Toddler

Walking, talking, exploring new foods, and taking steps towards greater independence are just a few of the wonderful new things that you will witness as your infant becomes a toddler. Picky eating, raging tantrums, and separation anxiety are some of the less wondrous developments that you will experience. But don’t stress! We have answers to the most pressing questions that moms raising toddlers have. How much sleep does my toddler really need? How much television should I let my toddler watch? How do I potty-train my toddler? How can I keep my toddler’s tantrums under control? A toddler may test your limits but having (and consistently utilizing!) strategies that work can make a big difference. From 0-3 years old is a time of dramatic development for a child’s brain development – this is when he learns how to think, speak, learn, and reason. This early development needs to be nurtured and parents are critical to helping their toddlers get on track for developing healthy patterns that will lead to a lifetime of learning. What can you do with your toddler to foster his intellectual, social, and emotional development? What you can do to help lay down the foundation of success later in school? We have expert tips and advice that will equip you with the know-how to nurture your child’s development. No matter what your parenting style, challenges, or concerns, we can help you develop an approach that works for you and enables you to lay the groundwork for raising a healthy, happy tot.

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Healthy Foods Your Toddler Will Love

Feels like just yesterday, when it seemed that all baby did was chow down, but now that he’s a toddler, getting him to eat -- and eat healthily -- might be more than just a challenge. Try these smart strategies.

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sesame noodles

Try new kinds of noodles

The dish: Sesame noodles

The details: Kids love pasta. And that’s okay, but look for a variety of types of noodles, especially buckwheat, kamut, udon, which deliver protein, fiber and other nutrients and antioxidants. Just like the Barilla in your pantry, you boil water, add the noodles, and toss with sauce. To make super-fast sesame noodles: Add ground flaxseed, ground sesame and a little bit of sesame oil to buckwheat noodles. Toss with julienne cucumber and carrots and a little bit of shredded chicken. Bonus: sesame noodles can be served room temperature, unlike macaroni and cheese or spaghetti and meatballs.

And soup up your mac and cheese

The dish: Brainy mac and cheese

The details: Shino’s recipe for this toddler favorite plays on the same classic flavors but relies on whole foods, not a packaged powder. She melts three kinds of cheese (cheddar, Romano and Parmesan), adds ground flaxseed and wheat germ, and tosses in some grated carrots and grated red pepper. “It still has the same color palette so it’s the same yellowish/orangey dish that you would get with a package, but it has calcium, protein, DHA omega-3 fatty acids and some beta-carotene,” notes Shino. All your toddler will know is it tastes delicious.

Photo by Smart Bites for Baby / The Bump

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