Dealing with a picky eater can be incredibly frustrating. Many young children know what they like to eat, and they are simply unwilling to try anything new. Of course, you can’t allow your child to live off of animal crackers and hot dogs, so how do you get them eat healthier? Child’s World Academy is here to help! The following is a list of tips from our daycare center in Fairfield for getting a picky eater to eat healthy foods:
- Name it something creative- Sometimes a kid won’t try something just because they don’t like what it’s named! For example, if you are having a hard time getting your child to eat celery and peanut butter, you could add some raisins and then call it ants on a log! They will love the fun name, and they will be a lot more likely to eat it.
- Start with small portions- A kid can easily get overwhelmed if you attempt to give them a large portion of a new food. Most of the time, they will instantly shut down and refuse to try it. Start out really small, just one tiny bite should suffice. You can encourage your child to try it by saying something like, “Try it, it will only take a second.” Increase the portion size a little bit every time you reintroduce the food, and soon, they will eat it without reserve.
- Don’t give up- It take trying something around 10 to 15 times for a child to start to like it, so be patient!
Want more tips from our child care experts on how to feed a picky eater? If so, stay tuned for our next blog!