Rejecting food they ate before


This week you voted to find out more about why your child starts to reject those foods they’ve always eaten, or become more “picky”. Sometimes things happen in life to make our challenging eaters eat even less! Maybe they’ve been making great progress but suddenly stopped eating the food you’ve been working on, or maybe they’re dropping food that you rely on to give them some nutrients. It can be so frustrating (especially when their list of food they eat is already small) but Little Bites is here to help you understand why it happens and what you can do to help.

Here’s why that could be happening and how to deal with it.

They’re bored of the same food every day

This is a massive problem for those kids who struggle to try new food. They become bored of the same food every day but can’t replace it with anything else so they eat less variety. Eventually, parents are stuck with a couple of fruits, vegetables and meats or dinners they can serve up. Little Bites strategies are perfect for those kids who would love to have a sleepover and eat the same as their friends, go to school camp without any problems with food or just like to be able to eat like everyone else. Older children especially, start to get bored with the same food every day, but they are stuck in a rut when it comes to tasting food.

Always have new, healthy food available to them, Little Bites steps are slow, relaxed and give you the support to  introduce new foods into your child’s diet so they don’t become bored of the food they’re eating. Every child is different so if your child has stopped eating certain food groups or only has a handful of foods you feel give them the nutrition they need, get in touch to see how Little Bites can help.


Sometimes we’re super busy at work, we move house, we have a holiday, they get sick, change classes or schools… When something big comes up we often stop working on their diet or the child has a bit of a regression and stops eating as much due to these changes, that is normal. I tell many people that if there’s a day when you’re stressed and rushed, take a little break to make sure that trying new food doesn’t become a negative experience. It’s got to be something your child grows to enjoy and become motivated by. We’re all about changing attitudes towards food, not force feeding so trying new food needs to be fun and relaxed.


If you need a little break while you move house or write lots of reports at work or are away on holiday that’s absolutely fine, just remember to get back to it as soon as you can because consistency is key. The more you do it, the easier and quicker it will become. Soon your child will be eating a much bigger range of food!  Check out the testimonials to see what changes you can expect.


Clients tell me “you’ve made me feel so much better” when I tell them how Little Bites works. Little Bites uses small steps and little bites to gradually develop tastes for new food in a way that long-lasting changes to diets. It’s not an instant fix but many of my clients see those little changes happening very quickly. Get in touch to discuss your challenging eater and find out how Little Bites can help your family make meal times stress-free and happy.

Will they grow out of it? Tips for older challenging eaters.

grow out of fussy eating

Almost all toddlers and kids go through a picky eating stage, while most grow out of it themselves, a quarter of them need support to learn how to enjoy trying new food and introducing a wider variety of food. Parents often ask “will they grow out of fussy eating?”


The parents of older challenging eaters often say to me “they want to be able to eat what their friends do” and “they’d love to be able to go to their friends’ houses for sleepovers but they can’t because of the food”. Sometimes this can happen about age 5 or 6, sometimes it can be much older, I have clients aged up to preteens who feel this way but who just don’t know to overcome their food aversions. Little Bites is here to give you strategies for challenging eaters of all ages, abilities and needs.

Little Bites works with all ages of challenging eaters to help them to overcome food aversions, from those who are just dropping foods and food groups, to those desperate to be able to eat the same as their friends. With older challenging eaters it can be really difficult to break the habits and the food aversions without support from a professional, and when they drop those foods you rely on it can become very stressful. There can be many reasons that kids stop eating the food they’ve always eaten, you can check those out here.


Tips for older challenging eaters

Ask them what food they’d like to be able to eat and reasons. That way you can try those foods and give motivation.

Go slow. Too much pressure and stress will make your challenging eater less likely to give it a go. I know it’s really hard when you feel that stress over their diet, nutrition and all the guilt that parents feel about not being able to help their child.

Get them involved in meal planning, shopping and exploring the fruit and vegetable aisles when you go shopping.

Get them helping to prepare the food. It will help them get to know the smells, textures and is a great first step.

Always give them opportunities to try new food, never say “they won’t like that”, they pick up on this and assume they won’t. This Mum is a perfect example of turning her 11 year old son’s diet around.


If you want a free initial consultation to see how Little Bites can help your challenging eater to overcome their food aversions you can book here.