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So, I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again. My son is a picky eater these days. As an infant he was great when it came to eating. He tried a variety of foods and would eat almost anything. His favorite food when he was about 8 months old was dill pickles! Yes, he was willing to try whatever was on his plate.
3 Tips for Feeding Picky Eaters
Fast forward a year or so and I’m living with a picky eater. But there are a few tips I’ve picked up from fellow moms to help me survive this phase of life with W.
1. Take a deep breath and offer again.
I have lost some sleep over the issue of eating. I’ve spent a lot of time brainstorming different foods that I thought might appeal to W. And it can be extremely frustrating. But the best thing I have learned over the past year is that it’s important to keep offering him the food I would like to see him eat. No matter how frustrating it might get, I have to remind myself to relax and just offer it to him again. I read somewhere that it can take up to ten offers before a child will even try a new food.
2. Stick with the familiar and build on it.
A friend suggested to me that I make a list of the things that W likes to eat. That seemed easy enough to do and the list really wasn’t that long at this point. Then she suggested that I look at the list and think of ways to offer some of his favorite familiar foods in other ways. For example, he loves to dip chicken nuggets in sauces. So when I offer him different types of chicken, I am sure to offer him dipping sauces with it. Oh, and I might tell him that different kinds of meat are different kinds of chicken. We’re also getting pretty good at trying peanut butter served in different ways instead of always on crackers!
3. Make it fun.
One of the approaches that has worked the best for me is making food as fun as possible. I discovered that W likes food in pouches. Mott’s Snack & Go is one of the staples in our pantry these days. It comes in a variety of flavors and W loves taking the lid off of his “fruit pouch” as he calls them. I’ve also discovered that they are great midnight snacks for me when I’m up feeding baby C because they are a healthy and convenient option.
I’ve also learned that offering dips and sauces is a way to make it more fun. We once used cut up vegetables to “paint” with ranch dip. In the end, he actually tried a carrot and I felt very accomplished. Keeping things light and not putting too much pressure on my picky eater has definitely been the best approach!
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What tips do you have for feeding picky eaters?
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s®.