From fusspot to foodie tot!

Fol­low M&B’s eight-step plan to get your young­ster eat­ing all sorts of yummy stuff…

Mother & Baby (UK) - - CONTENTS - Jo Cor­mack is the au­thor of War and Peas and a mum of three; emo­tion­allyaware feed­

Help your young­ster be­come an ad­ven­tur­ous eater, start­ing now!

Feel like you’ve got a fussy eater? You’re not alone! ‘One in four kids are picky eaters,’ says ther­a­pist and feed­ing con­sul­tant Jo Cor­mack. ‘They’re wary about try­ing new foods and will only eat a very lim­ited se­lec­tion of fa­mil­iar meals.’ And there are all sorts of rea­sons why. For some, it’s just a phase. ‘Fussy eat­ing of­ten emerges be­tween 13 months and two years,’ ex­plains Jo. ‘This is also the age when tod­dlers start learn­ing that they can in­flu­ence their world. They want to test bound­aries, and prac­tise say­ing “no”, and food is one of the ar­eas where they can re­ally as­sert their in­de­pen­dence.’

There are also phys­i­cal rea­sons why a child might be wary about food. ‘If a baby has choked on a par­tic­u­lar food, it may make him anx­ious about foods with a sim­i­lar taste or tex­ture,’ says Jo. ‘Or if he has an in­tol­er­ance, he may avoid a par­tic­u­lar food. It might also be that a young­ster has a ge­netic aver­sion to par­tic­u­lar foods; some peo­ple have a gene that lets them taste flavours that other peo­ple just don’t sense, and they’re par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to the bit­ter flavours in foods such as cab­bage or sprouts.’ Pick­i­ness around food can also be a ques­tion of tem­per­a­ment. ‘There are three main tem­per­a­men­tal traits chil­dren are born with that seem to make them more likely to be fussy around food,’ ex­plains Jo. ‘Cau­tious kids, who like things to be fa­mil­iar and pre­dictable, can ex­tend that trait to be­ing wary of new foods. Sen­si­tive chil­dren, who re­act strongly to un­ex­pected noise or too much bus­tle, can also be­come over­whelmed by all the sen­sa­tions in­volved in eat­ing – the smells, the sights, the sounds, the tastes, and even the feel of the food. And chil­dren who are quick to get up­set may also re­act neg­a­tively to some foods, and re­ject them as a con­se­quence.’ So there are lots of rea­sons why your young­ster might be say­ing no to your care­fully-cooked meals. But don’t get stressed – get savvy! This M&B guide will show you how to help widen your tod­dler’s diet. Yep, there are just eight steps sep­a­rat­ing you and your tot from chilled-out meal­times…

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