Some children are very picky eaters and getting them to even taste something might prove quite a chore and this leaves the parent in deep thought on what to feed their child.
It can be frustrating when kids want to eat the same thing every day and because picky eating among young children is so common, it’s a subject worth looking into.
It’s quite normal for children to go through a finicky-eating phase for emotional and physical development. Children enter their pickiest phase of life around age 2. This pickiness eventually declines by the time they turn 6. Most children eventually outgrow it.
1. Be sure they are hungry
One of the toughest problems for parents is trying to get a picky eater who isn’t hungry to eat something they don’t like. Also, try not to force them to eat or finish what is in their plate especially when they indicate they are full. Children are most likely to eat they will eat once they are hungry.
2. Put away the junks
Allowing your child to fill up on juice, milk or snacks throughout the day might decrease his or her appetite for meal. What they do not see would not be wanted for long. Don’t buy or leave those biscuits, chocolates, crisps, fizzy drinks and juice around, rather keep the healthy alternatives like fruits.
3. Make it fun
It is believed that encouraging the kids to join in the preparation of the meal encourages them to participate in the eating well. Allow them partake in the cooking process like picking the beans. Kids are more likely to eat the food they helped prepare.
4. Be Creative
Sometimes it’s not what you prepare but how you offer it. Use cookie cutters to create edible designs out of foods like eggs, bread, thin meat slices or cooked noodles. Serve a variety of brightly colored foods. it helps.
5. Introduce new food and varieties
Serving one type of meal all the time will definitely make a child not accept new ones easily. Serve new foods along with your child’s favorite foods. Keep serving your child healthy choices until they become familiar and preferred. Therefore patience is the key.
6. Hide the veggies
As much as we try to ensure they see what they are eating, you can sometimes cut corners just to make sure they get the nutrition they require. You can puree the vegetables into their favourite meals or coarsely blend it into their food.