Picky Eating and Healthy Nutrition for Young Children


This topical guide will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse and other sources. Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Note that some videos may be viewed online, and journal titles will take you to the publisher’s homepage.

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Baby-Led Feeding: A Natural Way to Raise Happy, Independent Eaters
Jenna Helwig
Houghton Mifflin, 2018
This book gives an easy-to-follow introduction to baby-led feeding or weaning, including chapters on the benefits of this approach, when and how to get started, essential safety and nutrition guidelines, frequently asked questions, basic fruit and vegetable prep, more complex finger foods, and family meals.
Call#: WS 130 .H3699 2018
Also available as an eBook 

Baby-led weaning : the essential guide : how to introduce solid foods and help your baby to grow up a happy and confident eater
Gill Rapley
The Experiment, 2019
Baby-led weaning is the healthy, natural way to start your baby on solid foods–no stress, no fuss, no mush! This tenth anniversary edition of the definitive guide explains all its benefits.
Call#: WS 120 .R218 2019

Baby self-feeding : solid food solutions to create lifelong, healthy eating habits
Ripton, Nancy; Potock, Melanie
Quarto Publishing Group, 2016
Picky eating is a huge stress to parents. What if you could help negate overly choosey eaters from the day you introduce food? Baby self-feeding puts your child in the driver’s seat from the moment food is introduced, helping to establish a positive relationship from day one and creating a willingness to try new things!
Call#: WS 130 .R593 2016

Early Years Nutrition and Healthy Weight
Laura Steward and Joyce Thompson (Eds.)
Wiley Blackwell, 2015
This practical handbook contains vital information and advice for all nutritionists and dietitians working with young children and families. It will also be a valuable text for health visitors, pediatricians and general practitioners, and students of nutrition and dietetics specializing in pediatric nutrition.
Call#: WS 130 .St491 2015

Feed Your Baby and Toddler Right: Early Eating and Drinking Skills Encourage the Best Development
Diane Chapman Bahr
Future Horizons, 2018
This book reveals secrets for better breast and bottle feeding, and feeding development for babies from birth to the toddler years.
Call#: WS 130 .B148 2018

Food chaining : the proven 6-step plan to stop picky eating, solve feeding problems, and expand your child’s diet
Cheri Fraker, et al.
Marlowe, 2007
Food Chaining helps you identify the reasons behind your child’s picky eating habits — be it medical, sensory, or because of allergies. Then, with a simple, 6-step method centered around taste, temperature, and texture, target foods are selected that are similar to the ones your child likes, gradually expanding to all food groups.
Call#: WS 130 .F812 2007

Give Peas a Chance: The Foolproof Guide to Feeding Your Picky Toddler
Kate Samela
Soucebooks, 2013
With practical advice, feeding tips, and resources for low-pressure mealtimes, this parenting book will ensure that your child is getting good nutrition while also promoting a healthy relationship with food and expanding their repertoire for even the pickiest of eaters!
Call#: WS 130 .Sa44 2013

Helping Your Child With Extreme Picky Eating
Katja Rowell
New Harbinger, 2015
This book presents 5 steps (built around the clinically proven STEPS+ approach―Supportive Treatment of Eating in PartnershipS) that transform feeding and meals so your child can learn to enjoy a variety of foods in the right amounts for healthy growth.
Call#: WS 130 .R795 2015
Also available as an eBook 

It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits To Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating
Dina Rose
Perigee, 2014
This book describes the three habits – proportion, variety, and moderation – all kids need to learn, and gives you clever, practical ways to teach these food skills.
Call#: WS 115 .R668 2014

The Pediatrician’s Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlers
Anthony Porto
Ten Speed Press, 2016
This book provides practical, easy-to-follow advice to help you navigate the nutrition issues, medical conditions, and parenting concerns that accompany feeding.
Call#: WS 120 .P66 2016
Also available as an eBook 

Raising a Healthy, Happy Eater
Nimali Fernando & Melanie Potock
The Experiment, 2022
This book explains how to expand your family’s food horizons, avoid the picky eater trap, identify special feeding needs, and put joy back into mealtimes.
Call#: WS 130 .F47 2022

Responsive Feeding : The Baby-First Guide to Stress-Free Weaning, Healthy Eating, and Mealtime Bonding
Melanie Potock
The Experiment, 2022
Potock guides parents along every step of the way, from “to bib or not to bib?” and how to wrangle a “food thrower” to the merits of a “nibble tray” for hangry toddlers and considerations for special needs. Raising a mindful, healthy eater s just a bite away!
Call#: WS 130 .P864 2022
Also available as an eBook 

Simple & safe baby-led weaning : how to integrate foods, master portion sizes, and identify allergies
Malina Linkas Malkani
Rockridge Press, 2020
Parents can learn how and when to begin baby-led weaning, and find out what you can expect along the way. Pick up practical advice for creating balanced meals and eating them together. A handy to-scale diagram takes the guesswork out of safe serving sizes–so baby can join the dinner table and eat with the family.
Call#: WS 120 .M2518 2020

What to Feed an Asperger: How to Go From Three Foods to Three Hundred With Love, Patience and a Little Sleight of Hand
Sarah Patten
Jessica Kingsley, 2015
Providing recipes for many simple, healthy meals given the Asperger seal of approval, as well as advice for making mealtime routines, eating together as a family and eating out as stress-free as possible, the book provides a wealth of ideas and strategies for moving towards a more varied and nutritious diet.
Call#: WS 130 P2771 2015


Let’s Eat Together: Responsive Feeding Practices in Early Intervention
EITP Illinois, 2019
Mealtimes offer opportunities for parents and children to build healthy relationships. When a child struggles to eat, it can significantly change the way he or she participates in mealtime routines. This recorded webinar, presented by Stephanie Cohen & Karen Dilfer, highlights the need to build trust between providers, families, and children in order to support family-focused mealtime routines.


Nutrition in Clinical Practice, 21(2), 182-184
Food Chaining: A Systematic Approach for the Treatment of Children With Feeding Aversion
Mark Fishbein, et al. (2006)
Food chaining has been developed as a systematic method for the treatment of children with extreme food selectivity. Food chaining is an individualized, nonthreatening, home-based feeding program designed to expand food repertoire by emphasizing similar features between accepted and targeted food items.

Web Resources

10 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters
This article provides tips that can help you get through the picky eater stage. Also in Spanish.

Children’s nutrition: 10 tips for picky eaters
Children’s nutrition doesn’t have to be frustrating. Consider these strategies to avoid power struggles and help the picky eater in your family eat a balanced diet.

Eating Right = Healthy Children
Good nutrition is basic for supporting preschoolers’ healthy growth while avoiding obesity. Parents can offer the foods that children need and help them develop good eating habits. Also in Spanish, Polish, and Arabic.

Facing Food Challenges One Plate at a Time (EIC)
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.

Feeding a Picky Eater: The Do’s and Don’ts
These tips from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will help parents broaden their child’s range of foods they eat.

Fruit Juice and Your Child’s Diet
Children can easily drink a lot of juice because juice tastes good. However, too much juice in your child’s diet can contribute to other problems, like poor nutrition, obesity, and tooth decay. Also in Spanish.

Healthy Children Eat Right
Good nutrition is basic for supporting preschoolers’ healthy growth while avoiding obesity. Also available in Spanish, Polish, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

How to Handle Picky Eaters
“Picky” eating is when a child (or adult) refuses foods often or eats the same foods over and over. Here’s what to do and what not to do with your picky eater.

Tips for Picky Eaters
Picky eating is typical for many preschoolers. It’s simply another step in the process of growing up and becoming independent. As long as your preschooler is healthy, growing normally, and has plenty of energy, he or she is most likely getting the nutrients he or she needs.