Introducing New Foods to Your Toddler
Let's face it, many toddlers are fussy eaters, with palates as sensitive as those of the most discerning food critics. Getting them to eat something other than, say, noodles or pieces of fruit can be a real challenge. And vegetables? Please.
However, don't give up -- this a great time to introduce new foods to your child because they're deciding what tastes and textures they like best.
A child's taste buds are highly sensitive at this age. Since you're selecting what they eat, don't fall into the trap of letting them eat only what they want. "The Yale Guide to Children's Nutrition" suggests that you prepare relatively simple meals and offer small portions.
Furthermore, many experts discourage negotiation -- have the child try a bite, but let him decide what to eat from there, and don't insist on a "clean plate." And, as multiple sources point out, it may take up to 15 to 20 times for some children to be exposed to a food before they decide they like it.
When it comes to introducing new foods, the example set by you and by your child's peers can play a significant role. What kids see you eat becomes more acceptable to them. They're also more open to things they see other kids eating, too.