So what don’t toddlers like? Green vegetables got the thumbs down most frequently amongst babies and toddlers, with 34% refusing to eat them.The other main food dislikes were savoury foods (20%), meat (13%), lumpy foods (12%) and fruit (10%).
Around 11% of parents said their little one was a picky eater with almost all foods offered.
‘Having a good balanced diet is really important for toddlers. Not only are they growing quickly but their new found independence means that they’re running around burning up lots of energy.
Trying to get your toddler to try new foods can be challenging at the best of times, so here’s a few Do’s and Don’t’s for feeding time to help you along the way…
…serve one favourite food with one new food. This may tempt your toddler to try something different.
…offer one food at a time so your baby doesn’t get confused.
…give them a new food to try when you know your toddler is hungry.
…praise your toddler when he/she tries a new food. Toddlers respond positively to praise and will be more likely to try new foods in the future.
…make dinner time fun, with fun plates, bowls and cutlery.
…try to eat meals with your toddler, they are much more likely to try things if they see you eating them.
…present the new food in large quantities. Offer your toddler a taste, and if he/she does like it, then they can always have some more.
…mix up a new food in with an old favourite – chances are your toddler will reject them both.
…give up on a new food just because your toddler rejects it. It can take as many as 10 attempts so keep persevering.
…force your toddler to try something, just keep putting it on their plate and wait for them to do it by themselves.
Have you got any hints and tips on how you got your toddler to try new foods?