Crying Baby During Dinner? 10 Weird Things to Try Tonight
Crying baby during dinner? Even the most well-intentioned parents have battles with their kids at mealtimes. Here are some thoughts from nationally known nutritionists about what to change the diet. If the kid seems turned off to picky eater:
#1 It’s About Controlling the Environment
The first thing you can do is introduce a new food. Then gradually reintroduce it several days later. This approach might override the child’s “neophobic” response. It may be helpful to use an unfamiliar food as a reward for eating something else. They might like better, such as an apple for finishing off their veggie soup. Or a snack of carrot sticks or hummus instead of cookies after dinner.
#2 Limit Exposure to the Same Foods
Limit exposure to the same foods. If your child gets excited about something. And you want them to try something else. Definitely offer other choices first. But if it means eating another bite of peas, maybe hold off on trying to get them to eat. Whatever they’re excited about. It may build their resilience for next time.
#3 Be Careful With Getting Too Attached to the Idea Foods Can Be “Rejected” or Labeled as “Good” and “Bad.”
Research suggests this may increase picky eating. Primarily, if you use it punitively. Instead of thinking in terms of rejecting things your child already enjoys. Like chicken nuggets or pasta, focus on introducing them to new flavors and foods.
#4 Don’t Serve a Meal as Punishment for Something They Did Wrong
If your child acts out because he’s hungry (or tired or bored), you don’t want him to associate eating with misbehavior. Be sure meals are pleasant, relaxing, and fun times together, not a reason to try to control your child.
#5 When You Ask Them for Another Bite, and They Say No, Don’t Take It Personally
Please don’t make a big deal out of it or become angry. Just move on to something else that’s more appealing at the time. That way, if you’re in the middle of a big project and you need your child to try something else, they’re not so inclined to reject it.
#6 Be Creative With Other Forms of Motivation
Sometimes children refuse food because they’re scared or nervous about something. So if you want them to eat the food on their plate, talk about what they do like that particular dish or try to make it into a game.
#7 Don’t Label Foods as “Good” or “Bad.”
It might be helpful to encourage your child to try something new by telling her how the food is grown or made, or even adding in fun ingredients you know she’ll like, such as a cheese quesadilla.
#8 Serve a Variety of Smaller Meals Throughout the Day
Children tend to eat more when they have multiple opportunities, so it might be helpful to offer your child four or five small meals and snacks rather than three large ones.
#9 Have Them Help You Make Food Choices From Time to Time
For example, if you go grocery shopping together and have a “family vote” to pick out something new, then make it together a few days later.
#10 if Your Child Refuses One Food, Don’t Insist She Eat Another
Give her the first option if you do offer something else. Withholding foods that have been rejected sets up an incentive for refusing to try them. Your child will learn to like the foods you provide if she’s allowed to make her own choices, even if that means eating a few bites of something you know she doesn’t want.
I hope these tips have helped you! I know sometimes it feels so difficult to give children the healthy food they need. You’re not alone, and this has been a great article to help you with your dinner-time battles.
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