A Quick Tip: Getting Picky Kids To Eat

(Just look at my tiny little 2 year old Clara!! She is such a doll :) She was also notorious for taking a bite of food, and immediately spitting it back onto her plate. Little stinker!)

My bloggy friend, Amanda at The Stumbling Christian, does a "Mommy Tip Tuesday" carnival...I thought I'd join in this week with one of my mommy tips.

This one is for all you parents who have a hard time getting your picky eater to do the impossible: put food in their mouth, chew, swallow, repeat.

I have two words (or should it be one??): TOOTH PICK.

This tip is especially useful for 2-3 year olds. I cut their food into bite sized pieces, put a little dollop of "dipping sauce" (we use lots of ketchup, ranch, and pizza sauce around here), and serve it up with a toothpick. The kids have such fun poking the food with their new utensil and choosing which sauce to use, their food is gone before they realize that they actually ATE FOOD :) Give it a try!

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Lisa@BlessedwithGrace  – (5/20/2008 10:14:00 AM)  

That is a great tip. I will be remembering that for when my Grace gets a little older!

Amanda  – (5/20/2008 12:20:00 PM)  

Thank you so much for participating in my little carnival. I hope you join in on a regular basis. I'd love to have you!

That's a great tip! I have a hum-dinger of a picky eater here with an amazing stubborn will to boot! I'll have to try the toothpick and dipping sauce idea. Whatever works!

Lisa-Marie  – (5/20/2008 03:11:00 PM)  

That is such a simple GREAT tip. My kids aren't picky very often but when they are, that will probably do the trick!!!!


Phyllis Sommer  – (5/20/2008 09:20:00 PM)  

interesting idea. i'll have to give it a shot! thanks.

The Apron Queen  – (5/20/2008 09:36:00 PM)  

Great idea for little ones.

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Unknown  – (5/20/2008 09:46:00 PM)  

Wow... I wonder if this would work for green veggies?

I'm giving away a book at my blog this week if you'd like to check it out! :)

Mamacita  – (5/20/2008 10:31:00 PM)  

My son is 13, but he LOVED toothpicks when he was smaller. He insisted on having them with everything. :)
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Tara  – (5/21/2008 01:21:00 AM)  

Wow I am trying this tomorrow! I have a 3 1/2 little boy and he is SUPER picky. "I don't like that mom" "That will make me sick" "Oh thats not a good idea" Oh my word, every single day I hear this.. lol So I will give the toothpick a try!! Thank you!

Anonymous –   – (5/21/2008 10:07:00 AM)  

My daughter (age 3) loves Fancy Nancy books. Fancy Nancy says "sandwiches do taste better when you stick in frilly toothpicks" so we put FRILLY toothpicks in everything.

marigold  – (5/21/2008 10:54:00 AM)  

That really is a great tip! Might work with the shish-kabob style, too.

Kimberly  – (5/21/2008 04:09:00 PM)  

What a great idea! I am definitely going to try this with my very picky 2 year old! He gets the food in his mouth but the then strong willed child will not swallow!

The (Almost) Amazing Mammarino  – (5/27/2008 09:25:00 PM)  

Great tip! I've tried dips before, but my 2yo just sticks her fingers in and licks. This way, she just might actually eat something! (At least, she'd have cleaner fingers!)

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