Getting Little Man to try new foods is something I’ve always struggled with. He’s EXTREMELY picky and will fight tooth-and-nail not to try something new if it looks less than appealing.
While reading this month’s Family Fun magazine, I got the idea to try a different incentive for Little Man to try new foods. A fellow Mom wrote in and told how she got her little one to eat new foods. Here was her suggestion:
On a piece of paper or index card, write the numbers 1-10 leaving a space in front of each number. Use this card to keep track of all new foods your little one tries and if they like the new food, mark the food with a star, sticker, or smiley face. When they reach 10 foods, they get something!
For Little Man, we’ve decided that a toy would be a good incentive. In the letter the Mom wrote, she used her son’s favorite pizza place as incentive for him to try 10 new foods. Find a toy, food, or destination your child will want to work towards and use that as their prize for trying new foods!
So far, this method is working really well. The first food I asked him to eat, taco salad, was met with a little whining until I reminded Little Man of the reward card. He proceeded to eat his entire bowl and found he really loves taco salad. The second time I asked him to try a new food, he didn’t even fight me! It was such a relief to simply whip out the prize card and have Little Man gladly try the new food. While he didn’t enjoy the tomatoes on his pizza, Little Man gladly took a big bite to see if he liked it or not. In the past, I never would have been able to get him to try it!
What things to do you do to get your picky eater to try new foods?