Many children go through phases where they are reluctant to try new foods. They may even refuse foods they have previously enjoyed. This is a normal way for your child to show that they are developing their independence. The length and extent of this phase varies from child to child and can happen at any time.
It’s perfectly normal for you to worry whether your child is getting enough food, however, if they are healthy and have enough energy to play, learn and explore, they are most probably eating enough. See our guide on serving sizes and basic nutrition.
When a child refuses food, it can be stressful for all the family. The good news is, they will probably be less fussy the older they get!
Your child’s appetite is dependent on how active they are and how much they are growing. There are a number of reasons why they may refuse food, such as: taste, shape, size, colour or texture – to name a few! It can take up to 10-15 tastes of a new food before your child gets used to it, so persevering is worth it!
We have put together some tips you might find helpful to get you through this phase.
If you feel your child is especially anxious about trying new foods or if you are still concerned about their dietary intake, you should always contact your child’s dietitian.