Here’s what pediatric feeding specialist Kate Bither Devore has to say: “For children that are having trouble trying new foods, I love using the Little Food Passport to help them organize and track new foods they have tried. It helps kids build independence and confidence during mealtimes. Make sure you are doing this activity together and eating with your child! This is so important. Just like children learn other skills by watching and imitating others (especially you!), they will learn to try new foods by following your example.”
But what do parents think? Mom of 5-year-old Lucy tried the booklet and was impressed by the result. “Trying to introduce new foods was always a struggle and almost always ended up with my daughter either not trying it or not saying she didn't like it (though I swear sometimes it was out of spite!). Little Food Passport turned it into a game and made it fun. My daughter got stickers, a booklet and extra time with mom. I found a way to introduce new foods without it devolving into a power struggle. And the biggest bonus was she actually liked some of the new foods! We still do a lot of chicken nuggets and french fries, but now there's also turkey burgers and edamame mixed in, too!” (Other parents report that the booklet has also made the dreaded what-to-pack-for-lunch a little bit easier!)
It’s also worth noting that the Little Food Passport website has tons of other tips and strategies for how parents can get kids on board with trying new foods.