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Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

If your toddler lives on bread and cheese, here's how you can get him to expand his food repertoire.

by: Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers

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rustrated by your picky eater? Don't worry, your toddler isn't destined for a life of chicken nuggets and white bread. Here's how to handle a picky eater.

Why are some kids picky eaters?

Most toddlers are particular when it comes to eating – it's a common developmental behavior that has little to do with the taste of food and is more about wanting control. Saying "no" to foods is a great way to get a response from mom. This makes eating fun – for your kid, not you.

Don't fall into the trap of offering bland, unhealthy foods as a replacement for flavorful, healthy ones. If you continue to offer a variety of healthy options, your little one will grow to accept them. We're not saying it will be easy, but here's how to make things go a little more smoothly:

Start new foods early >>