Teaching good food habits
Children learn their food habits from imitating the adults and children around them.
New foods will be accepted more readily if you follow these guidelines:
- Introduce only one new food at a time.
- Serve the new food with familiar foods.
- Serve only small amounts of the new food.
- Introduce new foods only when children are hungry.
- Talk about the new food, its taste, color, and texture.
- Let children see you eating and enjoying the new food.
- Encourage children to taste the new food. If they reject it, accept the refusal and try again in a few weeks. As foods become more familiar, they are more readily accepted.
- Find out what is not liked about the rejected food. Often it will be accepted if prepared a different way.