Almost all babies or toddlers go through a phase of being fussy about what they do and don’t want to eat. Stay positive & avoid letting your child know you are emotionally attached to them consuming a certain amount or type of food.
10 TIPS FOR HANDLING FUSSY EATERS:
- Introduce new food alongside food you know they like.
- If they do not eat the food, remove it without fuss & move onto the next part of your routine.
- Offer the same food again in a few weeks time, using the same language.
- Disguise food by blending it & ‘sneaking’ it into sauces or smoothies.
- Children are more likely to try food when they see the rest of the family enjoying it.
- Variety is more important to us than them. It does not matter if they eat the same dish 3 times a week.
- Do not insist the food is eaten or offer a reward (such as dessert) for eating it. Both measures can lead to negative food association.
- It can take 8-15 tries before a food becomes familiar & the child accepts it. Don't give up!
- Involve them in the decision of what to eat.
- Swap dinner with lunch if a child is not eating much at dinnertime.