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How to make mealtimes easier with a toddler

April 8, 2019

Mealtime with a toddler can be trying, even under the best circumstances. Between trying to get kids to try new foods to kids not wanting to sit still, it can be hard to get kids to just sit and eat. Use these tips to get your toddler excited about meal time…

Tips to get your toddler excited about meal time

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Finger Foods

If you are trying to feed your toddler, you want to create a sense of independence. Finger foods are great for kids who no longer want you to be fed by mom and dad but are not quite good at feeding themselves with spoons and forks. Finger foods allow kids to pick up their food.

Child Sized Forks and Spoons

Kids have an easier time feeding themselves when the utensils are made for them. These smaller forks and spoons are easier for kids to put in their mouth and it is easier for kids to maneuver. Once kids learn the skills with these smaller forks, it is easier for them to move on to larger forks and spoons.

ezpz Happy Mat

Using an ezpz Happy Mat can make meal times easier. The food grade silicone mat suctions itself to the table which makes it almost impossible for little hands to tip it over. The toddler-sized plate is divided into three sections that give the plate an area for each type of food. The sides of each section make it easier for kids who are learning to use a fork and spoon to get the food on their utensils. It also features a smiley face design to help kids stay positive during meals.


Toddlers like to make their own choices. If eating and mealtimes are starting to become a power struggle, try giving the child choices. But not too many choices. It is best to give kids only two choices. For instance, would you like peaches or pears with your lunch? This lets the child feel they have some say in what they are eating but not too many choices that they can’t decide. By controlling the choices, you are also directing the kids into acceptable choices.

Mealtime should be family time. If possible sit down with your toddler and stay with them during meal time. Use this time to talk about other things during the day. Even if the child is too young to talk back, it keeps the mood around meal time happy and exciting. Use these tips to make mealtime more enjoyable.

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  • Claire Bayliss April 8, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    A big splash mat is required to protect your carpets!

  • Troy Easton April 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Feed a bit at a time and use bib.

  • Peter Watson April 8, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Praise the child for eating.

  • iain maciver April 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    A area that’s easy to clean

  • Marion April 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Will love to have this plate !!!!! <3

  • Amy Bondoc April 8, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    i always put a towel under where they are eating so the carpets dont ruin!

  • Solange April 8, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    By meal planning and serving food that they like.

  • Susie Wilkinson April 8, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    Don’t stress! They’ll like one thing one day and hate it the next, but just go along with it, they’ll soon grow out of it!

  • Karen Langridge April 8, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    By slowly introducing different foods and not panicking when they take awhile to accept them

  • Louise Craney April 9, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    So cute

  • Natalie Burgess April 9, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    To sit at the table as a family and make mealtimes fun!

  • Rich Tyler April 9, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Eating together as a family, as routine

  • Nikki Stewart April 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Try and make meal times fun!

  • Julia Kerr April 10, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Don’t stress, the more you stress the more your child will stress and the worse the meal will go

  • Ruth Harwood April 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Don’t stress about the mess, clean eating comes with time and practise xx

  • janine atkin April 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    dont make mealtime a big deal

  • Christine Lockley April 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    To sit as a family for meal times a few times a week if you can’t manage every day and introduce new foods gradually

  • Rachael Sexey April 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Put down a splash mat so you don’t have to worry about the mess

  • Chelsey Hollings April 14, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    No distractions

  • Ruth T April 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Let the children explore and enjoy their food. Give a variety of food and encourage them to try different things. Don’t worry about the mess, that can be cleared up later!

  • Geri Gregg April 19, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Be wary of mess! And take your time with meals x

  • Ursula Hunt April 20, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Do not stress if they din’t eat what you have prepared they will eat the next time when they are hungry

  • debbi ruskin April 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

    A bowl/plate which sticks securely is a must so this looks great

  • Mary Lucking April 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Use a bowl with suction pads if you do not want it all over the floor

  • Tammy Tudor April 23, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    It gets messy and allow it they explore the food by touch smell unfortunately but that phase will pass – persevere

  • Rebecca Cusick April 25, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Try and eat together as a family & make meal times fun! Also lots of praise when they eat new foods too x

  • Chantelle Kemp April 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Make meal times fun and enjoyable

  • Rebecca Whatmore April 26, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Make it fun – e.g. meals in the shape of smiley faces etc. Also introduce new foods early on so they aren’t so fussy later on.

  • Chanise Kemp April 26, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    A catchable bib!

  • Pam Smith April 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Food that can be eaten with fingers to help the child try new textures

  • Susan B April 28, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Get the children to help with shopping and food preparation as soon as they are able. It’s not really help, of course, but they are more likely to eat what they have chosen without any drama.

  • Danielle Pooley April 28, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Praise the child for eating

  • Diana April 28, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Let them get messy 🙂

  • Jeanette Leighton April 28, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    By making mealtimes fun and trying not to stress

  • Susan Willshee April 28, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    To make mealtimes easier I make sure I sit down at the table to eat with Leo. When I tried to get him to eat on his own he wasn’t interested but if I sit and chat to him while he’s eating he will happily munch away whilst telling me all his stories (usually about superheroes!)

  • Natalie Gillham April 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Try and make the food interesting and inviting and try and stay calm x

  • Vicky Allum April 28, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Sit down as a family and eat together as a family, toddlers often will eat if they see you eating. But most of all don’t make it a stressful time, eating should be enjoyable!

  • Tammy Neal April 28, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Make funny shapes x

  • Natalie Crossan April 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Try and make it as fun as possible by involving the kids 🙂

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