Are you worried about your toddler’s fussy eating habits? You’re not alone. According to a survey, 8 out of 10 parents in Australia were concerned about their child’s eating habits. It’s more or less the same in the United States, the UK, Germany and most other countries.
Indeed, even as the world gets more prosperous and as food choices become plentiful, the biggest worry many parents have is that their toddler isn’t eating enough, and isn’t getting the right kind of nutrition.
The importance of creating healthy eating patterns in a child from as early as possible cannot be stressed enough. Here are tips for parents on how to prevent their child from developing fussy eating habits
Tip #1: Introduce your baby to lumpy foods or semi-solids as early as possible.
Tip #2: Don’t be too soft on the baby and don’t get put off when she rejects food.
Most Millennial parents are too soft on a baby and give in to her every whim and fancy. The earlier generations were different. Babies and toddlers always reject food the first time you feed it to them. That is their natural reaction, that is how they are.
As a parent, it is your job to make sure that they eat the food, whether they like it or not. Young parents of today persist only twice or thrice before giving up. That only means they are not doing their duty as parents.
You must try at least 10 times, maybe even 20 times before giving up on feeding your baby with a particular food item. Remember – your toddler doesn’t know what’s good for him or her. You are the parent; it’s your job to make sure your toddler gets fed with the right kind of nutrition.
Tip #3: Set the right example.
As a parent, you should always lead by example. Have you noticed how your baby or toddler is always looking at you, observing you, trying to mimic what you do? Well, if your toddler is being a fussy eater, is it possible that it is because you’re a fussy eater yourself?
If you want your child to love different types of nutritious foods, you should have the different kinds of healthy foods yourself. Kids are very smart at sensing hypocrisy from adults and they react to that in their own way. Never underestimate your child just because he or she is so tiny!
Pro Tip: Get the right sort of baby/toddler feeding equipment.
We make specialized equipment for babies and toddlers to prevent problems such as messy eating and fussy eating. This includes silicone suction plates for toddlers that stick to the table, which ensures that your child will have her food without dropping the plate on the floor and making a mess of the room.
These silicone suction plates are truly adorable and come in many different designs and patterns, which your picky toddler will love! Also, since they are made from silicone, they are 100% safe, non-toxic, lead-free and BPA-free.
We also make cute looking silicone baby feeding sets with silicone bib and silicone spoon. Do have a look at our online catalogue and see if you like any of them. If you do, go ahead and place an order! You can expect fast shipping and guaranteed delivery from us.