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Mealtime can be stressful if your child is a picky eater. Getting kids to eat the food on their plates or, heaven forbid, try something new can be difficult to say the least.
To further complicate things, some kids (and some adults) who are picky eaters really don’t like it when one food touches another.
Using a compartmentalized plate can go a long way toward solving this problem.
A plate that is divided into sections is a great way to give a picky child several food options to choose from. Clever parents can combine familiar foods with something new – and gently encourage the child to explore new food options. Add some fun eating utensils for a winning combination!
Here’s the thing.
Studies have shown that children who don’t feel pressured at mealtime are more likely to eat the food you give them and are more inclined to occasionally try something new. We suggest you lighten the mood by including fun, colorful plates and utensils into your daily routine.
Read on for all of our “mom approved” recommendations specifically chosen to make mealtimes easier.
Roundup of the 7 Best Plates and Utensils for Picky Eaters
In an attempt to make every meal more fun and less stressful, here is Picky Town’s list of the best plates and utensils for picky eaters… you’re welcome!
Mr. Food Face is a ceramic plate measuring 8.25” (21cm) in diameter. Kids can arrange various foods on the plate to create outrageous looks for Mr. Food Face. Spaghetti hair with a beard made of sauce? Who knew mealtime could be so much fun!
Shopwithgreen Divided Plates for Kids and Adults are stackable, BPA-free, and made with bamboo fiber, corn starch, and food grade melamine. Measuring 9.4” x 8.4” (24cm x 21cm), each plate has 4 compartments – and they’re dishwasher safe.
This set of 4 plates are colorful and perfect for keeping foods separate. Your picky eater is sure to love them!
Spin the arrow to choose foods from one of 8 compartments. The SpinMeal Plate for Picky Eaters contains 8 whimsical animal characters and is specifically designed to encourage fussy eaters to try new foods.
The plate is BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and is guaranteed to help make any meal more fun!
Genuine Fred Munchtime Chomping Chopsticks are a fun addition to any meal – and they’re perfect for kids (or adults) who are trying to use chopsticks.
Made from durable, food-safe, ABS plastic, the T-Rex opens and closes its mouth as you squeeze the easy-to-use hinged chopsticks, helping even the fussiest eaters enjoy their food.
Show everyone that you’re a true Star Wars fan with these light saber chopsticks guaranteed to add excitement to any meal. Chopsticks light up with the push of a button.
The Genuine Fred Enchanted Forest Kid’s Dinner Tray is dishwasher safe and is made from BPA-free, certified food-safe, melamine. Featuring colorful, bright illustrations by Ralph Cosentino, author and illustrator of several best-selling children’s books.
Make every mealtime more fun with this divided tray. There is room for all of your child’s favorite foods – and one or two new options.
The Constructive Eating Plate, Dinosaur Utensils, and Placemat are designed to work together to combine eating and play. The divided plate helps keep food separate while the utensils and individual sections help kids develop fine motor skills.
The placemat is easy to wipe clean while the plate and utensils are dishwasher and microwave safe. Materials are CPSIA compliant and BPA-free.
I hope you’ve enjoyed our roundup of the best plates and utensils for picky eaters. If your child is a picky eater, making mealtimes less stressful and introducing new foods much easier.