Toddler food & recipes Toddler & Preschool Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up Fed up with slow eaters or toddlers who never finish their meals? Try these tricks... 1 of Ad break Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upOffer smaller portions rather than piling your childs plate high with food. A huge bowl of food can be daunting, particularly for reluctant eaters. You can always serve up second helpings. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upStay calm. Serve up food and leave it on the table for 20 minutes. If it is uneaten and there is no interest in it, then give a warning and then throw it away. Do not offer an alternative and do not display any anger. Your child must realise that it is he who has chosen to go hungry. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upInvite friends with children round for lunch or tea, so they can see their peers enjoying their food. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upTurn off the TV. Sit your children down with no distractions so they can concentrate on eating. Continue slideshow > Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upEat together: watching other family members using their cutlery and eating well can help encourage reluctant eaters to get stuck in. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upMake their food look interesting. Brightly coloured foods in a variety of shapes and textures can help stimulate interest in food. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upGive babies finger foods. Learning to eat is part of learning to be independent. They are more likely to eat up if they can take control of mealtimes and do it by themselves. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upLimit drinks between and at mealtimes. Juice, milk and even water can fill up small tums before enough food has gone down. Continue slideshow > Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upCut down on offering snacks between meals. Children know when they are full and simply wont eat if their stomachs are saying no more. Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat upInvent a story. Pretend all the peas are brothers and are desperate to be together in your childs tummy. Then send down their friends the carrots and a piece of chicken for them to sit on. Maybe they need some mash pillows to bash each other with and so on By Babyexpert.com Last updated on 15 August 2007 Comments Daily deals from top retailers Latest on MadeForMums 14 internet and text slang terms every parent should know Mum breastfeeding between contractions - captured on camera This mum's adorable selfie with her toddler isn't what it seems Is it time to end the 'nightmare' of parents' evenings?