How to get your child to try new foods

How to get your child to try new foods

If there's a toddler in the house who won't try any new food, your best shot at success may be to offer it several times in a few ways. Learn more.

Most young children are reluctant to try new foods, so don't be offended if your toddler wrinkles his nose and spits out your carefully prepared offering. His initial rejection as a final judgment on the dish.

The old ways are best

Research shows that offering a new food several times, a day or two apart, will likely lead to success. An old pediatrics adage says that the seventh time is the charm when it comes to getting a new food on the "yes" list.

How to get it done (and in!)

The first time you give your toddler a new food, offer him a spoonful or two, or let him try a small amount on his own. Then give up if you get a negative response. Bide your time and put the dish on the menu again a day or two later. Force-feeding your child will result in him resisting that food and many others too. "Try" is okay for now.

All the effort is worth it. Research shows that willingness to try new foods and a varied diet lead to healthier lifelong eating habits.

Helpful hint:

Children are more willing to try new foods if they see trusted adults and familiar older children eating them too. So if you turn up your own nose at spinach, don't expect to sell it to your toddler. Good eating habits are a family affair, so stock up on the veggies, fruits and whole grains.

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I should print that last paragraph and give to my picky husband! haha!

11 month old


I have a 11 month old girl almost 1 and will only eat bananas and yogurt melts!! I have tried everything that I can think of..... Any suggestions other moms?

Still struggling


My son is super picky, and I've tried all of these things. He still won't try things if he picks them out himself, we pick them out for him, if he sees us or other 'older' kids eat them. We're worried that he'll be picky forever! Pretty frustrated…..

Hopefully will help


My son is extremely picky but we are slowly getting there. Thanks for the tips!

Picky boy


Thank you. My toddler wants peanut butter or a banana for every meal

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