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Is Your Toddler a Fussy Eater?

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A recent survey has shown that the toddlers in the UK appear to be a lot fussier than anywhere else in Europe. According to the Cow & Gate survey, 69% of British toddlers will refuse some food, with 13% rejecting food at every meal. Over 1000 mums were interviewed in the UK and 43% of those admitted that they allowed their toddler to avoid eating certain foods, and nearly 38% will stop trying to make their toddlers eat new foods within five minutes of the mealtime. Despite this 51% pf the British mums admitted that they found it frustrating having a fussy eater.

Tips to Stop a Fussy Eater

There are a few dos and don’ts you can follow to avoid your toddler turning fussy at mealtimes according to the British Diabetic Association.

  • Don’t force your child to clear all the food off their plate. Nagging your toddler to eat everything, especially if they are full, only serves to create an unhealthy relationship with food.
  • Avoid giving your child full plates, it’s far better to put small portions in front of your child and offer seconds.
  • Never offer food as a reward, even if the food is healthy.
  • Lead by example – make healthy food choices.
  • Be careful about discussing dieting in front of children and think about the message you could be sending.
  • Avoid having distractions at the table; make meal times a chance to talk to one another rather than watching the table. It’s a time to enjoy the company of your family and catch up with one another.
  • If you have a fussy eater try and disguise the foods they don’t like within the meal. Add peppers and tomatoes into sauces, mix carrots into mince, and add swede or sweet potato into mash.
  • Avoid frying foods; choose grilling or oven baking instead.
  • Let your child have fun creating in the kitchen. Give them little jobs such as mixing the salad, ripping the lettuce or arranging the sandwiches.

Make mealtimes friendlier and less stressful by allowing your child to bring their favourite Golden Bear Toys to lunch. Create a picnic and ask your child to prepare the toys foods. You can use this as a way of introducing new foods in a less stressful environment. Choose finger foods such as celery sticks, dips, fruits, yogurts and vegetables.  

Try not to let bad food days get in the way of the rest of the week. The more you nag your child the more they will not want to eat. Don’t emphasise good and bad foods, instead create a healthy relationship with food by having a well-balanced diet for the whole house.

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