|Having a picky eater can be tough, but there are a variety of tips and techniques parents can use to help their toddlers become a little more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. Check out the ideas and information included here to make your life easier, and
your toddler's life healthier.
If you are concerned that your child’s picky eating has lasted for a long time or is very restrictive, speak with your child’s pediatrician.
• Types of Picky Eaters
• Tips for Coping with Picky Eaters
• Tips to Get your Picky Eater to Try New Foods
Try these tips from MyPyramid.gov for getting your toddler to try new foods.
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- Sometimes, new foods take time. Kids don’t always take to new foods right away. Offer new foods many times. It may take up to 15 tries for a child to accept a new food. Kids may not accept the new food that they just tried but they may go back to an earlier food and start to like it.
- Small portions, big benefits. Let your kids try small portions of new foods that you enjoy. Give them a small taste at first and be patient with them. When they develop a taste for many types of foods, it’s easier to plan family meals.
- Be a good role model by trying new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell.
- Offer only one new food at a time. Serve something that you know your child likes along with the new food. Offering too many new foods all at once could be overwhelming.
- Offer new foods first, at the beginning of a meal, when your child is the most hungry.
- Serve food plain if that is important to your preschooler. For example, instead of a macaroni casserole, try meatballs, pasta, and a vegetable. Also, to keep the different foods separate, try bowls and plates with sections. For some kids the opposite works and serving a new food mixed in with a familiar item is helpful.
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