I think it is fair to say that most children go through a phase of fussy eating, whether it’s picking at their food before pushing their plate away, eating a few favourite foods, or flatly refusing to eat at meal times.
It can be frustrating, stressful and outright time consuming! Personally I've always considered it a phase. Lately our dinner time conversation with my youngest daughter goes something like this:
Miss 5 & 1/2 year old "What's for dinner Mummy?",
Me: "Home Made Lamb and Pea Pie"
Miss 5 & 1/2 year old "Yuck, that's dissssgusting"
Me: "Okay, well that's what we are having for dinner, enjoy and we can talk about it late"
and Miss 5 & 1/2 year old starts eating.
I don't retaliate and she goes about eating her dinner. Rarely do I offer something different, (unless I personally think it's disgusting! I know sometimes my cooking isn't always on point.
I have learned that facilitating timed meals and reducing snacking has a positive influence on fussy eating habits.
Take a look at Annabel Karmels' - Top 10 tips for coping with fussy eater
According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, fussy babies and toddlers tend to watch more TV and videos than infants with no issues or mild issues. And that can lead to problems down the road.
What do you think about the correlation between fussy eaters and screen time?