Importance of Exposure to New & Less Favorable Foods

Exposure is just a fancy word for what really means “patience”.

Feeding kids is not for the faint of heart! It’s tough. And if you get caught up in the “right now” you lose sight of what really happens with exposures.

They build upon each other!!

What was just a touch today, turns to a lick the next time, which leads to a bite the next, that might get spat out the next time… but suddenly, one day you look over and they are just eating it!

This doesn’t happen magically overnight. It most certainly requires patience and consistency but here are a few tips to make it easier:

  • Aim for One Meal for the Whole Family. Even if this means one simple component for your picky eater. Having similar/the same foods helps you set the example!
  • Start SMALL! Offer just one piece or spoonful of the food of new or less favorable foods. They can always have more if they do try it but smaller portions are less intimidating and help reduce *potential* food waste.
  • Save leftovers because these will be your best friend for repeat food exposures
  • Look for small ways to change up favorites like a new shape, a different brand, adding a dipping sauce. Small changes add up over time!
  • Have FUN! Children naturally learn through play and exploration. Allowing that on their plate helps engage them and leads to more adventurous eating

If you need more help having fun at the table, grab one of our “Make Meals Fun” kits for all the products you need to easily turn even the simplest meals into something fun! Available in 4 colors (blue, pink, yellow, & green) and with an option for a “Sibling Set” for double the fun!

Most importantly, do NOT let yourself get stuck on the “right now”.

Remember, even as adults we learn to like new foods all the time! But we can only like things that we have a chance to try. Give your child that chance 💕

**The author of this site encourages you to consult a doctor before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition. No information on this site should be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. For more information please read our full disclaimer here.**

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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