I tried something new with Sophie. She is still in the “dump the plate” stage, and doesn’t always eat what she dumps. I saw somewhere in Internetland (I wish I could remember where, I’d link it) an idea of using silicon muffin pans for feeding toddlers. The small sections make great portion dividers, and it offers lots of variety.
I’ll put fruit, vegetables, diced or shredded cheese, chicken nuggets, yogurt, applesauce, cheerios, diced sliced turkey, macaroni and cheese, basically anything she likes in the sections. She seems to eat more than with a plate, also. I think it’s fun for her. If there is an empty space, she’ll put her cup in it. It’s working great!