One of our fave mamas Whitney Port celebrated the launch of Wholesome Child by Mandy Sacher, a well known child nutritionist. The launch party was at one our all time favorite spots Au Fudge. While we could not make the event, we wanted to what we learned when we interviewed Mandy. As moms we have all dealt with a picky eater at one time or another. Here are a child nutritionist top 10 tips:
10 Strategies For Dealing With Fussy Eating
- Desensitization – encourage your little ones to touch, smell, and engage with their food.
- Repetition – Make new foods familiar by repeatedly offering them in a calm, familial environment. A child will not go to a stranger the first time they meet them, but after a few visits they generally feel more comfortable to sit with them. The same goes for new foods.
- Messy Play – Allow your baby to reach for his food and feed himself. If your baby is being spoon fed, offer him his own spoon to attempt to feed himself.
- Family Meals – Make it a goal to eat together as a family as often as possible.
- Educate Your Child Daily With Interesting Fun-Filled Food Facts – Help them to make the connection that what we eat helps us to feel strong and healthy or will make them run faster or jump higher.
- When Trying To Offer New Foods, Work With The Textures That They Like – For instance if you really want to get your child to eat homemade french fries or sweet potato fries and you know they love crunchy food, it’s probably best not to make huge, fat wedge-shaped chips.
- Offer Choices at Mealtimes – Children like to feel they have some control when it comes to food. Many moms do not want to become short order cooks or fall into the habit of making five different meals each evening. However, it is particularly important for fussy children to be given a choice between two healthy options.
- Try To Serve A Small Portion Of Food On A Large Plate – This way your child won’t feel overwhelmed. If your child simply refuses to eat a particular food, do not let them see your frustration. Simply remove the food and continue to try another day.
- Make Mealtimes Fun – Sing songs, make pictures out of vegetable sticks and dips. The main thing is that young children should enjoy the whole sensorial experience even if it means sticking their fingers into everything and eating with their hands.
- Praise Your Child For Eating New Foods – Children love praise, and if both parents praise a child for eating well it can have a long-lasting effect
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