Wondering how to get your child to eat? Here are some
no-nag ways to outsmart a fussy eater.
Set a good example. Eat healthy foods (and look like you enjoy
them). Be careful making comments about foods you dislike, they
will pick up on this.
Kids have small stomachs. Small meals with snacks in-between are
easier than three big meals a day. Try not to pile food onto their
Children thrive on routine. Keep mealtimes regular and, when
you've discovered something they like, serve the same meal a few
times a week with some variation.
Children shouldn't be rewarded for eating food they don't like
or want. Usually they end up disliking it more.
Don't fill them up on fluid (juice, milk, cordial, even water)
just before a meal.
Let kids help in the kitchen. They are more likely to eat
something they've helped prepare.
If they don't like something, try swapping it with another
option. For example if they hate vegetables, offer them fruit; if
they won't drink milk, try yoghurt or cheese; if they don't like
chewing meat, serve mince dishes, chicken, fish or baked beans.
Give consideration to other reasons why they might appear fussy
such as teething, a sore throat, a blocked nose or an upset
Be persistent. Keep offering new foods even if they reject them
at first. They need to see them several times before they look
Don't hurry them to finish eating. Let them take their time and
experiment with the food on their plate.
Don't lose your cool at dinner! Simply remove uneaten food
(perhaps offer it again later) and don't encourage snacks an hour