4 Tips to develop good eating habits in kids #GrowRight

How to develop good eating habits in kids?

Hello mommies! I know a lot of you want to know how to instil healthy eating habits in kids. So, today I’ll be sharing some tips from my experience with you all. When Nemit was about 6 months old and it was time to introduce solids to him, I joined a couple of Facebook groups to learn the right techniques of weaning. I got to know about the traditional and baby-led weaning.

And the message that these groups were imparting was giving only healthy nutritious food to the baby. And, because my thoughts were in line with them, I succeeded in following the same for Nemit.

I know right now you must be having a lot of questions. That’s why I am listing down a few tips below which I followed to develop good eating habits in Nemit. Let’s understand a little about nutritious food. In simple words, food consisting of all the essential nutrients is nutritious. But, there is no single food which has all the nutrients.

Human body requires seven major types of nutrients.1

(Protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamin, mineral, fibre and water)

Now, to get these nutrients in balanced quantity, a child should eat from different food groups.

Check out the VIDEO to understand the food groups better

PediaSure | Expert Videos | Episode 2- Food Groups
As per my recommendation, PediaSure is a good choice to provide complete, balanced nutrition if you’re not sure your kids are getting enough of the nutrients they need from regular food.2

4 Tips to develop good eating habits in kids early on in life

  1. Start early and don’t give up.

Starting solids for the baby is fun but as the baby grows, meal times become a task. Many times I wanted to choose the easier way out but I somehow knew my efforts would pay off someday. I learned to make interesting finger foods for him to encourage eating on his own. Later, I started involving him in meal preparation. It helped him in understanding his food. Check out these creative recipes made with PediaSure that you can prepare together with your child.

  1. Follow a feeding schedule.

I started following a feeding schedule for Nemit from an early age. And we are still sticking to it. It really helps in keeping a note on how much and what all he ate in a day. And, this makes it easier to plan the meals and include all the food groups in his diet.

4 Tips to develop good eating habits in kids from an early age #goodeatinghabits #nutrition #pickyeater


  1. Eat together and eat the same food.

Before Nemit joined playschool, we used to eat all 3 meals together. You may introduce family food (sans salt and sugar) to your baby at 7-8 months. I would strap him in his booster chair and put a spoonful of food in his tray. He would play with it for a few secs & then watch me eat and follow. Kids learn a lot from their parents, so set a good example by following good food habits.

  1. No screens while eating.

You will get tempted a lot to use that 30 mins of mealtime for yourself. And, you would want to replace eating together time with screen time. Please don’t do that! Once your child will get used to the screen, he will not leave it. Initially, you won’t understand the impact it will cause on the baby’s brain but there will be an impact on his development.

It’s just a matter of a few years, but good habits go a long way. And, trust me, you will be so proud of yourself when you will see your child is growing right.

In case, you are wondering if it’s too late to develop good habits because your child is past baby and toddler age, no, it’s never too late! It may take a little more effort but it’s still possible. Just say no to unhealthy junk food or any bad habits like a distraction while eating. If your child is a fussy eater, you may check with your pediatrician for guidance. The nutritional supplement like PediaSure is recommended by doctors for picky eaters. It consists of 37 vital nutrients from all the food groups for a child’s overall development.


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    Siddhi Palande October 1, 2019 at 12:09 am - Reply

    My daughter is a fussy eater and almost and always I lose my cool while feeding her. Either she wants sweets or no food at all. And mobile is important while eating. Gawd these tips are so much meant for me 🙈

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      Neha Sharma October 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      So, I recently saw one post on Instagram where they have mentioned why to give desserts/sweets so much importance. If we start giving a small portion of sweet with the regular food, eventually it will become the regular food. I liked the logic behind it. I am glad you find the tips useful 🙂

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    Nisha October 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    It’s too hard to make kids eat. Actually people use screen time just to make them eat. Which is a great hobbit. We should engage them in a healthy way . Make there meal time fun time.

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      Neha Sharma October 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s difficult and that’s why it’s important that we help them develop good eating habits from an early age. Screen time should never be used during mealtimes. Mealtime is an activity in itself, and if screen is used while eating kids are not able to focus on the food, their mind gets diverted and they don’t enjoy what they are eating.

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      Upasna October 20, 2020 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I confessed in one of my posts to use screen as a distraction while my first one was still learning to eat. I am glad I noticed it and changed it. Now I am not doing same with my second born. And yes I always try to have same food as a family.

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    Khushboo October 1, 2019 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I understand its difficult to make kids eat. These tips are really helpful for the parents for their kids.to make them.eat food.

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      Neha Sharma October 1, 2019 at 4:37 pm - Reply

      I am glad you find the tips helpful, Khushboo

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    Prerna Sinha October 1, 2019 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    It is important for kids that they eat healthy. These tips looks really helpful for kids. Thanks for sharing them. I’m definitely going to share these tips with my friends

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      Neha Sharma October 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Prerna 🙂

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    Dr.Amrita Basu October 1, 2019 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Eating together as a family helps in growing close bonds and better eating habits.These are very good tips to make kids eat better.

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      Neha Sharma October 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you Dr. Amritra, I am glad you find these tips good 🙂

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    Reetuparna Saha October 1, 2019 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    I agree that kids should be kept away from screen while eating. Your tips are so useful and hold absolutely true for every kid.

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      Neha Sharma October 3, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Reetu 🙂

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    Surbhi Mahobia October 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    Yes, table food all the way. I made both of my kiddos eat table food right from the beginning. Now when they are 7 and 3 respectively, I can see how easy it has become for me to make them eat pretty much everything that’s cooked. Those are some great tips, Neha. They are sure to help a lot of parents struggling with their fussy eaters.

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      Neha Sharma October 5, 2019 at 7:29 am - Reply

      Oh wow, glad to know that developing good eating habits from an early age helped you and your kids. I hope more parents find these tips helpful. Thank you, Surbhi 🙂

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    Ujjwal Mishra October 5, 2019 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Feeding the child not only what they want but what’s impofor growth is the whole key of happy eating and it’s toughest too, great tipe shared by you. I need o work on no screen time while eating.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ujjwal. I hope you get rid of the screens without much effort.

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    Milan October 5, 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Its really important to instil good eating habits in Kids right from the start. And to compensate any nutritional deficiency Pediasure is a good option.

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    Noor Anand Chawla October 5, 2019 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Eating together and keeping a schedule is wonderful advice and easy to follow. No screens are also a must!

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:49 pm - Reply

      Thank you

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    Deepa Jaisingh October 5, 2019 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    We eat the same food, but somehow she doesn’t like to eat herself, that’s bit worrying for me

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      You can try presenting food in a fun & interesting way, include colorful food. Let your daughter play with food if she wants to, don’t interfere. You sit together and eat, eventually, she will start eating on her own.

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    Shilpa Garg October 5, 2019 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Agree with the pointers you have shared. Instilling right and healthy eating habits in children help them to grow well both physically and mentally and also helps build immunity. I am a big advocate of practice what you preach, be consistent and no screen time during meals. The eating habits that children picks up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Totally agree with you, good habits go a long way.

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    Neha Tambe October 5, 2019 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    These are great tips especially for mom’s of fussy eaters. I dealt with it when my kid was small and I did try a few of these tips.

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    Jhilmil D Saha October 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    I have completely stopped my daughter to check mobile and screen time too during her meals. I agree I had done that in her initial years, but now its a big no no.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:46 pm - Reply

      You did the right thing, Jhilmil, screens interfere with the child’s eating which is not good.

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    Aishwarya Sandeep October 6, 2019 at 12:49 am - Reply

    My son was totally dependent on bottle feed for a long period of time and it was really difficult to start solids for him. Though I started it at the earliest somehow could not switch him to the same completely.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:44 pm - Reply

      How old is your son now? Does he take solids properly now?

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    MeenalSonal October 6, 2019 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Following a schedule always make mommy and kid at peace. And having them sit at a particular place also develops their habit of eating in right manner.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Yes, that’s absolutely true

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    Neha Jain October 6, 2019 at 10:40 am - Reply

    It’s really helpful for all the parents who have fussy eaters in their home, eating together really helps a lot I have tried it with my daughter to she is also big fussy eater

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:43 pm - Reply

      Glad to know that eating together helped your daughter

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    Varsh October 6, 2019 at 10:42 am - Reply

    I agree that eating with kids helps in making them right and better. Starting early is always
    good idea. No screens while eating is an advice I will myself give to many.

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      Neha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks Varsh

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    Amrit kaur October 6, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Pediasure is great for kids who are fussy eaters and don’t get right nutrition

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    Surbhi Prapanna October 8, 2019 at 4:45 am - Reply

    These are great tips Neha and I agree that early start is always a great idea. and I had done this with my both girls but no screen is still a big challenge and I am working on this constantly , thanks a lot for this great tips.

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      Neha Sharma October 9, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

      I am glad you liked the tips, Surbhi 🙂

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    Maria February 20, 2020 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Very good tips Neha.
    Thanks for sharing this. It is very helpful to me.

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    Mary Nicole June 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great tips. My kids always play games while eating I tried to stop them playing while eating but they didn’t stop playing. I don’t know whether I have to take strict action on them or not

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    Dr. Rahat Sayyad October 7, 2020 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Such a lovely post. When children turn into fussy eaters which is like overnight 😂then we frantically look foe ways to stil finish rhe bowl. Rather at such times we should let the child take charge. Inculcate baby led weaning. See control coming back in their hands makes a difference and they start getting interested in food again

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      Neha Sharma October 7, 2020 at 11:03 am - Reply

      Yes, it surely does help. Thank you for stopping by.

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    Tarang October 7, 2020 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Very good points. I remember when I was about to introduce solid food to my 6 mo, the doctor suggested a few meal ideas. And then I asked, ‘And Cerelac?’ He smiled and said, ‘Haan, mujhe pata tha aap ye jaroor poochhenge.’
    It’s good to start early. And eating together is a very good idea. Pediasure is good, however my 7 yo doesn’t like it if I mix anything in the milk.

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    Debidutta Mohanty October 7, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Following a routine always help and I started early with my twins. Though my son is a fussy eater but with time he has improved a lot. And completely agree with screen time and mobile definitely a big NO as the kids don’t relish or understand what they are eating. The bond will establish only when they eat on their own.

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    Srishti RajeevMenda October 7, 2020 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    The most doable tips. I remember a colleague of mine saying, we are working to get a decent meal, and if we don’t eat on ttime, or spend the meal time on screens, it is not a good sign. Meal times are to be spent eating together. Thats the best tip. Great post

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    Jayanthi October 7, 2020 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    Good tips…my kids have grown and my daughter is still picky…but it finally changes after a long while and persistence in encouraging good eating habits…

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    Nupur October 8, 2020 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    It’s never too late to change habits for the better.

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    writenlive October 9, 2020 at 10:57 am - Reply

    These are great tips Neha. It’s essential to begin early and let your child know different food groups.

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      Neha Sharma October 9, 2020 at 8:48 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Sona.

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    Poonam October 19, 2020 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    This is so true and thanks for the tips. I am a mother of seven month baby and have been following few of these like eating right, at right time. My mom laughs at me sometimes when I try to introduce something new yet healthy which is “non-traditional
    ” according to older generation. But this will only instil the good eating habits.

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    Neha Jain October 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    These tips are really great. Even my elder kid was very fussy with food initially.

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    vidhya Thakkar October 23, 2020 at 11:29 am - Reply

    This is helpful!! bookmarking it for my nephew

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