Picky eating is typical for young children. Toddlers start to develop food preferences. Some of these behaviors include:
Refusing a food based on color or texture
Only eating one type of food a certain amount of time
Wasting time at the table
Unwilling to try new foods
This is normal and isn’t ordinarily anything to worry about. These behaviors will go away with time. However, there are some things parents can do to encourage positive eating behaviors.
Let your kids pick out vegetables at the grocery store
If your kids feel like they have a say in what they’re eating, they’re more likely to eat the food.
Have your kids help in cooking
Children get excited about being involved and tasting food when they help make meals. You can have them add ingredients, stir or help wash veggies.
Give them choices
Instead of asking them if they want cucumbers, give them choices. “Would you like cucumbers or tomatoes?”
Avoid “kid’s meals”
Give the same meals that adults eat to your kids. This encourages them to try new, healthy food.
Trying new foods
Sometimes it’s difficult to try to get children to try new foods. Here are some ways you can try to encourage your kids to eat them:
Give them a little bit of food that you enjoy. When they get a taste for it, it’s easier to plan family meals.
-One food at a time
Giving children too many new foods at a time can be overwhelming. Give them a food that they already enjoy along with the new food.
-Lead by example
Try new foods yourself to encourage your children.
-Offer new foods first
Kids are hungriest at the beginning of the meal.
-Don’t give up
Even if your kids reject a food first, it’s ok to keep trying. They could eventually enjoy the new food.