Ask a Parent Coach: Nutrition
Q. My two year old is so picky—she will eat nothing! What do I do?
A. Try not to worry too much: If your child seems to be healthy and growing well, know that this behavior will change eventually. That said, picky eaters are often sensitive to taste, texture, smells, and even colors of foods, which is frustrating. Offer a wide variety of foods/textures at each meal, provide new foods frequently (some children need to be offered the same food more than a dozen times before eating it), and offer finger foods and healthy dips like yogurt or hummus. Involve her in preparing food—picky kids get comfortable with foods through helping with cooking, and may be more willing to try them. Don’t nag or force her to eat, which can make the picky behavior worse. And have faith: Eventually, your child’s food choices will expand.