Despite our best efforts, our son is a super picky eater. He has been since he was an infant. He didn\u2019t even want to eat solid foods for the longest time. I really thought being a picky eater was a phase, but my son has taught me some people are just pickier eaters from birth. Case in point \u2013 our daughter, who is 15 months younger than our son, will eat almost anything. There are a few things she doesn\u2019t like, but the list is a whole lot shorter than our son\u2019s. We have tried everything to get our son to eat a variety of foods, but if we let him, he\u2019d eat chicken nuggets, French toast sticks, and apple sauce at every meal. There are a few things that have worked though, so I\u2019m sharing my 9 tips for dealing with young children who are picky eaters. 9 Tips for How to Get a Picky Eater to Eat 1. Start with Tiny Bites It can be very overwhelming for a picky eater if you give them something large and tell them they have to eat the whole thing. We\u2019ve tried to focus on ensuring our children at least try 1 or 2 bites. This trick has worked extra well for us to get our kids to try new foods. The act of one small bite makes it feel more approachable and easy to accomplish. Plus, if they absolutely hate it, they don\u2019t have to have any more. This tip has worked really well for us. I even got my kids to eat salmon with this technique. If you\u2019re trying to get your kids to eat more veggies or other really unfamiliar foods, then I think this technique works very well. 2. Keep Trying Even if they don\u2019t want more than one bite, and say they don\u2019t like it, you have to keep trying. Many people say that it takes 10 to 15 times before a child can decide if they like a food. I know it can be really painful to go through preparing something 15 times, only for them to turn their nose up at them. It\u2019s super frustrating \u2013 I\u2019m with you! But we have to stay strong, and keep trying. One technique I use is to give them only one new food per meal. I will give them things I know they love and then add one thing they haven\u2019t tried yet. This technique usually works fairly well because they can eat all the food their comfortable with first and then try the one that they are less certain about. 3. Cut Back on Snacks If you have a preschooler, I bet you have a closet full of snacks. I\u2019m guilty too. My pantry is full of little mini crackers, chips, fruit snacks, all these tiny little things our kids love. I try to sneak in healthier versions of the snacks they love, but puffed corn still isn\u2019t the same as a carrot. I\u2019ve been trying to cut back on snacks so my kids are hungrier at the main meal times. I don\u2019t withhold snacks, or suggest you do, but I do think sometimes we overfeed our kids with snacks and should focus on meals instead. One idea would be to start slowly and remove one of the snacks, such as a morning snack, and instead, offer them a bit more at breakfast or lunch that day. If that doesn\u2019t work, no worries! Our kids do burn a lot of energy, so we don\u2019t want them to go too hungry either. However, just watch and make sure you\u2019re not overfeeding them between meals. 4. Stay Calm I remember when we first started feeding our son solids, it was so frustrating. There are many days, still, when I\u2019m very frustrated that he\u2019s completely unwilling to try even a bite of something like a blueberry. I\u2019ve definitely said things like, \u2018we wouldn\u2019t feed you something that would hurt you\u2019. It can be beyond frustrating, but you just have to be patient. I remember one time I was at the grocery store and this mom with older kids heard me having a conversation with my kids about trying some new items. She heard my daughter enthusiastically willing to try it and my son\u2019s unwillingness. She told me not to sweat it. She said, \u2018let him have mac and cheese and chicken nuggets, he\u2019ll grow out of it\u2019. I do hope so. My nephew was also a pretty picky eater and he has grown out of it, so there\u2019s hope! 5. Include Adventurous Eaters Peer pressure is a real thing! I definitely noticed my son became more willing to try new things at his last preschool because they served them lunch as a group. That peer pressure, sitting at lunch with his peers being served the very same thing, it forced him to try everything and become less picky. Unfortunately, our new preschool doesn\u2019t serve lunch so that added peer pressure isn\u2019t present anymore. Luckily though, our daughter is much more adventurous, so it helps that she\u2019s willing to try things. 6. Reward Progress Do not reward progress with dessert or food related rewards, but do praise your child for trying new things and eating healthy foods. I spend a lot of times talking to my kids about healthy foods and sometimes foods. I don\u2019t want to make food good or bad, but I do want them to understand they should not eat sugar every day or have cake every day. I want them to understand that fruits and veggies and meat and other healthy foods should make up the bulk of their diet and that good nutrition will help them grow up big and strong. Thus, when they try a healthy food, I tell them I\u2019m proud of them. It makes them feel good and hopefully, this positive reinforcement will lead to more progress. 7. Eat as a Family I\u2019ve read a lot of studies about the importance of eating as a family. Intuitively, it makes a lot of sense. When your kids see you doing a behavior, they want to mimic it. Remember, they are taking in everything that you do, learning about the world around them and trying to be just like you (at least for now). If you enjoy fish, they are going to (at least) want to try fish. If you have broccoli, they are going to want to try it. This trick has totally worked in my house. Just last month, I cooked two salmon fillets while my kids at their standard kid fare (probably chicken nuggets or tacos). I planned on having one the next day for leftovers, but my kids asked if they could try it. Although I was shocked, of course I said yes. To my utter shock, they absolutely loved it. I ended up giving them each half of the fillet and they gobbled it up. Now anytime I make salmon, they want some. Just last night, I made blackened salmon and they asked to try it. I warned them it was very spicy, but they said they liked spicy food. Once again, they totally surprised me. 8. Try Different Flavors & Textures It is a fallacy that all picky eaters want bland food. My son actually loves crunchy foods, but doesn\u2019t like wet foods. I haven\u2019t quite put my finger on his textural issues, although I know there are others. So the point is, you don\u2019t just need to feed them applesauce and white bread. Try other things (i.e. blackened salmon). There is a whole world of food out there, so don\u2019t assume you know anything. 9. Build on Success If your child loves chicken nuggets, the next step would be to try other types of chicken. Maybe you can try wings and then grilled chicken strips to try to expand the types of chicken they will eat. It\u2019s much easier to go from chicken nuggets to wings than chicken nuggets to steak. Same goes for a food like French fries. If they like regular French fries try giving them sweet potato fries or zucchini fries next. Or if they love peaches, try mango next. It\u2019s important to gradually build on prior successes with similar foods rather than constantly throw exotic things at them. These are just some of the ways we are working to battle our picky eater. It\u2019s definitely not easy, it takes way more effort than I\u2019d like, but it\u2019s ultimately important to me that my son grows up to love and appreciate a wide range of foods and flavors.