If Your Kid Is the Pickiest Eater in the World, These 5 Tips Are For You
Ah, the picky eater phase — fun, right? Yeah, that's what we thought.
Fighting the war on picky tots is a daily battle for most moms, and honestly, it's totally normal. Toddlers are hardwired to be suspicious of new foods — that's just evolution doing its thing — but it can get extremely frustrating to consistently put new foods in front of your kiddo just to have them spit it back out at you or refuse to touch it.
We sat down with Dr. Alan Greene, pediatric advisor over at Plum Organics, who blew our minds with 5 tips for parents of picky eaters — and we think he's onto something .
1. Take Advantage of the Window
Between the time your tot is sitting up and walking is when they will be most accepting of new flavors and textures. Kids are naturally suspicious of bitter and sour flavors (because it could be something poisonous or spoiled, respectively), so this is the time to introduce those — think citrus fruits and bitter veggies like arugula. They've been less exposed to “real food” by this point, so they are much less likely to have a drastic reaction — though we do suggest bibs for parents during this stage (long-range spitting, am I right?).
2. Get Them Involved
Kids who help their parents get dinner ready are much more likely to want to consume the food on their plates. Take it a step further and have them not only help you prep but cook as well. If you're feeling extremely ambitious (or your family already gardens), kids who can help plant seeds, grow fruits and veggies, pick them, and bring them into the house to be cooked are very likely to want to at least try what they worked so hard to help make.