Feeding young kids is often a challenging affair as they have a small appetite and strong likes and dislikes. It is very frustrating and concerning for parents when kids refuse to try or eat new foods.
Weaning foods should be introduced at 6 months of age. Babies have a good appetite around 9 months of age, this is the right time to introduce solid foods and try a variety of tastes, consistency, and textures. Decrease the frequency of breastfeeds as the baby starts eating more solid meals.
Mother’s often misinterpreted the baby’s expression when new flavors or tastes are introduced. Do not stop a particular food because the child makes faces when eating it. Repeating the same food on several different occasions will make the baby accept the taste as he gets used to it.
Mealtime Strategies (Don’ts)
- Avoid delay in introducing Lumpy foods.
- Don’t limit your child’s food variety to only those foods you prefer.
- Don’t use lollies, chocolates, biscuits, milk, or desserts as bribes.
- Don’t feel resentful when they refuse to eat.
- Do not threaten, nag, or yell.
- Don’t make a fuss. Instead, concentrate on making mealtime enjoyable.
Mealtime Strategies (Do’s)
- Serve child-size meals – they can ask for more.
- Set up regular habits for eating, such as always putting your child in their highchair or eating at the same table.
- Offer a range of colourful foods on the plate and allow your child to pick and choose what they will eat from there.
- Encourage self-feeding and exploration of food from an early age.
- Be a good role model. Eat a wide variety of foods with your child.