Close Close
Mother and Baby

7 Easy Ways To Stop Your Toddler Being A Fussy Eater

No one wants to find themselves pandering to the whims of a pint-sized food dictator, but how do you stop your kids being fussy?

Everyone hears stories about toddlers who will only eat apples and toast, but nobody wants to end up with one. Don’t worry, follow these easy tips and you’ll soon have your tot enjoying his food.

1. Veggies first

Rather than offering up the food your toddler loves best first, make sure offer a few veggies as a starter, when he’s most hungry. ‘Start with a few sticks of asparagus or chunks of broccoli with butter, before bringing out his main meal,’ says nutritionist Lowri Turner. This should keep his sweet tooth in check.

2. Eat adventurously yourself 

The idea is to pass on that food is fun. ‘If your toddler sees you enjoying different foods, he’s more likely to try them himself,’ says Lowri.

3. Keep trying

If your toddler refuses a food, don’t give up. It can take several attempts for him to get used to a new dish and realise that it’s actually quite nice. ‘And even though he might have rejected something when he was a year old or even younger, he might start to love it in a few months time,’ says Lowri.

4. Try toddler-led weaning

Avoid spoon feeding an older baby or toddler. The idea is that if your toddler has control over his food and is able to pick up, feel the texture of the food and try the bits he likes the look off, he’ll be more likely to experiment and eat a wide range of different things when he’s older.

5. Make food fun

For older babies and toddlers, funny faces made out of pieces of cucumber, tomato and sandwich will be popular. ‘Or have a crunching contest with raw veggies,’ says Lowri. ‘The loudest cruncher wins.’

6. Harness peer pressure

Invite other mums and their tots over for lunch. ‘Lay out a big picnic with lots of different healthy foods on a tablecloth on the floor and let kids get stuck in,’ says Lowri.

7. Act cool

Pretend you don’t care if your child doesn’t eat his supper. If he realises what he eats really matters to you, it can become a power struggle, so pretend it doesn’t and he’ll have no reason to hold back.

Why children are fussy eaters - Quiz
16 Packed Lunch Ideas For Toddlers And Pre-Schoolers

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Are you expecting a boy or a girl? Tell us the month you conceived and how old you are, and this clever little tool will predict the rest! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe button May
Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?