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9 ways to cope with picky eaters
If your little one puts up a battle during mealtime, you're not alone!
42% of our site moms say their child is a picky eater.
Here are 9 ways to cope with a picky eater:
1. Eat together
Studies show that kids are better eaters when they eat with family.
2. Minimize distractions during mealtime
Turn the TV off and put devices and toys away.
3. Serve family-style
Your little one might try a new food if she has the choice to serve it to herself.
4. Don't make new foods a big deal
Introduce one new food at a time – simply place it on the table at mealtime.
5. Don't criticize your child's decisions
This will turn mealtime into a negative experience, and she'll be less likely to cooperate.
6. Get your little one involved with food preparation
She'll be more likely to eat something she helped select, cook, or even grow!
7. Try different presentations
Sometimes kids are more interested in eating foods in fun shapes.
8. Teach your child about nutrition
Post a food chart and have him color in the requirements as he meets them each day.
9. Be patient
Experts say that it can take 15 to 20 exposures to a new food before a child will like it.
Eventually your child WILL try new foods. Hang in there!
Animation by Nick Hilditch.