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No kid is born a picky eater, but there are plenty who will give you a run for your money come mealtime. Whether it’s a selective eating phase or simply a natural resistance to trying something new, getting your little one to try just.one.bite can be easier said than done.
But sometimes your attitude about eating can make the most impact. A 2017 study found a direct correlation between “mealtime emotional climate” (AKA, how positive meals are for parents and children) and a child’s consumption of healthy food―meaning the difference between your child trying their green beans or not could depend on how positive you make the experience.
Not sure where to start?
Here are 10 positive parenting techniques that can help overcome picky eating and lead to more peaceful mealtimes for all.
1. Make them feel special.
Sometimes just knowing you have a special place at the table can help kids eat better. Create a special place setting with dishes just for them.
Try this: We love OXO’s Stick & Stay plates and bowls for creating less mess at mealtime. Not only will the kids love the fun colors and designs, but the plates also come with a suction cup base that prevents little hands from knocking plates to the floor (or in your lap). Trust us—we’ve tried it.
2. Take off the pressure.
OXO Tot’s Stick & Stay Suction Plate
Think about it: If someone kept telling you to take one more bite during lunch, how likely would you be to go along without bristling?
Try this: Instead, use the Satter Division of Responsibility of feeding, which lets parents be responsible for what, when, and where feeding happens, while the child is left responsible of how much and whether. Besides promoting a more positive environment at mealtime, this method also boosts your child’s confidence and helps encourage better self-regulation of food as they get older.
3. Serve a variety.
OXO Tot’s Stick & Stay Suction Divided Plate
It could be that your child is bored with the usual rotation. Keep things interesting by regularly introducing new ingredients, or reworking a familiar ingredient in a new way. The familiar setting might make your child more likely to take a bite without a struggle.
Try this: Sub in spaghetti squash with their favorite pasta sauce, or add in a new veggie to a beloved stir-fry. We love OXO’s Stick & Stay Divided Plate for creating a “tasting menu” of new flavors for little ones to pick and choose or using the center spot for an appetizing dip.
4. Don’t bargain or negotiate.
Many kids resist trying new foods or eating at all because it gives them a sense of control over their lives. By resisting an ingredient―even one they have tried and liked in the past―they are essentially saying, “You’re not the boss of me.”
Try this: Instead of resorting to bargaining tactics like, “Just take one bite!” or “You can have dessert if you try it!” lower the pressure with a neutral statement like, “This is what we’re…