🤦🏼♀️Got a picky eater who will only eat one brand of chicken nugget and GOD FORBID they change the packaging?
🤦🏼♀️Got a kid who will only eat at one brand of fast-food restaurant and a fry is NOT a fry at any other drive-thru?
👉🏼When kids are brand-specific, they stick to FAMILIAR. They aren’t comfortable with change, especially when it comes to their food.
✨What to do about it? Start small. Include one small piece of the same food (different brand) on the child’s plate, along with the preferred food. Start with just visual acceptance – eating comes later.
1. Put a new brand in the familiar brand’s container. It won’t solve a thing and it only breaks down trust.
2. Try to reason with your child. It just creates an adversarial environment.
1. Encouraging your child to help prepare the new brand of a favorite food. Get them involved and keep the atmosphere light and happy.
2. Away from mealtimes, encourage your child to explore the new brand…cut it up with fun food cutters or child-safe scissors and really get to know it. Make it familiar over time.
✨Be consistent. When your child is tolerating the presence of the new brand, you can begin to serve a
few pieces of just that brand and not the other. Be sure there is still something else for them to eat on
the plate too.
❤️Parent patiently – this one takes time! TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS - I want to know - what’s your biggest frustration about always needing one brand of a favorite food?
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