Feeding picky eaters can be reasonably challenging, but simple steps can be taken to help avoid food anxiety in babies and toddlers. Picky eating is common for toddlers, but babies too can turn into picky little eaters. So if you are having trouble getting your baby or toddler to eat, then read on.
It is easy to become overly worried when your baby suddenly turns into a picky eater and just won’t eat. Relax, your baby will not starve himself. Picky eating is more common than you think and a lot of babies and toddlers go through this phase. However if your baby appears to be sick and not his usual self, then you might want to contact your pediatrician or GP to rule out anything serious.
A teething baby might get picky about food as teething can be uncomfortable. Good-quality teething toys or teething biscuits could help soothe sore gums.
However, if teething is not the reason for the fussy eating, then a few tricks in the way you prepare and present food may help. Different colors, textures, and new tastes may tempt picky eaters to try the food again.
Tips to help you feed your picky eater
- When presenting food to your fussy customer make sure you sell it. Be creative and turn food into funny looking things such as funny animal shapes or design a funny looking face with vegetables and pasta or other foods. You can also, try cutting some foods using cool cookie cutters; this helped with my first daughter. For a while, all she could eat was roasted potato wedges and milk, and I remember panicking because I had just weaned her off breast milk (my precious and trusted back up plan).
- Get your toddler involved in the food preparation, let him explore, touch and feel different foods and different food textures. Allowing your baby or toddler to touch food will help reduce food anxiety.
- Offer finger foods such steamed vegetables, bright colored fruits, cheese, bread or some small cooked pasta shapes on a plate. It is also a way of getting some nutrients into your picky eater.
Contact your pediatrician or GP if your baby won’t feed on a bottle or does not seem his usual self. You want to make sure there are no serious underlying problems.
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