1. Offer your baby/child nutritious, varied foods -- and eat them yourself.
2. Involve your toddler/child in meal preparation, it is an important first step in
getting them to try new foods.
3. Put food on the table and encourage your child to try it without pressure. Stay neutral in your reaction whether they try it or not.
4. Don’t bring food into the house that you feel you need to restrict. Instead, buy healthy snacks and let your child have access to the food.
5. Don’t give up if your child does not like a food right now, in young children it may take 10 or more attempts over several months before they try or begin eating a food.
6. Your child will eat more some days than others, don’t worry as long as your child is getting foods from all food groups over the course of a week they will be just fine.
7. Offer your child fewer choices, and in very young children no choice. Making choices can be overwhelming for young children.
8. Many young children do not like the texture of meat, make sure you still offer it to them, but find other sources of protein like eggs, cheese, yogurt, beans or nuts (nut/seed butter) to fill those gaps.
9. Make food fun! Cut sandwiches in shapes, freeze yogurt into pops or drops, cut carrots into hearts, make smoothies, take them with you to the market and pick out fun colorful vegetables like purple carrots, sweet potatoes, beats (create a rainbow of vegetables!)
10. Don’t stress, children can sense our emotions and react accordingly. Relax have fun and make meal time a ritual.
by Lindsey Earle
of Moving Motivating Momma