Chapter 7: Cater to Picky Eaters
Eat Your Vegetables and Other Mistakes Parents Make: Redefining How to Raise Healthy Eaters
Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD
- Introduce solids one food at a time.
- Expose your child to a wide variety of foods.
- Spend at least 10 to 15 minutes on meals.
- Name the foods your child is eating to help him develop language skills.
- Expect neophobia (fear of trying new things, including foods).
- Continue to expose your child to a wide variety of foods.
- Avoid preparing separate meals.
- Keep mealtimes relaxing and enjoyable.
- Keep the TV off during meals.
- Remember the “rule of 15.”
- Involve your child in meal preparation.
- Require your child to sit at the table during mealtimes for at least 15 to 20 minutes, but don’t force him to eat.
- Require assistance in meal preparation.
- Expose your child to a variety of foods.
- Explain reasons why you would like your child to try a particular food.
- Use mealtimes to share stories and experiences.