If your child isn't eating well,
it's time to think about
Offer a small meal or snack every 3-4 hours
Parent puts 2-4 foods on the table and child chooses from what the parent puts out
Child cannot have a snack between the set meal/snack times (don’t allow grazing)
Child doesn’t get to choose what is served, but can choose from the options the parent serves
Parent encourages child to eat, but does not put pressure on child to eat in any way
If the child chooses not to eat, it’s okay! Another meal will be offered in 3-4 hours
Structure and Limits for mealtime
Kids do best with structure and limits. When they know what to expect, they do a better job of eating.
What Does this Look Like?
8am Breakfast oatmeal with milk and peanut butter
11am Lunch mac and cheese + canned green beans + orange slices
2 pm Snack applesauce + toast + milk
5pm Dinner chicken + potatoes + peaches + roll
8 - Bedtime Snack toast + jam
10 am Breakfast cereal + milk + canned fruit
1am Lunch quesadilla + canned black beans + chopped mango
4 pm Snack toast + cheese slices
7pm Dinner meat and veggie soup, roll, fruit
9 - Bedtime Snack toast + jam
6 am Breakfast eggs and toast
9 am Snack apples and peanut butter
12 pm Lunch curry, rice and mango
3 pm Snack cottage cheese and pineapple
6 pm - Dinner hummus, pita bread, cucumbers and watermelon
Tips for success:
It doesn’t matter what time your meals are, as long as you routinely offer a meal every 3 to 4 hours.
Don’t ask your child if they are hungry. Just offer a sit down meal every 3 to 4 hours.
Avoid asking your child what they want. The parent picks a few foods, put them on the table and the child chooses from whats on the table.
Always sit down and eat with your child, avoid eating on the run.