Please Pass the Greens
Peas? No. Green beans? No way. Broccoli? Definitely not. Spinach? You must be kidding!
Does this sound like a familiar theme in your household? Some experts (including mom experts!) claim that it’s not unusual for young kids to refuse vegetables from time to time (or even for lengthy stages) during early childhood.
I’m now experiencing veggie refusal with my toddler–who once seemed to love everything from asparagus to zucchini. A friend recently reported that her six year old ”one day” miraculously emerged from a lengthy stage of picky eating– ”deciding” to eat veggies after years of veggie battles.
One way to help solve picky eating or to stem bouts of veggie refusal is to expose your child to a variety of vegetables (and foods generally, including fruit) early on. Some parents find a teething feeder is a helpful way to introduce vegetables to young children, especially since they reduce choking risks.
Don’t despair if your child doesn’t take to eating veggies right away. It may take 10-15 times of exposure before your child comes to like–or even try–what you put before her!