If your toddler is a fussy eater

Toddlers can go through stages where they are fussy about what they eat, and this can be a challenge for parents and families. Here are some tips you can try if your toddler is being a fussy eater:

  • Offer the same food that the rest of the family is eating.
  • Don’t prepare an alternative meal. Your child will learn it is the only one they will get.
  • Make mealtimes relaxing and enjoyable – avoid having arguments at the table.
  • Show your child that you are eating and enjoying the food.
  • Offer new foods for your child to try.
  • Remove any distractions (such as screens and toys) so they can focus on eating.
  • Don’t offer unhealthy snacks (chips, fried food, chocolate, lollies) because this could lead to your toddler rejecting all healthy foods in favour of the unhealthy foods.
  • Take food away if your child isn’t eating after 20 minutes, is irritable or tired.

Eating meals with the family can help toddlers to adopt healthy eating habits while also connecting with the family. Meal time should be spent away from other distractions such as the TV. Meal time is a good opportunity to talk and spend time with your child.