. This unique Broccoli Paratha has the brilliant flavour of mixed herbs, chilli flakes and pepper. While the flavour is out of the world when served fresh, it fortunately stays nice in the tiffin box too for at least 4 to 5 hours. So, on some days, you can serve this hot and fresh for breakfast or after school, while on some days you can pack it as a tiffin treat! Also pack refreshing Minty Nimbu Paani ( Tiffin Treats) in a thermos flask, so it will be nice and cool to sip on while munching the paratha.
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How to make your Toddler eat
 on 22 Mar 17 11:27 AM

Now my b@by do not trouble me during the meal times. Good ideas of healthy? signal chilas, rolled parathas, chikkis etc. He likes the food which involves with his toys and g@mes.
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Tarla Dalal    Thanks Nirmala for the feedback.
30 Nov 17 09:31 AM