Fussy Eaters

Oh how I would envy people being able to eat out anywhere with their children, how people would tell me their child eats everything and anything, they only have to cook one meal a night, how they never have to pack a specific pack lunch as their children will eat food from anywhere, how varied their children’s diet was and so on…

Luca’s eating habits were getting worse by the day, my frustration was hitting boiling point and I knew something had to change and as his parent I had say enough was enough and do something different. I was always so scared of Luca going hungry so I would give in to him and give him the foods I knew he would eat, little did I know I was making the problem a whole lot worse. At the height of Luca’s fussy eating I didn’t know anyone who could relate to me so I put together this post of how I changed Luca’s eating habits in the hope to help someone else who is going through the same thing, If your at your wits end with fussy eaters I hope this post helps you, by sharing some tips that worked for us.

Something has to change – Start by slowly introducing your child to new foods on their plate. Then Once a week try and make your child a complete new meal, cut back on the snacks throughout the day so you know they will be hungry come tea time. The pace is slow but keep going, the key to this is consistency.

Give them choice – Pick out two meals you want your child to try, both meals should have or be new foods. This is a manipulated choice that allows a child to feel in control. Children thrive on decision making, it gives them a sense of independence which in turn builds confidence. These are the perfect ingredients for getting our little loves to try new foods. Whichever meal he/she has chosen is the meal you cook. You could even get your them to help you cook the foods for a bonus helping hand.

Sticker Chart – Build your child a sticker chat, get some really cool stickers of something they are really into. Anytime your child eats a new food let them put their own sticker on the chart. To make the chart even more appealing you could entice them with the promise of a new toy when they reach a certain amount of stickers, (we started at 5 stickers to make it reachable for Luca).

Patience not attention – I know first hand at how disheartening it is when you have spent over an hour cooking a lovely fresh meal in the kitchen for your child to refuse to eat any of it. Don’t shout, don’t force, don’t give into any negative attention. Carry on eating your own meal, and talking to your partner or friend about something of topic. Pay no attention to the fussy eating, only pay attention to the trying of new foods. If he/she refuses to eat any of the food just remove the plate when YOU have finished and try again tomorrow.

I would love to hear how your little ones get on or if you have any other tips  🙂 IMG_7827.JPG

 

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