- > 30 different foods
- Able to see, touch, and sometimes taste new foods
- Foods lost from list are usually regained Eats at least 1 food/group of foods, textures Will add new foods
- < 20 different foods
- Foods lost from list are not regained
- Will tantrum or freeze if presented with new food
- Refuses all foods from certain groups or textures
- Rarely adds new foods
For Picky Eaters
- Offer three regularly spaced meals and two snacks
- Allow her to decide how much and what she eats
- Make sure that there is at least one food she prefers available to her at each meal.
- Don’t give up on foods she may have refused. Keep offering and serving them without comment.
- Offer small portions, no more than 1-2 tablespoons at once.
- Do not pressure to eat less, more or any specific food.
- Plan your day before you leave the house so you know when, where, and what you will be feeding her.
- No snacking between meals. Only water to drink freely.
- Have family meals: eat with your child.
- For children nearing three years or older, serve meals family style, with a serving dish and spoon. Teach children how to serve themselves politely.
- Food should not be conditional or used as a bribe, reward or punishment.
- Eliminate distractions such as toys, all electronics, the TV or books or games at the table.
- Put Your Phone AWAY. Do not talk, text or check e-mail during meals. Set a good example to your child about mindful eating.