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When your child says no

Oscar sweet potato grimace

It’s official. Oscar does not enjoy broccoli. I found myself performing tricks like a circus monkey to sneak in an extra teaspoon. And then he just got more annoyed. Fair enough. I remember the same response to my mother’s cajoling when I was a child.

Try not to force your child, even if you have slaved over that meal. You wouldn’t want them to develop negative associations with solids, would you? Learning to like foods takes time.

Here are some signs that your little one has had enough;

  • Keeps his mouth shut
  • Turns head away
  • holds food in his mouth and refuses to swallow
  • Cries or screams
  • Gags or retches
  • Pushes away the spoon or food offered

TOP: No means no. Accept it and put the spoon down.