Picky Eater? Try Milton!
My daughter is 2 years and 8 months old. She started becoming a picky eater when she turned two. It was like she knew the whole stigma of the “terrible twos” and thought it’d be fun if she just lived up to the hype. We’ve gone through phases where all she wants is fruit and grilled cheese, or yogurt and peanut butter bread, or scrambled eggs and milk. It’s sometimes exhausting trying to keep up with introducing new foods into her diet, and it’s hard not to get frustrated or let meal times become a battle.
One day while scrolling through Instagram, I came across Milton, the mealtime companion (the company’s Instagram handle is mealswithmilton), which they graciously provided us and my daughter was hooked! She paraded him around the house and introduced him to everything in sight. Once the introductions were out of the way, she began to really examine each and every part of Milton, and once we showed her the “Meet Milton” book she became even more excited. She immediately had to sit down and “read” the book to Milton. Eventually we were able to read this book to her and explain that Milton wanted to eat meals with her and try out new foods!
She even insisted on bringing Milton with her for a nap, she was that enthralled by him. We decided to test Milton out at lunch, and we went out to a local restaurant. We started Milton off slow with some usual favorites of crackers, string cheese and pretzel. My toddler happily ate along side Milton and would encourage him to “try this!” and would excitedly pop some food in his mouth as she munched along with him. The real test though, was when we gave Milton some broccoli. She kept looking from Milton “eating” the broccoli, back to her own broccoli on her plate and back to Milton. We gently encouraged her to try her broccoli as Milton was loving his, and we were astonished that she took a bite! No amount of prodding, bribing or coaxing would have gotten that response from her when we’ve tried asking.
Which is why Milton is so great with toddlers; she is so fascinated by him and how he bends and “eats” her food with her, she is willing to at least try the new food that Milton is eating too. Per Milton’s website at Meals with Milton: he is “expert endorsed by a pediatric feeding specialist for promoting positive eating habits”. Not only that, but this company also gives back and states “we donate $1 for every Milton made to Feed My Starving Children”. He’s dishwasher safe, easy to use, 100% food grade silicone and comes with a really cute book about how Milton likes to try new food as he’s bored with food from his home on the moon (I won’t spoil the ending, it’s super cute!).
Overall, my toddler is a huge fan of Milton and brings him to all of her meals and snack times. My husband and I give him and our toddler food, and most of the time she will be encouraged to try eating new food if Milton does too. Obviously this depends on her mood (as she is still a toddler in the terrible twos), but it’s at least helped with these meal time trials. I would definitely suggest this to any of my friends who have toddlers, as sometimes it’s really just about changing up the routine or seeing someone else try a new food before they feel comfortable in doing so too. If you’d like your own Milton, they are offering 10% off to all of my readers from now through September! Just use the code sabm10 (my blog name acronym with the number 10 behind it). He’s a lot of fun, toddlers love him and he helps them try out new food! So give him a whirl!