Breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be a drudgery when you’ve spent time whipping something up for your little one only for them to stare at it with a look of “this isn’t happening” on their face. And it’s not just that you don’t want your child to be a picky eater because it’s inconvenient (although, it can be)—you want to ensure they’re getting the essential nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. “I’ve learned that the most successful strategies for treating feeding problems are ones that capitalize on a child’s internal motivation to try new things,” speech language pathologist Jenny McGlothlin has told us.
When you spice things up with everything from stable seating with foot support to innovative placemats to even kid-friendly food skewers, everyone will begin to look forward to meal time. Keep scrolling to shop the top solutions for picky eaters guaranteed to make food fun again—for both kids and parents.
Face plates like this rabbit wooden style can make feedings a bit of a game and help get your child through a fear of new foods (aka food neophobia). By letting them play and interact with unknown food, they’ll be more likely to try it than if you simply put it in front of them and expected them to eat it.
This placemat and plate hybrid suctions to the table or highchair table to keep messes contained. Your little one can turn their food into mini works of art and it will encourage them to feed themselves. Plus, it sparks a sense of curiosity to try foods they might normally never touch!
It’s worth investing in this piece for its adjustable seat and footplates alone since they allow you to personalize seating based on your child’s needs. Being comfortable is essential during feeding, and foot rests are grounding—plus they help with postural stability if your child has gross motor delays so the focus can be on their food.
Four-prong and two-prong mini food picks in adorable animal shapes jazz up any meal, which can make your child more adventurous with food. Plus, these skewers are about the size of tiny hair clips, meaning they’re easier for your little one’s hands to maneuver (meaning they’ll get less frustrated and eat more).
A major part of meal prep and exploring new foods is getting up to the counter to help. A stable adjustable kitchen tower lets kids go to work with you at the counter with ease. It is much safer than using a dining room chair or just a step stool, which is especially more tricky to navigate if your child has motor skill delays.