There’s nothing more stressful than a child who is reluctant to eat at meal times. If this is a problem in your household, we’ve put together a few solutions to encourage your child to quit the habit:.

Colour

Having bright colours on your child’s plate will make the meal more appealing and would generally be healthier for them.

Perk your child’s interest

Try to base your child’s meals on their interests. For example, if your child likes stars then you could cut their vegetables in to a star shape. Other ideas include cutting your child’s favourite animal into shaped sandwiches.

Make the food sound exciting

Acting like you’re excited about the food will reflect onto the child, encouraging them to be excited about the meal. Give the food fun names such as green trees for broccoli.

Change the way you serve food

Making the food look different on the plate will intrigue the children and make them want to try it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just putting fruit on a stick instead of on the plate should do it.

Let your child help

Allowing your child to actively help you to make dinner will motivate there eating- they will be proud that they have made it. Aside from this, letting the child decide what they want for dinner/dessert will have the same effect as it is something that they want.

All of these tips should help your child to overcome their fussy eating, or at least create more enthusiasm around meal times.

At Apricot Nursery we introduce healthy and delicious food to them as early as possible. Our menus change weekly so that our children are trying a wide range of different foods, helping them to develop a good attitude to trying and enjoying food. For more information about Apricot Nursery’s food and nutrition, click here.

For information about how our Peterborough based nursery can help you and your child, call us today on 01733 390 969.