Most babies usually eat the foods they are served. However, things can change with many toddlers going through a phase of fussy or picky eating.
This happens for lots of reasons including toddlers testing limits and establishing their independence.
What starts out as a fussy or picky eating phase can quite easily and sometimes quickly develop into a more longer-term habit, often without parents even realising it.
Do you find the following with your child or children:
Their variety of foods has reduced over time?
They are hesitant to try certain foods, only wanting to eat more familiar foods?
They snack frequently and want to eat snacks instead of meals?
Having an eater like this is challenging, frustrating and stressful; but Growing Healthy Eaters are here to help.
Fussy Eating Expert Help
Dr. Colette offers one-to-one support that is both parent led (there’s lots you can do to help your child eat better) and child-centred (we don’t expect your child to do anything that they aren’t comfortable with, at that time) that is tailored to suit your family.
An initial consultation starts with what your child is eating at the moment and gaining an understanding of the challenges involved. We then work together to develop a customised action plan to help gradually improve your child’s eating.
Follow up consultations will help you establish regular meal and snack times, focus on foods that you and the rest of your family normally eat; and get your child on board with tasting new foods; as well as developing lifelong healthy eating habits.
Each personalised consultation lasts up to 45 minutes and can be in person in Galway or online or by phone. The consultation includes:
- A step-by-step action plan that is developed and emailed to you afterwards plus
- A follow-up phone/online call (one to two weeks later) to check in with you about progress and how best to move forward.
We ask parents to complete a list of all foods and drinks consumed during 3 recent days for their child before the initial consultation.
Fussy eating habits can successfully be turned around for many families over a few consultations but this depends on the individual child. Sometimes there are multiple factors at play and the longer fussy eating continues, the more challenging it can be to turn it around as habits become more established. Therefore the earlier you seek help, the easier and quicker it is. Its best to start with the initial consultation and then decide if this is the right kind of support for you.
Success Stories for Fussy EatersDespite feeling a little apprehensive about what a fussy eating plan might entail, there was nothing to fear in Colette's gradual step-by-step approach; which is doable with minimal effort and time input - so it's ideal for busy families. Dervla, Galway
I was so stressed with my daughter's eating and so many people told me she'd grow out of it but things were not getting better. I would recommend that others don't wait but get help. I was certainly relieved I did. R. Dublin
We noticed such a massive improvement with our girl's eating especially when we were on holidays compared to how she was before we started with Colette. Eating wasn't such a "big deal" anymore and she just tried and ate lots of different foods. S. Louth