Is your toddler a fussy eater? Research indicates that 27% toddlers are fussy eaters. And 30% toddlers refuse to eat vegetables. So what makes these children dislike food?
According to a study conducted by Bristol university late introduction of semi-solid foods leads to fussy eating habit. If your are not introducing semi-solid food in your baby’s diet by the age of 10 months, then you are decreasing his or her chances of developing healthy food eating habits. It is imperative for parents to introduce right mix of wholegrain, fruit and vegetables as soon as they are six months.
Help him develop taste of new foods
However, feeding right foods to your child is always a challenge. It is not necessary that your toddler will like the taste of every new food in first go. Sahana, an entrepreneur and a parent of a 5-year-old says that she got her daughter develop liking for broccoli by cooking it in different ways. Roopali, a housewife and a mother of a 3-year- old says that she introduced her son to karela 10 times in a week, before he started eating it.
Toddlers tend to follow into the footsteps of their parents. If you are a fussy eater or if you binge on junk food, it is likely that your kids will do the same. In addition, if you are restricting yourself to narrow range of foods, your child will copy. We take a look at the latest trends of how to transform your toddler from a fussy eater to an easygoing eater.
1. Introduce finger foods- Toddlers like to chew on things, which does not interrupt their playing routine. Finger foods like sliced cucumber, diced melon, boiled potato balls and sautéed broccoli and carrot, comes as a rescue here. Just give him a few in his hands while he is busy playing.
2. Ensure eating as a family- Setting mealtime routine and eating as a family reinforces the culture of eating food. Your toddler sees you as a role model. If he sees you eating healthy food at a regular time, then he is likely to copy you.
3. Use mason jars and bright plates- A food that looks beautiful will attract your toddler’s attention. Put hung curd, oats, variety of fruits and some honey in a mason jar and serve it to your child. Toddlers love to see layers of food. This makes mealtime more fun for them.
4. Replace dinner with breakfast menu- Kids love breakfast such as pancakes, muffins, omelets’, oats and Dalai. Try replacing heavy dinners with easy to eat breakfast that not only tastes good but also looks good.