My daughter has always been a picky eater. Her diet consists of mostly milk and applesauce and pb&j sandwiches. The doctor says not to worry because she is healthy. But I just never felt like this was nutritious enough.
I even hate to take him to birthday parties and family gatherings. He just wont eat anything. So I got help and this is what I learned.
I asked her to start tasting other foods. According to the psychologist, we needed to let her do it on her own terms. So we even let him leave the table, go to another room and try it. Now she can handle kids size portions of meatballs, chicken and cheese quesadillas. No longer does she only eat crackers and applesauce.
Here are a few tips you can try.
Start small. Start with pieces so small that they could even blow away. Try a single pea, or a part of a noodle, even a crumble of cheese. Encourage the child by saying, “This is easy- it will just take a second.”
Try the Reward System
Tell your child just to try the smallest piece and afterward he can have some of his favorite foods. You can gradually increase the amounts of good foods and decrease the foods your child always eats.
Persistence is Key
Stick to your guns. Children need to try something 10 to 15 times before they like something. It will get easier.Start Eliminating the Bad Stuff.Reduce the snacks and sugary drinks. Record what your child eats and drinks for about three days. You may find that your child is snacking all day. Let your child get hungry and he will be more receptive towards new foods.
Bring Friends Into the Game
Invite his or her more adventurous friends. Friends can make a big difference. All it may take is for a friend to grab a piece of brocoli to make it look more attractive.
Kids Who Have Extra Sensitive Taste Buds
If your child seems to try new foods but doesn’t like any of them. He may have extra sensitive issues with experiencing flavors and textures. Take it extra slow when introducing your child to new foods. Start by having your child near the food and look at it. Then help him get comfortable with handling it. Use it in an art project or game. Then do snake tastes which are quick licks. Then encourage him to take small bites.