Fussy eaters or picky eaters, what’s the real difference?
Picky eaters get very selective about the food they eat. They tend to be very reluctant to sample or even eat new foods.
Fussy eaters, on the other hand, tend to reject foods they liked one day but then go on to happily eat them on another day. It can be a very stressful experience for parents to deal with fussy eaters. Some parents compare feeding their baby successfully to winning a war. A fussy eating baby is the cause of stress for many parents due to their concern about the healthy growth of the little one. Whenever parents meet each other, one of their main topics of discussion is the food fussiness in their children.
Is Fussy Eating Abnormal?
No, Although parents get frustrated about it, fussy eating is a quite normal habit among children. Most toddlers go through a fussy eater phase usually in their second year. Food that your baby loves today will be rejected tomorrow. A child who ate a satisfactory amount of food yesterday might eat less today. Moreover, you may find your baby rejecting new tastes or foods.
All the above behaviors are quite normal and depend on the nutritional needs of your baby. The appetite of a very active and healthy child will be different from that of a less active child. If your baby is healthy and growing well, it simply means that the amount of food your baby intakes is sufficient and that you need not worry over it.
Here are 5 quick and easy tips to help with your fussy eaters:
These tips may help fix common problems as new mothers you may face when feeding your toddlers.
1. Force-feeding is a big NO:
First things first, this is a very common mistake done by new mothers. They attempt to force-feed their babies, and in the process, the child ends up disliking both the food and mealtime. Further, because of force-feeding, your toddler may even refuse food that he likes. Therefore, try not to make a big fuss when your baby refuses food and especially try not to force-feed.
2. Get Creative with the meal:
You know how babies love different colors, shapes, and flavors. Try and get creative with a healthy and tasty meal. These creative additions will make the mealtime a whole lot more interesting. Thus, you will notice your baby will eat well and enjoy the mealtimes.
3. Make the mealtime more fun and engaging:
Your baby’s mentality can also affect food intake. So, it is very important to make sure that your child is happy and relaxed during the mealtime. It is safe to say a child in a happy mood will eat a satisfactory amount of food. Therefore, as parents try your best to make your child’s mealtime a happy and enjoyable one.
4. Gentle introduction:
Take it slow and gentle when introducing new tastes and textures to your baby. Offer just one new food at a time and carefully observe your baby’s reaction to that food. If your child seems to love the new food, you can continue with it. However, if your baby is reluctant to the new food, stop offering it and try again in the future.
5. Involve your baby in preparing meals:
Involve your babies in preparing their meal will help to increase their appetite. With your baby, you can enjoy preparing foods of different shapes. For example, you can make cute animal shapes from fruits and vegetables.
We believe that the above tips will help you tackle problems related to feeding fussy eaters. Also, delight in the knowledge that kids will not remain fussy eaters forever, as they grow they will gradually try new foods and acquire new tastes. So, our advice to you, take it down a notch with your worry over your baby’s food fussiness!
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