How on earth do you feed a toddler soup? This is something I wondered for a long time. I would see soup recipes in parenting books that claimed to be terrific first foods because they are so nutritious, but the authors never adressed the question that would pop into my mind: “How would I get a squirming, uncoordinated toddler to eat something liquidy off of one of those shallow, little, rubber-coated spoons?”
The answer that I came up with may not be the most nutritionally sound one of all, but it works: Bread. I simply take a piece of crusty, or toasted bread, cut it into cubes, put them in the bottom of his bowl, and ladle soup over the top. The bread absorbes the soup and creates a hearty and nourishing meal that he can eat with his fingers or practice using his spoon with.
Now I can try soup recipes to my heart’s content without wondering: but what will I feed the child?