Feeding Toddlers Made Easier

I just had the chance to open up and peruse one of the books provided to registrants at the Child Care Food Program Roundtable conference.  The book is So Easy toddler food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years, written by Joan Ahlers and Cheryl Tallman.

It is an easy to follow tips and recipe book.  Flipping through it you’ll find the books first 10 or so pages begin with survival tips ranging from converting picking eaters to “dos and don’ts to avoid food battles”  to giving your child the rights kinds of foods at the right times of day.  The cooking terms glossary is short and easy to review and understand.

Then we get into the fun recipes!  The recipe list is color coded and divided into categories by breakfasts, lunches, dinners, salads, sides, soups and desserts.  (Ahlers & Tallman, 2009)

Each recipe has Nutrition Facts including calories, fat content, vitamins, sodium and other nutritional facts you would find on a standard food label.  They used nutritiondata.com, a free resource you can use as well to analyze other recipes you use!

So Easy has some fun and very easy to make recipes.  I do believe that the nutritional and easy toddler foods are good for the mature pallet as well.  For example the Sunshine Wrap is filled with ingredients I would typically never put together: Peanut Butter, Grated Apples, Grated Carrots, Raisins and a whole wheat or flour tortilla.  I can’t wait to try this for myself! (Ahlers & Tallman, 2009)

Fresh Baby also has a blog with recipes and information about making children healthy through nutrition!  Check out their Fresh Baby Blog.  I really like the "what's in season" section and then the links to relevant recipes.


Ahlers, J., & Tallman, C. (2009). Sunshine Wraps. In J. Ahlers, & C. Tallman, So Easy Toddler Food: Survival Tips & Simple Recipes for the Toddler Years (pp. 13, 19). Petoskey: Fresh Baby LLC.

www.NutrtionData.com - Get nutritional facts and labels for your recipes and other interactive tools for nutritional facts. 
www.freshbaby.com - Discover all of the additional products and information Fresh Baby has to share with you.


Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.