Kids naturally go through their picky eater phase — that is, when they temporarily prefer to eat only certain types of food. But for a mom whose goal is to provide the right nutrition for kids, picky eating can be a hindrance. To still achieve the goal of providing the right nutrition for kids, moms, like you, can follow the tips below. These can help a picky eater to finally step out of the phase and try something new in the exciting world of food!
Tip #1 - Give your child the power to choose.
Your child is in the picky eater phase, so, he feels he has the power to choose what he will eat. Support your child's feelings. But, let him choose from new healthy food options. After tasting the food served, ask him, "Which one is your favorite?" or "Did you like that?" Avoid saying, "I told you it tastes good!" Giving your child the power to choose reinforces his decision-making skills and takes the focus away from who is right about food.
Tip #2 - Let him pay attention to his tummy.
Providing the right nutrition for kids involves teaching them to tell whether or not they are full. "Has your tummy had enough?" or "Is your tummy still growling?" are questions that help teach kids what's important about eating. Avoid comparing your child to other kids who may be eating more. They may have food needs different from your child's.
Tip #3 - Focus on the sensory qualities of food.
Achieving proper nutrition for kids in the picky eater phase includes teaching them about the food you want them to try. Picky eaters pick only what they know. So, you can get them to consider trying new food by talking about its texture or taste. "This tastes like oranges" or "It's crunchy" helps them to have the guts to try what you're offering.
As you work to provide the right nutrition for kids in the picky eater phase, remember that Lactum 3+/6+ is your partner. Lactum has the essential nutrients found in food groups from the food pyramid to help make your child 100% nourished and you, 100% panatag.