Tips and tricks to deal with picking eating

Is your child fussy about what they eat? Are they reluctant to try new foods? Take the frustration out of mealtimes by following these tips and tricks.

  • Follow the Division of Responsibility (link to article) approach to feeding kids. This means it’s your job to offer healthy meals and snacks, and it’s your child’s job to decide if and how much to eat. Pressuring a child to eat will backfire.
  • Offer a variety of healthy foods. Your child will likely eat them at some point. Maybe not the first time it’s introduced. Sometimes it takes over 10 exposures to a new food before a child will even try it.
  • Offer new foods with their favourites. This adds a degree of familiarity and comfort.
  • Show them how it’s done. If they see you eating the food, it will encourage them to try it too.
  • Get your child to help make part of the meal or snack. Children are more likely to try something if they’ve made it. They can wash fruits and vegetables, peel carrots, mix batter, and stir


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