Copy Kids is my first awesome blog sponsor and they’ve given me a copy of the DVD to give away! If you don’t feel like reading my whole review, you can just scroll to the bottom to get the giveaway info. (But you should read it anyway.)
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed something! I’ve had some offers, but the products didn’t really seem like a good fit for the blog. I don’t want to just push things on you guys, so I passed on them. THIS HOWEVER, is different. You know how I’m always struggling to get The Munchkin to eat veggies, right? Well, when I heard about a DVD that would make kiddos eat veggies, I HAD to give it a shot.
The DVD is called Copy Kids, and the basic premise is that your kid watches the video and sees these cute, happy kids eating fruits and veggies…and then wants to eat them him/herself! I was skeptical, but I figured it couldn’t hurt. So, one morning after breakfast, we sat down on the couch to check out the video. The DVD was split up into different sections, each running 7 min, and you can choose one to watch at a time. (Bell pepper, bananas, oranges, carrots, strawberries, avocado, raspberries, tomatoes, apples, broccoli, cucumber and blueberries.)
For this first go-around, I chose to start off with cucumbers, because I had those in the house. The Munchkin sat next to me, and watched it for a little while. I was expecting some songs or cartoons or something to mix things up, but it seriously was just kids eating fruits and veggies. The kids were really cute, but I was still skeptical. The Munchkin looked at me like “Ok, and…?” I was worried that I was going to have to write my first negative review. Stupid me; The Munchkin can’t sit still for movies…why did I agree to this??? The Munchkin eventually got off the couch and started to play with his cars, but stopped to check out the video every so often. I kept it running while he played and we watched the broccoli and apples segments. Later that day, at lunch, I offered him some cucumbers with his food and he didn’t want them. Crap.
Not giving up on the DVD (I mean, it’s not magic…) I continued having it play while he played in the living room a few times a week. He didn’t eat any new fruits or veggies with me, but he did eat carrots, green beans, and new fruits at daycare. I’m not sure if it was the Copy Kids DVD or Copy Kids IRL that did it, but it was an improvement. I felt encouraged.
I decided to google other reviews of this DVD and see how it went down with other bloggers. No joke, they ALL had glowing reviews. WTF? I decided to see what was different. First of all, across the board, their kids were older. Nuts. Secondly, most of them put the food in front of their kid(s) WHILE they watched it. DUH. Why didn’t I think of that? I could try that!
The next morning, before breakfast, I sat The Munchkin down in the living room with a plate of cucumber slices and some ranch dressing. I made sure to only cut up half of the cucumber because the video always features a full version of whatever the kids are eating, and I wanted The Munchkin’s experience to be as close to the DVD as possible. I hit play. He watched. I offered him some cucumber. He said no. I sighed, but waited. Offer. No. Sigh. Then, I ate some
He eventually stood up, and I thought it was over. BUT, he walked around the table and over to the other side of his plate; where the solid cucumber half was, (toddlers!) picked it up and inspected it. He put it in his mouth and took a bite. Chew, chew, chew. WHATOMG. I pulled him back into my lap and instagrammed that ish. I couldn’t believe it. He didn’t want anything to do with the slices, but was eating it like a banana or something! I’LL TAKE IT! After the cucumber segment was over, we watched broccoli and apples, and he continued to eat the cucumber. Later that day, he ate a WHOLE BAG OF APPLE SLICES at lunch. This kid hasn’t eaten apples since early fall. I was blown away. I’ve gotta think it’s the DVD… I was just doing it wrong before. Lesson learned.
End rating: 4 out of 5 hearts.
This DVD isn’t magic, but it is a good tool in getting your kid(s) into the mind frame that eating fruits & veggies is a good thing. I would recommend taking it slow, not forcing it on your kid(s), and for the love of God, putting the food in front of them! I think that’s the only way it’ll work. They need to be SHOWN that those kids up there on the TV aren’t crazy, I guess. I wish there were more food though. Pears, peas, etc. That would be awesome.
OK! Now the giveaway info! All you have to do is comment on this entry for the chance to win a copy of the DVD. Make sure you have a way for me to contact you in the comment though. If I can’t email you, you can’t win…sorry! I’m going to pick a winner next Saturday (June 2nd) via random.org. Want more than one shot to win?
- “Like” Copy Kids on facebook and comment here saying you’ve done so.
- “Like” The Munchkin on facebook and comment here saying you’ve done so. (What, your kid doesn’t have his own fb page??)
- Tweet the following: “I want my kids to eat more fruits & veggies so I wanna win a @CopyKids DVD from @EatSleepTwit! http://bit.ly/K2dp5P” and comment with the url to that tweet.
I’m glad my skepticism was proven wrong and I hope you register to win this DVD because it’s pretty great once you figure out how to make it work for your family!
Full disclosure: Copy Kids did send me a copy of the DVD to review for free AND buy banner space on my blog, but that did not affect my review in any way shape or form. The above opinions are mine, and mine alone.