what do your munchkins eat?

Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2011 ( 50 moms have responded )

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my daughter born 9. 14 still gets bottles in the morning when she wakes up and at night before she goes to sleep. during the day she eats meals. she eats everything nooodles potatoes all kinds of meats and fruits. but i want her to stop bottles but i dont really know what to give her in the morning and in the evening. im scared that if i make her a sandwich that its not enough. and i dont really know what to give her at night and when. she goes to sleep at 8 and i give her her bottle at seven. but i dont want bottles anymore. canu guys give me some advice pls?

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Sarah - posted on 02/08/2011

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Here's an idea of what my son (born 9/18) eats during the day:

For breakfast (7:30 or 8:00am) he usually has oatmeal, a banana and a sippy cup of milk. He has a snack around 10am...either a granola bar, toddler yogurt, or something like cheerios or goldfish crackers.

Lunch is anywhere from noon-2pm depending on his naptime that day. He eats things like whole grain bread w/ shredded cheddar cheese (toasted), sliced chicken breast sandwich, mac n cheese, chicken noodle soup, etc. I try to get him to eat a fruit & veggie with each meal, but he sometimes refuses. :( I also give him a sippy cup of water with lunch. He has another snack around 4pm...usually some crackers, a small bowl of cheerios with milk, applesauce, etc.

For dinner (6:00-6:30pm) he sometimes eats whatever we are eating...chicken, casseroles, lasagna, spaghetti, rice etc. And other times I'll make him something similar to what he eats at lunch. He also gets a sippy cup of whole milk (but usually only drinks about 2oz or so).

Bedtime (7:30-8pm) he gets an 8oz bottle of whole milk.

Ashley - posted on 02/16/2011

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My 17 month old gets a sippy cup of milk in the morning with breakfast, eats what we eat all day, with an afternoon snack thrown in after her nap. We typically eat dinner between 5 and 7 (we are crazy busy people). If dinner will be late, she gets a cheese stick when we all get home, to hold her over. She gets a cup of milk with dinner, and thats it. On a VERY rare occasion, she will ask for a snack before bed, and will get fruit or a few crackers, nothing much. She sleeps 12 hours, and is fine with that last cup of milk/food being at dinner time.

Rebekah - posted on 02/13/2011

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I still give my daughter who was born 9.12 a bottle in the morning and evening too. Without them she just won't drink much. So I feel ok about it. She still eats a lot of normal food throughout the day, but I want to make sure she is hydrated. My mom took my bottle away when I turned two and I was fine, so I think I'm going to do the same thing. She HATES sippy cups... she will only drink from a straw cup at meal times and at snack times... and even then it isn't much. So I think what you are doing with your daughter is fine. Just make sure she is eating meals.

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Sarah - posted on 03/11/2011

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My son Drinks a gallon of milk in a week. He eats breakfest lunch and dinner with us. Hes also been on a sippy cup since he was 6 months old. He can also eat with a fork or spoon. He was born 9/22

Mara - posted on 03/05/2011

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We worry to much about everything, don't we?
my routine, when it works...
breakfast: 1 mashed banana, 1 yogurt and some fruit
morning bottle( to be eliminated)
lunch: soup or vegetable, mashed avocado, yoghurt, fruit
2-3pm: another bottle
6pm: dinner: lamb/fish/chicken with vegs, rice/pasta + fruit
8pm: bottle

reading some of these notes, I might try sippy cup and reduce/cut morning bottle.

Angie - posted on 03/01/2011

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i love sarah bells comment. that is exactly the schedule i have my daughter on. and as for not wanting bottles, it all depends on how attached your daughter is to her bottle. with isabel it was easy we were on wic and were just about to run out of formula so i ran out and got teh first sippy cup i could find and transitioned her from bottle to sippy cup and formula to milk in teh same day. if your concerned with her having a bottle, the sippy cup that helped me move away from bottles was the born free sippy cup for 6 months. its got a soft spout so she wont bite it and its really easy to drink out of , http://www.newbornfree.com/ heres the link . hope that helps but if you look at sarah bells comment =D you can take all the times and just put in foods your daughter likes
gah i hope this made sense im brain dead right now

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2011

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My Doctor told us we had to stop bottles for my 17 month old son as well. However Milk is still important for your toddler everyday. She told me my son should still be having 8-16 OZ of milk everyday. We put all the bottles away and starting giving him his milk in a sippy cup.

During the day my son eats all sorts of things

Breakfasts can be : eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, fruits, cereal, yogurt ect.

Lunch: Tofu, Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Hummus, Crackers, Veggies etc

Dinners: Chicken, Rice, Potatoes, Veggies, Salads ( What ever we are having)

Tori - posted on 02/21/2011

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My son, also born 9-14, hasn't had a bottle since his 1 year check up. He gets a sippy cup of milk at around 5 in his crib, goes back to sleep for a few hours then has breakfast, usually a waffle or pancake or piece of toast with fruit and some juice. He eats lunch at 12:15, usually a sandwich of some sort or a Gerber item such as the ravioli or the mac & cheese, he then takes a nap at 1:30 until about 4. When he wakes up from his nap, he gets a small snack, a fruit bar or the Gerber fruit snacks and some more milk in a straw cup. He eats dinner at 6:30, usually whatever we eat or a Gerber meal, gets a bath and is in bed at 7:30. This is our routine everyday and it works for us, he is not starving, he's a healthy 30 pounds 33 inches tall.

If you can't get her to drink milk from a sippy, try adding some Ovaltine or Nesquick to give it some flavor. My son doesn't like the milk too cold, I warm his morning milk for a few seconds in the microwave.

Kylie - posted on 02/21/2011

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My daughter born 04/09/09 has cereal with milk for breakfast and a piece of fruit, no bottle. Then a snack at 11. Lunch at 12, snack at 3 dinner at 5. And then has a bottle at 7 and straight to bed. I need to get rid of this bottle but she wont drink milk out of a cup. She has plenty of juice during the day, drinking out of a variety of cups, mainly straw but gags if i try and put milk in there?! So got to work this one out soon. But dont worry they will tell you when they want to eat. he wont go hungry!

Amy - posted on 02/20/2011

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I do the exact same thing Sarah Bell does, she only has a bottle at night, and I talked to the doc about it the other day, she said the extra nutrients wont hurt her (I am still giving formula in the bottle) and it will keep her full thru the night. Katelyn is in the lower percentiles of 18m kids so she said to keep giving it until she is two! This surprised me but I am happy to not have to take her bottle away just yet. You can also count that as a serving of milk so it's good if your baby wont drink much else during the day, Katelyn loves loves loves water and it is all she will drink! She eats normal food, whatever we are eating in the day. So it is all going well! Hope this helps!

Mila - posted on 02/20/2011

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Ask the pediatrician, as far as I know, they should still be drinking about 16 oz of milk per day around this age so there is no need to stop with the liquid, give it in a sippy cup with breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack. also, dont be worried about nutrients, your child should eat what you eat, no need to make anything special as long as you eat healthy too. your child is less than a quarter of your size so tiny portion will be more than enough. also, dont give bottles over night, have them finish the milk before bed and give water after to rinse all that sugar. good luck!

Heidi - posted on 02/19/2011

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My daughter was born 3 days before, and she hasnt had a bottle in 7 mths. I just stopped giving her the bottles. I get Gerber Toddler meals, They have breakfast and dinners. Fills my child up just fine. They will let you know when they are hungry. I promise. Just get rid of the bottles, get them out of the house.

Linda - posted on 02/19/2011

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I'm glad to hear everyone say their toddler still takes at least 1 bottle. My son (9/11/09) is down to one last bottle of about 5-6 oz. before bed. He eats well during the day and drinks most of his milk out of his sippy cup. Our doctor said no bottle after 18 months, so we decided we would do it right up to that point and then see about giving up the night bottle. We feed our son around 6-6:30 and do not give him a snack other than his bottle, and he sleeps just fine. I do not think your daughter will get hungry. :)

Sara - posted on 02/18/2011

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On my son's first birthday 9/9, I packed all his bottles up and put them away. He did not know at all. Of course I started him on sippies a long time before he was one. Now in the mornings he gets toast and a sippy with milk in it. He loves it and never once begged for a bottle.

Mary - posted on 02/18/2011

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After reading the posts and your fear about being hungry. My little girls last meal is about 4:00. She will have a regular yoplait non fat yogurt about 5:30 or some cheese. If she has been a good girl I'll give her half a peanut butter cookie. She goes to bed at 7:45 and sleeps until 8:00 plus. We don't feed her heavily past her dinner and she is just fine.

Mary - posted on 02/18/2011

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My daughter who was born on 9/24/09 is on all table food. Breakfast is slice of cheese, oatmeal OR nutrigrain bar and fruit. Lunch is baked chicken (cut up of course) and veggies, dessert is usually applesauce or some kindof of fruit. Dinner is pretty much the same with just different veggies. She is learning to use her spoon and fork. She only drinks water. She is on a schedule and goes to bed at 7:45. So for her late afternoon snack around 5:45 she will have some yogurt or a slice of cheese. No milk before bed. She hasn't used a bottle since 11 months. Stop the bottle cold turkey. She will get over it rather quickly. My little girl did not miss a beat. We transitioned to soft sippy cup and that was it. She also gets a RX liquid vitamin a day that was flouride in it for teeth. I'm not worried at all about vit or anything like that. She is developing perfectly and is a big girl! 33 inches long and 27lbs.

Emma - posted on 02/18/2011

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milk in the is still essential for them at this age transfer the milk into a beaker instead

Elizabeth - posted on 02/17/2011

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Milk is the best for them now in the mornings and evennings .It has all what they need in it which is not available in the meals they eat during the day!So give milk till they resent it alone.If the problem is the bottle then switch on cups they a big to drink from it.mine was born on 09.09.2009.

Donna - posted on 02/17/2011

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ok my daughter who is 17 months has a sippy cupof milk and bannana and tst for breaky then as a snack will have chees and crackers then lunch will be boiled egg or tst sand which or fruit and yogurt etc.... she has those muffin bars as snacks but i cut them in half longways or a fruit cup or have recently been giving her those raffertys garden fruit pouches and she just sucks them like a straw and then i no she is getting her fruit.
she has a yogurt at 5 dinner at 6 which is meat and 3 veg or a pasta dish basically what we have. and then is in bed at 7.
she only has the one cup of milk but always has 3 serves of dairy. she has a straw cup of water on hand at all times and drinks like 2 of them a day.

Danielle - posted on 02/17/2011

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My twins were born 9.9.09 and they have a cup of milk when they wake in the morn between 6 & 7 am (6oz) and another cup at 4 pm. I give them greek yogurt and a mini bagel each for breakfast a banana each for morning snack, toddler meal by gerber for lunch with a fruit/veggie cup(stage 2 only b/c they don't eat raw or cooked veggies for me) then they have popcorn or gerber cheese puffs or a pear or cereal for an afternoon snack followed by their milk cup. For dinner they usually have either chicken nuggets (4 each) or a hot dog each with either Mac and cheese with veggies or pasta stars with veggies and a yogurt. They will usually drink 2 cups of water no juice at all.

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2011

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i still give my little girl who is 17months an feed of me in the morning and an feed of me in the everning as they still need their milk. she also as 3 meals an day to and snack thought out the day x so if she or he happy having iot keep it up as my health visit said my little still not to old for milk they luike them to have it to thier twox

Noreen - posted on 02/16/2011

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Abby is nursed is the morning when she wakes up, at mid morning sometimes, before nap, before bed, and in the middle of the night. She also takes a sippy cup of water onlyin the in between times. She eats pretty much all fruits like pumpkin, banana, avocado, apples, and pears. And veggies like brocolli, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes, and carrots. She also eats oatmeal with fruit for breakfast and LOVES LOVES LOVES black beans! She is a black beans fanatic! Her snack foods other then fruit or veggies are the original mini wheats.



She DOES not eat any diary products or anything made with egg or diary in it for that matter. She isn't big on eating meat either. So basically, my daughter is a vegan. LOL But she has SEVERE allergies to milk and egg. And then she just won't eat meat. So she gets her protein from beans.

Renee - posted on 02/16/2011

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I am having the same problem, I am scared that if I miss out her night bottle that she wont sleep thru the night. I just give Izzy breaky insted of a bottle in the mornings it depends what time she wakes up i guess

Lacey - posted on 02/16/2011

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Try a sippy cup with milk.... my son drinks his in his cup just like he would water or juice. oatmeal is always good and yogert. pretty much anything heavy like that i would think would help fill her up. Hope this helped

Brenna - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son (born 9/30) was obsessed with his bottle refused to switch to sippy cups so we got this kinda inbetween one that has a sippy cup shape but the feel of a bottle so he can drink it like a bottle. Then we slowly just worked in the sippy cup. Now he'll take the sippy cup no problem. I found when he switched to the sippy cup he was more versatile on drinking. Like not needing it as much as a bottle.

KateLynne - posted on 02/15/2011

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My daughter born 9/7 eats everything we do. She's been off her bottle since a week before her first birthday. I swapped the bottle for a sippy cup and she's always done just fine with it. Whatever you're putting in the bottles can easily be put in a sippy cup! ((:

Crystal - posted on 02/15/2011

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With Braelyn (DOB 9-28) I switched her to a sippy cup when she was 6 mos(maybe a little sooner). Although it wasnt full time. I bought the sippy's with the soft "nipple" top, she used it here and there really wanted her bottle. But she already had 8 teeth by then and it was really time for the bottles to be gone. She fussed off and on, but it wasnt bad. I gave her, her morning milk in the cup instead of the bottle.

Ariana - posted on 02/15/2011

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I've also watered down my sons bottle in the morning to the point were it's just water now, my son won't drink soy or regular milk, just water and formula, doesn't even like juice! I leave zippy cups filled with water all over the house so he can find them and drink when ever he wants

Tanith - posted on 02/15/2011

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Why is there a rush to take bottles away? Honestly curious.
My sister and I drank bottles until we were both 6. Is it a bad thing? Because there's no evidence of any negative effects on either of us.

Heather - posted on 02/14/2011

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Another way to get the 'milk' she needs is cottage cheese. My dd loves it. She eats with us at supper, but then grazes on yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese cubes, tomatoes, grapes - you name it up until bedtime. She has been exclusively breastfed - so no bottles here, but just filling her up before bed helps a lot. She has recently started sleeping through the night - boy, I hope it continues -lol. :)

Megan - posted on 02/14/2011

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Every child is different...some will eat anything ,some won't eat anything, some pick one thing and stick with it. If you are worried about nutrients put a carnation instant breakfast in the bottle to help supplement. Try giving them a vitamin. I try to offer them different foods through the day but most often it goes to waste. But every once in a while They eat it. Graham crackers are always a big hit. Mandarin oranges, bananas and green beens and pieces of rotisserie chicken are a few of his favorite things. You are the mom you will do what is best for your child!!!!

Nikki - posted on 02/13/2011

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My SOn born 9-5 loves waffles, toaster strudles and cereal for breakfast. It was plenty to fill him up.

Julie - posted on 02/12/2011

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i have a simler problem with my son hes coming up to 17 months and eats everything we eat but still has a bottle of milk to go to bed with at 7oclock and then wakes up at 11 for another one and i cant seem to brake this habbit. in the morning he has toast or a bowl of ceral and a bottle of milk i to want the bottle gone.

Stephanie - posted on 02/12/2011

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Ethan eats mostly what we eat for the 3 meals a day, plus snacks in between. A couple months ago we still had the bottle he now just gets a sippy cup with some milk in the morning and in the evening before he goes to bed.

Annie - posted on 02/11/2011

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Our Dr told us that our son , who is 16 moths, needs 1-2 cups of milk a day. 3 meals and 2 snacks. He doesn't always get 2 snacks. Usually just one. For breakfast we do a banana and granola, yogurt and chereeos, or whole grain waffles and berries. Lunch is usually left overs, grilled cheese and veggies, bagel pizzas, etc. Dinner is usually a mix of veggies, beans, cheese, and some of rice or pasta. Kehlson won't really east meat or eggs so I offer them but am prepared for him not to eat them. Snacks are usually fruit. When daddy is doing the feeding he gets goldfish and teddy grahams. I prefer that he doesn't eat processed foods, but... He eats dinner at 5:30-6:00. Takes a bath at 7:00 and milk out of a sippy cup at 7:30 before I brush his teeth.
I really like the Veggie steamers for one. There are 4 different kinds. Kehlson loves them all.
We have been trying to get him off a bottle too, he still takes one to go to sleep sometimes. We are working on that!

Debbie - posted on 02/11/2011

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For the last couple of months, I have been giving my little one milk in a sippy cup with meals. But would still give her one bottle before bed and first thing in the morning. We switched the morning bottle to a cup and she didn't object, but she wasn't ready to give up her bottle before bed. Just last week I decided to try again. When it was almost time for bed, I held up a sippy cup with milk in one hand and a bottle of milk in the other. And she chose the sippy cup! So we're off the bottle now.

Joey - posted on 02/10/2011

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jello or yogurt may be good, and Gerber does make yogurt bites and snack sticks you can give her these items also for snack before bed

Joey - posted on 02/10/2011

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you may want to try to introduce a cuppie, with milk in it. They also make formula that is made for toddlers. In the morning you could try toast or waffles. Cereal like cheerios can be a good idea. At night you could try fruit and toast or something that may easy for her to eat, even fruit snacks. My daughter usually has fruit or dried cranberries.

Sherrie - posted on 02/10/2011

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instead of a bottle get a soft top sippy cup you can get them almost anywhere anymore. Give her that she may refuse at first but when she realizes she isn't going to get a bottle anymore and just the sippy she will give in and then you can gradually switch her to a harder sippy cup.

Kylie - posted on 02/10/2011

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Hi I just gave up my 16mth olds morn bottle over the last few weeks as she seemed not to b eating much lunch so i gradually gave her less over a period off about 4 days eg 180 ml then 120 then 80 then 60 then gave it to her in a sipper cup she doesnt drink much! I now like you started the nite bottle earlier i used to give 9.30-10pm but now started to give before bed then brush teeth and bed! My health centre lady wanted me to keep doing this as she is only 9kg and thought shed loose weight when teething which she only has 3 top 2 bottom, but i like you am sick off bottles and just wanted to b rid she is eating much better and sleeps well right through the nite! I c health cntr again in march and will possibily stop nite bottle mayb offer in sipper b4 bed ! Sorry to waffle on hope this helps!

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2011

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thank you all but sarah your advice was the best. i will try to do it like that. she doesnt really need the bottles. i mean she doesnt care if she gets one or not. very helpful. thank you

Bobbie - posted on 02/09/2011

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Michael eats what we eat. An he will try anything we give him too! He snacks on Gerber toddler foods in-between meals(crackers, cheerios too). Completely off the bottle. Which was an easy transition. Within a month we went from 3b-2b-1b-0b's starting with the bed time bottle first. Since he doesn't get a bottle he drinks whole milk with all his meals and snacks, no juice. And sometimes he drinks water or tea (what I drink during the day)

Fiona - posted on 02/08/2011

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My little girl eats everything we do - she still has a bottle in the morning and a bottle at bedtime. She has tea around 5pm and goes to sleep at 6.30. She sleeps 12 hours xxx

I'm not worried about stopping her bottles yet. - she was born 10th Sept

Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2011

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yes she drinks ,milk. she drinks everything. and eats everything as well. im just kinda scared that if i give her dinner at 6 and just like a jogurt at 7 30 it wont be enough and shell be hungry. her doctor said she ll eat wat she needs. but im still worried i dont want her to be hungry

Dawn - posted on 02/08/2011

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Does she drink milk? My son gets a cup of milk and a breakfast item....waffles, pancakes, french toast, bagel, etc. He eats dinner around 6pm and goes to bed around 8pm. We give him a snack around 7:30pm. He gets a cup of water with a splash of juice and a cookie or cereal bar. Sometimes he will want more if he didn't eat much for dinner, so we give him something else.
Our pediatrician wants him to have 2 cups of milk a day, but he will only drink 1.

Danielle - posted on 02/08/2011

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We let our Sammach eat what we eat. She gets her own little portion of dinner, she hasn't get reached the picky stage, so she will try anything we give her. I was worried about nutrients as well, but she gets 2 organic toddler yogurts a day packed full of vitamins. The true amount of vitamins and mineral toddlers and even adults need is actually alot smaller then one would think. (I was really surprised finding it out in my nutrition classes)

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