I have written before about how fussy my son is with food. I was fussy as a child but Ari is making me look just breezy. The previous statement has been endorsed by my mother.
As our house makes a concerted effort to improve the food situation I have been reading, buying and taking any advise I can get on the fussy front. Some things have been gems. Others absolutely useless and the sharers need to ride their unicorn back over their peachy rainbow.
Here I thought I would share some of the gems that are helping and some that just boost us through these days of fun.
1. Toosh Coosh
I purchased the Toosh Coosh when Ari took offence to any chair that looked like it had a safety belt on it. We already had a booster seat but it had a strap on it so was given the old heave-ho. Since the Toosh Coosh arrived we have only had one night of it being ripped off the chair. Otherwise it is a godsend to easy big-boy table eating. It is easy clean and fits on my chair perfect (though in the above pic it is pushed back a little).
I bought my Toosh Coosh from Lime Tree Kids for $49.95. They come in red, blue, black and green. Would have loved to get black to match my chairs but was sold out at the time so blue it is.
2. Cenovis Vita Sprinkles
If it doesn’t look like chocolate Ari doesn’t do lollies. So the ‘gummy’ vitamins are a waste of money for me. When Cenovis brought out Vita Sprinkles I knew it would be a winner as one thing that is pretty regular in this house is a morning yoghurt. I can easily sprinkle the fine powder (not dodgy at all) onto the top of his yoghurt, mix it in and no dramas. The dispensing is all done in the pantry though because I am not game enough to do this in front of him though. That’s just crazy talk!
You can mix Vita Sprinkles into anything as they are available in flavour free or chocolate if you prefer. They are a fully comprehensive kids multivitamin formulation boosting my little man’s good stuff intake. Ok, it is for my peace of mind!
Cenovis Vita Sprinkles are available from most pharmacies, supermarkets and health food stores for around $12.
3. Dinner Winner Plate
I wrote this plate off as a big gimmick a while back. Then I noticed Ari start to mature a little more and I could see that how the plate could be beneficial. I pop little bits of his dinner, plus a few ‘new’ tastes on there and he works his way through the game. A few Smarties placed under the finish box is a very powerful thing. Doesn’t work every time but it sparks interest.
I also bought the Dinner Winner Plate from Lime Tree Kids for $29.95.
4. Eat together and at the table
I know! I know! This seems so simple and in my house it is far from that. Solo parenting a fortnight at a time leads to pretty set routines around dinner and bedtime. The ease of popping a plate down at his little table and chairs around 5:30pm while I keep going with cleaning up the kitchen or cooking something for myself is hard to let go of.
Changing to sitting and eating together has encouraged Ari to eat more even if it isn’t the same things as what I am eating.
Tonight we also had a win when he actually sat down to a plate of exactly the same thing as me. He pulled it all apart to eat only bits of it he’d had before but he didn’t complain at all. To me, no tantrum = massive win!
6. Book: Getting the Little Blighters to Eat
I picked up Getting the Little Blighters to Eat by Claire Potter from Book Depository not long ago and have found it the best no-nonsense book on fussy kids out there. I don’t want the psychology on how and why, just give me some tips on helping the issue. This book is just that. It is only 64 pages long and filled with 30 “Rules” to stick by. I am a rule breaking badass so find some hard to stick to but I will own that. The book is easy to read on the go.
Getting the Little Blighters to Eat is available at Book Depository* for around $10 with free shipping.
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Do you have any tips to get your kids to eat better?