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Does anybody have any tips on how to get a fussy 2 year old to try some new foods?

Posted anonymously, 1st May 2014

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  • Make funny faces with the food. Sing songs, make it fun and interactive.

  • I still have trouble getting my kods to try new food I tell them one bite if you dony like it then thats ok but you have to try to know have a look at little bemto world of fb aswell and maybe the cutters etc she sells may help

  • You could try disguising the food with colours or different shapes, or even crumbing the food, it is amazing how adding different colour to food makes a difference( rice add food colouring to make it interesting) Cut veggies into small animals, cars or any theme your child likes.
    Crumbing food will help introduce them to new flavours. Most kids think if it is crumbed its nice.

  • I was that fussy eater…… stick your ground and make them eat it, offer no other options, I was over the age of 18 before I started eating normally!

  • Often trying new foods in a restaurant / cafe or at someones house and then recreating it at home another night works well. my kids love asian style of cooking and those restaurants are great as you can order a couple of dishes and they can try and pick off different dishes without having to order a whole one for themselves and because you share the food there is no pressure.

  • Get them to help make pictures with their food, present the food in different ways.

  • We find our 2 yr old goes through phases of refusing some foods. However over the week she generally gets sufficient food from each of the food groups. We found she was more likely to try them or eat foods if we didn’t push the issue (pretty much just put it out there for her), ate it in front of her (our own serves) or she loves it when her big sister feeds her (a novelty action). We tried hiding foods in other foods but that never worked. Sometimes she refuses it totally but we don’t worry she won’t starve she will eat it eventually.

  • It’s very frustrating, my granson did this for a year, I was worried he would get sick or be underweight, but the doctor said it was normal, some kids are just fussy.
    I used to make a game of it and have competitions with him who could eat it all first, that worked for a while, so try to be patient, I know it’s not easy, but they do grow out of it eventually.
    Good luck!!

  • Cut it into shapes, or make it a competition who can eat the fastest.

  • I would keep offering as other mums are right. One day they dislike a food the next it’s their favourite. Also to get them used to the flavour try hiding it in things.

  • Make the food good look so she interesting to try it. You can use cookie cutter to create many shape such as flowers or animal shape.

  • I hope you find your answers and get some good ideas off other mums

  • Involve your child in the cooking process. It’s amazing how they will usually at least taste something that they have cooked themselves!

  • Just put a little of the new foods on the side of his plat or bowl. He might just try them. Do it a few times children need to try food a few times to get used to new flavours.

  • just mash it into other food they like and always try and offer different foods whether they take them or not and the more they try something they will end up eating it

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