Few Simple And Helpful Tips to Get Toddlers to Try New Foods
Feeding a toddler is the most exhausting yet the most satisfying part of parenting for every mom.
While you will keep getting tips from everyone on how to raise your child, here are few tricks that I gathered from friends, families, and mom groups and tried with my son when he was a tiny picky eater. Read on to find out:
1. Offer the new food first when they are really, truly hungry. If you want them to try papaya but offer it immediately after their mini-meal, they won’t be hungry and will be less motivated to try something new.
2. Offer small bite-size pieces instead of bigger pieces. Big pieces can be a little overwhelming for kiddos, whereas small bites are easy for them to pick and pop in their mouths. Bananas, cooked apples and carrots, plain cooked macaroni, cucumber, etc., work well…
3. Your child wants to be just like you; wants to eat what you eat and definitely attack your plates. So eat the same food in front of them that you want them to try. So if they see you loving this new food, they’re more likely to follow your lead.
4. Make it fun for them by serving it in different shape plates/bowls with their favorite cartoon character printed on it. They might get motivated looking at the character. You can also try cutting pieces in different shapes; cookie cutters come in handy for this.
5. You can make the platter colorful for them to make it more attractive by mixing it with the color of the food they already like. Like watermelon with grapes or oranges with cucumber. The idea is to make the plate look more appealing to their eyes.
6. Have patience and remain calm. We know it can be really frustrating when your child doesn’t eat! But remember, kids always work on reverse psychology; they are more inclined NOT to do things you want them to do. Hence getting pushy or hassled will definitely trigger a negative reaction. I can tell you from experience that it will not help
the situation. Keep working with them and see what works best with them. Soon you will learn their likings and dislikings.
Disclaimer: – I have gathered these ideas, suggestions from various sources over the years; some of them really worked for me, some didn’t at all. So try and test what suits you. Keep a lookout for your child’s response to foods and take care of allergies and other dietary restrictions. Remember, parenting is all about knowing your kids better to build a lifelong, loving bond.
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