Use the 3 Rs to Get Picky Eaters to Try New Foods

updated Sep 30, 2020
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There are few things quite as frustrating as a kid who is a fussy eater — especially when you love food and want to share that enjoyment with them.

A new research study published in the journal Appetite gives the advice to just follow the three Rs to get your kid to try new foods.

No, it’s not reduce, reuse, and recycle. Instead you’ll be using “repetition, role modeling, and rewards.”

The study shows that the combination of all those things — offering your child the food at many different meals, eating the food (probably a vegetable) and showing that you enjoy it, and praising them for trying it — had the greatest chance of success for picky eaters when compared to using just one or two of the strategies.

Of course, sometimes there will be no convincing your child to eat a Brussels sprout, and it’s worth postponing that battle for another day. Will you be trying the 3 Rs method, or do you have another picky eater strategy?