You will probably already know if you have a fussy eater and maybe you don’t want to believe it just yet. Here are a few traits of a Mom with a fussy eater:
- Do you cook separate meals?
- Do you get stressed about what to cook leading up to meal times?
- Are you continuously nagging your little one to eat just something?
If you answered yes, sorry you have a fussy eater.
Here are a few helpful tips for you Mom:
1. Get the book
If you’re about to start your baby on solids, you need to get Annabel Karmel’s book: First Meals Revised: Fast, healthy, and fun foods to tempt infants and toddlers. It is the ultimate guide for baby weaning to solids and the book goes right through from infant to toddler years with some great ideas for picky eaters.
2. Separate it
Many picky eaters like to separate their food items, so try buying a plate with sections and fill each section with a single food item. Here is a pretty cool plate from Amazon:
3. Make it fun
The worst you can do with a fussy eater is to get frustrated when he/she does not want to eat. Associations form very quickly with young children and if you begin by making meal time fun (even if they only have one bite) encourage laughter and try not to get stressed out. Your child will then associate meal times with having fun and will slowly enjoy this time of the day which will make it easier for you in the long run. Annabel Karmel has a great book with over 130 yummy and nutritional recipes for fussy eaters. Another tip to try, if you and your husband like to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, why not get a plastic wine glass pour a little juice (always dilute one third with water) and say ‘cheers’ – add to the experience of dinner time fun.
It’s what you read about all the time from bath to sleep routines, but the same applies for eating. Make meal times a set time of the day, if your child is old enough encourage them to help you set the table or help prep the food for cooking. Try to sit down as a family always, this shows your child that meal time is important family time. Switch off all distractions like a TV or Radio and your phone!
5. Never force
Find what your child really enjoys – even if it’s fish fingers – and make this for each main meal. Slowly add new types of food with the fish fingers and discover what they like. By doing this you gradually get to know what they like to eat and start to build up a meal plan for these foods. Each child is different and should never be forced to eat. Discover what it is they enjoy and work from there.
From one fussy eater to a Mom, take these points and give it a try.