“Parents are the best role models for healthy food choices. Meal times are pleasant with new foods introduced on a regular basis that all are encouraged to try. Toddlers may reject a new taste the first few times but gradually will accept the food.
Introduce a new food numerous time (as many as 12 or more times) and do not require the child to eat it if they do not want to. They will accept it.”
- Johanna Donnenfield, BScPhm, MS RD
- Be a good role model.
- Encourage children to take part in identifying and selecting food for the meal.
- Wash hands before eating.
- Use child-sized utensils and dishes. The Silicone Grip Dish suctions securely to tabletop or high chair, helping to hold it in place.
- Serve food in a divided dish to help with portions & prevent foods from touching, which can be a problem for some toddlers.
- Manners are developed over time; if they get fussy, it’s okay to pick them up and take them away from the table.
- Check your own expectations. Toddlers may not be able to wait until everyone is finished. Allow them to leave the table and play quietly while waiting.
- Remember that they’re little people. Don’t embarrass them by reprimanding them in public.
- Be patient and remember their developmental stage.
- Relax and enjoy your meal.
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