Posted: Nov 16, 2009 5:03 PM by Abby Lane
Updated: Nov 16, 2009 5:03 PM
Feeding a toddler can be a ball -- or a battle.
"My son you put something in his mouth and you think it's going down and it comes right back up," said Janay Oliver, founder of my719moms.com, a website for local mothers.
"In the research that we did, one of the things that we hear over and over again is don't force them, make sure your child is hungry," she said.
A little creativity helps too. Make dips for fruits and vegetables, cook kid-friendly meals or sneak in something unexpected. "Puree some squash and put that in your spaghetti sauce," said Oliver. "Integrate it slowly and don't make a big deal out of it."
Letting them pick out food may help picky eaters too. Involve your kids in grocery shopping. "Let them pick out some vegetables and fruits and get them excited about what they're going to be eating," she said.
Encourage them to taste. If they don't like it, they don't have to eat it but at least they've tried something new.