We’re big foodies at KIDLY – perhaps you are too – so it can seem a bit crazy that kids so often act like their dinner is the enemy. Sure, maybe all little kids expect to have their cake and eat it, but what about their all-important fruit and veg? Don't despair, we've chosen a few clever picks that should help encourage picky eaters to embrace their mealtimes.
FOR BOTTLE REFUSERS
Even brand new babies can be pretty defiant creatures, and bottle refusers are as stubborn as it gets. Whether you're combination feeding, moving from breast to bottle or formula feeding from the get-go, if you can’t find a bottle your baby gets on with, it'll soon be, 'Houston, we have a problem'.
Happily, Comotomo's innovative designs continually win babies over, the world over. Designed to mimic the experience of breastfeeding, the soft touch bottle and rounded teats minimise bottle rejection and nipple confusion – two of the main reasons babies say no. No surprise that they're one of our best-sellers.
FOR SOLIDS SCEPTICS
You may have envisioned weaning would be a thing of dreams, with your baby devouring avocado smash like it’s going out of fashion. But remember, solids are a completely new experience, so keep portion sizes small. The tactile Cognikids Weaning Dip-Spoons have a unique flat head, which holds just the right amount of puree, so they don’t shovel too much in at once.
FOR SLOOOOOOW EATERS
Reckon your little one would still be pushing food around their plate come the morning, if you left them at the table? Toddlers and preschoolers are prone to becoming bored at meal times and grinding to a halt. Thankfully, there are fun products out there to make the experience a bit more exciting.
Whether you're packing lunch for school, or dining at home, the Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters are a great way to encourage kids to eat. There's nothing like fashioning sarnies into unicorns, trains and planes to make them instantly irresistible. Or, have them dine from one of OYOY's cool placemats. They're bound to keep their attention at the table.
FOR SALAD DODGERS
'5-a-day' is a rule-of-thumb we all know, but what if you’re struggling to get even one fruit or veg portion into them? Firstly, you're not alone. Kids notoriously swerve the healthy stuff at some stage or other. Experimenting with flavours is a great way to get round them.
b.box's Silicone Fresh Food Feeder gives your baby the chance to explore new food, textures & even colours in a fun but safe way. The unique tripod design lets them hold it with one or two hands, and because it stands up when put down, it keeps clean. A hygiene cap is also included to keep it safe when you're on the go. The Munchkin Deluxe Fresh Food Feeder is another dinner winner.
FOR SENSORY SENSITIVES
Some kids really don’t like their food touching - and that’s ok. We're here to help! To save you serving things up on one plate and them getting seriously stressed, genius brands like EZPZ, Bumkins and eco rascals design fabulous sectioned tableware so their food is kept nicely distinct. Integral or removable silicone bases keep plates and bowls firmly on the table. Meaning less mess and more contented eaters - perfect.
THE CRUISING GRAZERS
Some children love to cruise and graze or snack and go. Liewood's super cute, super practical 4-Pack Snack Bowl Set features adorable animal face motifs, and are the ideal size for holding little ones' snacks of choice. (We reckon they're perfect for peanuts and popcorn for you, too.) Done By Deer's Silicone Spout and Snack Cup is another great multi-functional pick. A cute sippy cup with a spout lid - ideal for practising first sips - it also has a smart snack lid, so it can be dipped in an out of at home or out and about.
So there you have it. Our top tips for keeping even the pickiest of eaters happy. Bon apetit!