Help children (or learning eaters) enjoy new foods over time by allowing them to develop a taste for it at their own pace. They eat best when they and their parents each follow their jobs in feeding:
- What foods to offer
- When to offer meals and snacks
- Where your child eats
- Which foods to eat (from the foods you have served them);
- How much to eat (trust your child knows when they are hungry or full!)
Did you know? Labelling food as “healthy” or “unhealthy” does not help learning eaters. In fact, it may make them less likely to try certain foods as they assume they are less tasty. Rather, talk about how all sorts of food can give pleasure, social connection, and energy to grow, play and learn.
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