10 Tips to Deal with a Fussy Eater
Fussy eaters can turn mealtimes into a battleground so it’s important to start good eating habits early. There’s nothing worse than having to cook 4 different meals for the family.
Let them feel like they’re in control
Get them feeding themselves as early as possible. If your baby keeps grabbing the spoon during meals give them a spoon and let them feed themselves. This may mean having one spoon for you and one for them and it may mean more mess but it will be well worth it in the long run.
Get them involved in the process
Making them feel like they’re part of the process can really help. Try to get the whole family eating together and feed baby at the same time. They’ll be much more likely to try new things if everyone else is eating them. When they’re older give them a list in the supermarket and let them help you fill the trolley. Involve them in cooking – let them play with food while you’re preparing it or pick out toppings to put on a pizza. Let them grow their own food – you don’t need a big garden, a few herbs on the windowsill will do.
Give them lots of small meals, as opposed to three big ones
Children’s tummies are a lot smaller than ours so eating little and often suits them better. Aim for three meals and two snacks. Keep an eye on portion sizes too and avoid overloading their plates, as they may find large portions intimidating.
Set a time limit on meals
Never force them to eat and don’t drag out mealtimes. If they haven’t eaten all their food in 20 minutes, take it away and try again at the next meal. They may be hungrier then. Don’t make them eat everything on their plates.