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Mealtime can be one of the most stressful times for parents and kids, especially when there's a picky eater in the house. Your little might get anxious about their food touching, requesting a completely new meal. Or, they might avoid the foods altogether, leaving you concerned about their nutrition. While helping your child develop healthy eating habits is the ultimate goal, you can also incorporate products that will make mealtime more fun for everyone involved.

Here are our favorite products that help picky eaters be, well, less picky (or at least enjoy mealtime enough to not worry about certain foods!).


1. Food cubby plate divider

food cubby food divider

These silicone separates suction to the plate to keep separate foods from touching, or to keep runny foods from spreading. Say goodbye to tantrums from peas and corn touching, mama.

$14.99

Noshi food paint

noshi food paint

This might look messy, but stay with us. If you're struggling to keep your little one at the table or looking to make them a little more adventurous in trying new foods, Noshi Edible Food Paint will be your jam. (Pun intended.) These organic fruit purees (strawberry, blueberry, and peach) are packaged to look like paint and invite kids to explore and be creative at mealtime. Let them doodle on pancakes, waffles, or toast and earn yourself fun mom status.

$6

ezpz tiny spoon

ezpz tiny spoon

The ezpz Tiny Spoon is designed to help baby learn how to feed independently. Designed with unique functional features, such as sensory bumps to prevent choking, this transitional utensil will help them to build a positive relationship with food and eating.

$14.99

Fred & Friends dinner tray

kids game dinner tray

Make mealtime fun with this board game-inspired plate. Instead of fussing about certain foods, kids will be enticed to eat what's in each section to make it to the end. We love the small sections that separate foods and allow your little to try small bites at a time.

$18.99

Munchkin sandwich cutter

munchkin sandwich cutter

Use these cutters to make fun designs with soft foods, like sandwiches and pancakes. Kids will be entertained by the fun shapes and can even help cut their foods.

$8.99

Training chopsticks

training chopsticks

Swap the traditional utensils for these fun training chopsticks. Designed to help kids grab food easily, the animal topper holds together both sticks to guide them as they develop their fine motor skills. They'll love trying to pick up as much food as possible with these. Added bonus: Remove the topper to try without extra help—it doubles as a chopsticks rest.

$9.95

Learning Tower

little partners learning tower

A great way to encourage healthy eating habits is to get your little involved in cooking or meal prep. They won't be surprised at what is on their plate at dinner and can become familiar with different textures. This learning tower brings them to a counter height and is durable, allowing them to safely help you.

$199.99

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