Having a picky eater can be so frustrating. My youngest son who is now almost 2, was the BEST eater as a baby. However, a 3-month series of ear infections changed everything. I don’t know if it was truly those that caused his pickiness or something else, but getting him to eat a solid meal or really anything is a daily struggle. After fighting a battle I simply could not win, I decided to enlist in professional help to get my picky eater back on track. I’ve partnered with Amwell to share Professional Tips & Tricks for Getting Picky Eaters To Eat!
Professional Tips & Tricks for Getting Picky Eaters To Eat
The first thing that I want to share that I’ve learned is that it is not our faults as parents. Kids become picky sometimes due to age or just for no apparent reason at all. I know what it’s like to make a home cooked meal and have your children take 1 bite and be done. As parents we also start to worry our kids are not eating enough or not getting the proper nutrition. Personally, that has been my constant fear. My son is growing and gaining weight but I guess I have a hard time understanding how when I feel like he never eats.
So as I mentioned, I enlisted a professional to help answer some of my questions and provide suggestions on how to get picky eaters to eat. Here are a few things I learned from, Nutritionist.
- Snack at the same time. Children need consistency and that holds true for snack time as well. Try to stick with a consistent schedule where breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time are at the same time. This can become hard when traveling or running errands but trying to stick to a schedule will your allow your kids to become familiar with a routine and know when to expect food.
- Seek a hunger pattern. If your child isn’t verbal enough to tell you they are hungry (or doesn’t want to) then you need to try to find a hunger pattern. Is your child waking up during the night hungry? Does your child reach for the snack drawer at a certain time? Keep a close eye to try to determine when to offer food to your child.
- Avoid juices. Juices are loaded with sugar and empty calories. These can make your child feel full when they truly aren’t. Offer juice sparingly and even try to offer any sort of drink after they have begun to eat.
- Don’t push it. Okay, I’ll admit this is where I was shocked because Cristina mentioned that you should not push foods onto kids. To quote her she said “It is your job to feed your kids, it’s their job to determine how much they eat”. Of course, I feel the 2 small bites of a grape isn’t enough so naturally I want to push more food onto my son. However, that makes children more resistant to eating so encourage them but don’t push it. She also mentioned that about 10 minutes is all you are going to get with a toddler sitting at a table eating and you shouldn’t make them stay any longer.
- Be repetitive. The first few times you offer broccoli to your kids they will more than likely whine, cry, and fight you until you dismiss them from the table due to a raging headache. Don’t let it get that way again. Instead, continue to offer new and a variety of foods to your kids. It may take 10 times of offering it to them for them to eat and like it. So be repetitive and understanding that trying anything new takes time.
Now all of those tips and tricks were pretty brilliant. During our conversation I started to ask some suggestions on foods to give picky eaters. My biggest issue is my son refuses to eat meat and most vegetables. So here is a list of items she suggested:
- Hard boiled eggs (great source of protein)
- Raw green beans
- Nuts (my son is allergic so she suggest sunflower seeds)
- Yogurt dips (greek yogurt) with Sliced Cucumbers instead of chips
- String cheese
She also said you can make a fun rainbow chart where you give your kids one serving of a food item pertaining to each color. For example, for red use a strawberry, orange use an orange, etc. Then if your kids eat the entire rainbow in a day, they get a sticker or a small reward.
How I got Professional Advice Without Leaving My Home
I talked with Amwell which is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board-certified, licensed doctors, dietitians and psychologists for immediate and live, online visits—day or night, on either mobile or desktop., Nutritionist directly but I didn’t even leave my home. No, nutritionists do not make house calls unless you refer to that as having someone call you while you are in your home via the live web. What am I talking about? Well, I went onto
I created an account, typed in the information I was seeking and I was connected with Cristina. We got to talk right over the web using the webcam from my iMac. I couldn’t figure out how to turn on my camera but she had hers on and I was able to see and hear her just like if we were in an in-person visit. She was so patience and knowledgeable and did not leave until she had answered all of my questions.
Want to know the best part? Other than getting the answers I needed, it only cost me $1 for the visit since it was my first time using Amwell. It was amazing especially since my husband quit his full-time job to be home with me a few weeks ago. Since then we have switched insurances but have a probation period where we don’t technically have insurance so seeing a doctor in-office would have cost us hundreds (possibly thousands) of dollars so this service was amazing!
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