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Getting Your Picky Preschooler to Eat - #WatchMeGrow


Get your picky preschooler to eat and watch them grow with the help of a Mott's growth chart.


For many of my readers, you have seen Madison grow up right before your very eyes. From our very first post as a baby to her now being a preschooler. However, most people don't realize that Madison was born prematurely. On a routine visit to get checked at 34 weeks, we were told that there was something wrong with her heart and they needed to do an emergency C-section. I can't begin to tell you how scared my husband and I were. We had an amazing team of doctors and nurses and everything went smoothly. While I saw her for a few minutes after birth, we didn't get to reconnect until the very next day, and she spent an entire week in the hospital before we were able to take her home. When you have a baby who was born early, you tend to monitor every milestone, make sure that they're growing properly because you want their growth to be "right on time."


Madison has always been tall and fairly skinny, she never was a fat baby, but just recently I have been really concerned about her weight and growth. She has always been up there in percentile for her height, but her weight just wasn't cutting it. I also noticed that she was starting to reject foods that she used to eat and was almost "never hungry." The one thing that I could always get her to eat, however, no matter what, is Mott's applesauce. She has been addicted since the very first time we introduced them as a toddler. And I feel good knowing that Mott's helps her to be healthy and strong, and they're so accessible. I pack them in her lunch box and she also has them as a snack.


I always pick mine up at Walmart whenever I go for a shopping run. They're a staple in my pantry and I have to keep them in stock. They are full of real fruit goodness and are an excellent source of vitamins to help her start strong and stay strong. Locating them is super easy if you've never had Mott's before. You can find the juices in the juice section, while the sauces are located in the apple/fruit sauce section of Walmart.


Before I go into how I'm now getting my very picky preschooler to eat, with the help of a nutritionist, I want to tell you about this amazing offer. I received this amazing growth chart from Mott's and it's going to help me monitor her growth. Mott’s and Walmart want to help you track your child’s growth and ensure that all children are given the chance to grow up big and strong and just for purchasing Mott's. You can get your own as well. Here's how!


1) Buy $10 worth of Mott’s Juice or Sauce at Walmart
2) Register for the offer on www.Motts.com/Walmart
3) Upload receipts on www.Motts.com/Walmart  now thru 9/15/2017
4) The growth chart will be mailed to your home once receipts have been verified.


So now that you can get your very own growth chart, here are some tips on how you can get your picky preschooler to eat. These 5 simple tips have been working for me and I hope they'll work for you as well.

1. Be the example! Children love imitating their grownups so if your child sees you eating a variety of foods, more than likely they would also want to eat it too. Whenever I try something new, Madison almost always wants to give it a try, and you won't know if you like something unless you try it, right?

2. Ask for their help. Whenever you prepare a meal, ask your preschooler to help. They can help to mix the ingredients or even set the table. Don't forget about grocery shopping as well. Have them pick out the foods that they would like to eat. That way you'll have an idea of what they want so you can prepare it for them.

3. Have a routine. Serve meals and snacks around the same time everyday. That way your child knows when to expect it. Keep portions small and respect their appetite. Preschoolers don't have big tummies; so don't need big servings of food.


4. Food can be fun! Cut food into shapes, use dips and even play with your food. Remember the days of the airplane landing in your mouth? Have your child tell the story and encourage dialogue. Instead of asking whether the food taste good, you can instead ask about the color. Make it fun and even turn it into a learning experience.

5. Brinner anyone?  Who says that you can't eat breakfast for dinner? If your child likes waffles and eggs, there is no rule that says you can't eat waffles and eggs for dinner. As long as your child is eating, celebrate the victory.

Hopefully these tips can help you and don't forget to plot your little one's growth on a Mott's Growth Chart and watch them grow and be healthy!

Annmarie John
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  1. My youngest is almost 10 and he is still super picky. He does love his Motts applesauce, though!

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  2. I have one child that was a little picky when he was younger. I have another child that will eat just about anything. They both loved applesauce.

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  3. Your daughter is adorable and so is your precious little girl. Mott's Applesauce is always in my pantry. I like to use it in place of oil when baking.

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  4. Mott products have been around for many, many years. I make my own applesauce but we still get the apple juice in the big bottles every once in a while.

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  5. I know how tricky it can be to get your little ones to eat! My daughter has never been picky and will always eat, but my son is so much more picky!

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  6. Your daughter is adorable! I know how hard it is to get picky eaters to eat something. You're relieved when they eat something that's at least some healthy value. One of my favorite foods is applesauce for my son. He loves Motts!

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  7. We love Motts! Thankfully my daughter isn't too picky anymore, so she will eat just about anything.

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  8. I got all this to come with my daughter, getting her to eat the right things etc. Im not doing to bad at the moment but she is only 11 months old. Your daughter is one cutie pie. :)

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  9. My nephew- who is 2 years old eats EVERYTHING! And in fact, he only likes the most mature and sophisticated of foods, it's hysterical when my sister in law texts me about his latest eats! LOL!

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  10. The only thing my son won't eat is applesauce. Lol. He's only 20 months though. Was your daughter always picky, or did it start later? I keep waiting for the day when he starts telling me no to everything.

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    1. She was not always picky. She used to eat almost anything, loved fruits and veggies, but now that's she older, she's developed a taste of what she likes and what she doesn't.

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  11. Thankfully my kids aren't picky eaters. They will eat just about anything and we love Mott's products.

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  12. What a great sounding range of treats, it is great that even your picky eater seems to be loving them as well.

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  13. Yup, you know my younger daughter is my picky eater and she too though loves Motts thankfully!! :)

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  14. My oldest son was VERY picky and he hates sweets (ever heard of a kid that doesn't like sweets?!) My middle son will eat ANY and EVERYTHING.

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  15. My daughter LOVES Mott's products. She usually has some applesauce in her lunch and loves it. I do too. The cinnamon one is my favorite.

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  16. Ugh I dread the day my easy eating ten month old will start being picky! I hope to.find ways to overcome it like you!

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  17. My granddaughter isn't picky, but both of my kids were. They all loved (and still like) Mott's!

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  18. Sometimes, being picky is just a passing phase in a child's growth. My kids were that way too when they were young. Motts apple sauce and apple juice are a favorite in my house too. I like to use applesauce to "glaze" pork chops!

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  19. Kids can be so picky when it comes to food. We always love applesauce since it's delicious and nutritious.

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  20. Mott's has a great selection of products. My kids love the apple sauce. It can be so hard to find things a picky kid will like.

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  21. I know how tough it is to feed picky kids. It is great that you shared what you learned.

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  22. Great advice! My little eater isn't picky at all, I can barely keep him from consuming everything in our kitchen. He loves applesauce too :) We've been big fans of Mott's for forever

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  23. I LOVE brinner!
    And you know we've had our NICU time in my family. I never really shake it off - I still watch them and hope they're eating enough. And my kids both love Mott's and our awesome growth chart!

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  24. My son loves any and all breakfast foods, so I always know having breakfast for dinner will be ah hit! Luckily, he does like applesauce, too.

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  25. Great tips! My younger sisters are super picky when it comes to school lunches and it's so hard to find things that they like. I don't know how my mother does it!

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  26. First, how gorgeous is her hair! I love it so much! Second, getting preschoolers to eat can be hard work, but they do eventually eat something. It's very rare for one to starve themselves, so as long as healthy food is available just let them see to themselves. That's my advice anyway! :)

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  27. Awww what a gorgeous little lady and you've shared some really lovely tips. I don't have kids yet but will be sharing this with my SIL

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  28. I'm really lucky to never have been a picky eater and not seeing one in my family or group of friends either. I don't know how I'd cope!
    Katja xxx
    www.katnapped.com

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  29. I agree that being an example does help picky eaters. Kids love it when they feel grown up and asking for their help is a great way of getting them to eat good food x

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  30. My twins were picky eaters and it wasn't easy. I think these tips are great. It's important to be the example so that they'll get used to how people usually eat at home. Or we can always let them starve, lol. That's what my mom did and boy did it work.

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  31. I think these are great tips especially for new parents. We can't give in and keep making the food that they want everyday especially when that food is not healthy. It's important to be creative and try different styles.

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  32. Good for you for trying to make sure she is eating well. Picky kids are difficult, but worth the effort to make sure they stay healthy.

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  33. Mott's products are indeed a great snack for kids or anyone really. This is something I will have to share with my nieces for their children. I love the idea of receiving a free growth chart. Thanks for sharing the information.

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  34. Children really do love imitating adults, even if we don't see it. I like the offer for the growth chart. Kids get such a big kick out of those.

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  35. My 5 year old makes me want to rip my hair out sometimes because she is just that picky! She does love her Motts though! I never have issues with her and her beloved applesauce

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  36. This was my little sister, it was so hard to get her to eat anything!! But okay, can we just talk about how cute it is that you and your little girl have matching hair?! LOVE IT.

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  37. This is the story of my little man! Making him eat anything new is a pain. Thank you for the idea and I will definectly try this for him.

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  38. We love Mott's products. I have been packing these in lunches since the kids were preschoolers as well. They love applesauce! They just came out with a new juice too, apple mango and it's really good! I didn't know Madison was a premie, thank you for sharing your story! She's growing into a little young lady with a lot of sass!! lol

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  39. I'm sure it's hard to feed a picker eater. I think it's cute that you and you daughter have the same hairstyle btw!

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