Michelle Piccolo's Toddler-Friendly Food Swears
Michelle Piccolo is a fashion publicist-turned-blogger and founder of Feeding our Toddlers, a cooking blog focused on sharing kid-friendly recipes sourced from a community of trusted moms. Her first foray into recipeland was with her blog Feeding an Italian, but she pivoted away from covering the recipes that she made for her Italian American husband towards toddler-approved recipes after experiencing the tornado-like experience that comes with feeding a tiny human. Her son, Jack (18 months), in typical toddler fashion, would “refuse to eat something one day and gobble it up the next day,” or be happy as a clam and then “throw food on the floor and fight getting into his highchair.” Michelle became “totally focused on what he ate” and knew other moms could relate. Her vision was to create an opportunity for moms to share their own experiences about the trials, tribulations, and role of food in toddler-hood.
Michelle found herself becoming a “‘stay at home mom’ pretty suddenly” and said “it was a very hard transition.” That’s when she “forced [herself] to meet other stay at home moms” and exchange toddler ups, downs, and in-betweens. She features a different mom each week and “one of their go-to recipes, along with their tips for feeding toddlers” on her blog. She told us that “the beauty of a mom community is how much [they] all help and share with each other.” There’s nothing like women helping women, and Feeding our Toddlers does just that - while also helping the little ones in our lives. Here are the 10 things she Swears by in the kitchen with a toddler!
Avanchy Baby Feeding Spill Proof Bowl
“I love this because there is a sort of suction cup under the bowl. It stays put on the highchair, so when Jack is eating out of it he’s less likely to be able to pick it up and throw it. It’s made of bamboo – it’s not plastic, so I use it for a lot of his breakfast foods like yogurt and oatmeal in the mornings.”
Dream Bear Bib
“This bib is great. It’s all silicone, so you can wash it really easily and it has a pocket at the bottom to catch any food. My son wears it for every meal and I just wash it and it dries really easily. And, it’s just one bib that he wears and I don’t have to have a million of them.”
LunchBots Bento Trio Lunch Container
“Lunchbots makes stainless steel snack containers, which I love. They’re not plastic and I can just put a bunch of different snacks in the compartments that we need for the morning, or an afternoon out, and everything is organized in one container instead of me bringing three different snack containers out with us.”
Munchkin - Raise™ Toddler Fork & Spoon Set
“These are really great because they have a base, so when they fall or get thrown off the high chair, the fork and spoon part doesn’t land on the floor. The base protects it from getting anything on the part that goes in the mouth. It also protects them from shoving the whole thing in their mouth. I love these.”
Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup
“My son has been drinking out of this since before he was one. He drinks his water out of this and it’s great because it helps him learn how to drink from an open cup rather than having a straw or sippy or spout, but there’s also a top on it so it can’t spill like a normal open cup. But it’s definitely helped him during the times when he has been drinking out of a regular open cup.”
IKEA Antilop Highchair
“This highchair has been great for us for my in-laws. We use this at grandma and grandpa’s house and our summer house. It is super cheap, really easy to clean, and easy to store, so we got this for both of our parents’ houses so my son has something there that’s simple and we didn’t have to spend a lot of money on it. It’s a great space saver too.”
Banza Cavatappi Chickpea Pasta
“This pasta is healthier and provides more protein and fiber than in regular white flour pasta. I feel so much better serving it to my son!”
Dr. Praeger's Kale Littles
“I always have these in the freezer. If I don’t have any fresh vegetables and am running low on groceries or pressed for time, these are kind of like a go-to that I make with whatever I’m serving my son for lunch or dinner. They’re great.”
Karen's Naturals Just Bananas
“These are freeze dried bananas. There’s nothing in them, they’re literally just organic bananas that have been freeze dried. We love these because my son went through a phase where he was smushing anything in his hands, and these were great because we were still giving him bananas but they were crunchy and didn’t make a mess. They are also great to bring in the car for snacks on-the-go, but it’s still fruit.”
Harvest Snaps Snapea Original Green Pea Crisps
“This is another good on-the-go, in the car road trip snack. These are peas and they’re lightly salted, so not too much salt for a little one which is really great. It’s a crunchy snack but it’s not like you’re giving them something that’s not good for them. There’s still a good amount of the pea protein in them, so we love these.”
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