Whatever month you tackle it with your toddler, the move from high chair to table means mastering a whole new set of skills. These cunningly-designed products from one of our fave brands - Liewood - will help kids feel great about sitting up and tucking in. So the whole family can enjoy easier mealtimes with less stress - and mess - all round.
Allowing them a bit more independence at mealtime means there might, let's face it will, be even more mess. So now might be a good time to invest in a good cover up bib that can also do double duty at craft time. The Merle Cape Bib is made from recycled fabric, can be easily wiped clean and is machine washable too.
"This catch all bib from Liewood has a stylish print in recycled fabric. Practical and modern, we love it."
A non-slip plate or bowl
For a toddler, there's a lot of kit to deal with when you're eating. Tricky plates that won't stay still really don't help matters. Liewood's Olivia Plates are designed to help. They've got cute grabbable ears and dinosaur spines and the silicone material means they're less likely to slide around, especially if paired with the Tracy Placemat.
"Got a plate thrower? No problem. These basically bounce when they are chucked on the floor."
"We can't lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block."
Their own set of 'grown up' cutlery sends them the signal that they're joining the big table, literally and symbolically. The Frederikke Cutlery Set is grippy but light and environmentally conscious - made from bamboo and corn fibres - but reinforced with melamine resin to make them durable and long-lasting. If you're in the garden or park, they're also the perfect addition to the picnic basket.
"They’re a gorgeous little set in classic Liewood colours. I really like how they’re environmentally friendly and chunky, perfect for Milo to hold!"
Juliette, Parent Tester
Although a lot of focus falls on mealtimes, kids are natural grazers and will usually need topping up between sittings. Appealing snack storage can really help you keep the right stuff handy, wherever you are. The Liewood Cornelius Snack Box will keep nibbles stylishly on-hand and hygienically stored. Plastic-free, practical and cute as beans (or carrot sticks, or apple chips, or popcorn), they're must-haves for your change-bag, handbag or backpack.
"We love that it’s also perfect for picnics and lunchboxes."
This may surprise you
Babies and toddlers need about 40% of their daily calories from fat because their bodies are developing rapidly and the growing brain has very special requirements for fatty acids and other components of fat. That's why most experts recommend that under-2s drink whole milk, rather than skimmed.
If you're having trouble getting them to eat, there are whole websites showing you how to create Food Art to get them interested.
Dive a little deeper
Time magazine photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to ask kids what they eat in one week and then photographed them alongside the food. The results are amazing.
Quick and easy snack ideas from NHS Change4Life.
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