If only getting your child to eat a new food were as simple as serving it.
The reality is that so many factors go into if and when your child will eat a new food.
Yes, you want to address them all, but you also want to be intentional and focused.
In my work with hundreds of families who have picky eaters, I’ve found that helping your child try new foods goes best when you have a plan, which is why I’m sharing my best tips below.
Use these strategies to successfully introduce new foods so even the pickiest of eaters can add more variety and nutrition to their diet.
Get into the right mindset
Managing your expectations goes a long way. I always tell my clients to “have high hopes and low expectations.” Let yourself be pleasantly surprised by your child’s eating (instead of chronically disappointed). And remember, as trite as it is, this is a marathon not a sprint. You’re in this for the long haul.
- 7 things to expect when introducing new foods
- What is a food exposure and why is it so important
- Let your child surprise you
New food introduction 101
Try these basics for successfully introducing new foods to your picky eater.
- My 4-step formula for trying new foods
- How to find the best new food to introduce to your child
- 3 ways to help your picky eater try new food without forcing them to take a bite
- 10 simple ways to add new foods and avoid meltdowns
Take it to the next level
Whether you feel like you’re ready for the next step or are running into tricky roadblocks, we’ve got you covered.
- Use your child’s favorite foods to help them like new ones
- How to reintroduce a food they “don’t like”
- How to get your picky eater to eat foods they used to like