Toddlers and New Foods

Young children tend to reject new foods the first time they are served. But the more often a certain food is served (up to 10 to 15 times or more), the more likely it is that your child will accept it.

Avoid pressuring your toddler to eat. Left to their own appetites and served a healthy selection of fruits, vegetables, grains and meats, most children select what they need in a quantity that satisfies them.

Stir the Pot

One way to entice your toddler to eat different foods is to include your child in dinner preparations—even if it’s doing something as simple as stirring the contents of a pot. With your guidance, your child can mix ingredients using a wooden spoon.

Toddlers seem to love the process of cooking. Watching a meal come together (and even helping prepare it in the most basic ways) makes the food they see on their plates more familiar, increasing the chance that they’ll try it!

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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