Before kids, I used to dream of a perfect lunch and dinner in which the whole family eats together. That’s what we see in pictures and movies. Ohhh that perfect family laughing while eating together didn’t turn into reality for us.
Fussy eating is a common problem all parents face and for us, mealtimes was a misery. Most of the time I thought that it’s just a phase – but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with my fussy eater. I used to make a variety of foods and without even tasting the food was denied. It was full of stress and at times I lost my temper. But the solution was different, losing temper yelling or being sad wasn’t the solution to this problem.
With time I understood that this is actually quite a normal process in a child’s development. If your child appears healthy and is getting his or her weight and height goals, then there’s possibly nothing to worry about.
Some of the causes after healthy toddlers refusing food are seeing for attention, trying to display their independence or they don’t want to sit in one place.
So, here I put some tips & tricks which worked for me.
- Give your child the similar food as the rest of the family.
- Compliment your child when they do eat well
- Stay calm and be positive
- Avoid force feed – he may develop a negative thought about food.
- Please don’t bribe your child as they are smart enough to demand things in return for eating regularly.
- Sit with him at the table and talk about positive things. Make mealtimes enjoyable.
- Don’t offer substitutes at the table, you can add a variety of foods later.
- Make sure your child is hungry before offering the food.
- Avoid heavy snacks before mealtimes.
- Turn off the distractions while feeding.
- Attempt to eat with them as often as you can.
- Your child can be a slow eater, so be calm.
As long as your kid eats around food from the 4 main food groups (fruit and vegetables; dairy or dairy alternatives; potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates; and beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat and other proteins) you don’t need to be stressed.
Understand that it is up to you to offer your baby healthy and wholesome foods; it is up to your baby to choose whether or not to eat that food.
Your baby will never go short of food and the finest thing you can do is to just carry on to offer the foods and try and don’t think about how much is eaten or not eaten.
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