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Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five children, ranging in age from toddler to teenager. In addition to blogging for Babble Voices, she also publishes her own blog, Big Good Thing, and she works full time in digital media with a large cable network. When she isn't at work, blogging, or washing someone's socks, Katie enjoys working in her flower garden, riding her bike, and feeding the chickens she keeps in the backyard of her family's large and totally impractical, 113-year-old Victorian house.

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YoBaby Yogurt: An Absolute Staple of My Picky-Eating One Year Old’s Diet

By Katie Allison Granju |

YoBaby Yogurt

My First Picky Eater

A big thanks to YoBaby for sponsoring this post and some others I will be sharing in the weeks ahead on the topic of feeding G and her siblings. CLICK HERE for more of this discussion.

As the mother of five children, I thought I pretty much had the whole baby-feeding thing down by the time G arrived 19 months ago. I mean, how much different could this baby be than her four older siblings, right?

Wrong!

From Day One, feeding Miss G has been a bit of a struggle. She was born breech, by emergency c-section at only 34 weeks gestation, to a mama who had just been through the most horrible and stressful experience a woman can endure. The combination of my grief at the loss of my newborn’s older brother only three weeks before her birth, along with my surgery and her prematurity did a real number on the breastfeeding relationship between G and me. I had breastfed her older siblings well into toddlerhood with no real problems. Thus,  ultimately realizing that I would not be breastfeeding baby #5 was a real shock to me.

So you see, feeding G was kind of problematic right from the beginning. Even after we gave up on nursing and went to full-on bottle-feeding, she was not easy to keep fed. We went thru MULTIPLE types of infant formula before finally finding one that she could tolerate – a brand so expensive that I joked at the time that it must have been made entirely of ground up unicorn horns and solid gold fairy wings. We spent so much money on that stuff in G’s first year that we could have bought our OWN unicorn by the time all the cost was tallied up.  This specially formulated infant formula also smelled truly awful. The whole family eagerly counted down the days in her first year until we could transition Baby G from formula to solids.

I started trying to introduce solids when G was just past 6 months old, but honestly, she wasn’t really eating anything one would consider “real food” on a regular basis until around her first birthday. And as soon as she WAS eating solids with some regularity, it became clear to me that I now have my first picky eating baby/toddler on my hands. My other kids have all been pretty good about eating whatever I offer them. But G is extremely discerning about what she will eat, and even now, at 19 months, she eats so little on a daily basis that Jon and I joke she’s existing entirely on sunshine and fresh air.

She does still take bottles of (organic) whole milk for bedtime and naptime (and overnight still, too), but she is offered all kinds of “real” foods at meal and snacktimes by her grandmother, father and me, and to be honest, she just won’t eat that much of anything other than a few favorite items. She’s still pretty small for her age – small person genes + prematurity, I guess – so I do worry a little bit about making sure she’s getting enough calories of sufficient variety during any 24 hour period.

That’s where yogurt has become a real staple for us in keeping our picky eating one year old fed, and that’s why I was legitimately excited when the nice folks behind YoBaby yogurt asked me if I wanted to be part of their online conversation over the next few weeks. I immediately said yes, and thank you, because I can tell you very hontestly that YoBaby yogurt is possibly the primary food that my one year old consumes. It’s definitely her favorite food of all – ever since we started solids.  Myyoungest child is, in fact, a real life walking billboard for YoBaby. For real.

All of my kids have loved yogurt as babies and toddlers, and with the exception of E, who at age 14 has decided he will no longer eat any dairy at all (long story), our whole family eats a LOT of yogurt during any given week. While I am not the full-on earthy crunchy mama that I know some of you reading this are (note my professed love of the deep fried Oreo), I do try to buy organic dairy products for my family as much as possible.

Because we are big yogurt eaters, and I prefer organic dairy, I have been buying Stonyfield dairy products for many years at our neighborhood food co-op, which just underwent a supercool, major renovation into Three Rivers Market.

(As an aside, when I met Jon, he introduced me for the first time to Stonyfield’s Chocolate Underground whole milk, organic yogurt, and that particular flavor and I are now in a committed, longterm relationship which I tap into whenever I crave chocolate. )

Although I’d bought Stonyfield yogurt for years for my three oldest kids, I didn’t discover their YoBaby yogurt until my now 4 year old, C was a baby. I immediately started buying it because it was the whole milk-organic, baby/toddler-sized yogurt that I’d been looking for, and ever since then C and now G have been eating it (C has now sized up to the YoKid yogurts). I don’t just serve it to them straight, either, I mix yogurt into many other things they eat – like their oatmeal. (Tip o’ the day: Mixing cold yogurt with hot oatmeal makes it taste better and cools it down faster so busy working mamas who need to get the heck out the door in the morning can get little kids fed and ready to hit the road.)

Sometimes when our family hits a busy patch and I don’t make it to Three Rivers for a few weeks, I end up buying a different brand of yogurt for my family at the chain grocery store in our ‘hood, and I can tell you that no one in our family eats any of those yogurts half as enthusiastically as they do when I have our fridge stocked with Stonyfield yogurts of all types.

G continues to be a very picky eater, and YoBaby yogurt continues to be one of the few foods she will predictably eat. It’s been an absolute staple for her this first year since starting solids – Jon and I really rely on it daily –  and if any of y’all have picky little eaters in your own households – kids you worry aren’t getting enough of good stuff they need to grow, I would enthusiastically recommend that you give YoBaby, YoKids or any of the Stonyfield yogurts a try. They’re yummy.

In my next YoBaby post, I’ll be sharing my lifelong relationship with small dairy farms – I grew up around them in Bell Buckle, TN and was active in the 4-H dairy program – and why I think it’s more important to buy organic dairy products than perhaps any other category of food.

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13 thoughts on “YoBaby Yogurt: An Absolute Staple of My Picky-Eating One Year Old’s Diet

  1. [...] I don’t know if y’all know about Stonyfield yogurt, but I honestly love the stuff. LOVE IT. For real. So I was pretty psyched when I was offered the chance to be part of a blogger conversation about feeding our families, put together by YoBaby, which is made by Stonyfield.  You can read my first post – about G’s picky eating habits (and my love of chocolate yogurt)  - over at Babble. [...]

  2. Betsy Allison Tant says:

    Yo Baby vanilla is awesome!

  3. Jim says:

    My kids love it

  4. louiscat says:

    I have a major problem with YoBaby fruit/veggie flavors because they have a lot of added sugar. When I sent Stoneyfield an email asking why they add so much sugar, they said they’ve done taste tests and toddlers like the sugary version more. No kidding! The only flavor I’ll use is plain, and then I can mix non-sugared fruit/applesauce in with it. I don’t understand why companies that target foods toward babies, toddlers and kids continue to add unnecessary sugars to their food.

  5. SajMom says:

    I wasn’t going to click over to read this post until you mentioned the chocolate yogurt. My kids also have a loving relationship with Stonyfield’s chocolate underground. It’s become the special treat that their grandmother brings them and they beg for it!! Mixing the yogurt in with a hot food might kill off some of the beneficial bacteria though.

  6. Isabelle says:

    SO much sugar! A serving of their yo baby peach which is only 4 oz contains 13g of sugar–crazy!!! Their Oikos greek yogurt is a bit more reasonable in terms of sugar but still fairly high.

  7. Candice says:

    My son eats YoToddler every day and loves it. I love that it has all sorts of healthy stuff in it like flax seed and fish oil. Bonus nutrients!

  8. Sarah G says:

    I had a kid like yours and it’s so frustrating! One thing you have to be careful about is making sure she has some kind of vitamin supplement with iron. If most of what she’s eating is dairy (milk or yogurt) then she could end up anaemic (dairy products stop you absorbing iron). Anyway, maybe discuss this with your paediatrician at her next appointment?

  9. Monika says:

    I too have an almost identical picky eater — also breech, interestingly enough, also under-sized. He too subsisted largely on yogurt, eventually adding meat, pasta, cheese with a few fruits. One cautionary note is to watch out for iron deficiency with such a diet (i.e., one which relies so heavily on dairy); my son wound up anemic.

    I have several friends with babies born at 34 weeks, and by about 1 yr, they were full caught up on the growth charts, and so G’s growth issues likely have nothing to do with prematurity, but lack of caloric intake and genetics. My son is the same.

    We’re now having him evaluated for celiac, because frighteningly enough, it appears to fit.

  10. TJ says:

    I was thinking I was eating healthy since I ate yogurt with fruit in it every day till I read this: http://drsukol.teachmed.com/2010/01/24/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-yogurt-but-were-afraid-to-ask.aspx.

    Now I stick to plain Greek yogurt to which I’ve added fresh fruit.

    Upsetting to read that letting kids eat the yogurt preconditions them to want sweet foods instead of savory foods. Makes sense when I see what kids love to eat nowadays. I nearly freak out when I see the processed food that they pack in their lunches. Lunchables, frozen PB&J sandwiches, juice boxes, candy, bags of cookies and chips. How about some cut up carrots? Nuts? Grapes? A fake pizza cannot possibly seem like the right solution. The frozen PB&J gets me. Can’t imagine how it’s cheaper to buy those, plus be willing to feed your kids the chemicals in it. And, seriously, you can’t make a fresh PB&J?

    I was raised by a single working mom, so I get that it’s hard to manage it all, but easy does not make it healthy. Kids should not have muffin top bellies. Portions and sugar are out of control in this country.

  11. Linda says:

    But it has 13 grams of sugar – that;s as much as a Kit Kat. No way…! Not for my kid!

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