It's Tip Tuesday

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Today’s Tip Tuesday talks about your toddler. (Yes, we did want to see how many t’s we could put in that sentence! 🙂 ) It’s no secret that toddler’s can be fussy eaters. At times meals can turn into “food wars” if your toddler won’t eat. All sorts of tactics are used from bribing them to desperate pleas to eat. One way to make your toddler’s mealtime fun is to use a cookie cutter to make  his food into fun shapes. Your toddler will look forward to see what surpise shapes will be on his plate!

What creative ways have you helped a fussy toddler eat his food?

4 Responses to “It's Tip Tuesday”

  1. Laurie April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    I know this must work, because there are many people who do it. But I followed advice from numerous moms (and they got this from their pediatricians) who said that if the child doesn’t eat, just don’t let them eat. It’s too much stress on me and on my child to try to force her to eat. If she’s hungry, she’ll eat. I don’t offer her anything else, unless I know that what I’m feeding may really be something she wouldn’t like. Like one night I made the taco meat a little too spicy. I wasn’t going to force her to eat that. But if I’m feeding her a normal, balanced, child-friendly meal (and especially one that I know she’s liked before) I’m not going to cater to her whims to try to get her to eat. If she wants anything in between meals, I offer her what’s left on her plate. If you start turning meals into something entertaining and fun, then your child is going to expect to always be entertained in order to eat. I’ve know kids who wouldn’t eat their sandwich unless it was cut into fun shapes. What do you do? Carry a cookie cutter in your purse all the time?

  2. Michelle April 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks for your insight. Good point about having to carry a cookie cutter in your purse 🙂

  3. Michelle April 28, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    I’ll have to try the cookie cutter idea!

  4. Carol May 1, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    I love cutting shapes for the kids!