At this age, your toddler’s taste preferences are still developing, so it’s perfectly normal if he doesn’t seem interested in a new food right away. It takes time for kids to learn to like new foods with flavors, tastes and textures that are different from what they’re used to.
To make it easier on you and your toddler, use these five food parenting tips when introducing new foods:
- Introduce new foods with old favorites. Seeing a favorite on his plate makes the new food less scary. Plus, if he chooses not to try the new food he will still have something to eat.
- Offer without pressuring. Toddlers are headstrong, so allow him to decide whether or not to try a new food. Encourage him to try it without forcing him.
- Offer a small portion. Put a little bit of each food on his plate, telling him what it is. A small spoonful of a new food is less overwhelming than a big helping. If he likes it, you can always give him more.
- Let him see you enjoy the food. He wants to be just like you, so if he sees you loving the new food, he’s more likely to follow your lead.
- Try, try again. He may try it; he may not. And that’s OK. Some kids need to see a new food up to 20 times before trying it, so don’t give up.