It can be hard to know what to do about a fussy eater in the house. Start with these three ideas and relax!
1. Don’t give up on the food. Keep serving a tiny bit a few times a week. It might be that you have to eat that food a bit more often so you can serve a tiny bit of yours each time, to avoid wastage. Only put out enough for a taste – don’t expect them to actually eat it…at first! It might take weeks or even months but it will inevitably happen. A child can only learn to like the foods they have been given to try.
2. Keep in mind, the best way to entice a child to eat is for them to see you eating it…..
3. Slow and steady wins the race. Absolutely no pressure to eat. Your job is just to keep serving it and encourage your child to interact with it by looking at it, smelling it, touching it, giving it a lick/taste – but no pressure to eat. Your child’s sensory system needs time to get used to a new food. Even if they’ve eaten cooked carrot, raw carrot is as good as going back a good few steps, as far as their sensory system is concerned.
Persist with these and before you know it, your child will miraculously be eating the food and you will have saved all the battles!! Do keep in mind everyone has a particular food they just don’t like and kids will take longer to get their tastebuds around say broccoli or brussel sprouts! 🙂
For more information, click on the link to my post ‘No child is naughty at the dinner table’. https://iraisemykids.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/no-child-is-naughty-at-the-dinner-table/
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