Friday, February 8, 2008

Toddler Food List

Okay...something positive in my life....There are only 2 articles in this lifetime that I have actually torn out and kept before the magazine either got rolled up and became a permanant fixure in my couch cover or was passed on to someone else. Both articles were from Parent's magazine. The first one was about the latest research on about removing the tonsils and how they are associated with sleep apnea, ADHD, and ear infections. You can find this one on on the actual website titled Check Those Tonsils. We actually took this article into Noah's ENT specialist to prove to him the latest research...because obviously he wasn't aware. The second article I have yet to find so I am going to recreate this one within this blog.

I love this article because it took away all the fears I had with feeding my, at the time, 9 month old table food. When I had my son, almost 4 years ago, feeding table food was scary! You were to just stick with the basics till age 1 or so that is what my peditrician pushed. Therefore, I now have a son who won't much of anything....

Article 2 is titled Fabulous Finger Foods by Sally Kuzemchak, R.D. in the October 2006 issue.

The article begins by discussing that you can start early introducing your baby to the kinds of nutritious bites you'll want him/her eating for a lifetime. Things should be cut into small pieces like the size of a pea (at first) and try serving a few at a time. Kuzemchak even says to begin the softer foods to babies between 6 and 9 months and then to firmer foods at 9 to 12 months. She also states to remember to stay away from the choking hazards like hot dogs, popcorn, raisins, seeds, nuts, and hard raw veggies. Also, supervise your child while he/she is eating. Here is a list of foods:

small bites of cherry tomato
sliced blueberries or raspberries
whole-wheat rotini pasta
corn niblets
avocado (blah LOL)
well-cooked diced carrot
teething buscuits or zwieback crackers
whole-grain toast with all-fruit spread
fruit cocktail (slice cherries and grapes)
whole-grain waffle
grated or shaved apple
small oranges, fresh (remove membranes) or canned (after 12 months)
canned or very ripe fresh pears
tiny chunks of turkey meatballs
matzoh crackers
shredded cheese or cheese crumbles
fork-smashed canned beans or chickpeas
graham crackers (avoid honey varities till 12 months)
ripe honeydew, cantaloupe, or watermelon (remove seeds)
bites of whole-grain muffin
ripe peaches
cooked pearl barley
whole-grain couscous
ripe Mango or papaya
whole-grain French toast
cooked green beans
cooked and peeled whie or sweet potato cubes
chopped hard-boiled egg (after 12 months)
cooked zucchini or squash
mozzarella cheese
well-cooked asparagus tips
sliced grapes
mini rice cakes
grilled cheese sandwich, cut into strips or cubes
brown rice (daughter's favorite)
ripe apricot
whole-grain pancakes
tiny well-cooked broccoli florets
whole-wheat macaroni and cheese (another favorite of my daugter)
cucumber (peel, remove seeds, and slice)

I hope this article is also helpful to any of you who have babies/toddlers starting to eat the real deal.

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