Our 13-month-old daughter is not necessarily a picky eater, but she is a distracted eater. She'd much rather laugh, play, explore, and watch everybody else at the table than actually eat herself.
Besides finding creative ways to deal with the many diversions in the great wondrous world around her, we struggle with deciding what exactly to feed her. After all, foods have to be diced, chopped, peeled, or cooked just right - to prevent choking hazards and to allow for easy do-it-yourself feeding. Plus, if we happen to have a "liquid" meal or side dish (think: soup, stew, pistachio salad, etc.), we actually have to feed it to her since she doesn't have the utensil thing down quite yet.
All that to say, it can be very challenging to find easy-to-make, easy-to-eat, and nutritious meals for most toddlers...and our daughter is no exception.
Fortunately, there are knowledgeable people and resources to turn to. Case in point, the Toddler Bistro Box, a "quick and easy guide to healthy feeding, entertaining your toddler, and more!" Written by Christina Schmidt, the handy little box includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snack Recipes...plus, information on food safety, important nutrients, and best brand name food products.
The cards are sturdy, colorful, and very handy (and they come in an attractive and modern little box) - it's very much like a recipe box in that you can simply grab the card you want and go grocery shopping!
Stay tuned for fantastic recipe ideas for toddlers (I'll post one on Thursday, along with the contest winner). In the meantime, head on over to Baby Bistro Brands to purchase your own box and/or to sign up for "Christina's Happenings Helpings," a free monthly e-newsletter.
OR if you have a little one on the way (or in your arms), enter to win Schmidt's original creation, the Baby Bistro Box, "a complete guide to healthy feeding for your baby." The BBB is for the 0-12 month age range.
WIN IT! Win the Baby Bistro Box by posting a comment and your e-mail address on this post by Wednesday, October 31st, at midnight. The winner will be contacted by e-mail on Thursday, November 1st. *UPDATE* Winner will need to provide a U.S. mailing address.
I can't think of any mom who wouldn't welcome a little help in the way of healthy feeding. There's so much out there that's unhealthy, that it is sometimes rough putting together healthy and appealing fare.
Nice! I have newborn twins I'd love to test these recipes out on.
I'm on the eve of needing this valuable information, I have a 4 month old! Please enter me, thanks so much!
this would be great. the 3 year old only seems to eat meat, ketchup, mashed potatoes and popsicles.
Cool givewawy - count me in!
This would be so handy, Im pregnant with my first child, and learning to cook at the same time. This would be great for me!!!
Love to win, count me in!
I love this idea! Cooking is my passion and I'd love to have new ideas for my baby.
I would love to make my own baby food.
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Wow!! Very nice! Please enter me too. :)
I would love to be entered!! hannahcraner at hotmail dot com
What a great idea! Id love to have it all written down and handy right where you need it- Thanks!
Yes, Yes, I need some cooking help for my baby! Please, Please pick me!
My baby loves food but she gets distracted so easily and I, too, am at a loss as to exactly what sort of foods to feed a baby who is in between purees and full meals.
I linked you up on my "Win it on Wednesday."
mamaluxe at gmail dot com
Oh Gosh! My son is 15 months and is a VERY distracted eater too. Everyday is a struggle. He's somewhat of a picky eater too. I would love to have this. It would be a huge help!
OMG help.. my son is 6 months old and is already having issues with being a distracted eater. Id love to win the box :)
This looks like something we could definitely use at my house. We have 3 kids and I keep others too. Please sign me up!
Thanks for the contest!
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taureau AT yahoo DOT com
My little guys needs to be a foodie like mommy and daddy!
taryn237 at yahoo.com
Would love this for my little one!
This would be great. We are at 3 months so the timing is pretty good.
ltellev at yahoo dot com
Hey I would love to win this to use for my son.
We are just starting to eat - this would be great for our little girl!
Oh my! Count me in - I'm always looking for ideas for my picky girl.
This is a great idea!
Love the idea!!!!
What a GREAT idea!! As a mom is it always a challenge to find recipes that your toddler will eat and enjoy! Check out my blog at ashleypost4.blogspot.com. My email is [email protected]...Can't wait to find out if I won!!
That is such a clever idea! Count me in!
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Oh I would love this! Please count me in.
Amy [email protected]
This would be perfect for feeding my two toddlers! Lord knows I need all the help I can get :)
This looks great - I'd love to win it!! So neat!
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this is a great idea, please include me!!!
My son is hopefully going to start solids within a month and I would love to receive this! My email is [email protected]
This is PERFECT for us!
ooooh! Perfect timing! Please randomly select me!
My little 10 month old, Ethan, says, "Ba, abababa, BA!" (translated, "pick me!, pick me!") [email protected]
I can always use a little meal planning help.
This is a great idea! I thought I was the only one who was wondering what to feed my daughter. She is 10 months old and just starting to eat a few solid foods. It's time to give her something more than cheerios, and the healthy recipes would be really helpful.
I just started making my own baby food for my seven-month-old. This prize would be perfect for us! Thanks. [email protected]
This would be such a help for my baby girl. [email protected]
Pick me! One of my biggest concerns is not giving foods too early...but every list seems to be different...and if they say "berries," do they just mean strawberries? Or do blueberries count too? And if so, why the heck does Gerber have apple-blueberry as a 2nd stage food? Too many questions for this mama! I would _LOVE_ some answers!
Such a great idea! Thanks!
I always struggle with what to make for my 4 kids. I would love this!
This looks very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!
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This is great! Count me in!
I have a little guy who is almost 7 months old so this would be perfect. Thanks for contest.
Count me in!
My email is in my profile.
I would love to have this! I'm always on the lookout for recipes for my baby boy. Please email me at [email protected]