This is important as it shows that some children may just be destined to become more picky than others. I have spoken to many parents who realised that their child was more challenged around food right from the start. Well before the classic toddler years where there is a developmental bias towards fussy, these children were just not eating competently.
I say this in a vain attempt to remove some of the guilt felt by parents about the way their child eats. Sure we can impact what happens with our child's eating - and that's a great thing. But taking responsibility for something that is in-built is not helpful.
Once you have identified that your child is struggling around food it's important to seek support. How we approach food and feeding can have an enormous influence on our child's future ability to eat variety.
Supporting better eating includes:
1. Having relaxed mealtimes. The more comfortable we are the more we are able to eat well.
2. Providing choices. Even if our child has a very limited repertoire it's our responsibility to make sure they have the opportunity to eat something new.
3. Scheduling snacks and meals so there are distinct times for eating and other times for playing.
4. Supporting them by being confident they are able to progress. We need to believe they are capable to enable them to believe it too.
5. Making sure both our oral and body language is positive around food.
If you have a child that just doesn't approach food confidently it's good to look for support. We're happy to talk to any parent with concerns, look at what the issues are and suggest solutions https://www.theconfidenteater.com/contact.html
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.