HOW KIDS DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF TASTE

HOW KIDS DEVELOP THEIR SENSE OF TASTE

A question of survival

Tips

  • Children associate foods with the environment. Make sure that you’re eating in a calm and positive atmosphere. Introduce new foods when they’re in a good mood and well rested. Be enthusiastic about the new food. Eat it so that your child will imitate you and praise them for trying it.
  • Stay enthusiastic even if your child doesn’t want to try a new food.It can take up to 20 exposures before they try it. Accept their refusal and try again later. The important thing is to keep exposing them to it so they get used to it.
  • Offer one new food at a time, in small quantities, and pair it with something your child already eats. They’ll feel comfortable in familiar territory.
  • Introduce new foods by stimulating the five senses.Give them the vocabulary to describe what they’re tasting and help them express what they’re feeling about their experience.