What to do with this activity?
Coping with a fussy eater can be difficult. The most important thing is to stay positive and relaxed yourself. Make sure meal times are happy and not a battleground.
Offer your child new foods often. Don't make a big deal of the new food, and be positive with your messages. Praise your child for being adventurous.
Make food fun by cutting shapes out of fruit and vegetables with cookie cutters. Put lots of small food items on their plate or tray and let your child pick out what they want to eat.
If you would like to read more, here are 15 tips from VeryWellFamily on how to cope with fussy eaters, and some more top tips from Laya Healthcare.
Why am I doing this?
Talking is one of the most important skills your child will learn. It seems to happen naturally, but in fact you have a very important role to play. Your baby will learn to talk by hearing other people talk. The more you talk with your baby and respond to their noises and babbles, the more you help them learn to communicate. This will help them in every aspect of their life.
How can I do more?
Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.
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