01.Top 10 tips for feeding toddlers
While it can be difficult to coax
a toddler into eating something
they don’t want to, there are
some strategies you can attempt
to encourage them to try to
enjoy a wider range of foods.
1. Introduce textured foods.
If you only give your child
smooth and puréed foods,
they may automatically resist
trying anything with a lumpier
texture. Once they’re eating
confidently, try forking and
mashing - rather than puréeing
– cooked vegetables and fruits.
2. Try, try, try again.
rejection is normal. Children are
basically creatures of habit and
will usually prefer to stick with
the familiar. So it’s totally normal
to have to offer a new individual
food many times before your
child will happily eat it. However,
most parents only persist two or
three times before giving up on
that particular food altogether.
3. Practise what you preach.
Research has found most
toddlers who are fussy eaters
have parents who admit to being
fussy eaters too. To encourage
your toddler to happily try
a wide range of foods, you
need to widen your own
eating habits. Don’t only
offer them foods you like.
4. Don’t make the dinner table
Try not to pass
on your anxiety about your child’s
eating habits to them, or force or
bribe them into eating. Mealtimes
shouldn’t be a power struggle.
5. Keep your kitchen full. A healthy child will never
willingly starve themselves if
they have access to a variety
of wholesome food.
6. Write it down. If you’re really worried about
what your toddler eats, keep
a chart for a week and write
down everything they eat.
You’ll probably be surprised by
how much they manage to get
through even though they never
seem to eat anything at all.
7. Keep an eye on their height
and weight gains. If they’re consistently growing despite
their small appetite, you have
nothing to worry about. If they’re
not growing or behaving as you’d expect, seek medical advice.
8. Don’t cater to their every whim.
You’ll promote fussy eating if
you keep offering different food
choices until they accept one. If
you want to give them a choice
of food, limit the choice to two.
9. If your child is a fussy eater,
keep snacking to a minimum so
they’re hungry at mealtimes and
more willing to eat.
10. Eat with your toddler. They’ll be
more willing to sit down and eat
if they have company and come
to understand that eating can be
a social activity.
Enter the CHOICE Kids Guide Giveaway competition!
Tell us about the strangest food your kids love to eat, and you could WIN an
LG BP620 Blu-Ray player (CHOICE recommended), and four new release movies on Blu-ray.