Get your toddler to try new foods

Ideas and help with toddler feeding.

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The Dos and Don’ts of offering new foods:

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DO…

…offer one new food at a time so your toddler isn’t overwhelmed

…serve one favourite food with one new food. This may tempt your toddler to try something different

…give them a new food to try when you know your toddler is hungry

…praise your toddler when he tries a new food. Toddlers respond positively to praise and will be more likely to try new foods in the future

DON’T…

…make a big deal of a new food. Simply place it on the dinner table along with everything else

…present the new food in large quantities. Offer your toddler a taste, and if he does like it, then he can always have some more

…mix a new food in with an old favourite – chances are your toddler will reject them both

…give up on a new food just because your toddler rejects it. It can take as many as 10 attempts

Prima Baby tip:

Encourage your toddler to be more adventurous with food with a fun Exploring New Foods chart (you can download and print this by clicking the blue ‘click it out’ button at the bottom of the page).

Simply draw 10 columns on a sheet of paper and in the first column write the name or draw a picture the new food your toddler will be exploring. In columns two to nine draw the senses your toddler will use:

Eye (sight); Nose (smell); Hand (touch); Ear (sounds food can make like snap or crunch); Mouth (feel); Tongue (taste); Teeth (chewing).

Finally add an arrow pointing downwards to signal that your toddler has swallowed the food.

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Tick each column with your toddler as they explore each new food, and in the last column add a smiley face if the experiment was a success!

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