You've made the transition from all milk to mostly food and they're beginning to handle bigger portions. High fives all round. But the move from high chair to table means mastering a whole new set of skills. The best recipe for harmonious mealtimes is engaged eaters who can handle themselves and their utensils. Our Happy Eaters collection will help them (and you) feel good about sitting up and tucking in.

“If kids learn about the importance of eating healthy early in their lives, they won't have to relearn as an adult.”
Nicole Henderson

Bibs

Allowing them a bit more independence at mealtime means there might, let's face it will, be even more mess. So now might be a good time to invest in a good cover up bib that can also do double duty at craft time. The OYOY Cape Bib is ideal for wiping clean but also machine washable too.

"Tomato sauce? No problem. Drippy paint? No problem. This bib will keep kids clothes clean every time."
Megan, Buyer

OYOY Cape Bib

OYOY Cape Bib

A non-slip plate or bowl

We take all our manual skills for granted. But for a toddler, there's a lot of kit to deal with when you're eating. Tricky plates that won't stay still on the highchair or table really don't help matters. This award-winning, ergonomic VIIDA Soufflé Antibacterial Stainless Steel Plate is designed to help. The large rim makes it easier to grip the plate without touching the food and its reverse inner curve makes scooping simpler too. Plus the silicone sleeve means the bowl's less likely to slide around the table or high chair.

"The leak-proof lid keeps food safely sealed, so you can pop it in the fridge, if they don't finish in one sitting, and it also works as a coaster for extra stability, or even a snack plate. Genius."
Megan, Buyer

VIIDA Soufflé Antibacterial Stainless Steel Plate

VIIDA Soufflé Antibacterial Stainless Steel Plate

"We can't lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block."
Michelle Obama

Cutlery

Their own set of 'grown up' cutlery send them the signal that they're joining the big table, literally and symbolically. The Done By Deer Yummy Plus Easy Grip Cutlery Set is perfect for introducing toddlers to stainless steel cutlery. The steel fork, knife and spoon have an easy to grip silicone handles, and the simple animal design isn't too baby-ish.

"She gets really excited for meal times and now feeds herself. It’s really encouraged her independence. The silicone handles also double up as teethers!"
Kiran, Parent Tester

Done By Deer Yummy Plus Easy Grip Cutlery Set

Done By Deer Yummy Plus Easy Grip Cutlery Set

Shape cutters

Sure, sandwiches are quick and easy to make but maybe sometimes they're a little bit......dull? Here's a clever trick. Make them a cut above the rest with Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters. In a range of themes from puzzles, transit to construction, they're also great for themed parties too.

"They're such a clever idea. It's a fast, easy way for anyone to create fun lunches. He loves opening his lunchbox to find different shaped sandwiches."
Faye, Parent Tester

Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters

Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters

Snack containers

Although a lot of focus falls on mealtimes, kids are natural grazers and will usually need topping up between sittings. Appealing snack storage can really help you keep the right stuff handy, wherever you are. The Liewood Cornelius Snack Box will keep nibbles stylishly on-hand and hygienically stored. Plastic-free, practical and cute as beans (or carrot sticks, or apple chips, or popcorn), they're must-haves for your change-bag, handbag or backpack.

"We love that it’s also perfect for picnics and lunchboxes."
Megan, Buyer

Liewood Cornelius Snack Box

Liewood Cornelius Snack Box

This may surprise you

  • Babies and toddlers need about 40% of their daily calories from fat because their bodies are developing rapidly and the growing brain has very special requirements for fatty acids and other components of fat. That's why most experts recommend that under-2s drink whole milk, rather than skimmed.

  • If you're having trouble getting them to eat, there are whole websites showing you how to create Food Art to get them interested.

Dive a little deeper

How to Handle a Food-Obsessed Toddler.

Time magazine photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to ask kids what they eat in one week and then photographed them alongside the food. The results are amazing.

Quick and easy snack ideas from NHS Change4Life.

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