I still consider myself a new Mom and I’m not entirely sure if I have the street cred yet to post about this, but here we go anyway. I’m not going to tell you a right way or a wrong way to approach your picky eater nor do I hold any judgement or place blame on parents. This is simply my experience – the things that have worked and the things that haven’t. My intention is to help any parent looking for a solution with what to do with a picky eater.
What’s wrong with having a Picky Eater?
First and foremost, the biggest reason for not wanting a picky eater is risking proper nutrition. The reason we eat food is to nourish ourselves, and enjoyment comes secondary (much to the chagrin of many). I’m not saying we can’t enjoy healthy foods, but nutrition should come first, taste second.
The second reason for not wanting picky eater is because it’s just annoying AF. I mean if you want to bring white rice and grapes everywhere you go, be my guest. But it’s a lot easier if your child could just eat what’s in front of them, right?
If you’re Breastfeeding
This is God’s greatest food. Solid gold. Pure nutrition. If you’re still lucky enough to be breastfeeding, I wouldn’t worry too much about your picky eater at this stage. He or she is receiving an abundance of minerals, vitamins, fats, and all the good things they need to be perfectly healthy.
Of course, after the six month mark start to experiment with a variety of foods but don’t be too concerned if they refuse foods now and again.
“My child will only eat chicken nuggets”
Remember when I said I wouldn’t judge? K, I’m judging now. No word of a lie, I had a mom say this to me verbatim:
me: “Would Bobby like some of Henry’s watermelon?”
other Mom: “oh gosh no, he won’t touch it.”
me: “oh really? Not a fan huh?”
other Mom: “he only eats chicken nuggets”
me: …. silence
There are two things wrong with this scenario. The first being that she was the one that introduced him to deep-fried fatty foods at a super young age before his little tastebuds had a chance to become accustomed to real whole foods. The other problem is that she’s speaking on his behalf and essentially telling him that he will only eat chicken nuggets and not fruit.
Keep offering healthy foods to your child even if they didn’t like it the first, second, or eighth time. Don’t force it, just give them the option because one day, they’ll likely love it.
Tips and Tricks for a Picky Eater
Continue to offer a healthy food to your child, even if they didn’t like it the first couple of times. It generally takes their tastebuds 10-15 different tries of a certain food to get a liking for it.
Avoid cold food and warm it up slightly for them
If they won’t eat something by itself (like a chili, stew or stir fry) put it in a wrap or on toast so they’re still getting a taste for the healthy food
Try your best to not offer substitutions for something they don’t like
Have a green smoothie in the morning – that way your child is getting all their nutrients first thing and you don’t have to be as stringent throughout the day
Lead by example
What can I feed my Picky Eater?
Try these recipes your babe is sure to love 🙂
Love, peace & nourished babies