How will meals change?
At the age of 18 months, your child will join family meals. You may be able to say “more” or “finished”, or even use that spoon. The chaos is likely to be under your table!
Your child may be able to drink from the cup without pouring any of its contents, or using a drinking pot. His prey will also start to appear, making his chewing skills better than ever.
This is good news.
The bad news? Your baby may eat a lot in one meal, but he does not eat anything at the next meal. Try not to worry about this topic, although it is easier to say. Your child will not be able to eat too much food at a time because of the small size of his or her stomach. You can provide healthy snacks among your main meals.
Good health snacks include a piece of cheese, a piece of fruit, an oatmeal, a rice cake, or bread fingers. Or your child may want to eat raw vegetables, such as cucumber fingers, carrot fingers, tomatoes or small tomatoes.
As your child’s language skills develop, he or she will be able to order food and say “no” to reject it. He learns to be independent. Rejection of some foods may be part of this independence.
If you find that your child has become fidgety, try to keep calm, even when the word “no” is all you hear during meals.
Give him a variety of foods and make him eat with you as a family whenever you can. You will be an example for your child. If you see something unusual for him and tell him that he is very delicious, he may try to try it on his own.
How do I make eating enjoyable?
Is taking your child’s attention to the dining table at this stage more difficult than ever? Perhaps you can keep his interest in food innovation.
Many toddlers love foods that can be drowned and fat. Try to pretend your baby is dipping vegetables and bread fingers into a dipping nutritious like mashed avocado, hummus with a tahini, or cheese sauce.
You can also give your child small dried fruits, such as raisins. If you are going through a difficult day, you can try giving it fruit juice. Mix fruit, milk or yogurt, yogurt or yoghurt together. It’s a meal in a cup!
Your child may still be very impressed with sandwiches cut into shapes. Pastry segments can transform sandwiches into animal, dinosaur or other forms. It may encourage your child to eat a litter until it looks like a face. Half-size tomatoes are ideal for making eyes, while cooked green beans or beans look like catfish.
After your second baby’s birthday, you can still give it full-fat milk. You can switch to low-fat milk if it is easier for you as a family, as long as you are satisfied that your baby eats and grows well.