Almost all parents find that their children hardly eat any food, and also do not like most of the food that is prepared. Parents often find their children eating in other people’s houses except their own.
One of the first things to remember is not to get excited. Even if you are planning to introduce a new item to your child, make sure there is an alternate for them to chose from. Never force them to eat it. Instead, ask them if they would like try it, as they might just be willing to.
If your child makes a face as soon as she sees the food, do not worry too much about it as you will find her tastes will keep changing with time, and they will keep trying variations in their food.
When you are giving food to the baby in their plate, ensure that you do not fill it too much, as the sheer quantity will overwhelm them. You will be upset when they end up wasting the food. Give them less so that they feel happy when they finish, and you might actually find them asking for more.
Never order the child to finish their food or to eat what you want them to eat. When your child is hungry, you will find them automatically eating well. Give them food when they want to eat, rather than when you want them to.
Encourage the child to eat at the dining table and make sure you are sitting with the child since no one likes eating alone. Better still would be for the whole family to eat together.
Instead of bribing the child with ice creams and sweets, there are a whole lot of sweets, biscuits and cakes which are very healthy. You can give this to your child after they are done with dinner. A good option would be to get your child to help you with the cooking so that they feel that they have made the food. This itself would encourage them to eat the food. Make this a battle of wits, and not your nerves.