#22: Safe Foods for Picky Toddlers

safe foods for your toddler

In this episode, I’m talking about a technique that is absolutely necessary when dealing with picky eaters – SAFE FOODS! And no, I don’t mean serving food safely – that’s a whole other topic. I mean, ensuring that at every meal and snack there is at least one food that you know, or reasonably expect, your toddler will eat. I always get a ton of questions about this concept, and recently had a listener bring up her concerns, so today I’ll be diving into some answers.

I often hear…

“But, Edwena, I want them to eat something new, not something they already like!”

“If I give them one thing they like, they’ll ONLY eat that – is that okay?”

“They change their minds so often, if they liked it yesterday they probably won’t like it today. So, what do I do?”

“The only foods my toddler willingly accepts are carbs! That can’t be okay right? They’d eat nothing but bread all day!”

“My toddler only has one safe food – I swear – they like nothing!”

These are all valid concerns, and I’ve got answers for them all! So, grab your headphones, find a quiet, toddler-free space (if you can) and listen up close. Once you understand the ins and outs of this concept, you’ll never go back to feeding without keeping this in mind, trust me.

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Additional Resources:

If this episode leaves you feeling like you need more – more answers, more tricks, more solutions – grab my Feeding Toddlers online course! It’s packed full of wisdom like this, to not only stop picky eating right where it is, but actually prevent it from ever becoming a serious issue. Enroll now! (https://mylittleeater.com/feeding-toddlers/)

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Hey there! (0:47)

Today’s question (1:37)

Safe foods (3:27)

Meet your toddler where they are (5:12)

What can be a safe food? (7:17)

How to increase variety in safe foods (11:50)


meet edwena

Registered pediatric dietitian, mom of two picky-turned-adventurous eater, and the creator of the Texture Timeline™ – an exclusive tool to help move your baby through easy to more advanced purees and finger foods to prevent picky eating.

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