A Toddler-Approved Breakfast Recipe Our mornings are always a little rough around here. Half the time I’m barely awake, wishing I was crawling back into bed to catch a few more Zzzs, and the other half I’m frantically trying to get our acts together to get out the door to run some of our million chores. If you have a toddler, you know the latter never works out the way you plan, and suddenly you’re sitting in the lobby of your local oil change shop and your almost two year old is lacking one sock, his cup of milk and his very favorite dump truck, and then you realize you have yet to feed him an actual breakfast. I mean, not that anything like that ever happens to us, or anything… but I’ve heard it can, because, you know, #Mombie. Most of the breakfasts I usually cook H either require an oven or a stove top, which just doesn’t work for us on those aforementioned crazy days. Admittedly, more times than not, I’ll just throw a few NutriGrain or granola bars into my bag for H to eat on the way. However, the Mom Guilt has started adding up, […]
Sweet Potato + Granola Pancakes A Toddler Approved Breakfast Idea We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes it’s hard for me to get motivated to actually make a real meal. I am by no means a morning person, so waking up is a struggle enough, let alone waking up and making a healthy breakfast for H and I. Because of this, I easily fall into a ‘breakfast rut’: scrambled eggs with a little feta mixed in. However, H is on a bit of an egg strike right now, which is totally throwing me for a loop! The graciously sweet person he is, H let me sleep in until almost 10 o’clock this morning before he decided to get up for the day (I tell ya, moving him to a queen bed on the floor is easily the best parenting decision we’ve made so far!). While this was awesome because we both got to catch up on some sleep, it also meant I had a very hangry little person screaming at me for food! My mom had just sent us some of her amazing granola (recipe: here), and when I saw the leftover sweet potato […]
As I have been very public about, H is a terrible eater. A few months after starting baby led weaning, all he wanted to do was eat all the foods! You name it, he ate it, but around a year he just decided food was terrible. So, here we are at 19.5 months old and I’m in the dining room celebrating if he takes a bite or two of anything we put in front of him. On Monday, he maybe ate a handful of green grapes. That’s it. For the entire day. Its times like these I can’t tell whether still currently breastfeeding him is the right choice, or whether I should be pushing his solids more. I tried for a few weeks to only let him nurse before naps and bedtime, but it was making everyone cranky. Also, H was still having meltdowns every time I tried to redirect him or tell him “no”, and I am not strong enough to resist the tears, so I gave in and we’re basically back to nursing on demand. The one thing I am still maintaining in my feeble attempt to slightly wean, however, is not letting him nurse until after he’s […]
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links and I was sent product in exchange for my honest and unbiased review, as a part of the Nuby Parent Bloggers program. Toddler Approved Peach Smoothie I’ve shared some of our favorite toddler approved green smoothies before, but I like to mix it up for H every so often so he doesn’t get bored of his daily drink. He’s definitely starting to get more picky about what he will and won’t eat, so a smoothie is a great way to sneak in some healthy goodness to what he thinks is just a sweet and yummy snack! My parents took H to a vineyard and fruit orchard this past weekend, so we are swimming in peaches. I’m definitely not complaining as peaches are basically the best summer fruit out there, but my waistline is hurting after enjoying so many of the peach crumbles that we love, so it was time to mix it up and enjoy them in a little healthier of a way.
H has never been much of an eater, so we’ve really been working on cutting back on nursing sessions and trying to push the solids more. Usually, it ends in a lot of food thrown on the floor, lots of frustration and several deep calming breaths from yours truly. However, Nûby™ recently sent us some awesome toddler mealtime accoutrements that have been huge in helping my picky nibbler get more interested in sitting at the table, and as a result, in the last week, H has eaten more food than he probably has in the last month – yay! One of H’s favorites from Nûby™ is the iMonster™ Toddler Plate. As he’s growling and using his iMonster™ Fork to stab his unsuspecting fruit victims, H loves pointing to the three big eyes on top and naming everything he can as he clears his plate: “Noh” (nose) “Tee” (teeth) “Tohn” (tongue) We’re currently working on “claws” to describe the three icky monster claws on either side that make it really easy for him to grip and take around with him, as he’s still a better eater when he grazes around the house. After naming the iMonster™’s features, we always have H show us where his own eyes, nose, etc are, […]
This weekend may have been one of my most favorite in a long long time. We have been debating going on a road trip to somewhere nearby but haven’t been able to finalize the destination yet, so instead we decided to act a little like tourists in our own city and explore a few spots where we haven’t taken H to yet and it was a blast! On Saturday we hiked around one of my favorite spots that has some of the most beautiful views of our city from above. The hike is definitely a little different while wearing an almost 28 pound toddler, especially in the summer heat, but it was so worth it once we got to the top! At the end of the hike we let H run around the park and field – his true happy place. The kid is such a goober, he cracks me up constantly with all of his silly habits. We skipped his afternoon nap to go hiking, so he was super tired but was fighting it hard. He would run around for a little while in circles, look at us and say ‘Ny Ny’ and then throw his body back in […]
If you’re following me on Instagram, you’re very aware of the fact that H and I travel often. Like, really really really often. I used to try to cram 500 things in my diaper bag until I realized that H didn’t even use most of them and I kept forgetting things I wish I’d had, so now we just stick to the basics and it makes checking in, flights, layovers, the whole shebang so much easier. Having a streamlined diaper bag when traveling with a baby or toddler means much less stress for everyone involved! Changing: Because changing diapers is like 70% of parenthood, obviously diapers and wipes are pretty crucial. We cloth diaper at home, but while we’re out of town it’s just not worth packing however many days H would need and having to worry about having a place to wash and dry them as well. I like that the Honest diapers are natural and don’t give H’s sensitive skin a bad reaction and Huggies wipes are my bff with how much they can handle. The one time I forgot to bring an extra outfit for H, you can probably guess what happened, so now I’ll never leave home […]
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that H hasn’t always been the best eater. At our recent 15 month checkup, his pediatrician asked me to really start pushing solids. He said at this age, H needs to be nursing less and eating more ‘real’ food. While he has gotten so so so much better (seriously though, it was like a light went off the next day and he decided he did, in fact, like to eat), I have found that if I make a smoothie, he’ll run off with it and suck it down by the time I find him hiding in the laundry room corner. I started using my Nutribullet (my favorite of all 4 of my blenders) to make him a giant batch of a fruit and veggie smoothie in the morning and refill his Nuby No Spill™ Two Handle Super Straw Grip N Sip™ as he finishes them throughout the day! This Nuby No Spill so far is my favorite cup for him to drink the smoothies out of for many reasons, one of which because it’s super easy for his little hands to hold onto as he zombie walk / runs all over the place because […]