Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Fed up with slow eaters or toddlers who never finish their meals? Try these tricks...

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Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Offer smaller portions rather than piling your child’s plate high with food. A huge bowl of food can be daunting, particularly for reluctant eaters. You can always serve up second helpings.

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Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Stay calm. Serve up food and leave it on the table for 20 minutes. If it is uneaten and there is no interest in it, then give a warning and then throw it away. Do not offer an alternative and do not display any anger. Your child must realise that it is he who has chosen to go hungry.

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Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Invite friends with children round for lunch or tea, so they can see their peers enjoying their food.

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Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Turn off the TV. Sit your children down with no distractions so they can concentrate on eating.

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Sneaky ways to get your toddler to eat up

Eat together: watching other family members using their cutlery and eating well can help encourage reluctant eaters to get stuck in.

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