Toddlers present many challenges when it comes to food. They are notoriously picky and will often turn up their noses at foods that were their favorites yesterday. Many mothers are concerned that their toddlers aren’t getting enough nutrition. How then does a harried mother get her toddler to eat? By trying some of these fun and innovative methods.

Animal Creations

Create clever animals out of fruits and vegetables. Example: Using broccoli moms can create a puppy by standing the broccoli up against other pieces of broccoli. Kids love to eat their toys so extend it to the foods and see if that doesn’t help. Dips may also be provided as more incentive.

Cut a banana in half and draw an eye on the stem end. Slightly open the stem end and place a grape or carrot in the “mouth” that’s just been created. Place this in a bowl of the child’s favorite fruits or vegetables such as grapes or carrots and see if the picky child will eat this.

Compartments

Using an ice tray or similar separator, place finger foods into each compartment. Save one compartment for dip. Excellent dips are peanut butter (as long as there are no allergies), ranch dressing, cheese dips etc. Use a variety of fruits and vegetables in the compartments to help balance out the child’s diet. Cut foods appropriate for bite sizes and let the child self serve as desired. Be sure to include a variety of foods so that child will have a balanced diet. 

Pizza Creations

Using a bagel or an English muffin tell the child it’s pizza day. Then lay out some toppings and let the child “decorate” their own pizza. Mom may wish to spread the tomato sauce on first to avoid a huge mess. Offer cheese, sausage, pepperoni and similar toppings that will encourage the child to eat their creation. When a child makes the pizza themselves and watches through the oven window anticipation builds and the child is much more likely to eat.

Dessert pizza’s can also be created using a sugar cookie, graham cracker etc. Simply have some frosting on hand and allow the child to place fruits on top and eat their dessert pizza. No need to bake these so as soon as the child has “created” it, they can eat it. Keep cookie or graham crackers small to avoid waste and over feeding. 

Using these methods many mothers have found that their child is more interested in eating. 

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