15 Funny Truths About Feeding Toddlers
- There is never a guarantee that your toddler will like (or even taste) something you make—no matter what the package, recipe, or your friend who recommended it says.
- You can serve them something repeatedly and they will swear up and down that it’s “yucky”. Then one day it will be their absolute favorite food!
- You might wind up eating the entire batch of muffins/fruit snacks/crackers that you excitedly made for your kid when they won’t even taste one. But as soon as your toddler sees you eating the food, they will want yours!
- Your grocery budget will go out the window if your toddler has a cold or illness and you know that the only thing they will consume is fruit juice and those cheese crackers you swore you’d never buy.
- You will trim costs from other areas of your budget when your toddler inhales the pricey out-of-season blueberries week after week you bought on a whim and are now the only fruit they will reliably eat.
- Homemade dressings or dips might convince some little kids to eat their veggies, but not yours! (Or at least not mine…)
- Your toddler will expect you to want to clean up, hold, and happily discard their chewed up, spit out food. And you will do it.
- Their appetites and preferences will surprise you—especially when it comes to spice and foods you don’t even like.
- If you offer a food a few times in a row in a similar context, your toddler will expect it in the same way every single time after. (Routines are a blessing and a curse.)
- If you serve the same meal more than two days in a row, there may be tears when you try to change things up.
- You will want to pull your hair out when they won’t eat certain foods they loved yesterday. (But then the phase will pass and you’ll have something else to worry about!)
- There will always be Cheerios under your couch.
- There will be days when they hardly eat a thing. You will freak out.
- There will be days when they eat everything in site. You will freak out.
- Almost no matter what they eat on any given day, in the long run, they keep growing and thriving. (Because you really are doing a great job—and so are they!)
What have you been surprised to learn about feeding your toddler?