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!