What do your toddlers eat??

Danielle - posted on 06/16/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I just recently took my son to his 1 year check up and he is only in the 20th percentile for his weight. Keep in mind his father's entire family is skinny... and the doc kept talking about food, and pushing calories, and brought up pediasure (which im not a fan of). I am just concerned that he may not be getting enough because I only eat whole foods so I don't know what "normal" people eat. And I am still breastfeeding.



What do you feed your kids? Daily examples please.

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Amanda - posted on 06/16/2012

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My kids are 4 and 2 3/4.

For breakfast they usually have 2 or 3 weetbix each or a big bowl of sultana bran.

Morning tea is usually fruit and youghurt.

Lunch is a wholewheat sandwich or wrap with ham cheese and cucumber using hummos instead of butter.

Afternoon tea will be more fruit

Dinner is normally fresh meat (mostly chicken, but we do have steak, pork and fish as well) with steamed veg (broccolli, corn carrots and peas) with potato. Sometimes I make a bolonaise and put veggies in the sauce with the meat and serve it with wholewheat pasta.

Other snacks include nuts, rice crackers with hummos, muesli bars and sometimes a biscuit. Over summer I make my own ice blocks from fresh fruit.

They also only drink milk or water.

They do on occassion have junk food (parties or MIL will buy them a small doughnut or chocolate maybe once every 2 or 3 weeks) and they sometimes have some ice cream for a special treat

Amy - posted on 06/16/2012

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My daughter is 2 years and 3 months, she only breastfeeds about once a day now I never had to push calories with my kids as they always started out high on the charts and slowly dropped down as they got older, currently my 6 year old is only in the 10th percentile for weight and that was a big jump from the 3rd so I feel your frustration. My daughter eats what we eat and that has been ongoing since she turned one, I always just made sure that it was cut up into small pieces.

So for breakfast: We typically do french toast, or toast with butter or peanut butter on it. After she's eaten that we give her a fruit-which consists of blue berries, cherries, grapes, raspberries, or black berries. Occasionally when she was closer to one we offered her yogurt too.

Lunch: Usually is a grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, or hot dog. Served with fruit and some type of cheese, and a vegetable.

In the afternoon she usually gets a snack which consists of pretzels, crackers, fruit, whatever she wants.

Dinner-she gets what we're having so it could be some type of chicken dish, steak, pork, or beef, served with a vegetable and some type of pasta.

Before bed she gets another snack usually fruit or cheese

As I said my daughter has never been classified as underweight but my son has. My doctor never recommended pediasure and actually advised us to not bother because the amount he would need to drink in order for it to help him gain weight would of put us into the poor house. Besides that if they're filling up on pediasure they aren't going to want to actually eat food. With my oldest I have learned to let him eat whenever he is hungry, he's also pretty picky so although I don't cook separate meals for him if I'm making something with sauce I know to leave a portion set aside for him.

i would google high calorie foods and see which ones you would feel comfortable introducing and try and integrate them into your little ones diet. I know peanut butter and avocados are high in calories and considered healthy.

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Olivia - posted on 07/12/2012

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My son who is 2 is very small and slim for his age too, yet he eats very very healthily and is rarely ill. I have a medical degree and specialise in paediatrics, and I'm confident I'm doing the right thing despite the fact he's not as chunky as other kids.

Here's what my son's daily menu looks like -

Breakfast - Normally porridge, made with breastmilk or coconut milk. He has a bit of honey stired in with some raspberries or strawberries. Other times he'll eat wholegrain toast with natural peanut butter, or French toast with honey and cinnamon.

Lunches - Normally whole-grain pasta, rice, noodles with some sauce and vegetable. Lots of the time it's salad and bread, sushi, soup, just general healthy lunch-time things.

Dinner - What ever me or OH is making. Pasta, curry, stir-fry, salad, fish, chicken.

Snacks (normally 2/3 snacks a day) - Natural yoghurt with honey (he gets almost 100% of his calcium and fats from natural yoghurt. Don't buy fat free!), lots of fruit, carrot sticks, banana 'ice cream' (basically frozen banana put into a blender... and voila, it's ice cream), oatmeal biscuits, more fruits, nuts, vegan chocolate.

If you're specifically looking to 'fatten' him up a bit, I recommend avocados! They're a great source of natural 'good' fats and nutrients. Also, full-fat milk is a great one, and lots of it.

Melissa - posted on 07/12/2012

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Whole foods are great! Don't get discouraged about the 20th percentile....that's great! I feel the chart is also sewed because of the "overweight" epidemic and it was changed a few years ago. If he is eating healthy tha'ts what matters!
My son is in the actually below the 3% always has been. He is 2 and only weighs 21lbs.He is the pickiest eater ever! Since day one breastfeeding was an insane battle, he had reflux. I wanted to go the whole foods route but just didn't work.... and with my son being as under weight as he is forcing him and creating a unpleasant experience wasn't an option!
What my son will eat:
Organic squeeze packs with veggie/fruit blends(aka toddler baby food)
organic oatmeal
Peanut butter
cheese
fruit snacks
oatmeal bars
pretzels
bread
raisins
and um well that's it!!!
I have to give my son pediasure, I actually give him carnation I hate it as well but he is so underweight I feel I have too!
My entire family and my husbands family is skinny, I'm 4'11' and my hubby is 6' 4"!
I say do what you think is right and at 20% he is great! Add calories through avocados, bananas ...ect the natural way! I also found great all natural dye free vitamins called Vita Vim.

Danya - posted on 07/11/2012

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My son is 2 and also very thin. I breastfed him for 2 years and he eats only whole foods. I let him eat whatever he wants (within the constrains of a healthy diet) and I am constantly offering him food. He eats tons of organic cheese, avocado, and i always put butter or olive oil on his brown rice. He eats oatmeal (with butter and whole milk), eggs or whole fat yogurt for breakfast. For dinner he eats what we eat. Snacks are fruit, cheese, yogurt, nuts. I think that whole fat dairy keeps him at a good weight. I worry also but, the fact that he is always eating and eating good foods, I know he is just naturally on the thin side.

Angie - posted on 06/26/2012

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Both of my kids aren't even on the chart, well below 3rd percentile. Their cousins are all the same. We went through a bit to get my daughter to gain weight, including tests for kidney problems. In the end what worked for us was controlling WHEN she ate. I was so concerned about her eating, that any time she was hungry I gave her food. The dietician said to give her good calories - avocados, good oils on pastas, good cheeses, ect.... but on a pretty strict schedule. The problem was that she wasn't really getting hungry. When ever she got a little hungry, she'd eat just enough. So she never got a good meal in her. I set up a schedule and only gave her food then. It was tough to hear her cry that she was hungry, but it worked. I am a grazer... so i fall back into the habit of snacking all day. So i have to bring it back into conscience-ness.
Hope it helps...

Rachelle - posted on 06/26/2012

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Do t worry about the percentile. My boys have always been smaller than theyy should be for their age. I was goin g to put them on pediasure and my doctor told me not to. He says the kids become use to drinking the drinks instead of eating. To this day my oldest who is four and my youngest who is1 are considered small for their age. Here's what my kids eat

Breakfast: cereal with fruit or yogurt
Snacks my kids have 3 fruit or crackers and cheese or a homemade baked treat( cookies, muffin, cake) or yogurt
Lunch: macaronie and cheese, home made chicken nuggets or strips, grill cheese, meat, cheese and crackes, sweet potato fries, pancakes....chicken and vegetables
Supper: pasta dish, nuggets, roast beef or pork, chicken fried rice, pork chops, casseroles....

My kids eat a lot of food it's just how their body is. They might always be smaller or they might hit a growth spurt and catch up to the rest. Eating whole foods is what's best for him instead of processed and full of fillers.

April - posted on 06/19/2012

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dont worry about the 20th percentile weight. my kids are both in the 20% and they are both healthy. (my daughter is above the 100th percentile in height and my son in the 70th percentile for height... so they are pretty long and skinny) My dr told me that if i thought my kids were small that I needed new friends. Also childhood obesity is rising and thats why their percentile is so low. Which makes sense because the percentile is based on everyone else.

We are vegan and my kids are mostly vegan also.

We do whole grains for breakfast, fruit snack at 10 am, some form of beans, rice or quinoa, and vegetables for lunch, same for dinner along with fruit. My kids also drink coconut milk.

sometimes we do fish for the kids and occasionally chicken if its asked for.

as long as your kids are eating a healthy diet then you have nothing to worry about. I would be more concerned if I had kids in the 80th percentile who ate junk food all day.

Keri - posted on 06/18/2012

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Our son's 5 now, but when he was just a year old, he was willing to try just about anything. He LOVES all kinds of fruits, but has limited himself to corn, potatoes, and green beans for the most part. He really likes pasta, and chicken too.

Amber - posted on 06/18/2012

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My daughter is in the 25th percentile, for weight, and 50th for height, and has been from day one. She's thinner than her friends and cousins, but my doctors are great. She's healthy, smart, active and amazing! And my family doctors have always said not to worry about it. If you want to up calories, then encourage whole fat yogurt and cheese, avocado, organic peanut butter, etc. But otherwise don't worry about it. He will be fine :)

Stifler's - posted on 06/17/2012

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weet bix, semolina, porridge, toast or a breakfast muffin for breakfast.

a promite and cheese sandwich for lunch.

meat and veg for dinner or a toasted sandwich, pasta with veg mixed in, sometimes quick things like cocktail frankfurts or chicken nuggets.

bananas, apples, yoghurt, sometimes home made carrot or banana cake or carrot sticks, cupcakes as a snack.

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