We all have one, raised one, or maybe one of your friends has told you about theirs? What am I referring to? A stubborn toddler that refuses to eat. As a #Playtexmom, I find comfort knowing that I’m not alone in my struggle.

Abel will be turning three at the end of December and for as long as I can remember, he’s been a stubborn toddler. He is what you would call a “wild child” and he definitely marches to the beat of his own drum.

This reigns true when it comes to food.

The never-ending struggle

PlaytexBaby™ is supportive of our mommy woes and carries a great line of mealtime plates and bowls that invite eating. They recently came out with the Playtex® Use 3 Way Bowls and Use 3 Way Plates, which are super cute and functional.

There’s 3 ways you can use them.

  • Covered Bowl: Use the coloured bowl as a cover
  • 2 Bowls: Use both pieces as bowls
  • Insulated Bowl: Use the colours bowl to insulate the white bowl from the bottom

Abel loves using the covered bowl because he doesn’t have to worry about his snacks spilling!

Make Eating Fun for Your Stubborn Toddler

Raising a toddler who is stubborn is mentally and physically draining. Especially when it comes to their eating patterns.

It’s a constant fight and I will admit…I’ve forced fed my toddler. Le sigh.

I’ve tried, laying out bits of different food for him, singing a song, setting a routine, nothing seems to work. I’m still finding it hard to convince him that eating is good.

Perhaps, he is thinking that eating is taking away from this playtime? I’m not even sure.

One thing he responds well to is the word “fun”. So naturally, when I use the word, he turns his listening ears on and will eat.

A few ways to make your stubborn toddler eat

  • Stay calm
  • Get creative
  • Use patience
  • Let them help
  • Make it Fun with mealtime plates and bowls
  • Don’t expect too much
  • Give them praise

We play “Hide & Seek” which is fun for him and once he “seeks” the food he’ll eat!

Since we are still in the midst of the eating struggle, I find the Playtex® Use 3 Way Bowls and Plates helpful.

Do you have a stubborn toddler who refuses to eat!? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Aseky Bonnaire

    My 2 year old (aka middle child) is VERY stubborn, and it’s such a struggle feeding him. He has his go-to food items (oatmeal-Mac and cheese- PBJ and Rice and Beans) but anything outside of those 4 meals, he’ll run away! Thanks for sharing all these tips, I’m hopeful one of your tips will help out with Elias!

  • I love how you said not to expect too much. I always do and then it just leaves me frustrated and getting upset with them which is never good.

  • Balancing Pieces

    I have to keep these tips in mind. Sometimes my toddler can be so picky.

  • Karen Lesh

    I hear ya! One of my sons had basically no appetite until he was 3 years old. It was brutal!

  • Jaclyn

    Some great tips here! I’ll have to try hide and seek…my youngest is VERY stubborn and very picky!!