My son is a very fussy eater. I'm thinking of putting him in a day care centre but am worried no one there will be able to give him the attention and time for his meals or be able to prepare a variety of dishes like we do at home. Any experience mummies?

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Children act mainly on peer pressure once they are in daycare. In the early days/weeks in daycare, your child may refuse to eat or maybe choose his food. But do let the teachers know in advance the situation that you are facing at home. So that they are able to have a little more attention on your child. Prepare an extra feed of milk just in case he fully rejects all the meal time in daycare. Secondly, also tell your child that his friends is enjoying the daycare food and he should try it too. (End of the day, ask him what did he have in school, creating a conversation will let him have more courage in trying out the food) Always check with the teachers upon pick up to see his progression on food intake.

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This happened to my friend's toddler. She refused to eat the food provided by the daycare at first. She had problems adjusting at first so we all reckoned that her disdain for the daycare food stemmed from that. However, as the days went by, she started to take nibbles of her food. As she gets more comfortable and makes more friends, her appetite changed dramatically. She now eats everything given to her and even has a designated spot where she sits and eats with her "clique" of toddler friends! We find it adorable and think of it as a "monkey-see-monkey-do" situation. She's pretty much Queen Bee in her daycare now haha!

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in many cases the kids end up eating better when they are in the company of other kids. when my friend put her fussy eater in a day care, she was similarly worried. so she used to send along a bottle of milk as well as some homemade snacks in case the baby didn't eat anything at all. but very soon the toddler was eating because the other kids were eating too. just make sure to check with the staff and see how your baby is doing. if there is too much issue about food, maybe you can send home meals.

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