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Soup for Toddlers


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?


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

7 thoughts on “Soup for Toddlers

  1. I used to use shot glasses (and even cheap clear handle-less child cups twice that size with the sip lids tossed out) 🙂 Really. Perfect size for little hands, light, doesn’t require a lot of tipping, and doesn’t hold a huge amount. Soup in a cup.

    • I thought of giving it to him in a sippy without a valve, but the ones we currently own have holes that are too small for a thicker soup to flow through. The old fashioned kind with the long, rectangular slit instead of holes would probably work though for the thicker purees. I also forgot to mention that a stew or soup with big chinks they could just drink the broth and have the big chunks such as carrots on the side. Where we are currently at, I think he would dump a non-lidded cup in his lap, but as he gets a bit older a cup will be perfect!

  2. My girl was under 1yr when i gave the small cup, you’d be surprised what can be handled sometimes :). Lidded Straw cups are also good.

  3. We would use a wonton spoon. The spoon part is like a little bowl in itself so its perfect for littles.

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