Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Feeding Your Toddler Soup

It's Wednesday again - time for another "Works for Me!" tip, inspired by the blog carnival/series at We are THAT Family. For this week's Works for Me Wednesday tips, check out the post here.

If you've been couponing and deal-running for any length of time, odds are good that you have more than a few cans of soup in your pantry. Great for a quick meal, right? Unless you have a toddler or a few around.

But take heart! A toddler can probably use one of the following three less-mess tips to slurp down some soup for lunch, too.

1) If your toddler has a pincer grip and is comfortable eating soft-cooked vegetables, sort some vegetables and noodles out of the soup - starting with softer, smaller pieces, until your child is comfortable with any larger pieces. Good candidates for this include chunks of carrot, green beans, egg noddles,and so on.

2) If the toddler's still learning to use a spoon steadily, try it this way: Designate one or two cheaper sippy cups for soup henceforth. I use The First Years sippy cups for this at our house. Using a knife, make one larger hole from the recessed spout pinholes and make sure to clear the newly-formed spout hole of any remaining debris or sharper edges. Then, I add to the sippy cup a creamier, less-chunky soup (tomato soup, butternut squash soup, or other highly-blended soups work well for this), and add it to half-and-half or whole milk - both to reduce the sodium content and thin the soup a little.

3) If your toddler can spoon thick yoghurt out of a bowl or cup, then he/she can try it this way: break up large toddler-spoon-sized chunks of bread into an empty toddler bowl, and drizzle a little of the warmed soup over, enough to soak the bread. Then add a few spoonfuls of the soup's chunky-soft vegetables, too. Now you can both sit at the table and enjoy your soup with spoon!

Additional disclaimers and fine print: Always check the temperature of the soup in the sippy cup before giving to your child. Use enlarged-sippy-spout method at your own discretion and risk. Give your child only soups with food textures to which he/she is accustomed as appropriate to his/her developmental stage, and always supervise your child while he/she is eating the soup.
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1 comment:

Rachel R. said...

If the soup is of the variety with clearly-distinct broth and "fillers," we just ladle it into a strainer, catching the broth in a cup. The toddler then gets the broth in the sippy cup and the remainder in a bowl with a spoon.