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7 Smart Strategies for Getting a Picky Toddler to Eat

posted in Family & Kids > Parenting
02/25/2014
  • Have a picky eater on your hands? Don't fret — here are 7 genius tips to help you deal!
    Have a picky eater on your hands? Don't fret — here are 7 genius tips to help you deal!
  • Do Not Serve a Food Blob

Are meals at your house served from a ladle and the color of cement? Yeah, don't do that. In prison and high school cafeterias the world over, this is known as "gruel." Small humans do not recognize food blobs as food but something the dog coughed up on its plate.
    Do Not Serve a Food Blob

    Are meals at your house served from a ladle and the color of cement? Yeah, don't do that. In prison and high school cafeterias the world over, this is known as "gruel." Small humans do not recognize food blobs as food but something the dog coughed up on its plate.
  • Get Rid of Your Crock Pot

It is a well-known fact crock pots produce food blobs. Toddlers hate food blobs. Therefore, toddlers hate anything that comes out of a crock pot. (Did you notice I just made a syllogism?)
    Get Rid of Your Crock Pot

    It is a well-known fact crock pots produce food blobs. Toddlers hate food blobs. Therefore, toddlers hate anything that comes out of a crock pot. (Did you notice I just made a syllogism?)
  • Keep Portions Super Small (Unlike in This Picture)

 Toddlers love discovering little mystery morsels they can pick up and deposit in their mouths themselves. It gives them a sense of mastery over their world and reminds them of what they find and snack on under the couch.
    Keep Portions Super Small (Unlike in This Picture)

    Toddlers love discovering little mystery morsels they can pick up and deposit in their mouths themselves. It gives them a sense of mastery over their world and reminds them of what they find and snack on under the couch.


  • Invest in a Lunch Tray

Unlike "regular kid" plates, a lunch tray's handy portion dividers ensure a food blob can't happen — unless the child wants a scrambled egg, ketchup, and hot dog gruel.
    Invest in a Lunch Tray

    Unlike "regular kid" plates, a lunch tray's handy portion dividers ensure a food blob can't happen — unless the child wants a scrambled egg, ketchup, and hot dog gruel.
  • Serve at Least One Home Run Item with Every Meal
Few things are more depressing than looking down at a full dinner plate and seeing nothing you want to eat.  The home run items in our house are string cheese, crackers, gateway foods vittles I like to think will entice to try the other stuff on plate
    Serve at Least One Home Run Item with Every Meal
    Few things are more depressing than looking down at a full dinner plate and seeing nothing you want to eat. The home run items in our house are string cheese, crackers, gateway foods vittles I like to think will entice to try the other stuff on plate
  • Go Easy on the White Food

Serve white food  sparingly (Gwyneth Paltrow would be so proud!), since that's the stuff kids naturally gravitate toward— white pasta, white rice, refined bread— leaving the kale and sugar snap peas to die a lonely death on their plates.
    Go Easy on the White Food

    Serve white food sparingly (Gwyneth Paltrow would be so proud!), since that's the stuff kids naturally gravitate toward— white pasta, white rice, refined bread— leaving the kale and sugar snap peas to die a lonely death on their plates.
  • Turn Up the Color

A variety of color on the plate indicates choice, and choice fosters feelings of autonomy and independence, like the child has some control over their world, which may compel them to graze. Then again, color is also indicative of candy colored frozen "yogurt" with all the fixings
    Turn Up the Color

    A variety of color on the plate indicates choice, and choice fosters feelings of autonomy and independence, like the child has some control over their world, which may compel them to graze. Then again, color is also indicative of candy colored frozen "yogurt" with all the fixings
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