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15-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Gourmand
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September 11, 2023

15-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Gourmand

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15-Month-Old Toddler: Your Little Gourmand

Your Little Gourmand

Toddlers grow at a slower rate than babies—and, as you may have noticed, their appetites tend to adjust accordingly. So worry not: it’s completely normal for your little one to be eating less these days, and you can check out a sample menu for one- to three-year-olds here if you’re worried about your child’s diet. (And you can always ask your doctor!) If they’re getting particular about what they eat, you’ve likely heard that this is also developmentally appropriate—and that one way to prevent picky eating is to sit down with your little one during mealtimes to model eating a variety of foods. But have you thought about bringing them into the kitchen to watch you cook?

Smelling, observing and tasting what you’re making (and playing with safe utensils, too) may inspire your 15-month-old to be an adventurous foodie. Plus, helping you prepare meals has STEAM-related benefits. Need inspiration? Check out @chezoliz, the social media-famous toddler chef who made his first TikTok dish from his high chair—and, years later, excitedly eats the wide range of foods his parents help him create. Then see this list of activities for involving kids in the kitchen at every age.

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Did You Know?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends weaning your little one off of bottles somewhere between one and two years of age, so it might be a good time to introduce a sippy cup. Here are our favorites.

Editors' Picks: Tools for Cooking With Kids

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Editors' Picks: Play Kitchens

With lots of doors to open and details to observe, these nostalgic workstations can grab and hold a little chef’s interest for hours. They also help with vocabulary, fine motor skills and imaginative play.

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Editors' Picks: Play Food Sets

Plastic slices of pie. Wooden packs of bologna. Felt sandwiches. Color-changing cupcakes. Get ready to enjoy a lot of pretend meals!

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This Month: Give Thanks to Helping Hands

If you have a friend or family member or sitter who regularly helps watch your little one, it’s never a bad idea to express your gratitude with a delicious treat.

🧁 Stock the Fridge - The next time they come over to babysit, fill the kitchen with their favorite foods and drinks. (Set the table, too, if you’re feeling fancy.)

🍪 Bake Them Cookies - Or if beer is more their style, buy them a six pack. (Cheers!)

🍽️ Cook Dinner - Invite them over for their favorite meal. (Don’t forget dessert!)

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