what to feed 20 month old?

Natalie - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

4

33

0

just wondering what you mums out there fed your 20 month old children i do cook alot of meals for my daughter but am running out of new ideas? and at times she can be very fussy about what she eats so i have to give her jar food sometimes, but normally she will eat anything?
any ideas?

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010

4

3

0

Give them pastas. I make purees with different veggies (carrot, butternut squash, zuccini, bell peppers, etc...) I steam it, puree it in the blender and freeze in ice cube trays. When you make pasta you can either put the cubes in the tomato sauce or just thaw and add parmesean cheese and they'll eat it up and you don't have to worry about if they're getting their veggies. Also you can do the same for homemade pizzas (thaw a cue or two and blend with pizza sauce and they'll never know)

Christina - posted on 09/08/2010

16

10

1

My 20 month old son, barely eats anything! :( he just about only likes pasta,poptarts,grits,yogurt and crackers! and those are sometimes! He refuses all fruits,eggs, cheeses,jams....etc. So I never know what to give him one day he'll love mac n cheese and now the past 3 wks he refuses to touch it. I hope it gets better soon!

Ginger - posted on 09/06/2010

8

21

0

My 20 month old daughter, Falon, eats anything! She eats scrambled eggs, cheese, english muffins, bagels with cream cheese, blueberry muffins, pancakes with or without syrup (I only give her a little tiny bit of syrup), cheerios, chocolate milk, juice, cheese toast, cinnamon swirl toast with raw coconut oil, bacon, sausage balls and all kinds of fruit. For other meals she will eat any of these: turkey deli meat, chicken breast cooked and cut up, cheese sticks or cubes cut in pieces, green beans, green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, grape tomatoes cut smaller, graham sticks, vanilla wafers, goldfish crackers, wheat crackers, pasta, rice, meatballs, chicken strips, hamburgers, turkey/cheese tortilla roll-ups, yogurt, raisins, and ranch style beans. She LOVES Cheetos and marshmallows but that is only every once in a while like once a week or less. My husband got her on that and I try to keep it from her because I don't want her getting a taste for junk. She mostly eats fruits, veggies, meats and whole grains. She is not that picky. However, she hates fish sticks, which I don't blame her because fish sticks are processed junk. I have bought some of the Oscar Mayer beef only hot dog wieners that are the "natural" kind with no nitrates or nitrites. Make sure that those are cut into small pieces so no choking. I also get overdramatic when I am feeding her and make it like it is the best thing she has ever eaten and she seems to believe it and it works. She then eats it like it is the best thing in the world. Good luck!

Natasha - posted on 09/08/2010

4

24

0

my daughter will usaually eat whatever is put infront of her, but there are days that getting her to eat much is like pulling teeth. she loves everything from mac& cheese to brocolli, as long as she can eat at the table in a big girl chair like mommy

Christina - posted on 09/07/2010

18

12

0

My daughter eats anything that we eat. Also for more snack or meal ideas try weelicious.com. This website was started by a mom and she uses her kids as her testers. :) She has awesome and ideas and they are healthy. My daughter loves everything I've made from there.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

27 Comments

View replies by

Gail - posted on 09/13/2010

1

13

0

I found out a few weeks ago that my son Conor who is 21 months loves the mini cobettes (corn on the cob). I boil it and serve it to him with butter and whatever else I am giving him, potatoes, meat, carrots etc. He absolutely loves it and devours the corn leaving just the core. I think he sees it as fun too. He also loves peas as he can pick them up and eat them individually.

Louise - posted on 09/11/2010

53

31

2

hi i have a book called fussy toddlers and little meals, its really good, it has meals like little mini pizzas with ham and chesse,mini fish pies in a bowl thats fish and potaoes and the chesse ontop and just bake,mini sauages and veges,chicken and white rice,um and heeps more my son loves all these there quick and easy and i make a few at a time so then i can frezze and then take out for the next day and thats his lunch and dinner done.

Kerry - posted on 09/10/2010

4

5

0

My twin girls eat everything I cook. The only thing I have problem with is meat ... but I have discovered that if I cook it in the crockpot then they will eat it no worries ... ie., lamb chops with a bit of rosemary and honey, roast chicken, homemade chicken courdon bleu ... and of course they eat the normal mac and cheese, spag bol, anything with egg and cheese in it!
I have just started eating my dinner with them, so they see that I am eating the same (even if it means that I sometimes eat and 4.30 in the afternoon!).

Sheri - posted on 09/10/2010

2

9

0

I'm lucky, my little guy will eat anything as long as it isn't a Banana. We give him what we eat mostly for dinners. some ideas are: meatballs, waffles, cheese, cherry tomatoes, rice, pasta, cucumber, carrots, corn (on the cob or off), chicken nuggets and fish sticks, grapes, orange segments cut up, english muffin, mini bagels, etc.

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2010

8

23

0

My daughter likes the chef boyardee ravioli's and the gerber graduate mac-n-cheese and ravioli's....now she wont eat it hardly at all...i have tried wheat toast with cream cheese and she loves that!!! I still giver her the 3rd stage fruit and veggies because she wont eat it any other way. She use to eat a lot more but, has become a picky eater...i think it's normal at that age to get bored with the same stuff...i find i have to switch it up so, she will eat. The one thing she has always loved is her milk.

NOLWAZI - posted on 09/09/2010

2

0

0

i give my little girl everything we eat, bt its so hard because she eats only when she likes, but when she is in day care she realy eat, i also need some suggestions.

Natalie - posted on 09/08/2010

4

33

0

wow thankyou to all the mums who reponded to my problem!! as i say my daughter will eat anything and you mums have given me some great ides dfo gonna do lots of purre stuff with veg in so i can do sauces with meat pasta and rice!!

Gyllian - posted on 09/05/2010

29

23

6

My son eats anything and everything.for lunch He loves those little mini cheff boyarde' pasta's. some times i make him chicken noodle soup and drain the broth off he like to pick up the noodles. about any kind of sanwiches pb&j, cheese, lunch meat as long as they are cut up in little sections. On days when hes really picky i go through the fridge and anything and everything that looks good i arrange all over a big plate in little sections so he can just pick around and try everything.. at breakfast he loves fruits and rasin cinnimon swirl bagles cut up into little sections with strawberry preserves its a little sticky but he loves it so its worth the mess. At least with my son making things small and interesting seems to work

Jo - posted on 09/05/2010

58

0

0

i am very envious of you all. my DS used to eat most of the above easy food; pasta with vegie/meat sauce cubes and cheese was a big standard. for a couple of months now, especially at night, he won't eat anything that he has to chew. lots of scrambled eggs - i used to sneak wilted spinach or mashed potato in too but he's onto it. the odd lunch of steamed fresh chicken dumplings wsa the answer for meat and a veg but he's gone off them now. help!

Courtney - posted on 09/04/2010

3

20

0

I make fried rice. It's easy, cheap, and you can stick different varieties of meats and veggies in it each time. Just steam 1c rice. In a separate saute pan scramble 2 large eggs. Then add a splash of oil and the rice into the saute pan along with whatever meat (pre-cooked) and frozen veggies you want. Toss in skillet for a few minutes before coating in soy sauce. My daughter loves this and since the rice and meats and everything are all stuck together, she eats them too! (I normally have a hard time getting her to eat meat and veggies.)

Kathy - posted on 09/04/2010

8

1

0

My guy eats just about anything except meat! He will eat roasted chicken sometimes. He loves fruit & veggies, & noddles! He won't drink milk (I have tried chocolate, too) so he eats lots of yogurt & cheese! Sometimes if you put food in different bowls or fruit on a kabob or something like that..it tastes better to them!

Jess - posted on 09/04/2010

13

6

0

I have no problems with my daughter eating, she has exactly what we have for all 3 meals. She LOVES Macaroni cheese, lasange, spag bol, anything pasta she loves it. But as soon as she could eat what we were thats what she ate. I never gave her the option to have something different.

Ciara - posted on 09/03/2010

3

5

0

I feed my son anything I can get him to eat.. He likes hot dogs and Macaroni and cheese ( for lunch).. and he eats what we eat for dinner.. some days he has raviolis when we eat something spicy.. Some days I cant get to him to eat much of anything.

Shana - posted on 09/03/2010

48

4

5

I just discovered a couple of things my 20 month old likes. Tortilla with ham and cheese (folded over and heated just enough to melt the cheese a little). Also, even though i know it isn't healthy, he likes the banquet meals (salsberry steak) that i will give him every once in a while when i don't feel like cooking. Also, cininimon swirl bread toasted w/ butter. mac & cheese is a good one. Also eggs w/ cheese, scrambled in the microwave.

RUTH - posted on 09/03/2010

2

1

0

my girl eats whatever we eat and if not, pasta or an omelette. Lots of soups and I add cheese to them in cubes. Chicken legs, the idea is to haver eat the same food as us, there is no baby chef!

Penny - posted on 09/02/2010

4

29

0

I have to agree with all the mums, I try feed my girl everything I eat but she LOVES pasta so I try and give that to her every second day with different sauces with puree vegies in them. I find at day care she eats better which I think is due to the fact all the kids sit and eat together where at home its just me and her and she has too many distractions. Risotto is a good one too, you can add what ever you like and I don't think they can ever have enough rice and pasta!! (?) good luck!

Avi - posted on 09/02/2010

83

61

5

My toddler is very fussy too. He used to be fussier but he's improved a little. The main thing I struggle with is to get him to eat meat. He'll jsut push it away.

What I normally feed him is cereal and milk for breakfast. Then at lunch, he might get a bowl of pasta with cream sauce, and some steamed vegies on the said - usually carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. He eats however much he likes, and I have given up on forcing him to eat more. The second course is youghurt with fruits. The 3rd course is 2 different fruits - apples, bananas, kiwi fruits, oranges, mandarin (its winter here at the moment, so not many choices). He usually eats up his yoghurt and fruits. Sometimes I make an omlette with diced vegies inside. Sometimes for lunch it is cheese on toast. He likes mash potatos I have found. Pasta is usually the easiest and I sometimes just put jar food mixed with pasta. I have been told at childcare he eats very well and eats everything!!!

Hope to hear other mum's ideas too.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010

4

3

0

Try this one: Top 100 Baby Purees: 100 Quick And Easy Meals for a Healthy And Happy Baby
It has purees for babies but also meals for toddlers like rice, meats, orzo, soups. I used it with both my kids and gave it to a friend to use as well. It has great ideas

Shannon - posted on 08/28/2010

11

43

1

I feed my daughter whatever we are eating as long as it's not something that she can get chocked on

Ruth - posted on 08/28/2010

14

5

1

I give my daughter virtually what we eat. She loves cheese, grapes and basically finger food.
For breakfast she has toast made into soldiers with jam and some cornflakes dry on their own and maybe a few grapes.
For lunch she will have maybe a sandwich, cheese, ham.
For dinner, maybe rice, meat, potato etc.

Desirée - posted on 08/27/2010

64

13

7

I'm having the same problem. Usually I just give her the same thing that we eat in the morning and at night, but lunch I'm usually not hungry so she'll get her sandwich, macaroni etc. But I need more ideas. You think they'd have some sort of mini cook book for our almost toddlers!

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms