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Dealing with a fussy eater?

As you might know, our book character 'Horace the hamster' is a fussy eater.

(He only likes to eat cheese.)

We know from experience how tricky and frustrating this can be!

Dealing with a fussy eater can be challenging, but here are some tips we have come up with from speaking to other parents and also from our own experience with an autistic child. (Children with autism can be extremely sensitive to new textures and flavours.)

  1. Be patient and understanding.

  2. Offer a variety of foods and let your child explore different tastes and textures.

  3. Get creative with presentation – make food visually appealing.

  4. Involve your child in meal planning and preparation to build interest and excitement.

  5. Set a good example by eating a balanced diet yourself.

  6. Don't force your child to eat, but encourage trying new foods gradually.

  7. Make mealtimes enjoyable and relaxed, avoiding pressure or negativity.

  8. Limit snacks between meals to ensure your child is hungry at mealtimes.

  9. Seek advice from a pediatrician or nutritionist if you're concerned about your child's eating habits.

We hope these tips might help! Wishing you and your little one lots of luck!

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