As a parent we all know how hard it is to get your children to eat their vegetables. From about twelve months old your toddler will be chewing more and they will also be likely to become more independent and will want to feed themselves, using their hands to explore tastes. At about twelve months they can enjoy the same food as the rest of the family. Foods can be cut up into bite sizes or mash them up into their food. You want them to enjoy eating vegetables. Try and make it interesting to look at and teach them why they are good for them by saying “they taste yummy and will make you big and strong”.

There are so many tricks to encouraging toddlers to eat more vegetables. Some of them are:

  • adding extra vegetables to meals by mixing them into foods
  • add them as a side dish
  • put out a plate of raw vegetables or cooked vegetables when your child is hungry
  • make mashed sweet potato instead of white potatoes
  • let your children make their own tacos with lettuce, tomato, carrots and cheese
  • let your child help you choose fresh vegetables when you are shopping
  • plant a vegetable patch…..or just try growing cherry tomatoes and let them pick them

We have lots of fun and interesting books for you to read to your toddler and get ideas. The ones I have selected are:

There are lots of rhymes and songs and the one I have picked is:

The Vegetable Song

(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggies sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, peas and broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.

Image: CC0 Public Domain source

Image: CC0 Public Domain; Source

I look forward to hearing your stories about getting toddles to eat vegetables at Pram Jams.

And you can see me more often at Pram Jams now. Starting this week Spearwood Library Pram Jams are every fortnight during term at 10am. I look forward to seeing you there!