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Tips if your toddler is a fussy eater

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Once your baby becomes a toddler and starts eating meals and snacks like the rest of the family, dinnertime can sometimes become a bit of a battle. What do you do when they turn their nose up at everything you put in front of them? It might help to try following the tips and tricks of other parents and professionals who have come before you.

Top tips from other parents with fussy eaters

What the parents say

What the professionals say

“We all have days when we don’t fancy what’s on our plate, and toddlers are no different. Sit down with them, offer small amounts of food, and if they use their fingers and get a bit messy, don’t panic. Remember, fingers were invented before knives and forks! Your toddler will have their moments, but most tots grow well – even those who don’t seem to eat everything. Don’t forget you can always ask for help from your health visitor.”

Margaret Duncan, Sure Start Health Visitor, Dundee

More information

For more helpful tips on how to try to get your toddler to eat well and try new foods, visit the Eat Better, Feel Better website.

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Last updated: 4 Aug, 2022