9 Ways to Get a Fussy PreSchooler to EatOctober 4, 2008 12:57 pm Diet and Nutrition, For The PreSchool Mama
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Blessed with a fussy eater myself, I’ve tried most of the ideas below with good results, , and have had relatives vouch for the the rest. You might not end up with a child who can pack it in in 10 minutes flat, but you’ll feel better knowing that she has had something wholesome and filling to eat.
- Try other ways of getting her to eat her veggies. Puree lightly cooked mixed vegetables, and use them as sandwich spread.
- Lower your expectations. We all know how great broccoli is for bright sparkling eyes, but if the only vegetable she eats is beet , that’s fine too.
- Have a list of foods by the refrigerator, consisting of foods that she can eat without having to ask you. Include all her favorite fruits, nuts, and healthy snacks. Having her preferences listed out will make her feel important, and encourage her to reach for an apple or raisins, whenever she feels those pangs.
- Use a sticker chart to reward her for vegetables eaten that day. Avoid cash treats – here’s a reward system that works even better.
- Use portion sizes based on her age. She has to eat as many mouthfuls or spoonfuls of veggies as her age. Calculations like these make sense to a child.
- It’s okay to choose unusual substitutes when she’s having a particularly fussy day. Ice cream over cereal works as well as milk.
- Compromise if she’s addicted to sugar bomb cereals. Mix unsweetened cereal with sweetened. She gets her sugar fix, and eats the more nutritious cereals too.
- Occasionally, change your dining setting to make things fun. Eat on plastic trays, or pie tins. Eat lunch in the garden or the balcony.
- Above all, quit fighting over food. If there are some things she has a natural dislike for, let them go and find substitutes.
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