Signs a Picky Eater is Improving (that DON’T include “eating it”)

Even if your picky eater isn’t eating it (yet) they can still be improving!

I often hear “I’ve been offering this new food for weeks and they still haven’t eaten it”. But just because they aren’t EATING it, doesn’t mean they aren’t LEARNING it.

It is harder to see growth and change when you are in the midst of it.
Day to day you probably don’t notice much growth & change in your child… but look back on a picture from a year ago and you’ll be amazed at how much has changed and how they have grown!

It is the same with improvements in picky eating habits.


Your child used to throw their whole plate on the floor and now they may be tossing a piece or two, or have stopped completely? That’s an improvement!

Your child used to scream when you put them in their seat and now they can sit for at least a few minutes? Thats an improvement!

Your child used to completely melt down when they say a new food and now they tolerate seeing it on their plate? Thats an improvement!

They used to ignore their veggies and now they play with them? Again, that’s an improvement!

But each of these small steps towards improvement leads to less stressful meals for everyone – yourself included!


Suddenly you aren’t picking up food off the floor anymore.
You aren’t begging them to just sit down.
You can actually sit and enjoy your own food with them!
You probably won’t notice the changes from day to day, but over time you will be able to look back and see just how far they have come.

Small wins are all something to be counted and celebrated!

They might not be eating everything you offer yet, and that’s okay.
They are learning and improving and you are doing a great job! 

For more help parenting your picky eater, check out our “Guide to Parenting a Picky Eater”.


Published by snackswithjax

Sarah is the creator and mom behind "Snacks with Jax", a social media community of over 85,000 parents/caregivers, where she shares her son's meals, nutrition information, and evidence-based tips for feeding children. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist with a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition emphasizing in Wellness from Texas Woman's University and years of experience as a culinary instructor working with ages 2+. She has coached hundreds of parents & caregivers through the journey introducing solids to babies and also navigating picky eating with toddlers and older children. Her focus is on establishing a life-long healthy relationship with food for children while also empowering, encouraging, and educating their adult caregivers.

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