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DOs

Ask your kid to help prepare meals.

Have your picky eater help in the kitchen by stirring batter and adding spices.

Discourage unhealthy snacks

such as sweets and high-fat foods. Keep plenty of healthy snacks around like cut-up pieces of fruits and veggies, low-fat cheeses, and yogurt.

Introduce fruits and veggies.

Expose your kid to a wide variety of fruits and veggies from an early age.

Balance levels of praise.

Praise can be helpful, but be careful not to go overboard, and never be critical.

Have a positive attitude.

Make mealtimes enjoyable by creating a positive, calm environment.

Have your kid watch and learn.

Be a role model by eating healthy yourself. Show your child that you and other family members eat a variety of foods and try new things at least once.

Minimize distractions.

Turn off the television during meals.

Offer variety.

Don't assume your kid won’t like a certain food. Keep offering a variety of foods! You might be surprised by what your picky eater will try.

Share your plate.

Allow your picky eater to try food off of your plate. Toddlers are aware that their food is different and sometimes prefer to eat what's on their parents' plates.

Use his favourite role model.

Kids love acting like their favourite characters. Tell your kid that eating certain fruits and veggies will help him be like his hero.

Use utensils.

Let your toddler safely use utensils. He might be more interested in eating, especially if an older sibling is using utensils too.

DON’Ts

Be biased.

Don't be picky yourself. Make it seem like all foods are good.

Force it.

Let your child watch you enjoy the food first, then have him try it. Let him feel like he has a choice.

Give up.

Studies show that kids need to be exposed to a new food up to 15 times or more before accepting it. Offer small portions of new food along with his favourite foods.

Have an all-or-nothing policy.

Forget the "Clean Plate Club" and encourage your child to take a bite of everything on the plate. The more often he tries it, the more likely he will be to eat it willingly.

Make a scene.

Don't beg, plead, or bargain with your child to try something. Don’t get emotional if he refuses to eat something. Just try again another day.

Rush into skim milk.

Don’t give skim or 1% milk to a child younger than 2 unless your doctor prescribes it. Your kid should continue to drink whole milk until age 2, then he can switch to 2% milk.

Ask your kid to help prepare meals.

Have your picky eater help in the kitchen by stirring batter and adding spices.

Discourage unhealthy snacks

such as sweets and high-fat foods. Keep plenty of healthy snacks around like cut-up pieces of fruits and veggies, low-fat cheeses, and yogurt.

Introduce fruits and veggies.

Expose your kid to a wide variety of fruits and veggies from an early age.

Balance levels of praise.

Praise can be helpful, but be careful not to go overboard, and never be critical.

Have a positive attitude.

Make mealtimes enjoyable by creating a positive, calm environment.

Have your kid watch and learn.

Be a role model by eating healthy yourself. Show your child that you and other family members eat a variety of foods and try new things at least once.

Minimize distractions.

Turn off the television during meals.

Offer variety.

Don't assume your kid won’t like a certain food. Keep offering a variety of foods! You might be surprised by what your picky eater will try.

Share your plate.

Allow your picky eater to try food off of your plate. Toddlers are aware that their food is different and sometimes prefer to eat what's on their parents' plates.

Use his favourite role model.

Kids love acting like their favourite characters. Tell your kid that eating certain fruits and veggies will help him be like his hero.

Use utensils.

Let your toddler safely use utensils. He might be more interested in eating, especially if an older sibling is using utensils too.

Be biased.

Don't be picky yourself. Make it seem like all foods are good.

Force it.

Let your child watch you enjoy the food first, then have him try it. Let him feel like he has a choice.

Give up.

Studies show that kids need to be exposed to a new food up to 15 times or more before accepting it. Offer small portions of new food along with his favourite foods.

Have an all-or-nothing policy.

Forget the "Clean Plate Club" and encourage your child to take a bite of everything on the plate. The more often he tries it, the more likely he will be to eat it willingly.

Make a scene.

Don't beg, plead, or bargain with your child to try something. Don’t get emotional if he refuses to eat something. Just try again another day.

Rush into skim milk.

Don’t give skim or 1% milk to a child younger than 2 unless your doctor prescribes it. Your kid should continue to drink whole milk until age 2, then he can switch to 2% milk.
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