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Beyond Mac & Cheese: 6 Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Try New Foods

Is your toddler’s diet limited to PB&J (without crusts, of course) and Mac & Cheese?

Does he consider Chicken Nuggets to be a food group?

Do you find yourself relieved when she eats a Pop Tart, because at least she’s getting SOME fruit in there?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you.

Of my three children, I’m lucky to say that only one is a truly picky eater. While the rest of the family is happy to eat whatever we’re served, my 5 year old turns up his nose and protests if something’s not to his liking.

But that’s just it: he doesn’t know that it’s not to his liking because he’s never tried it. It’s the chicken-or-the-egg paradigm of the toddler diet. How can you convince a child that something will taste good if he hasn’t eaten it before?

I know more than to ever say that I have a parenting problem totally figured out, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are 6 tips for getting your kiddo to try new foods.

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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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