Having to deal with a fussy eating child can very often be a stressful experience for parents. According to parents successfully feeding such a child actually equals to winning a war. A fussy eater can be a cause of stress for many parents as they are very much concerned about the healthy growth of their little one. Whenever parents meet each other, one of their main topics of discussion is the food fussiness in their children.
Is “fussy eating” really a thing to worry about? Although parents get really frustrated about it, fussy eating is a quite normal habit among children. Fussy eating is actually a phase that most toddlers go through, usually in their second year. Food that a child loves today will be rejected by him the following day. A child who ate a satisfactory amount of food yesterday might eat less today. Further, a child might very frequently reject new tastes. All these things are quite normal and depend on the nutritional needs of your child. The appetite of a very active and healthy child will be different from that of a less active child. If a child is healthy and growing well, it suggests that the amount of food he eats per day is quite sufficient for him and you need not unnecessarily worry about it.
Check out the following tips that would help you fix common problems related to feeding your little one;
- Try to make mealtimes more fun for the child. A child’s meal must be tasty as well as healthy. However, a child’s mentality can also affect his food intake. So it is very important to make sure that the child is happy and relaxed during the mealtime. A child in a happy mood will actually eat a satisfactory amount of food. Therefore as parents try your best to make your child’s mealtime a happy and an enjoyable one.
- Don’t force your child to eat. This is a very common mistake done by many parents. Parents attempt to force feed their little ones and consequently, the child ends up disliking both the food and mealtime. Further as a result of force-feeding, a child may even refuse food that he likes. Therefore don’t make a big fuss when your little one refuses food and never force feed him.
- Prepare creative meals for your child. Children love different colours, shapes and flavours. If you can offer your little one a healthy at the same time a creative meal he will definitely enjoy mealtime and eat well.
- Allow your child to help you prepare the meal. Involve your little one in preparing meals and try to include some of his favourite foods in the meal. This will actually help to increase the appetite of your child. With your child, you can enjoy preparing foods of different shapes. For example, you can make cute animal shapes from fruits and vegetables.
- Introduce new foods gently. New tastes and textures must be introduced to children very slowly. You must offer your little one just one new food at a time and you need to carefully observe his reaction to that particular food. If your child seems to love the new food, you can continue to give it to him. However, if he becomes reluctant to the new food, stop offering it to him for a while and try again in future.
We hope that the above tips would help you tackle problems related to feeding your child. It's important to keep in mind that your little one will not remain a fussy eater forever, as he grows up will try new foods and tastes. So as parents, don't worry unnecessarily about your little one’s food fussiness!