Now that your little one has become a squirmy, distracted child, you know that you have to be on your game to get any food past those adorable little lips. After all, given your child’s new mobility, they are far more interested in cruising around and exploring their world than sitting still to eat.
What you need to know
It is all you can do to strap your child into a high chair long enough to dish out a serving. Then, there’s the issue of getting your child to actually eat the food you serve; if your child is anything like most, they may have become very selective about the foods they will eat.
Start teaching healthy eating habits
Add these challenges to your child’s developing sense of independence, usually asserted with a loud “No!” when you put food in front of your child and you have got a perfect storm blocking your feeding efforts. Still, as challenging as getting your child to eat well can be, this is actually an ideal time to start teaching your child about healthy eating habits. That’s because the patterns they develop now will likely be the ones they will carry into adulthood. So start your child off right with the golden rules of child dining.