What to do if your child is a picky eater?

Food supplements are important

●Complementary food addition time Complementary food addition time: 4~6 months. If the breastfeeding mother has enough milk, it is best to start complementary foods after the baby is 6 months old. If it is an artificially fed baby, if the baby has the following symptoms after 4 months, you can also add complementary food.
silicone feeding set
●The types of supplementary foods should start with iron-rich muddy foods, and gradually increase the types of foods.
Add only one new food at a time and observe how well your child accepts it.

Food traits transition from slushy at 4-6 months to puree at 7-8 months; then from fine soft solids or semi-solids at 9-11 months to slightly older softness at 12-13 months Solid; by 13-15 months, food status similar to that of an adult. When encountering large pieces of food, you can use complementary food scissors to help cut them into smaller pieces. 

●How much complementary food should be added In order to make the baby's milk intake and complementary food a reasonable match, it is recommended that parents control the amount of complementary food added to their baby. For babies aged 4-6 months, there is no certain standard for how much complementary food the baby eats every day. This stage is mainly to let the baby get used to the way of adding complementary food.
personalised weaning set
Babies aged 7-9 months can eat one egg yolk + 25g meat, poultry and fish + 5~10g fat + 50~80g grains. 10~12 months old can eat enough animal food, can eat 1 egg 25~75g meat, poultry and fish + 80~90g grains; 13~24 months old baby can eat 1 egg + 50g~75g meat, poultry and fish + Cereals 50~100g, of which the amount of vegetables and fruits depends on the needs of the baby. It should be noted that babies aged 7-12 months need to maintain a milk volume of more than 600ml per day, and babies aged 13-24 months should maintain a milk volume of about 500ml per day.

What to do if your child is a partial or picky eater

1) What is the difference between partial eclipse and picky eater

Partial eclipse:
The baby in the family eats one or two kinds of food closely, and you don’t touch other food no matter how good you look, and even feel a little fearful.

Picky eaters:

No matter how rich the food your family prepares, only choose the food you like and find interesting to try. For example, as we said, some children only eat vegetables and not meat. (Kid, this is not a good way to lose weight)

2) Why are children partial or picky eaters?

The child feels unfamiliar. Some children feel that certain foods are unfamiliar, and they will feel fear in their hearts. This kind of fear makes the child refuse this kind of food at the first time. If the parents take an inappropriate way to let the child try it at this time, it will leave a bad impression on the child, and instead will fall into a baby who does not eat it - parents In a vicious cycle of compulsion - unpleasant thinking - outright rejection. So the method is still very important.
complete feeding set
●The child does not have good eating habits
Many grandparents or grandparents like to feed their children. Carry the bowl behind the baby's buttocks every day, come on, the baby is good, take another bite, and chase after you to feed the baby. Moreover, he also likes to cook with the food that the child likes to eat, which causes the child to have little interest in unfamiliar food. If you encounter unfamiliar or unfamiliar flavors, you will directly reject them. There are also babies who like to watch animations while eating, and procrastinate for the whole meal. They are attracted by the beauty of the animations while eating, and finally they stop eating at all, or scribble two bites.

●The food is too unpalatable
Although it looks very distressing, some moments are really because the food is too unpalatable. The baby's taste buds are very sensitive, so if the food is too unpalatable, the baby will ruthlessly refuse it. 

●The baby is exposed to a heavy-taste diet
If you let your baby taste heavy food too early (although it is not healthy, but the heavy taste is really delicious), then it is undoubtedly setting a roadblock for the normal diet of the child, and the baby with poor self-control ability will not love the light diet. .
●Snacks are added at the wrong time
After the baby is one year old, he has the concept of three meals a day, and he can start to try healthy snacks for the baby (it is really happy and exciting). However, if the snack time is too close to the main meal time, it will affect the child's main meal intake.

3) How to improve children's partial eclipse and picky eater

●Encourage children to try new foods
Children are afraid of new foods. At this time, parents can start the sweet praise mode, and they can also set an example and eat them first. When children see their parents eating with relish, their little hands of exploration will be ready to move. At this time, with their parents' fancy praise, most of them can succeed. If it doesn't work once, it's important to do it a few more times.
silicone spoon
●Cultivate children's good eating habits
It is recommended that parents cultivate the habit of eating independently. When the child is 7 to 12 months old, parents can try to add some finger foods that melt in the mouth to cultivate the child's eating habit. And each meal time is controlled at about 20 minutes. During the meal, let the child only focus on eating to avoid developing bad habits.

●Mother improves her cooking skills
In view of the fact that the food is too unpalatable, it is suggested that parents should improve their cooking skills. 

● light diet
After the age of 1, children can indeed eat the same meals with adults, but the premise is that adults have a lighter taste and do not use heavy oil and salt.
Excessive oil and salt intake will cause children to develop heavy-taste eating habits. At the same time, too much salt will increase the load on the baby's kidneys and even cause high blood pressure.
So, what is the salt intake for children of different ages? Let's take a look at the amount recommended by the British National Health Service, and then check for yourself if your baby has accidentally taken too much.

●Focus on the color and flavor of food
If you are a mother who is good at cooking, you can also change the appearance of the baby's food. For example, steam a pig with noodles; or draw a smiling face in the porridge. In the process of making food, you can also invite your baby to join. Children around the age of 2, just when their curiosity is relatively strong, participate in the production of exquisite food by themselves, which can make children more fulfilled and more appetizing.

●Eat snacks reasonably
Under normal circumstances, we recommend adding two small snacks to the child's three meals, usually one in the morning and one in the afternoon. A reasonable time interval between each small snack and main meal is about 1 hour. Mothers can also use a little bit of caution when it comes to their children’s snacks. They don’t have to be bought to be called snacks. Some self-made foods are also good choices, such as pumpkin puree and peas. If you want to choose snacks outside for your child, you should also pay attention to low sugar, low sodium, healthy, safe and suitable for your baby. 

One thing I want to remind parents is not to force their children to eat, even if they think the child is thinner or shorter, a bad eating experience will make the child more resistant to eating, and it will also increase the parent's parenting anxiety. Therefore, it is better to take a long-term view and cultivate children to have good eating habits.
Back to blog

Get Instant Quote Now!

1 of 3