you have a picky eater that freaks out when presented with a new food but then happily accepts a different sweet?
This is really common and baffles and frustrates parents in equal measure. How come they can eat a new lolly without even checking how it's going to taste but need to know whether an onion has been waved over the sausage?
It's all about comfort levels. If our child has had previous good experiences when branching out within the sweets/ cookie/ cake categories then it builds their confidence. It give them a positive feedback loop where their expectations are set to good. They anticipate the new food tasting great and are therefore comfortably able to take the risk.
Other foods fall into a different category. They do not have the same history of positive experience so need to be approached with caution.
Of course every child is different and has a unique set of experiences and approaches to food. This is why some children can happily munch on new cookies but are very wary of cake. Or would accept red sweets but rear back in discomfort over a green one.
I know my youngest is hit and miss when it comes to seafood so his normal vacuum everything in sight approach doesn't work in this category. He will tentatively look, examine, ask questions and nibble on anything new. Experience tells him to be cautious.
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.