1. Keep a food journal:
A food journal can help to track the types of foods that the child is eating, as well as any allergies or sensitivities.
2. Offer a variety of healthy foods:
Offering a variety of healthy foods will help to ensure that the child is getting the nutrients they need.
3. Avoid pressuring the child to eat:
Pressure can cause the child to become more resistant to trying new foods.
4. Don’t bribe or punish the child for not eating:
Bribing or punishing the child for not eating can lead to negative associations with food.
5. Respect the child’s preferences:
Respect the child’s preferences, even if they are limited.
6. Be patient – it can take time for a picky eater to broaden their palate:
It can take time for a picky eater to become more open to trying new foods.
7. Serve food at room temperature or warmer:
Serving food at room temperature or warmer can make it more palatable for the child.
8. Use positive reinforcement:
Positive reinforcement can encourage the child to try new foods.
9. Make mealtimes enjoyable:
Mealtimes should be a positive experience for both parents and children.
10. Seek professional help if necessary:
If mealtimes are becoming increasingly challenging, it may be helpful to seek professional help.