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Trying Different Varieties of Food

When trying to get your toddler to eat new food, there are a few things to consider.

Toddlers are naturally:
 
* Curious
However, they need to learn to like something at their own pace They need to be familiar seeing the food on the table and seeing you eat it then they want to put it in their mouth… and split it out almost immediately
 
They might do this a few times before they feel they know it well enough to finally swallow it and decide that they like it
 
* Fickle
They may like a particular food today but refuse to eat it on another day
 
* Independent thinkers
They know what they want or don’t want to do You can make them stop doing what you don’t want them to do but you can’t make them do what you want them to do – like eat
 
Most toddlers prefer a few favorite foods but good nutrition requires them to have a variety of foods It is important to help your toddler learn to enjoy foods like milk, yoghurt, cheese, fruits, vegetables, bread, rice, cereals, fish, chicken, meat, eggs, beans etc Here are some ways that may overcome the resistance:
 
When preparing new foods:
* Prepare a meal that has different kinds of food, not just your toddler’s favorites
 
* Encourage your toddler to get involved in the food preparation, for example, washing the fruits and vegetables that you plan to introduce
 
* Let your toddler decide when he or she will eat the new food
 
When introducing new foods:
* Taste it yourself and show your toddler you like it!
 
* Encourage your toddler to join you in the tasting but avoid using ‘reward-punishment’ to make him or her try
 
* If you don’t succeed the first time, try again in a week or two You may have to keep trying a few times

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