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Tips for fussy eaters

Wednesday, 22 June 2016  | 

 

When it comes to weaning or getting your child to eat healthier foods you'll feel that you're at the end of your tether and don't know what to do. Joey is stubborn and doesn't like anything healthy, we've had meal time tantrums and just complete food strike so here are my tips to make meal times a little bit easier.
1) Make it part of your daily routine - this might seem pretty obvious but i find that implementing the same things at every mealtime is important. So in a morning he always has a bottle first and then his breakfast, lunctimes can sometimes vary depending on when he has a nap but if he falls asleep before his lunch then i make sure its ready for him for when he wakes up. Tea time is probably the most difficult of mealtimes but I try and get tea done for around 5pm.
2) Eat at the same time - I always eat at the same time as Joey, especially at teatime. My husband only gets in from work after 5.30pm and if Joey hasnt had his tea before daddy gets home then he gets distracted.
3) Don't put pressure on your child - there's no point in force feeding them. If they don't want it, don't force it.
4) Give praise - when they successfully eat something let them know that it's a good thing.
5) Don't offer alternatives - If you've made them a meal and they refuse don't then go and make them a meal you know they'll eat.
6) Always offer foods that they've previously refused - if they've refused foods then it's always good to reoffer them at some point. The more you offer a certain food they're bound to give in at some point and actually eat it.
7) Eating infront of the telly - some parents might not condone having the television on during mealtime but it actually encourages Joey to eat I think.
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