Introducing new foods
- Offer new foods at different times. Your child will eventually try the food and may decide they like it, but it may take 10-15 times before they do so.2
- Make food appealing. Offer food in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and let your child decide what they want to eat.
- Put a small amount of new food on the plate alongside foods your child already likes. For example, a piece of cauliflower alongside some mashed potato. Encourage them to touch, lick or smell the new food.
- Offer a variety of foods from each of the five different food groups. For example, if your child doesn’t like fish, try chicken.
- Try not to let your child to fill up on drinks or ‘sometimes’ foods before introducing new foods. They’re more likely to try new foods if they’re hungry and other foods aren’t an option.
- Look for opportunities for your child to share new foods with other children. They might be more willing to try it if their friends are eating it.
- Incorporate new foods into play. For example, you might have a teddy bears picnic where the teddy bears try new foods instead of the children.
It’s common to worry that your child is missing out on important nutrients when they refuse to try new, healthy foods. Whilst using the strategies above, consider introducing a nutritionally complete oral nutritional supplement such as PediaSure.3 Kids love the taste, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is getting 28 essential vitamins and minerals to support their growth and development.3