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What do you give your toddler to eat/drink?

I was talking with an old friend the other day and the differences in what we feed our children really struck me, so now I'm curious. I'll give you a basic run-down of what we feed our DD and give her to drink. She's 20months old.

Breakfast- Usually fruit & toast, oatmeal & fruit, yogurt with granola and fruit, or cereal. On Saturdays I cook a large breakfast like eggs, bacon, biscuits, grits...something like that, and on Sundays we do cinnamon rolls & fruit. She always gets a sippy cup full of milk, (about 2 cups I guess)
Lunch- Usually a sandwich & fresh vege or grilled cheese & tomato soup or sliced tomato, sometimes we do mac & cheese with fruit & she gets a sippy cup of juice (1 cup)
Mid-day snack- A piece of string cheese & fruit or vegetable, whatever she wants that day.
Dinner- Whatever I cook & 1 cup of juice.
Bedtime snack- Sippy of milk & 2 cookies (oatmeal, chocolate chip)
She drinks water all day too.

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Asked by wishwish at 10:32 AM on Jul. 17, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • i think that sounds like alot to me (unless you do really small portions) for example my 2yo eats 1/4 of a sandwich for lunch and about 1/4 cup of fruit. a whole sandwich and fruit would be what my 5yo eats. he also likes cheese or crackers for a snack. my kids are not big on milk though so it's usually juice for them to drink. were you asking about the quantity of food or the food choices? bc to me the quantity sounds like alot, but the choices sound good.

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 10:36 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • My daughter has always been an all day "snacker" rather than eating meals and set snacks. But, she's always got the nutrients she needed and just sort of spread her meals out all day rather than in a certain amount of sittings.
    When she was that old, she ate strawberries, bananas, cooked carrots, broccoli, string cheese, cheerios, yogurt, chicken, applesauce, apples, and the occasional cookie or chocolate. Since she was 2, she has been allowed to have one junk snack a day, whenever she chose. At first, she took it first thing, but she's started saving her junk snack for later in the day. Now, she'll have ice cream or something before bed as her junk snack. :-)

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 10:37 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • mine is very picky
    spd issues with autism -sensory seekers-likes spicy food
    she is big carb eater
    recently will eat hard boiled eggs!, some fish if seasoned heavy!

    no milk-stopping this improved her speech
    no artifical food dyes or perservatives from petrolium-these cased rash, head banging and crazy behavoir

    Answer by fiatpax at 10:37 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • 18 months Old Normal food includes:

    Breakfast : Waffle & Blueberries
    Apple Juice with Water

    Snack: Cheerios & Banana & Milk or Juice with Yogurt ( If he does not eat the yogurt early in the day then he will get it at bedtime)

    Lunch : Pizza or Grilled Cheese & Milk

    Snack : Goldfish or Crackers

    Supper : Mac N Cheese or Spagetti with Meat Sauce or Chicken Nuggets & broccoli or green beans & Fish Sticks

    ( He does not usually eat any vegetables; they go on the floor, so we supplement with gummy bear vitamins )

    Bedtime : Yogurt (if he does not eat it earlier in the day) or Apple Sauce & Milk


    Answer by jagrus at 10:39 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • wow compared to you all I must be a terrible mom.
    For breakfast he normally gets cereal, grits, sausage biscut or oatmeal. Except on sundays we either pick up something somewhere or I will cook whatever we are all in the mood for.
    For lunch it is usually left overs, banquet meal, sandwich etc.
    Dinner he eats what we eat. Whether I cook or we pick up something.

    His snacks vary (banana, cookie, pudding, apples) and those are usually around 2 or 3 to hold him over until dinner.

    Answer by mrsbean08 at 10:50 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • oh and he drinks just about anything but soda. I give him tea, milk, chocolate milk, water or juice and none are at a certain time. His cup just stays full all day with whatever he wants,.

    Answer by mrsbean08 at 10:52 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • OP HERE: @princessbeth79- I was asking about the types of food, not quantity. My friends son, who is 18months, drinks soda, eats alot of candy & junk, and they give him ALOT of fried foods.

    My daughter has never had any soda, she doesn't get fried foods very often (I hardly ever fry anything), and she only gets candy on special occasions-we limit it to 1 or 2 small pieces.

    As for how much I feed her- well it depends on what it is. She eats an entire grilled cheese or 1/2 of a full meat and cheese sandwhich, usually all of her breakfast and dinner. I start with small portions and if she wants more, she gets it. I think if I put only 1/4 of a sandwich on her plate, she'd probably think I was insane, LOL! ;)

    Comment by wishwish (original poster) at 10:56 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • @mrsbean08- I don't think you're a terrible mom, lol, everyone is different. My mother gave my DD tea one time, and we ended up spending the night(nextday) in the ER because my DD got a horrible UTI/kidney infection- I don't know if the tea is what caused it, but it happened around the same time she drank tea, so she only gets organic milk, water, and diluted juice now. We keep another sippy cup filled with water that she drinks whenever she's not sitting down to eat. ;)

    Comment by wishwish (original poster) at 11:02 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • milk for every meal, snake time they get diluted juice (1/4 juice 3/4 water) and then through out the day they always have water

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 11:10 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

  • Milk for breakfast and supper, water the rest of the day, one cup of diluted juice 2-3 times/week. For breakfast he usually eat dry cereal and yogurt, eggs and grits on weekends. For snack he eats fruit (bananas and blueberries are favorites). For lunch, he usually eats either leftovers or 1/2 sandwich (cheese, turkey, peanut butter, etc) and some steamed veggie (broccoli, carrots, etc) or a "salad" (cukes and tomatoes). For supper, he eats whatever we're having - usually meat, veggies, and a roll.

    Answer by missanc at 11:35 AM on Jul. 17, 2010

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