Feeding fussy children


fussy-baby_cBabies grow more rapidly in their first year than at any other time in their lives, but after twelve months, a child's growth and weight-gain generally slow down. It is not so surprising, therefore, that many children who were good eaters in their first year become more fussy and the second year is often a time when food is used to assert independence.

Once your child starts to walk and to get around by himself, his life becomes much more interesting. It is not surprising therefore that many toddlers lose interest in food around this stage and would much rather play with their toys and run around. However unreasonable your child's eating habits, try to respond calmly. Food shouldn't be used as a means to teach a child to do as he is told. If your child refuses his meal, don't make a fuss but leave the meal in front of him, and carry on eating your own meal. He will soon realise that refusing food isn't much fun when you don't react and he doesn't get the attention he is looking for. You need to be firm and consistent and try to make mealtimes enjoyable. Encourage your child to try new foods - ask questions like 'Do you think these carrots taste like their colour?' and if your child does try new foods, give him plenty of encouragement. Introduce your baby to a wide variety of foods, it's surprising how adventurous they can be in their tastes at a very early age.

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