How do you get your toddler to try out new food? He/she is such a picky eater, and you feel like you've tried everything! You've tried stories, you've tried enacting cartoon character. You've even tried explaining to them the consequences of not eating a healthy diet but he/she still acts up whenever you take the plate of food near them. It's turning into a power struggle with them- and they're winning!
So how do you get them to eat the foods that you give without a major battle?Have you ever, instead of trying to force them, tried to find out the reason why they are rejecting the food? It might just help in feeding your picky eater.
Believe me, food is one battle you do NOT want to fight in a daily basis! You said your child eats nothing. But honestly, he/she would be alive today if that where the case, right? Oftentimes, picky eater is a way of getting mummy and daddy's attention. And clearly, you child's 'I dont't eat anything' game plan has been working in their favor thus far. While some want to eat only their favorite stuffs, other just come up with various excuses for not eating and start messing up the place by throwing around.
Even though your child may not be eating as well rounded diet as you would like, as long as your child is growing normally and has normal energy level, there is probably little to worry about. Remember that early childhood is a period in their development where they are not growing very fast and doesn't need a lot of calories. You can consider giving your child a daily vitamin if you think he/she is not eating well.
Below is a list of ways in which you can try to coax your toddler:
All these things will help take the anxiety out during mealtime, and hopefully make it a more enjoyable eating experience for everyone. If you think your toddler is not getting proper nourishment and is not growing up at a normal rate, please consult a paediatrician.