Let’s face it – mealtimes can be tricky when little ones are involved! From keeping them from running around the table to food being thrown on the floor or being fed to the dog to waging a battle over veggies that have not been eaten, these are the adventures of any family dinner. Why not make mealtime fun and less stressful? The following items help turn mealtimes into a pleasant experience for all, and maybe even sneak in an extra vegetable under the radar, too!

Picky eaters who don’t like any food to touch will adore this Din Din Smart™ Stainless Bus Platter by InnoBaby! It may even inspire a round of “The Wheels on the Bus” to be sung by the entire family as your little one zooms and zips around the plate, enjoying the fruits of your labor, separately, of course! Plus, with five compartments, the Bus Platter encourages eating all five food groups, too. Extremely durable & dishwasher-safe, the Din Din Smart™ Stainless Bus Platter is non-toxic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free, Lead-free, and PVC-free. www.innobaby.com

Keep little hands busy and aspiring artists happy with these adorable (and reusable!) children’s placemats from Modern-twist! Bringing art to the table via collaborations with independent artists and designers, Modern-twist is a pioneer in the use of food- grade, hand-silk screened silicone. With a minimalist aesthetic, every silicone product offered by Modern-twist features a non-porous and germ-free surface, and is BPA-free, Lead-free, Latex-free, and Phthalate-free. The placemat can be personalized time and again using a ballpoint pen, which is great for entertaining tots during mealtime. www.modern-twist.com

It can be downright exhausting trying to get a kid to eat spinach. But not when you’re waving spinach leaves in the air and doing the hula while making Palm Tree Paradise, from the book Bean Appetit: Hip & Healthy Ways to Have Fun with Food (Andrews McMeel Publishing)! Mealtime fun at its’ absolute best – the authors behind this book have managed successfully to turn any meal into a creative, exciting experience for the whole family, from babies & toddlers to parents. www.beansproutscafe.com

*Companies generously provided samples and images for this article.*

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