Establish a Positive and Responsive Feeding Relationship Between Child and Parent/Caregiver

  • Acknowledge and respond to the child’s cues. Transition takes time and patience which needs to be child-led for success.
  • Create an environment that is free of stress, reduces anxiety, and supports a positive experience with food. 
  • Support social modeling through family-focused mealtimes with positive reinforcement and interactions.
  • Offer foods within the child’s developmental capacity to support the child to decide what and how much to eat (Krom, de Winter, & Kindermann, 2017).
  • Support a child-led process. .Force feeding does not support responsive feeding; it is traumatic to the parent-child relationship.