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Getting Your Child to Eat New Foods

Mom and toddler eating “I don’t like that.”

“Yuck, what is that?”

We’ve all encountered one of these moments, right? Sometimes just getting our children to try new things is a major step toward helping them to eat right. After all, they can’t “eat the rainbow” if they’ll only eat food that’s white, brown or yellow.

One way to help your children get over the fear of something new is to take a stair-step approach to make the new food less intimidating and more appealing. Alice Currah of Kitchen Explorers, tried this with her daughter, introducing her to salads by making one with strawberries. Winning her over with a food she already liked helped get past her aversion to any salad.

Another way to encourage exploration of new foods is to conduct a five senses observation activity with your child. Find a food that neither of you has eaten before, and try it out together outside of meal time. Talk about what the food looks, smells, sounds, feels and tastes like. Use this printable form from the Cat in the Hat to record your “results.” Making a game of it can help you find new foods you both like!

Remember, have fun and keep an open mind. It’s okay not to like everything, but trying out new things can be a fun way to explore the world together.

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