Teaching my son to choose healthy foods when we are planning our meals has never been easier for him then with the Fresh Baby My Plate 6-piece Dinnerware set. The My Plate is divided up into 4 labeled and pictured sections:
I love knowing that I am showing him exactly how to build a balanced meal by using this plate. The set also comes with fun and easy to use silverware that is really the perfect size to transition from baby silverware to adult silverware, and a small 4oz glass perfect for small hands. (Plus the small size, while perfectly portioned, also makes for less clean up as they are learning to use it!)
Of course, I don’t need this plate to build a balanced or healthy meal, but part of teaching your children is making sure they understand why they are eating what they are, and how to pick healthy foods while making it fun at the same time! My son is 3 and he loves being in the kitchen with me when I am preparing his meals. On top of that, giving him choices for his food help keep him involved and every time he is involved in picking his meals, he eats better then if I just picked for him.
With the My Plate we look at the pictures and I give him the choice of 2-3 foods per food group. This means that he is building his own healthy and balanced meals and learning how to do so at the same time.
Another way you can use the My Plate is with caregivers. Often grandparents or babysitters may not know your goals in building a meal for your child. I know when I leave this plate out for dinner and tell them to help my son pick a food for each group and spot, he is going to have a great meal even when I am not there. Eventually I know that my son will get the concept of selecting a meal around the food groups and know proper portions as a result.
The 6-piece meal set retails for $19.95 which is a great price for all the items included, and makes a great gift! I am thinking about sending one ahead to my parent’s houses for our next visits! The place-mat has images of children being active, and includes ideas for activities to get your child active around the mat. My son loves talking about what the kids are doing, and telling me how he can do that too!
As you can see my son enjoys his meals, and 9/10 he is a member of the clean plate club!
About Fresh Baby
Fresh Baby is committed to developing products for today’s busy parents and caregivers with a product line that included homemade baby food kits, baby food cookbooks, baby food and breast milk storage trays, breastfeeding reminders, child development diaries and has expanded to include toddler cookbooks, the newly released Kid’s Portion Plate and a new line of stainless steel dishes.
Fresh Baby’s commitment to equipping parents goes beyond product sales. Our newsletter, Fresh Ideas, is completely free and packed with family-friendly recipes and tips on healthy eating for the whole family. Cheryl also volunteers her time speaking to groups of new parents on subjects such as introducing solid foods, making baby food, and raising a healthy eater.
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