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Your Growing Baby
Tips for Moms of Picky Eaters
Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. This can be frustrating for the parent who prepares nutritious meals and snacks for her growing child only to have them thrown onto the floor or met with a scrunched up nose and look of disdain.
Don’t feel guilty if your tot refuses the healthy food you’re serving. Your child has other things on his mind and doesn’t want to sit for a complete dinner. As long as your child is growing and active, how much he eats is up to him, really, so your best bet is to continue serving good foods and find what works to encourage — not force, threaten, bribe, or cajole — your toddler into eating well.
You don’t need to become a short-order cook to please your finicky tot. He should be eating much of what you are at mealtime, but sometimes presentation is everything. Broccoli might not appeal to a 2-year-old, but what if you call it broccoli trees? Giving fun names to fruits and vegetables to make them sound more desirable.
A grilled cheese sandwich looks rather ordinary until you use your cookie cutter to shape it into stars; suddenly it’s a star sandwich, and that’s pretty cool. The green beans you serve are a lot more fun to eat if your child can plunge them into a bit of low-fat dip first. And fruit is extra yummy if you shake it up in a healthy smoothie.
Lastly, involve your child in meal preparation. Let him help you select the produce at the store and talk about the colors, shapes, textures, and flavors. While you’re cooking, your tot can stir, wash, and mash foods. Praise your helper for a job well done. He might be so proud of the applesauce he mashed he’ll forget he doesn’t normally eat applesauce!
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