"My 2-year-old used to be a pretty good eater. But now she's going through a phase where she won't even try the vegetables I serve. How can I get more veggies into her mouth and off the floor?
As most parents know, there are two things you can't force a child to do: eat and sleep. This is especially true of toddlers, who often assert their independence through eating — or not eating — the foods you put on their plates.
Many toddlers turn their noses up at vegetables. But don't give up — with time and patience, even the pickiest eaters can find several veggies they like (and a few they even love!).
Here are some tips that might help:
One thing to keep in mind when serving fresh fruit and veggies: Raw vegetables and hard fruits can be a choking hazard for young children. Be sure to cook them well, and thinly slice or cut them into small enough pieces so that they're not a choking risk.
The above information was published to Kidshealth.Org by Nemours Children's Health System and reviewed by Mary L. Gavin, MD July 2018.