Trying to feed a picky eater can make mealtimes even more stressful. While food fussiness is a typical phase that most chldren will through, it doesn’t make it any easier for mums to deal with.
However, with a little bit of patience and perseverance you will eventually get your little one to try different kinds of food.
Keep serving the food
Just because your youngster initially refused a certain food before doesn’t mean they will again. The more times you offer them something the better chance you have of them eventually eating it, as it starts to become familiar. Serve with their old favourites and they might enjoy it without really noticing.
Keep calm and don’t force them
While feeding picky eaters can be frustrating you need to remain calm. Never force them to eat anything and always offer them praise and encouragement. Reward them for trying the food, even if it is only an attempt to touch it.
Don’t omit foods from their diet
Ensure your little one is getting their daily nutritional requirements. Picking foods from the food pyramid is a fail proof way. If your kiddie refuses a particular vegetable just choose another one from the same food group.
Cook one meal for the entire family
Stick with one meal for all the family and don’t get caught in a vicious circle of cooking different foods for different people. If your little one is hungry enough they will eat it.
Avoid using labels
Avoid telling them that they are a fussy eater. Labelling them as one will only reinforce the problem and will prevent them trying out new foods.
Let them help you prepare the meal
If your child is involved in the preparation they will be more likely to eat what is on their plate. During this stage, engage your little one in conversation about the foods that you are using.
Remember to only ever serve kids child sized portions. They can always ask for more if they are still hungry.