Feeding your Toddler: 7 tips to combat picky eaters and a Bumbo Booster Seat Giveaway!

Congrats to our winner Jen H.!
Anyone who has had a toddler can attest to one fact: FEEDING TIME is akin to Feeding time at the zoo. Toddlers are exceptionally curious creatures with very short attention spans and always on the hunt for the next new, shiny object and distraction du jour. With my first child feeding time was a BREEZE- she just had an aptitude for opening wide and eating her food. She liked it, it didn’t matter what kind of chaos or stimulation was or wasn’t ocuring at that particular moment in her milieu. She just adored her food; the veggies, the fruits- ALL OF IT!
And then I had my son and ALL BETS WERE OFF. He just didn’t like the smell, taste or sight of it! What I realized I needed – and what EVERY parent of a toddler needs-are the right tools in your arsenal– tips to make the food go down and of course the right feeding seat!
Feeding your Toddler: 7 tips to combat picky eaters and a Bumbo Booster Seat Giveaway!
For more than a decade, Bumbo has been manufacturing high quality infant and toddler products: Floor Seat &  Play Tray the Toilet Trainer & Step Stool that have become staples for new and expecting parents. We got their Booster Seat and my nephew simply adored it. And feeding him- according to my brother has been so much simplre. He new has his special seat- a seat that is JUST HIS and wen he sits in it and he eats all his food he gets a lot of praise.
So that it my first word of advice to parents of toddlers facing the HOW CAN I GET MY TODDLER TO EAT conundrum.

The Bumbo Booster Seat is made especially for toddlers to help them sit comfortably at the table in an adult chair. Whether it is feeding time or playtime, this seat gives a much needed boost for engaging with your child.

  • Is easy-to-clean and lightweight
  • Soft seat helps child sit comfortably at the table
  • Includes a three-point harness
  • Adjustable straps attach to most standard four-legged chairs
One other great reason to get your toddler a Booster Seat– because: BUMBO CARES: You may also be interested in knowing that a portion of proceeds from every Bumbo product purchase made worldwide is donated to Bumbo Cares, a non-profit organization Bumbo founded in 2005 to support the underprivileged and special needs children in its hometown of Pretoria, South Africa. This year, thanks to the support of those who have made Bumbo a part of their little ones’ biggest moments, Bumbo is celebrating a $10 million milestone in charitable giving to Bumbo Cares and sharing inspirational photos and stories from Pretoria over the next few months. #BumboCares
And once you’ve got the Booster Seat keeping some of these 7 tips in mind can also be a HUGE help!

7 Tips for Dealing with Picky Eaters

1)      Pay attention to patterns: Many children who are pre-school age have not adjusted to chewing certain foods and those in elementary school are starting to lose teeth, which can make it difficult for them to chew. Try opting for dishes with softer consistencies such as chicken stew, sweet mashed potatoes, and pasta.

 2)      Include the whole family: Studies show that many families are eating together less due to the past-paced society that we live in. However, leaving children to develop a taste for unhealthy snacks such as potato chips, soda and fast food. If time permits, include older children and younger children in the meal prep process and allow them to have a say in what they’d like to eat for dinner3)      Don’t be an “Old-Fashioned” Parent: Some of remember a time when our parents use to tell us to “eat everything on the plate, or else.” According to modern day nutritionists, encouraging children to eat everything on their plates has contributed to high rates of obesity in the United States. If a child says “that’s too much,” listen to them and only feed them what they can eat. 

4)      Hide Veggies in dishes they love: Spaghetti and macaroni and cheese are kid favorites. Try adding colorful vegetables such as squash, orange sweet peppers and zucchini to spaghetti. You can even add more tomatoes to the sauce. Incorporating small pieces of broccoli into macaroni will not only give it added color, but also add vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium to your child’s dish.  To make meal favorites more nutritious try opting for whole grain pasta instead of pasta made with flour. You can encourage meal prep with the kids by making the pasta from scratch, either by hand or with a juicer like the Omega NC900, which can extrude pasta. 

5)      Tasty Desserts: Let’s face it, most kids love sweets. Eating sweets doesn’t have to be first class ticket to obesity. For instance, you can create delicious sorbets with fresh frozen fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and mangos will excite your child’s taste buds and satisfy their sweet tooth. 

6)      Make Yummy Snacks at Home:Pre-packaged bars, cookies, dried fruit can increase a child’s intake of sugar, preservatives and sodium. Expand your child’s view of snacking by offering healthier, yet still tasty, options. As a “DIY” project, dehydrate apple, mango and banana slices with an Excalibur food dehydrator. Dehydrating food at home with kids will create a fun environment and also allow you to swap out those pre-packaged snacks for healthier alternatives.

7)      Lead by Example: Kids usually grow up eating what their parents eat. Become extra excited about the foods you are eating. Say words like “wow, this is so yummy!” and they will want a taste.


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And because I love my readers: I’m giving away a BUMBO Booster Seat! For a chance to win leave a comment here with one reason your kid could use this booster seat!  For a second entry you can Follow@MelissaSChapman on Twitter and Retweet this giveaway!  For a third entry you can Like The Staten Island family on facebook! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can follow @MelissaSchapman on Pinterest Good luck! Giveaway ends October 18th!


  1. says

    I’m currently thawing dinner. I’m making meatballs and sneaking in spinach. I think it’s a great idea, especially for my picky eaters. I’m not the type to force my kids to eat vegetables but sneaking them in doesn’t count right? :)

  2. Jen H says

    my mom lives in a small apartment and this would be great to keep there for visits, so that theres no big bulky chair to store!

  3. Kimberlie says

    My 13 month old tries to climb out of his highchair and I’m hoping he’d do better sitting at the table with us but would need a booster!

  4. Tannis W says

    This booster seat looks really neat. We’d love a small booster that’s easy to store and also to bring along to someone else’s house to use for the kiddos!

  5. Natalie S says

    Love this! I have three boys ages 1, 3, and 5 and would love to have this for my 3 year old! nlevdan3 at yahoo dot com

  6. Cathy Alger says

    My grandson likes to sit at the table instead of his highchair but he’s to short.
    This would be great for him.

  7. Aura says

    my son is “vertically challenged” but too “big” for a highchair. I’m sure he would love his own seat in his favorite color green

  8. Vivian S says

    My baby girl is turning 1 tomorrow! I know she will want out of the high chair and in a booster like her big bro soon.

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