TUM TUM Eco Cloud Dining Set – making mealtimes a little more enjoyable

March 25, 2019

TUM TUM Eco Cloud Dining Set – making mealtimes a little more enjoyable

March 25, 2019

This is a gifted partnership with TUM TUM

Want your child to eat a wider variety of foods? Want to end the eating battles? Try these tips to help your toddler eat a wider variety of foods each day.

Has this ever happened to you? You have made a meal, and it doesn’t really matter which meal it is, breakfast, lunch or dinner. You set the food down in front of your child and soon the waterworks start. “I don’t want this. I don’t like it?” Sometimes, even before the first bite. It is frustrating. You know your child has to eat more than macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets, but they are just not having it. Use these ideas to make mealtimes a little more enjoyable.

Making mealtimes a little more enjoyable

Make it Fun

Sometimes dinner isn’t about what the child wants to eat, it is giving them something else to focus on. So make it fun. You can buy special placemats that keep kids entertained as they eat or give kids their own dining set. The Tum Tum Eco Cloud Dining set to give even young children the ability to feed themselves. It is made from bamboo fibre and has nifty design features like steeper sides to help little ones scoop up food  more easily. The accompanying cup is also perfect for little fingers. For kids who hate their food touching, there are even separate sections on the plate. These dishes are eco-friendly and give kids a sense of accomplishment. Not to mention, the plates are just fun.

Kids in the Kitchen

If kids have a hand in making a meal, they are more likely to eat it. Just about all kids can help in the kitchen, what they can do depends on their age. Even the youngest kids can help with putting ingredients in the bowl or help to stir. As kids get a little older they can help cut vegetables and even help with the cooking parts. Once the kids are invested in a meal, they want to to eat it.

Kid’s Choice

Let kids feel like they have the power. I don’t mean they only eat what they want. Give them choices. If you are choosing between carrots and peas, ask your child. Only give children two choices, maybe three at the most. Ask your child, what vegetables do you want with dinner, peas or carrots?

Find Kid Friendly Recipes

Find recipes that kids will love. Pinterest is packed with kid-friendly recipes. Some of my favorite child-friendly recipes are:

Broccoli and Apple Salad – This recipe is filled with healthy ingredients and is low in fat. It is perfect for kids who are hesitant to eat vegetables.

Crockpot Cheeseburger Joes – These can be used as a base to add more vegetables in or served over rice or noodles instead of a sandwich.

Breakfast Sushi – This is just delicious and fun. Kids can help make these before eating them and the kids will love it.

Pizza Quesadillas – These quesadillas are a good way to get kids used to eating quesadillas before slowly adding more vegetables and other meats.

Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies – Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Kids love cookies. These cookies are packed with healthy ingredients that are hidden inside of a cookie. Add chocolate chips is your child doesn’t like raisins.

By adding a few of these tips to your everyday meals, you can slowly increase the number of foods your child will love and start to end the mealtime struggles.

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45 Comments

  • Donna Loxton March 25, 2019 at 9:39 am

    I try to make mealtimes easier by taking unfamiliar or disliked foods and mixing them or creating a recipe with ingredients that my child does like. I find that by doing this my child will eat much more of a varied diet.

  • Claire Bayliss March 25, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I’m a no-nonsense parent when it comes to mealtimes. With 7 kids, I’d be constantly cooking if I let the kids be fussy, lol. So everyone gets the same thing, no arguments, & we all eat together at the table, ever day. I find little ones are more likely to try something if they see everyone else eating the same thing.

  • Troy Easton March 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I try to do one meal at a time to make it easier

  • janine atkin March 25, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    i try to cook food that they like

  • Peter Watson March 25, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    I try to make being healthy the best way to motivate children.

  • Solange March 25, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    By meal planning and serving food that they like.

  • iain maciver March 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    one meal for everyone

  • Julia Kerr March 25, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Not stressing over who is eating what, the more stressed you are the more stressed the child is

  • Susie Wilkinson March 25, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    I try not to stress when they like something one day and hate it the next, they’ll grow out of it!

  • Sue McCarthy March 26, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  • Becky Yeomans March 26, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I try and make meal times easier by making it fun, cutting sandwiches into shapes etc!

  • Carrie-Anne Brown March 26, 2019 at 10:42 am

    by not having the same meals all the time, changing it up even if its a little change to keep my little boy interested in eating it

  • Sarah Lambert March 26, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    I’m one of those Mums that cook different meals for everyone the only meal that we all have together is Sunday Dinner

  • Natalie burgess March 26, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    By all,eating at the table and having meals at the same time every day xx

  • nicola dean March 26, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I just make one meal for everyone, they eat it or they don’t. They are all good eaters.

  • Emma H March 27, 2019 at 7:24 am

    By cutting food into fun shapes

  • kris mc March 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

    just having fun with it!

  • Geri Gregg March 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    If my son is being difficult during mealtimes I sometimes pop on Peppa Pig

  • Moira McWalters March 31, 2019 at 11:39 am

    This looks sooooo cute! Never seen one like it before!

  • Margaret GALLAGHER March 31, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Eat as a FAMILY and make mealtimes fun

  • Ruth Harwood March 31, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    we all sit together and have some music playing with a no device rule for the duration xx

  • Rich Tyler March 31, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    No TV, try and stick to a routine!

  • Luce Lar April 3, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Just starting to wean my 5 month old, dreading how organised I’m going to have to be. With my 3 year old it’s usually tv to distract him from what he’s eating. At nursery he eats all sorts of weird and wonderful things.

  • Amy Bondoc April 7, 2019 at 4:25 am

    find cutting the food into shapes and displaying food nicly helps stop them being picky

  • Rachel Butterworth April 7, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Everyone has a job to make it easier. Laying the table, getting drinjs, serving the good etc.

  • Christine Lockley April 13, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    I try to make things easier by meal planning, all eating the same meal at the table at the same time. I try to keep the meal plans varied to avoid boredom.

  • Rachael Sexey April 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

    I meal plan for the week and have a chalkboard to write it all down on so everyone knows

  • Carol Boffey April 14, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    plan my meals ahead

  • Susan Willshee April 17, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I know it’s not to be encouraged, but when Leo starts his ‘I don’t want..’ rant, we say that he can have his kindle on at the table. This usually means that while he’s watching PJ Masks (or whatever) he forgets that he doesn’t want to eat what was put in front of him.

  • Tammy Tudor April 17, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Make it fun, display food in colourful and playful ways to make the kids smile

  • Ursula Hunt April 18, 2019 at 11:44 am

    I don’t stress if they don’t eat it they will eat at the next mealtime when they are hungry

  • Laura Pritchard April 18, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    By cooking meals I know they’ll like & letting them sit on the floor & watch TV whilst eating #badmum

  • Chantelle Kemp April 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Only feed him as much as he wants to eat, if he’s finished I don’t force him to eat more

  • Chanise Kemp April 18, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Letting my son who is 19 months feed himself. He much prefers it and tends to eat more

  • Allan Fullarton April 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    No tv and set meals.

  • Miss Tracy Hanson April 19, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    We let them help with the cooking and we always have veg. So whoever eats the most veg gets to pick which dessert we have. Of course it’s always done fairly as we know that one likes some veg more and the other likes different veg more. Sometimes we end up counting peas though lol. We also don’t make a big deal when they decide they don’t like a certain food, as long as they’ve tried it.

  • Robert Whatmore April 20, 2019 at 7:11 am

    Making the food into pictures like a smiley face

  • Laura Corrall April 20, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    All eat the same, then it’s easier to prepare and then I can lead by example with eating fruit and veggies.

  • Susan B April 21, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Get children involved in food choice and preparation as soon as possible.

  • Kerry H April 21, 2019 at 9:01 am

    I always show my son what I’m making. I get overly excited about it so he sees that I’m enjoying the food!

  • laura stewart April 21, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    i ask my daughter what she wants

  • Diane Carey April 21, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    With my granddaughter I try to make mealtimes fun, calm and no TV

  • Catherine Gregory April 21, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    I batch cook and I try to make sure we all have the same thing

  • Nicola Marshall April 21, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I make the same meal for everyone and let the kids help prepare it with me.

  • Natalee Gosiewski April 21, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    playing here comes the plane and train

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