How long have we been struggling to feed our child variety?
It's a great question to ask because it helps us determine whether this is one of the famous "phases" or whether there is perhaps more to it.
It's normal for toddlers to go through a phase where they are very choosy, exert independence and like something one day and not the next.
However, by the time they are at school if this is a normal "phase" they will be starting to add foods.
If you have a child that isn't eating a lot of variety or has a very rigid approach to food the following are issues to look for.
Red flags are:
- A child has never eaten well
- They only like a very narrow range of similar foods
- Whole food groups are avoided
- Foods are never added
- They drop favoured foods and refuse to them eat again
- In total they eat less than 20 different foods
- They have eaten the same things for 2+ years
- Have extreme reactions to new foods eg. gagging/tantrum
- A rigid approach to food, it has to be a certain way
- No inducement would get them to eat a new food
- Only eat if fed or distracted
- Discomfort during or after eating
- Weight loss
- Battles at every meal
If your child is ticking a few boxes it's definitely worth investigating further. Often waiting compounds the problem by adding years of habits to unpick :(
We're happy to speak to any parent who would like an objective opinion. No-charge, no obligation.
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.