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How to help a picky eater

Wondering how to help a picky eater? Developing a palate takes time. So we’ve prepared a menu of useful tips to help turn your picky eater into a food lover.

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By Danial Ahmad ,
Jan 27, 2021

Tips

  • Stick to regular mealtimes. Routine is reassuring for young children.
  • Keep servings small and offer more later — large portions can be overwhelming.
  • Use colours and shapes to make the food fun and attractive.
  • Try to make mealtimes fun by involving your toddler with meal preparation or chatting with them about the colors and textures of the food.
  • Be positive. Praise your toddler when they’re eating well, don’t criticize or punish when not.
  • Offer new tastes gradually. One at a time and in small amounts.
  • Try not to rush mealtimes as some toddlers eat very slowly.
  • Eat together as a family as much as possible. Toddlers learn just as much by watching what you do, from table manners to savoring food and trying different things.
  • Encourage them to feed themselves, it might help finger foods be accepted more easily. You can deal with the mess later.
  • For more on preventing picky eating, read our 14 ways to raise a toddler with healthy-eating habits.
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