12 March - I Can't Get No Sleep...
Hi there. It's Sumari from EasyHealthyKids.com, and this week we cover getting your kids to eat more veggies, how to make paint play less messy and how to conquer common sleep problems.
The family: Fred is a headstrong 3 year old toddler boy, and Sarah is my sweet 1 year old baby girl.
Fred is finally eating lettuce and baby spinach, but with Sarah I need to hide those veggies so that she can get them in (she only has 5 teeth so it needs to be blended in).
I found this 15 Delicious Ways To Make Greens For Kids, which has lots of great ideas for serving greens to your kids, including hidden veggie recipes, smoothies and bakes.
Fred and Sarah love to paint. According to The Kitchen Table Classroom, it is very important to expose kids to different paint experiences. I generally keep paint to playcentre because it can be so messy but this Painting For Toddlers guide has tips on how to make painting less messy.
The goal is to expose your little one to a variety of materials and foster their confidence in creating. Expose them to lots of different sensory enriching materials. Build fine motor skills through the use of different tools and techniques. The Kitchen Table Classroom
I can definitely work on giving my kids more balanced breakfasts. Sometimes Sarah only wants to eat a banana for breakfast and Fred loves to eat porridge for breakfast.
This Toddler Meal Plan for 1 Year Olds includes excellent examples of what and how much you can feed your toddlers.
I plan to buy some frozen sweet potato for Sarah to include as a yummy breakfast side.
At the moment our household is not getting a lot of sleep - Sarah is teething, and Fred keeps getting hungry after we've put him to bed.
This guide on 10 Baby and Toddler Sleep Problems, And How To Fix Them gives handy solutions to common toddler sleep problems, such as giving kids a snack 40 minutes before bed.
Do you have any great recipes or fun activities that you want to share? Let me know by replying to this email.
Talk to you next week.
P.S. If you try any of these activities or recipes, let me know! I'd love to hear how you found them.