A few days ago, we posted our top 15 tips and strategies for dealing with a picky eater. Today, we would like to share some of our favorite products to help you along the way.
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After working with our own picky eaters at home and consulting with our friends who are feeding specialists, we’ve put together a solid list with some great suggestions for tools, toys, and games to help support picky eaters at home or in the therapy room!
Have you tried any of these in with your child? What are your favorite tools for promoting healthy eating in kids?
Tools to Help Picky Eaters & Support Other Feeding Difficulties
Food Related Games & Toys
Games can be a great way to help picky eaters explore food and to practice fine motor skills used for utensil use. Here are a few of our favorites:
Divided Suction Bowl
Bear Bottle for Straw Drinking
This bear bottle allows you to control the flow of liquid into a child´s mouth and encourages children to learn how to drink through a straw. It can also be used to transition from bottle-feeding to cup drinking.
This flexible spoon has silicone bumps all over it for a great oral sensory experience! Once your child becomes interested in the texture of the spoon, it easily becomes a bridge to introduce purees and from purees into textured foods. Use it as a dipper with favorite smooth purees. It can also be used as a tool to help improve upper lip movement and removal of food from a utensil.
Munchkin Mesh Bags
Munchkin Food Feeder Mesh Bags are awesome for oral stimulation and exploration of tastes without having to worry so much about textures of foods. These are great for kids who are exploring foods but may gag or choke with larger pieces, as the mesh only lets small amounts of the food through.
Other resources related to feeding challenges in kids
Looking for more ideas and information about picky eating and other feeding challenges? Check out the posts below for more resources!
Oral Sensory & Olfactory Strategies for Teens [FREE Printable]
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