Answer: Trying new foods: tips
You might think your toddler is fussy and not interested in food.
But sometimes toddlers want to try new foods if you just keep trying. If you assume your toddler will like new foods, you might find a whole new world of discovery opens up for both of you!
Creating a positive eating environment
Make mealtimes a happy, regular and social family occasion – sit together to eat with your toddler whenever possible.
Show your toddler how much you enjoy eating the food you’ve prepared.
Get your toddler involved in helping to prepare and cook family meals.
Offer new foods when you and your toddler are relaxed and she isn’t too tired or distracted by other things.
Set a time limit of about 20 minutes for a meal. If your toddler hasn’t eaten the food, take it away and don’t offer an alternative snack or meal.
Avoid punishing your toddler for refusing to try new foods. This can turn tasting new foods into a negative thing.
Avoid bribing your toddler with treats just so he’ll eat some healthy food. This can make your child more interested in treats than healthy food and sends the message that eating healthy food is a chore.
Serving new foods
Serve your toddler the same foods as the rest of the family. Your toddler will get the nutritional benefits of a wide range of foods, and accept new tastes and textures as ‘normal’.
Offer new foods with foods that your toddler already knows and likes.
Keep offering new foods. It can take 10-15 tries for children to accept and enjoy new foods.
If your toddler refuses something, offer it again in a week or so. Your toddler might gobble it up and even ask for more – a toddler’s interest in food can fluctuate wildly.
Following your child’s lead
Let your toddler touch, lick and play with food, and allow for some mess as she learns to eat.
Let your toddler feed himself and give him some help if he needs it.
If your toddler loses interest, or seems tired, cranky or unwell, take the food away.
Once you’ve found something your toddler actually eats, it can be tempting to keep on serving it up. But your toddler needs to eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients necessary for growth and development. So it’s important to keep offering her lots of different foods.
This is a constant complain abt little ones they don't eat. At dis age they are very active and want to do every thing they can lay their hands on.so the key is to make food color full with attractive shapes that they can be tricked with. The best option is finger food wch they can eat. You can also take him to a park distract him n feed him in the process. Hope I helped.
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