If you are the parent of a picky eater, then you know the struggle of getting your child to eat. Picky eaters are difficult to feed since they are very particular as to what they will put in their mouth. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve got the tips and tricks you need to get your picky eater to widen their horizons and eat more.
1. Introduce your picky eater to new foods.
No, this isn’t something that you can do all at once. Try to introduce them to a new food once a week or so. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t overwhelm your child with a whole new meal with food they’ve never eaten all at once. Tread lightly. You’ll get to that point eventually.
2. Cook with your child.
Allowing your child to cook with you is not only a fun activity to do together, but it is also a great way for them to see what you are making them and for them to put in their opinion. You can take them with you to the store to buy groceries and ask them what they want. Tell them to pick something new and then you can make it together. If they cook with you, they’ll be much more likely to eat it since they saw what went into the meal.
3. Tweak their favorite meals.
If your child has a favorite meal, make it in as many different ways as possible. Try to make it healthier. Your child will recognize that it’s familiar so they will feel more comfortable eating it even though it might look a little different.
4. Keep meal time pressure free.
Having a picky eater is challenging as a parent, but it’s also challenging for the child as well. Work through the struggle, try to be understanding, and don’t put too much pressure on your child. Their eating habits won’t change overnight, so try to be patient.
5. No more bribing.
Bribing your child to eat something they don’t want to won’t get you anywhere. Cut out all bribes and only cook one meal. Don’t cater to your picky eater because then they’ll think that they can get whatever they want. If they eat the meal you cooked, great. If not, they can go hungry. Once they get hungry, they’ll start to realize that you’re not messing around, and that they need to just suck it up and eat. So remember, no more bribing or tricking your child into eating.
6. Make sure what they are eating is healthy.
If your child doesn’t eat a lot, make sure that what they do eat is good for them. It’s okay for them to only eat some fruit for dinner. Sure, they’ll probably be hungry later but at least they got nutritious food in their system.
With these tips, you’ll be able to get your picky eater to actually eat more. So, try them out and find out what works best for your child. Good luck!