Mealtimes are often filled with tears and tantrums for fussy eaters, so we sourced some items to help bring the fun back into eating. By Thobeka Phanyeko
Watch your fussy eater’s frown turn into a smile when you change the rules, switch it up and get involved with these delightful eating utensils. Not only will you be considered the coolest mom on the block, but you’ll also have a fed and happy camper.
Fred Dinner Winner Kids’ Dinner Tray, Enchanted Forest
The goal is to get to the finish line with this dinner tray that’s also a board game. It’s divided into eight portions, with an extra covered portion for dessert. Everybody wins!
Available from wantitall.co.za for R840.
Construction cutlery set
Your tot will enjoy loading her tummy while developing her fine motor skills thanks to this fork, spoon and pusher. They are designed to fit and work together with the construction plate that can be purchased separately.
Available from wantitall.co.za for R1 085.
Bbox toddler cutlery set, ocean breeze
Spark your little one’s imagination with this large spoon that doubles as a shovel. Dig for treasure and nourish her growing body. The handy travel case is a storage dream.
Available from takealot.com for R175.
Petit Jour Paris Jungle Monkeys Plate
Your toddler will look forward to getting to the bottom of his plate to see the jungle monkeys. Draw inspiration from your little one’s food and get creative with storytelling and encourage him to finish his food.
Available from takealot.com for R155.
Fred Yumbots kids’ utensil set
Introduce some sci-fi fun to the dinner table with these easy-to-grasp and fun-to-use utensils. Give the bots a voice and encourage your tot to dig in!
Available from wantitall.co.za for R520.
Garden Plate & Utensils
Your little one will love the idea of harvesting her veggies with the bite-sized hoe, rake and shovel instead of using the conventional spoon and fork. The plate is divided into sections to keep food in their separate plots, with specialised zones for scooping and pushing.
Available from uncommongoods.com from R221.80.
Thobeka Phanyeko is mom to Oratile, 4. She is a journalist with a BA in Media studies from the University of Cape Town and has extensive experience as a journalist and content producer which she gained from Reuters, eNCA and Caxton Magazines. She is also a life coach and NLP Practitioner and is passionate about motherhood and women empowerment.