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Picky Eaters

Picky eating is a common behavior among toddlers. This page contains several resources for dealing with and addressing picky eating.

Healthy Tips for Picky Eaters Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FNS
This handout provides tips for coping with picky eating, getting a child to try new foods, and helping a child develop healthy eating habits.

Phrases that HELP and HINDER Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, CNPP
This handout provides positive phrases to use that can help develop healthy eating habits.

Kitchen Helper Activities Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, CNPP
This handout provides age-appropriate tasks for each year between two and five year olds so they can help out in the kitchen. Children are less likely to reject foods they help make.

8 Ways to Get Picky Eaters to Become More Adventurous Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Provides tips to lay a foundation for stress-free, adventurous eating habits even before the first bite.

Picky Eaters Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Reviews typical toddler eating behavior, tips for handling/addressing this issue, and foods to avoid due to the risk of choking. This site is also available in Spanish.

How to Handle Picky Eaters Source: Zero to Three
Discusses this behavior in toddlers, reviews the parents' role, and provides suggestions for how to, and how not to, respond to picky eating.

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