Serve meals at regular times so children know when to expect food.
Make mealtimes fun.
Children often follow the example of adults so carers should sit and eat with the children where possible.
Introduce new foods in small portions and on several occasions.
Watch for high intakes of snacks or drinks especially milk, juice or squash and reduce if interfering with appetite.
Remember that children have only little tummies and fill up easily. Keep portions small and offermore as needed.
Watch for an “off” day becoming an “off” week. Children’s appetites are not constant. If you are concerned it may be important to write down what a child eats during the week and report back to parents/guardians.
Make food look interesting – colours, taste and textures are very important.
Be prepared to offer the food in another form, for example, pasta with the sauce beside it rather than on top of it.
Allow the child to eat with other “good” eaters whenever possible.
Praise them when food is eaten.
The child should feed him/herself, if possible. Also offer finger foods.
Take time over meals and talk to children about different foods. Give them time to eat without being rushed.
When it is obvious that no more food is going to be eaten, remove the food.