4 Ways To Get a Picky Child To Eat

in Fab Kids, Mommy Musings

Does your child hate to sit down for a meal?  Does he/she love veggies one day and then have no interest in them another day?  Does he/she stress you out with his/her picky eating?  If so, try these creative tips.

  1.  Cut out shapes.  A pancake, omelette, or sandwich for instance, can easily turn into a fun shape with the help of a cookie cutter.  I like to incorporate this idea into all my holiday meals.  (stars for fourth of July, hearts for Valentine’s, bears for an animal themed 2nd birthday). IMG_1966 toddler foodIf you have time to get more elaborate, you can even use a bento cutter like my bear face cutter (used below) and have your child help you draw a face (with edible markers). edible marker IMG_0746
  2. Slice and Skewer.  Has your toddler suddenly banned fruit or veggies? instagram.com_2015-07-02_22-21-52 party foodmeisterdishSkewers seem to magically disguise previously unwanted foods.  It has worked for me and maybe it will work for you.
  3. Choose fun dishes.  We use these fun Fred & Friends dishes – here are some examples of how you can decorate them with food.face dishfred and friendsThe melamine hairstyle versions featured above are the nonbreakable versions and what I’d recommend for babies and toddlers. Skiphop, Sanrio and Disney are all great bets too if your child has a favorite character like Mickey, or Hello Kitty.
  4. Enlist their help!  My daughter has had so much fun helping me mix ingredients together during our cooking and baking sessions that she now asks to sleep with her whisk she loves it so much!  Getting her involved with the process of cooking has interested her in tasting the final product even more.

In the end, if all else fails, and your picky toddler still won’t eat 3 sit-down meals, don’t fret.  Rest assured in knowing that pediatricians say that as long as they have 1 decent meal and are growing at a normal weight and height that you don’t have to pull your hair out worrying and stressing.  It’s true that some days, they’ll be good eaters and others they won’t but hopefully, these tips will add some fun and interest back into his/her eating habits.

What other tips would you add?

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Janell January 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

I need to get those plates. I also heard putting different bites into an ice cube tray can break it up and make it interesting…

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fabgab January 31, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Yes! And try adding healthy snack choices into a cupcake baking pan for larger portions when she gets older.

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Midwest Mommy January 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I love those plates. So cute! When my son was little, I would use a small train shaped cookie cutter for cheese. Also, this smiley face mold for pancakes and eggs is lots of fun.

http://www.cutlersonline.com/cutlers-cooks-tools/fun-gadgets-to-give/crack-a-smile-breakfast-mold-detail

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fabgab January 31, 2016 at 9:22 pm

That is adorable! I think the cutouts for kids foods are just as much fun for the mom as they are for the kids!

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fabgab February 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

ooh I love that! Thanks for sharing!!

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