Meal times can be a little bit messy when you have a toddler.
Meal times should be a time when all family should gather together and enjoy eating food.
Unfortunately, this is not the case when you have a fussy child sitting beside you who is not eating and is mumbling “I don’t like it yukky!”
Instead of enjoying your food and the company of your family, meal times can easily become your dreaded time of the day if you have a fussy eater in the house.
Out of my three children, all of them had some phases where they were fussy and picky of what they ate and I learned along the way of what works and what doesn’t.
Every child is different so what worked for my children might not work for your child it’s a matter of trial and error.
Here are some helpful tips to restore peace at meal time and make your fussy eater child actually eat food.
1.Sit Down Together At Meal Times
Make it a habit of sitting down together and eat as a family. If you sit down together at meal times your child is likely to mimic how you or other family members are eating their food.
If you sit down together at meal times your child is likely to mimic how you or other family members are eating their food.
It’s a great idea as a parent to set a very good example during meal times and actually eat all the food on your plate.
2. Get Kids Involved In Food Preparation.
Kids are adventurous and they like to experiment with food. Try to
Try to involve your child in food preparation whether it’s making their pasta dish or cutting some fruits to eat as a snack your child will enjoy the process.
Everyone is more likely to eat food they have prepared themselves with their own bare hands than food prepared by someone else.
3. Make Soups
A lot of children don’t like to eat vegetables and I know many parents worry whether their children are missing out on the vital nutrients found in vegetables.
Try mixing different vegetables and make different soups your child might actually like the soup.
You can even make delicious soups easily at home for your child if you have a blender.
4. Try Smoothies
Smoothies are nutritious and easy to make. Involve your child in making different types of smoothie with different fruits make your child help you wash and cut the fruits for the smoothie.
And of course, you can add a little bit of honey in the smoothies to give them a twitch.
Read more: 10 Super Healthy Smoothie Recipe Ideas
5. Try New Things
Try out new ways of eating sometimes kids get bored eating the same way. I remember some time ago one of my children had turned into a fussy eater and didn’t touch any vegetables.
My husband suggested buying some chopstick and to learn to eat with them as a family. At first, I laughed at the idea and thought that it was silly but later I resolved in trying it out, I figured that I wasn’t going to lose anything for trying.
So we bought these chopsticks and we went on youtube to learn how to use these chopsticks.
All of my children learned faster and using chopsticks at meal times changed my fussy childs’ attitude toward eating vegetables.
My fussy eater was not only now eating vegetables but she even had vegetable eating competition with the other sibling as to who would pick and eat as many vegetables with the chop sticks.
6. Introduce New Foods More Slowly
Introduce new foods slowly as this will allow your child to get to used to the new tastes. If you introduce new food too fast your child is likely to refuse to try some of the food.
7. Serve Your Meals At The Same Time Every day.
Make sure you serve your meals around the same time every day. This will make it easy for your child to eat and get the appetite to eat around the same time.
8. Make Vegetables Interesting.
Cut your vegetables in different interesting ways. Invest in a vegetable cutter or a spiralizer, kids love shapes so by cutting your vegetable in different shapes you make the vegetable interesting, they might actually eat the vegetable.
9. Incorporate Different Vegetables In Meals.
Try adding vegetable into your meals rather than serving them as a side dish.
For example, if you are making a pasta dish why not add mixed vegetable together with the pasta and the sauce.
10. Remember To Praise And Stay Positive.
Having a fussy eater child can make you frustrated at times but it’s important to stay positive.
Always remember to stay positive and no yelling or shouting and use words of encouraging every time.
Be patient with your child and know that it’s a phase that will come to pass quite soon as your child grows. But if you are concerned with your child’s healthy it’s always a good idea to seek medical advice.
Over to you…
What other tips do you have for parents of a fussy eater child?
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