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.
- 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). If 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).
- Slice and Skewer. Has your toddler suddenly banned fruit or veggies? Skewers seem to magically disguise previously unwanted foods. It has worked for me and maybe it will work for you.
- Choose fun dishes. We use these fun Fred & Friends dishes – here are some examples of how you can decorate them with food.The 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.
- 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?