The “later” plate to avoid mealtime meltdowns!
Updated: Mar 4, 2020
Does your child put up a fight to have new or undesired foods on their plate? Try introducing a later plate!
What you’ll need:
A plate or bowl smaller than the typical plate you serve meals on (Tip: Make this one really fun and special!)
Why it works:
The “later” plate gives your child a place to put unwanted food without throwing it on the floor or having a meltdown about it being on their main plate.
It allows them to interact with the food by picking it up and placing it somewhere else.
You can easily redirect them to their “later” plate when they request more of a desired food.
It changes the conversation from “I don’t want it” to “maybe later”.
Remember- the child must first be comfortable with interacting with a new food and having it on their plate before it will find its way to their mouth!
Give it a try today!
April Anderson, MA, CCC-SLP, CLC