Posts Tagged ‘ feeding a 1-year-old ’

Is Your Tot Refusing to Eat? Entice Him With One of These Dips.

Friday, July 27th, 2012

When Mason’s being a picky little pill at mealtime, I add a dip to the mix, and watch him dig in. Last night, for example, he was more interested in his toy cars than dinner, so I added a dish of hummus to his tray, and suddenly he was gobbling up the strawberries, blueberries, grapes, and multi-grain crackers on his plate. (Sadly the pasta sat untouched, but you can’t win ‘em all!) Sometime he eats dip by the spoonful, but since we give him healthy dips, I don’t mind. These ideas have worked for us. Any of your own ideas to add?

Eggplant Dip — Multi-grain crackers, bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken.

Cucumber-Yogurt Dip — Bell pepper, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, chicken.

Ketchup — Mason likes everything better with ketchup.
(I like Annie’s natural ketchup because it doesn’t have sugar or corn syrup.)

Hummus — Try it with chicken, bell peppers, carrots, cucumber, and apple slices.
Make it or buy it at the store; we like Sabra’s classic and roasted red pepper hummus

Peanut Sauce — Try it on chicken and lamb.

Guacamole — Try mild to medium guacamole on carrot sticks, toasted pita wedges, and tomatoes.

Photo: Eggplant Dip,

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Why Mason is Thrilled I Was Out of Town Last Weekend

Monday, July 16th, 2012

When mommy’s away, it’s always the right time for a sugary sweet treat! I left a mostly playful list of eating dos and don’ts for Chris before I hopped on my flight to Park City, Utah, for a work trip, but I’m not so sure he read it:)

Have funny pics of your kids living it up while you’re out of town? Share them on the High Chair Times Facebook page. I’ll publish some favorites on this blog.


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Nutella Crepe With a Change of Clothes

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Warning: Giving your toddler chocolate in public may leave you red in the face.

While visiting our friends Jeanne and Christian in Washington, DC, last weekend, we checked out a new crepes place. Mason and their three-year-old daughter Audrey split one with nutella, bananas, and whipped cream. Audrey emerged from the meal spotless. Bug wound up covered in it. It was so bad I had to strip off his clothes in the middle of the restaurant.

Judge me, it’s fine. Had I seen another mother pull a stunt like that, I would have thought Who undresses their kid in public? Jeanne and I might have even snipped about it on the way home.

But, really, I had no choice.

I knew carrying him to the bathroom with a fresh change of clothes was out because there was nutella everywhere. I could have carved out a picture in the wad on his shorts. So I debated dragging him outside (at arm’s length), finding a garden hose, and spraying him down. But it was 115 degrees out and I was convinced he’d get a sunburn.

It was clear the clothes would have to come off right there at the table, and then I’d change him into fresh ones. Fast. Jeanne eyed Mason and agreed that it had to be done. She even helped me out.

At least our weekend wasn’t boring.

Care to share your most mortifying restaurant story since becoming a parent?

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Smartphones No Match for Pacifiers, At Least In Our House

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

You’ve been there. You’re on a crowded train or in a packed grocery store, and your kid has a complete meltdown. If you’re like me, you dig something out of your bag and hand it to him as quickly as possible to make it stop. OMG, everyone is staring! I usually give Mason a toy or a snack. Chris hands over his Blackberry. Immediately.

According to a report by ABC News, he’s not alone. A new survey by the U.K supermarket chain Asda found that 27 percent of mothers shush unhappy kids with their cellphones, while 25 percent use a bottle, 21 percent offer soft toys, and nine percent proffer pacifiers.

Makes sense. Little kids love all of that stuff. Electronics are bright and shiny, noisy and fun, and sometimes off-limits. But I suspect the percentage of moms who hand over pacifiers and bottles is lower, in part, because of the social stigma of letting your kid have them. At least that’s why I don’t do it. I can just hear the judgment already:

Your kid is drinking a bottle? Why aren’t you breastfeeding?!
He seems too old to be drinking out of a bottle! And is that juice?!
You let your toddler have a pacifier? His teeth will be ruined!

No thanks.

Our dirty little secret is that the paci is boss in our house, even though Mason is  nearly 2. And he gleefully drinks a bottle every morning and every night (sometimes he wakes us up in the morning by yelling BABA! BABA!, his name for the bottle). Although Mason loves gadgets, nothing can compete with his precious baba, or his beloved paci.

Our pediatrician told me to ditch the bottle at 12 months, 18 max, but we’ve missed that boat completely. And I’ve surreptitiously avoided mentioning that Mason takes a pacifier at night. I don’t have the heart to deprive Mason of two things that he loves so much. At least not yet. I mean, nobody ever went to kindergarten with a pacifier or a bottle. Right? Right?

Although I’m passionate about Mason keeping his creature comforts, I’m way too embarrassed to let him take a paci to the playground or (gasp) school. And the bottle is strictly forbidden unless it’s first thing in the morning or last thing at night. And we’re home. Just the three of us. Alone.

Anyone else have a tot as bottle- and pacifier-obsessed as mine?

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Snapshot from Breakfast This Morning

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Mason loves to rub food into his hair while he’s eating. I have no idea why. It’s totally strange. But something about it makes him very happy, so we roll with it! And we take lots of pics.

This morning he mugged for the camera with a bowl on top of his head; it was filled with Cheerios until he dumped them out on his tray. His little face is covered with jam because his “real” breakfast was a PB&J cinnamon-raisin bagel (he only wanted the cereal after he saw daddy eating it). Remember how enamored Mason was with the tiny Os when he was first tried them at school?

There’s a pic of him wearing his French toast during Father’s Day brunch last Sunday on the High Chair Times Facebook page. I’d love to see more of your favorite messy food photos with your kid–the last round was awesome! Share them on FB today.

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