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3343ef0dbde2c08fbf7dfb3481ee1e43.jpgMeal times with the whole family sat around the table chatting, laughing and all tucking into their food is something I would love to happen in our house.  In fact meal times can be a stressful, if not the most stressful time of the day for parents of a fussy eater.

We would all love our children to eat a variety of healthy meals, full of vegetables and protein.    However meal times can become a time of dread rather than a happy fun time.  If this sounds all too familiar, then you are not alone.  It is a widespread issue affecting masses of families.

Before I had kids I never would have thought getting a child to eat their tea would be so difficult. 

How naïve I was.

As parents we have all read the articles about €˜dealing with fussy eaters', and they offer some sound advice. 

One thing we have found that works in our house is MAKING FOOD FUN!

Our toddler went through a period of not eating lunch.  She would dig her heels in, and then a few hours later she would be so hungry that her usual small snack would not satisfy her.  This then messed up dinner time too. 

So fast forward a few weeks of not eating lunch; the usual suggestions tried and failed; and toddler finds a pink Yumbox in my office.  She wants it.  So I let her choose what to put in it (within reason).

Her lunch then consisted cb6e500ab887e9bf2adf5e3b91a202e0.jpgof a variety of foods.  Small portions of somewhat random items so I quickly found that for her, variety was key!  So I dug out the play doh / food cutters and began to make cute little shapes out of food.  Making faces, and little animals out of fruit and veg; and making sandwiches into shapes.  Cutting a flower shape into cucumber is actually a really easy way to get the skin off! 

I got slightly (very) addicted.  To both making cute lunches for toddler and her actually showing an interest and more importantly; eating them.  I made food art out of everything!  There are so many fun ideas for lunches and food art on pintrest & facebook - take a look at our pages!

In my search for other fun food cutters I came across Funbites - a food cutter made and sold in America which makes bite sized food! I loved the idea and as they were not currently sold in the UK, I decided to import them to sell in my online shop.  It was not a surprise that toddler loved them!  They are really easy for her to use too, so she can get involved in making her food.  They come in 3 different shapes - squares, triangles & heart shape (squares are our favourite).

We love making bite sized skewers and patterns using the different shapes.

Making food fun, and serving a variety of different foods has worked for us - that's not ef5f1c9f8628da403576153e45d7b36e.jpgto say it will work for you - but as parents of fussy eaters know - anything is worth a try!

Yumbox, funbites and a variety of other accessories can be found in our online shop at www.beloandme.co.uk.  Use code €˜RARING2GO10' at checkout for 10% discount on all full priced items. 

Rachel MacGregor

Rachel MacGregor

Rachel is the founder and owner of Belo & Me. To view her products click on the link below.

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