If you’ve had the pleasure of dealing with a picky eater then you know how unbelievably frustrating it can be. All I’m asking is that you take a few bites, kid! Seriously, work with me here. We’ve tried bribery, threatening punishment, and even trying to trick them. It can actually be entertaining to watch the extent that parents will go to to try and get their picky eater to JUST EAT SOMETHING. And I know we’ve all heard this from our parents or someone in their generation: “they won’t starve, they’ll eat when they’re hungry.” But if you have a special needs child or an extremely stubborn child, you know this just isn’t true.
So when I came across Fred’s Dinner Winner Dinner Tray I couldn’t enter my credit card information fast enough. I would have paid double what they were charging if it would have helped. Here are the product details according to the website:
-Even fussy eaters will clean their plate when you turn mealtime into a board game.
-The goal is to get to the finish line, where a special covered treat awaits.
-Molded from 100% virgin melamine.
-Tray divides food into eight portions, with an extra covered portion for dessert.
-Dinner Winner is food safe and dishwasher safe.
-Dimensions 11.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
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We have used this plate for over a year in my house. Here is my pros and cons list:
-The Dinner Winner plate really worked to get my picky eaters to eat. The anticipation of getting to the end to eat the candy was so much fun for my son and it really helped to speed up his eating without having to nag him to take every bite.
-It’s dishwasher safe so the clean up is as easy as any other plate.
-The plate is heavy sturdy plastic. Not like a lot of those cheaper plastic plates you see for toddlers.
-You have to be careful with the little treat cover piece. It’s fairly small and we have misplaced ours a couple of times and you can’t order a replacement. Luckily we ended up finding it every time.
-The spots for the food don’t hold a ton of food. In the beginning they were definitely big enough but as he started eating more we were really having to pile it on. My son didn’t seem to mind but it’s something to be aware of.
After extensive use in our house, I can highly recommend the Dinner Winner Dinner Tray. Every picky eater is different and I can’t guarantee this will work for your child. But if you were like me and looking for anything that would help, I would suggest giving this product a try. Since we bought ours they have come out with a few different styles so there may be a different design available now that your child may like better. I’d love to hear from you after you give it a try.