Every parent wants their child to be a good eater. When they are babies, you introduce a variety of foods and snacks to them and they seem to eat them just fine. Then they become toddlers, and now they can fight back.
Out of nowhere, they learn the word “no” or hold their mouths closed, go on hunger strikes, or even throw tantrums if they don’t like what’s put in front of them. Or perhaps, now that they are extremely mobile, they don’t want to sit down and eat.
Thankfully, there are some products thought up by other frustrated parents to encourage their picky toddlers to eat a variety or just eat more in general. Here are some that are recommended.
Divided Kids Portion Plate
Some kids get all huffy because their food is touching. This plate has fun, colorful sections for fruits and veggies, grains, and protein based on the USDA Choose MyPlate. It’s good for parents too because it will remind you to put fruits and veggies on their plate.
Constructive Eating – Set of Construction Utensils
Make meal time play time. Toddlers can use these utensils to scoop and dig food off their plate and into their mouths. Just don’t let them play with these utensils in-between meals as it may confuse them.
Brick Figure Flatware Spoon Fork Utensil Case Set
Does your toddler love building blocks or legos? This utensil set has a soft grip for little hands and promotes self-feeding.
Fred & Friends DINNER WINNER Kids’ Dinner Tray
With this plate, your toddler can see mealtime as having a goal: to finish their plate as best as possible. It resembles a board game, and you can even reward a treat for crossing this finish line.
Bentgo Kids – Leakproof Children’s Lunch Box
Bento boxes with little compartments makes it easy to add variety for food. It also make the food more appealing to the eye.
Constructive Eating – Set of Garden Utensils
This set of utensils is for those that have a little bit of a green thumb. Or maybe they like to pretend they are a princess fairy. Same concept as the construction utensils. When your child feels like their utensils are special, they may feel like their food is special. This one has a coordinating placemat for more immersive fun.
Crusty’s All-Stars Sandwich Cutters
You now have cutters for your kids‘ sandwiches. These cut all sorts of fun shapes into a jiffy! You can also use them to cut out cookie dough or pancakes.
Dinner Dish for Babies, Toddlers and Kids, Silicone Placemat
This brightly covered placemat has compartment and makes for easy clean up. The compartments resemble a happy face and encourage self-feeding.
CuteZCute Bento Decoration Box, Animals Food Picks and Forks
These little utensils are oh-so-cute and are great for training your little ones to use utensils. Toddlers get really interested in spearing their food with their animal and eating it.
StarPack Vegetable Cutter Shapes Set
You can use these cutters to cut fruits and vegetables into fun shapes: bananas, watermelons, apples. Use them for party garnishes or in lunch boxes. You can also use them on cookie dough.
Kai FG5032 Chuboos Vegetable Cutter
More cutters! According to the company, these cutters can also cut out vegetables like carrots and they don’t hurt your hand as much as other cutters do.
Pick-Ease Play Pack
The struggle for your kids at meal time may just be the motor skills. This pick allows for easier pick-up of chunks of food.