Winning the Toddler Breakfast Battle

Whistler has always been an incredibly difficult eater. But it wasn’t until I found myself sitting at the breakfast bar for two hours that I finally reached the end of my rope. Something has to give. This kid just has no interest food. But as all mothers know growing boys need substantial nutrition. The meal that gives me most concern is breakfast. We simply don’t have time to sit for two hours fighting to get breakfast down in the morning and it’s so important that he gets a good meal in before a long day of learning. 

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We have tried counting bites, playing games and nothing works. When offered the opportunity to try Jimmy Dean Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches (I found them at Walmart) I was even more determined to devise a way to get Whistler to eat, that didn’t involve hiring a clown.  

After some quick research and a little brain power, I discovered there a few things that may help the situation. We have said it here before, but kids are always more interested in eating things they help create. Thing is, I normally don’t have time to make breakfast from scratch each morning, nor the extra time it needs to have a toddler “help”. But this is where Jimmy Dean Sandwiches step in. They are quick and so easy to make. Just pop them in the microwave (or oven) and presto! Whistler can help me dish them up, run the microwave and serve.

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Secondly, we all know how much kids learn through mimickery. You know the saying “monkey see, monkey do?” Well this monkey doesn’t – eat breakfast that is. It’s a typical pot/kettle situation. So by cutting the sandwiches in half Whistler gets a perfect portion and mom gets some nourishment to. Plus, we get a few minutes in the morning to just sit and be together while we eat.

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But three year olds aren’t fooled that easily. As the name suggest Jimmy Dean Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Sandwiches consist of Sausage, Egg and Cheese. So I’ve thought of a fun game. Knowing that Whistler is a smart kid who loves puzzles and learning new things I’ll ask him to close his eyes. Then I’ll feed him bites of just the sausage, the egg, the cheese or the whole thing and have him tell me what he is eating. Not only will this make him more conscious of all the yummy flavors but it will keep him anticipating the next bite. 

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This morning was a miracle. I honestly can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to nag Whistler to “eat your breakfast” 7,892 times. Not only did he finish his half, but he asked if I was going to finish mine!

What tips and tricks do you use to get your picky eaters to eat?  

You can pick up  Jimmy Dean Redbox breakfasts at Walmart. Also, Follow Jimmy Dean on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information and tips. 

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32 thoughts on “Winning the Toddler Breakfast Battle”

  1. The snacksize biscuits and the bowls are my favorite! And your little man looks like he’s really enjoying that biscuit :)

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  2. My teen has eaten Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches since he was little. He still loves them before and after school. We can’t keep enough in the freezer lol

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  3. Smart thinking on making it a puzzle to detect the flavors! I make breakast for everyone but don’t eat it (Gah, I shouldn’t admit these things, I know). I do, however, sit w.the kids while they are eating there, and it does make for really nice morning time together.

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  4. What a smart game to play to get them to try new foods! Mine aren’t little anymore, but we do encourage just a few bites before they are allowed to give up on anything. Those Jimmy Dean Sandwiches do look mighty tasty!

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  5. We love when breakfast goes easy! My little man keeps stealing my sandwiches, so this would work well on his schedule. Just pop it in,

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  6. My daughter loves the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches! I make them for her all the time and they are great for on the go also. Sometimes I bring her one to school or she enjoys it on the way. The croissants are my personal favorite!

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  7. It is important to find a way to get kids in the habit of eating a good breakfast each morning.. It is a habit that will benefit them all their lives.

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  8. It really DOES look like he is enjoying it. My nephew refuses to eat anything that is related to a sandwich, so I think I would get to eat his half AND mine!

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  9. I guess I was lucky that neither of mine were picky then! I am the picky one in my house. I’m horrible, but I do like those Jimmy Dean sandwiches. Maybe they’re magic.

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  10. Yum! I don’t blame him for liking these! They are delicious! Sadly, my son is also a picky eater. He won’t eat vegetables so I trick him into eating it by adding it to things he loves such a meatloaf, and cauliflower casserole!

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  11. I can barely get my SIX YEAR OLD to eat, so I am amazed that your little guy is eating this & appearing like he likes it :) I eat stuff like this for me, but my guy is super picky!

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