Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Picky Eaters?

Here is an article that all moms can relate too. Picky eaters? Oh yeah! We've got them! As always I look forward to hearing your feedback and ideas. - Tamra (a.k.a. The Frugal Mom) Article thanks to 'Plugged In Parents' http://www.pluggedinparents.com/

Ways to Help Your Picky Eater

Written by Dr. Hillary

Image Busy toddlers might not be able to sit through a meal. They may also be afraid to try new foods, or refuse to eat in order to maintain control over their environment. Here are some strategies that might make family meals more enjoyable:

Offer small and frequent meals to make sure that your child gets all the necessary nutrients, but does not feel overwhelmed by the amount of food.

Serve meals and snacks at the same time of day. Toddlers need routine, and you should expect them to cooperate.

Provide 2-3 food choices at snack and meal times to give your child a sense of control.

Let your child develop food preferences at her own pace. Research shows that some children need to be exposed to certain foods several times before they try to eat them, so be patient!

Resist the urge to prepare your child’s favorite foods most of the time, as it will only promote picky eating.

Schedule snacks between meals so that your child eats every four hours or so. That will prevent irritability due to hunger or low blood sugar.

Make meals a family time. Sit together at the table during meals. Expect your toddler to do the same. Research shows that eating meals as a family has a positive effect on the quality of a child’s diet. It also teaches the child to make good food choices in the future.

Turn off the TV! During meals, your toddler should concentrate on eating only.

Offer milk during meals and snacks for the total of 16-24 ounces a day. Between meals, offer water. Four ounces of juice can be given to your child a day, but dilute it with water. However, since juice provides mainly empty calories, water is the hydrating fluid of choice.

Don’t get frustrated. Incorporate some of these strategies and your child’s pickiness will improve with time.


  1. I have learned that my kids are grazers. They love to eat small meals all day long. which actually is a very healthy way to eat. So I made the rule that they can have as many fresh fruit or vegetable snacks they want. I always have sliced carrots, cucumbers, celery on hand in baggies for them to grab. And I try to keep a bowl full of fresh fruit available for them to snack on. This way if they are hungry they have a better chance of making healthy choices.

  2. What a great blog! Love the design. And as the mother of one VERY picky 5 year old, I found this post very helpful. Thanks, Tamra!

  3. Dear Jenn - I am always so happy when I get a comment from another mom who appreciates the articles I post. That is the whole reason I even do this. There are so many blogs and websites out there that have amazing information. I just search a bunch of them and post my favorites articles. Glad you liked it! don't forget to add yourself as a follower to get updates.....xoxo Tamra