Whether it is a regular day or a special holiday such as Thanksgiving, you may want your toddler to try the food that is served to them. This can be stressful for the parents, as they want their children to eat healthy and explore new food choices. However, getting a toddler to try new food can be easier said than done. Toddlers can be fussy eaters and may not be interested in trying any new food. While training a fussy eater can be difficult, it can still be done with a little patience. It may take awhile, but do not give up and keep on trying.
One way to get your toddler to try new foods is to make the food fun. You can serve colorful food such as apples, grapes, carrot sticks, cheese sticks, crackers, and raisins. The colorful food will appeal to the toddler, and you may even be able to help them learn their colors as well! In addition, this food all makes healthy snacks, helping them to grow up big and strong.
Training a fussy eater also means eating right yourself, as children will learn different behaviors from their parents. If you do not eat healthy and try new foods, then your child will take notice and do the same. Remember, everyone is different, so do not limit the food you serve your child to only the food you enjoy. While you may enjoy something that your child does not like, your child may also enjoy something that you do not like. But you should still try to set a good example by trying new food and eating healthy.
A child who seems to be healthy and energetic may be eating enough food. But it never hurts to be sure and keep an eye on how much they eat in a day, and what they eat. Rather than serving only three meals a day, serve a few small snacks in between the meals. You can also check your child’s weight and see if he or she is growing. If you are still unsure, check with the pediatrician.
Unless a child is sick, they will eat, and they will let you know if they are hungry. As you introduce new food to them, holidays such as Thanksgiving can become a fun time of trying new food. You just have to get them to try it to begin with. Remember when training a fussy eater, just because they try a food, does not mean they are going to like it.
Just stay calm and keep at it, set a good example, and make trying new food fun. Before you know it, both you and your fussy little eater will discover new food that he or she will come to you and ask for!