How to Get Kids to Try New Foods Without Bribing

Be Calm

Even if you’re frustrated or worried about a picky eater, try to at least fake a carefree front. As they say, “fake it ’til you make it,” or in this case, fake it until they eat it.

Introduce New Foods Early

Not only early in the child’s life, but early on in the meal when they’re still hungry. Snacks prevalent in your household? Be sure to cut those out too (even the healthy ones), at least two hours before dinnertime.

Don’t Insist They Eat All of It

Since the lesson is about introducing variety, cultivating curiosity and encouraging healthy eating, there’s no need to force overconsumption. One good rule of thumb: you have to try one bite of everything. If they don’t, they’re not eligible for dessert. And it’s not a big deal either way.

Make It Habit

The more it’s a habit, the sooner they’ll accept the experience as part of your dinner routine. Traveling soon? All the more reason to start introducing new foods on a routine.It’s just another way to help kids appreciate travel.

Be a Good Example

And of course, get them excited ahead of time. If your kids are older than toddlers, announce your plan, “We’re going to start trying new foods as a family. This week we’ll try…” If everyone in the family is excited and willing to try new foods, you’ll be less likely to need bribing as a tactic.

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