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Having a toddler who won’t eat anything is incredibly frustrating. As parents, it is part of our job to try to mold our children into healthy eaters.
It’s not always easy. Some children are pickier than others (as I learned from my second born). Some children will happily eat all of the green foods you can throw at them, and others will insist on eating cake for dinner.
If your child likes the typical kid’s foods (macaroni and cheese, pizza, chicken nuggets), here’s how you can make them healthier.
Thankfully, there are many products out there that make feeding our kids nutritious foods easier (and a little fun, too).
Sometimes it’s all about the presentation. I, however, recommend using the following products to up your food presentation game.
Don’t resort to cute cut-up food-to-look-like-various-animals. Don’t come up with cutesy names for everything on your child’s plate in order to make it more alluring either.
Child: What’s that?
Daddy: Oh, those aren’t mashed potatoes, they are snowballs.
Of course, if either of these ideas sounds fun to you, then by all means, have at it. Just know that your child is going to expect cute cut-up food and cute named food. For every meal. For eternity.
I’m going to stick with these awesome fun kid’s products that we use in our home instead.
The best thing about these products? You are controlling what ingredients you put inside them.
Products for the toddler who won’t eat anything
Zuku popsicle makers
Zuku makes really fun popsicle molds so that you can give your child a treat that you feel good about. You will know exactly what it in it, and you will save a lot of money, too. We have the tiny version, perfect for toddlers and the big kid version. Zoku also makes animal ice pop molds which just might be the cutest thing ever. Perfect stocking stuffer.
Yogurt, smoothies, applesauce, you name it. You can put it into a reusable pouch. There are super portable and a really easy way to get your picky eater to eat her fruits and veggies. They are way cheaper than buying the ready-made pouches in the store, and you have control over what goes in it.
If you’re currently parenting a head-strong, but-i’m-a-big-kid toddler, you know that “baby” stuff just doesn’t cut it anymore. We have these adorable, well-made mini-utensils that will make your child think that she’s a big kid. Temper tantrum averted!
My kids love watermelon and cantaloupe. This melon baller was a LIFESAVER when my 2 year old was a baby and wanted to be held 24/7. Oh who am I kidding, most of the time I STILL have her in my arms or right next to me as I’m prepping food, so it’s nice to not have to wield a huge knife when someone wants watermelon. Cutting a watermelon is dangerous enough when it’s only you around.
You can use cookie cutters to cut lots of things like fruit and sandwiches. A normal sandwich isn’t very appealing frankly, but cut it into the shape of a star and your child will be begging to eat it.
There is absolutely nothing special about a Snackeez. But to a kid, it’s exciting. It’s new. It’s different. You could probably put anything in the little snack container at the top and your kid would eat it. Because it’s in a Snackeez.
My kids love frozen gogurts, but they stopped wanting to eat them because their hands would freeze. No one likes having ice cold hands. These sleeves are brilliant, washable and they come in fun colors.
This is not a healthy option, but what’s great about it is that you can make it healthy, and you have complete control over the ingredients that you add. I also love it because it’s the perfect serving size for 1 or even 2 kids.
What products do you use to get your toddler to eat?
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