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What’s the best way to cope with fussy eaters?

Some children will eat everything put in front of them, while others need to be convinced.

3 tips for coping with fussy eaters

1. Focus on what they are eating

Children respond well when you give them praise – so give them lots of it when they do eat, even if it’s just a few mouthfuls.

2. Limit portion sizes

It’s easy to forget that a child’s stomach is tiny: it’s only the size of their fist! Remember that they don’t need to chomp through huge portions to be satisfied.

3. Offer a limited choice

Fussy eaters can easily be overwhelmed by too many options – so limit choices to just two things:

  • “Would you like a big spoon of beans or a little spoon of beans?”
  • “Do you want to eat your peas first, or your potatoes first?”.

Keep the options clear and make it easy to decide.

Bonus tip: Little people like to use little tools. Whip out the small forks and spoons for their smaller hands and appetites!

Want more advice or support?

You can talk via online chat to our family support workers and get advice specific to your situation and your family.

Visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk/talk

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