This is a topic that Heather is really passionate about and we wanted to share our experience with picky little eaters. With Mikey it started back when he was tongue-tied and only started eating finger-foods around 11 months. Mikey is a seeker type with sensory processing disorder and he actually craves crunchy, chewy textures. The more compression his mouth can do, the better. Being a picky eater is very common, especially when your child is a seeker and on the autism spectrum. For some kids it is really hard to get them to try different foods and to have a varied diet. We dive into our tips for encouraging good eating behaviors, and creating a culture that allows your kids to enjoy meal times together. At a young age, kids do not have much control over their lives, except for what they put in their mouth. Keeping the environment around dinner time as calm as possible prevents kids from feeling tense or from striking up a power struggle with you. Sometimes it can take quite a while to get a child to eat a new food. The key is not to stay static, be persistent, and use a lot of patience.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Hear why Mikey loves Double Bubble, and how his seeking behavior leads him to prefer crunchy foods.
- Find out how treats and rewards can often motivate kids to try new foods and get in the nutrition they need.
- Understand why eating dinner together as a family can help encourage your kids to eat their food alongside you.
- Learn why not putting pressure on eating helps to create the calm around the dinner table.
- Why keeping snack time further away from dinner time helps to encourage eating well, so kids aren’t too full.
- Find out why giving your kids the freedom to spit it out can sometimes be a good thing.
- Hear how smoothies can be a great way to add nutrition into your child’s day and give them the control they desire at the dinner table.
- Learn why kids are more open to eating things that they have helped to make. Getting them to help out in the kitchen is a great way to encourage them to eat.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
Finding Mikey Podcast Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/FindingMikeyPodcast/