Teaching good food habits

Children learn their food habits from imitating the adults and children around them.

New Foods

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.