Easy Feeding Solutions for Toddlers

Easy Feeding Solutions for Toddlers

Having been a nanny for many years now, I’ve been through all the different ways you can feed a toddler. Trying to figure out which way results in (a) the most food being eaten and (b) the least mess and fuss has been fun & challenging (haha!).

 

 

Perhaps you’ve been there with these situations…

  • Putting their food directly on the highchair or table. Always pretty messy and pretty impossible if it’s not finger food but something like spaghetti bolognese…
  • Trusting them with a grown-up plate or bowl as you think ‘oh they’ll never manage to lift that up’ and then they do…
  • Trusting them to use a plastic bowl or plate then it all ends up on the floor in an either on-purpose or by-accident sort of a way…
  • Using a plastic plate or bowl with suction pads that promise to keep the bowl in place while they eat nicely. The reality is the suction pads work for about a day then your little darling is able to pull it gently and the result is neither (a) nor (b) above actually happens.

So what to do?

Well, having experienced all of the above (I know I know, please don’t judge me!) I think I have truly found the ultimate solution. It’s something I happened upon while browsing through amazon baby for something totally unrelated. Actually, it was a fantastic book all about supporting your baby emotionally and why meeting their needs is always better for their development than the idea of ‘crying it out’. Anyway, I’ve digressed, but this is the book. It’s called Why Love Matters by Sue Gerhardt if you’re interested in that sort of thing! I’ll probably write a post at some point on some baby and toddler development as it’s something I find really interesting and quite fascinating actually!

 

So what is this ultimate solution?

It’s an EZPZ plate for toddlers. Quite simply, it’s a mat that is non-slip and just sits ever so nicely on the table or highchair. It works by just not moving about, it grips without fuss and is just such a winner! Here’s why I love it so much…
  • Comes with a sealable pouch so can easily take it with you when out and about
  • Lots of colours and styles
  • Easy to wash
  • Separate compartments on mat so food isn’t all together which can be off-putting for small kids
  • Really hard for them to lift it up

Here’s our feeding mat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I highly recommend this fab little product to ANYONE with a toddler! All my nanny and mummy friends ask me where I got it from and really like how it works – it is SO simple but it really does work!

The Best Bit

I’ve been using the mat with my current little charge (who is now 16 months) and is the most adorable fun little boy ever who is also very fussy and toddlery (= typically changes his mind from day to day about what he will eat and often shakes his head to answer ‘no I don’t want a piece of apple’ then 2 minutes later will eat all of the said apple piece!). As if by magic now, gone are the days of dropped plates and bowls. Gone is the dropped food on the floor. Gone are the days of food spread all over the table or high chair. It’s really fantastic. And the best best bit. He eats better. He really does. It’s easy for him to see his food and it looks more appealing to him. Now all I need to find is a solution to spoons and forks being thrown about the place. Any ideas folks?!
That’s all for this post but remember there are lots of other great posts to check out here. If this post was really relevant to you, how about weaning or top tips for feeding your toddler and be sure to sign up for the Wots 4 Tots newsletter to be sure to never miss a thing with us!
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