You’ve followed all the nutrition advice by experts and well-meaning friends or family members. You’ve carefully shopped for and planned healthy meals but no matter what you do, the only thing your toddler will eat is mac ‘n cheese.
What do you do?
The good news is, you’re not alone. There are many reasons a child might be choosier than usual at mealtimes, such as temperament, taste sensitivities, desire for new-found independence, activity level or medical issues.
No matter what the cause, there are great resources and tips to help you navigate the world of picky eating.
Here are a few trusted sources of information:
- Zero to Three provides developmental guidance, reasons behind picky eating and how you can influence healthy eating behaviors.
- The Mayo Clinic offers 10 practical tips for helping prevent mealtime battles.
- The US Department of Agriculture Choose My Plate site offers downloadable handouts, including “Healthy Tips for Picky Eaters,” “Kitchen Helper Activities” and “Phrases that Help” or hinder development of healthy eating habits.
As always, if you have concerns about your child’s growth and development, consult with your pediatrician.