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Is Your Baby a Picky Eater?

Tips to Help Tame a Picky Eater continued...

Follow your baby's timeline. Most babies begin eating solid foods between four and six months, but some may start a little earlier, others later. As with crawling, walking, potty-training, and just about every other infant milestone, there's no perfect time -- there's your baby's time.

Let your baby participate.By about nine months, many babies are interested in trying to feed themselves. Although your picky eater is likely to make a mess waving around the mealtime spoon, letting him take control is important to a child's growth and development.

It's natural for babies to slow down their feedings.As they reach the end of their first year, babies’ growth tends to slow and so too can their calorie needs. Be patient; growth spurts are on the way.

Keep trying, gently.Some babies may need to try a food eight, 10, even 15 times before they enjoy it, so be patient and continue to revisit a rejected food over time.

Don't let on that you're frustrated or angry.React emotionally to a picky eater and even a 1-year old will understand her power over you. Realize that you want your baby to eat for her own well-being, not to please you -- and that baby's rejection of a food is not a rejection of you.

Understand who's responsible for what.It's your job to feed your baby, but it's your baby's responsibility to decide what and how much to eat. Children will always eat when they're hungry. Remember that so long as a child is growing and gaining weight -- and you are feeding them healthy options -- there's little need to worry about a baby who's a picky eater.

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Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on August 06, 2012

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