Tips for feeding faddy eaters
- Eat somewhere different. If eating at the table isn’t working, try a picnic on the floor.
- Give him food he likes as often as you can within reason.
- Cook something together and let him choose what you’re going to make.
- Try using chopsticks as the frustration may encourage little ones to pick up the food and just eat it.
- Have a colour theme. It gets your toddler looking at his food and might spark an interest.
Ways to be sugar savvy with your child
- Get a label-reading habit. Sugar is often hidden under other names such as sucrose, fructose and glucose.
- Don’t ban it. ‘Everything in moderation’ will build healthier attitudes to keeping a balanced diet.
- Meal then treat. Keep any sweet treats until after meals, rather than between them, reducing the amount of time teeth deal with sugar.
- Watch the juice. Stick to water and milk for drinks, encouraging drinking from a beaker and cup, rather than a bottle.
- Clean teeth last thing. At bedtime, toothpaste should be the last thing on your child’s teeth – not juice or food.
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Ways to reduce your toddler’s sugar intake
- Tackle breakfast first, try some porridge with fruit instead of sugary cereals for a change.
- Read food labels and go for low or no sugar. Sugar listings may come under corn syrup, maltose, fructose or sucrose.
- Understand high sugar amount: 15 grams of sugar is high, 5 grams is low.
- Swap sugary puddings for yoghurt or fruit every other day at first while he gets used to it.
- Rethink rewards. Instead of offering a sweet treat for good behaviour, suggest a game or extra story at bedtime.