Feeding a Picky Eater


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There is this book that my Mother-in-Law gave to me for my birthday last year.  I totally forgot about it until a few nights ago when I was searching for a good novel.  Well when I came across this book I couldn't believe that I had not read it yet.  It's a book that every mom should have on hand.

It is called "A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists: 100+ Lists to Save You Time, Money, and Sanity" by Michelle LaRowe.  Now, tell me...who doesn't use lists?  Especially us moms!  We LIVE by them!  At least I do.  That is the only way that I am able to get stuff done.  If I write it down.  You know what I mean?

Well, for the next several weeks I am going to pick a different list each Monday to share with you.  They are so helpful and I feel that I would be doing you a disservice if I didn't share them with you!  Better yet...pick up your own copy so you can have it on hand, it will come in handy--I promise!

Here is today's List:
FEEDING A PICKY EATER

(Is your toddler not wanting to eat anything you make?  Mine is.  It's so frustrating! They just want chocolate and french fries.  But here are some tips to help!)

*Serve small portions, in small pieces, in small spaces. 
An ice cude tray filled with colorful cut ups in each compartment is a great way to present a combination of new foods and old favorites in a non intimidating way.

*Dip into Dips
Cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, and peanut butter make for great fruit and veggie dips.  When it comes to meat, ketchup covers a multitude of unforgiving smells, textures and appearances.

*Let your child feed himself/herself.
Presenting any new selection in a finger friendly way will increase the chances that your child will try it.

*Prepare it differently
A child who doesn't like the texture pd crispy raw carrots may love them steamed and soft.

*Slow and steady
Less is more when introducing new, exotic, or ethnic spices.

*Color your food
Food coloring can dynamically impact the attractiveness of a food.  Add a few drops of food coloring to new foods and you may be surprised  how eager your child is to try them.  (Use strong colored veggie juice for a great all-natural alternative.)

*Share a fork
Kids will often be more eager to try something new if it comes from your plate.

*Encourage turn taking
Insist that your child try the new food before she eats her favorite food.  Encourage her to take turns , taking a bit of the old favorite, followed by the new.

*Keep it low-key
Don't make a huge deal about serving up something new; instead, keep a nonchalant attitude that says, "This is just something else we eat."

*Offer positive , purposeful praise. 
Offering an "I'm really proud that you tried a bite!" goes a long way in promoting an attitude of willingness when it comes to trying new foods.

*Don't give up.  
It can take on average eight times of being exposed to a new food before a child may even try it, never mind acquire a taste for it.  Offer the same new food often, even if it was previously rejected.

**Tip: When it comes right down to it, introducing new foods is really about trying--not necessarily liking.

To read more go to http://www.amazon.com/Moms-Ultimate-Book-Lists-Sanity/dp/0800733827 and order your copy.

Aly