Introducing a Variety of Foods to Kids

September 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Posted in Diet / Nutrition | Leave a comment
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My basic tip is very simple.  The child has to eat the number of bites of a food that they are old, until they are ten.  After ten they have to eat ten bites of the food. The bites can be small, but not too small. There is no begging or demanding.  With little ones I do sing songs and have games to get the food in the mouth.  With older ones there is simple a time limit.

Most of the dislike of new foods is simply the issue of newness.  The mouth for a child is a very strong sensory stimulus point.  There is touch, taste, smell; and even hearing all happening at once.  And just before something goes into the mouth there is sight.  With all these senses happening at once it becomes a little clearer why children have a touch time getting new foods in the mouth.

I look at eating new foods as a way to help children be able to overcome fears of the unknown.  Its rather a different way of looking at getting food into our children’s mouths but it really changes the whole thought process.

What do you do to get kids to try new foods?

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