“How do we keep expanding their accepted foods if we are always offering something they like?,” said the message from a stressed parent of a picky eater.
Becoming more selective starts around 12-18 months for most children. When they begin to differentiate between items for flavor, colors, and textures and distinguish which they prefer. For some kids, selective (or picky) eating is a short-lived stage. For others, it can become an ongoing challenge and make mealtime a stressful, chaotic experience for everyone involved.