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Make Meal-Time More Fun (And Manageable) With These Avent Must-Have

September 1, 2010 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Picky doesn’t even begin to describe the type of eater my daughter is. If the food is even remotely unfamiliar or the smell is off or it looks at her the wrong way, she simply refuses to eat. Every mother has that thing about their child that totally stresses them out and for me, it’s meal time. I barely eat because I spend so much time trying to get her to eat.

So when Philips Avent offered me the opportunity to test their new toddler plate and utensils, I jumped at it. I’m desperate–anything that will get my daughter to eat, I’ll try.

Last night I brought the goods home so I could put them to the test. I told my daughter we were making corn for dinner and asked her to come in the kitchen with me. Side note: This is some of my mom pschology–if I include her in the cooking process maybe she’ll be more apt to eat because she helped prepare it. Okay, so we made corn, which is really hit or miss with my little girl–sometimes she eats it, sometimes she doesn’t. So right before it was ready, I showed her her suprises: a new plate just for her and her very own spoon and fork. She was stoked and after a few minutes of fondling them, I went to the kitchen to prepare her plate.

When I returned, she couldn’t wait to use her spoon. She ate her corn, no prodding or bribes required, and she even asked for more.

Now unless this corn was somehow sweeter or fresher than the other ears we’ve been eating all summer, I’d say the new plate and utensils were a huge success. Not only did she eat, but she didn’t make a huge mess. The spoon and fork are perfectly sized for her to balance and fit into her mouth. And she loved finishing all the food in one section of the plate, then moving onto the next.

So if your child is a picky or problematic eater, or you’re just beginning to introduce solids, I highly recommend the new Avent toddler dishware and utensils. They’re BPA-free, the plate has grippers on the bottom so it doesn’t slide and they’re gender-neutral.

Get Yours: Toddler Divider Plate, $6, toysrus.com; Spoon & Fork Set, $5, littlegreenduckling.com

Find more of the best kids’ utensils, the best sippy cups and the best baby bottles in our buying guides.

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