I have an 18 month old boy who does not want to eat food but does eat snacks, what should I do?
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Lacy - posted on 02/03/2011
mine is the same way! wont eat that much food but when it comes to snacks it's like he's starving! i usuallu give him fruit and lunch stuff for snacks,i know lunch stuff arent that healthy but i think they sure beat chips and what not which he always wants too! i try make him try new foods also like oatmeal or cream of wheat but he doesnt like it! hopefully he grows out of it soon thou! he needs more food then snacks
Bonnie - posted on 01/28/2011
Snacks are just as good as meals as long as they are on the healthier side. Nothing wrong with some treats here and there, but definitely don't want him to favour those and that be the reason he won't eat his meals.
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Beth - posted on 01/28/2011
Somewhere I read that a snack should never be more than 1/4 (at most 1/3) of the amount of food that you give him at meal time, and that you shouldn't give more than one morning and one afternoon snack. I adjusted my daughter's snacks to be smaller (gradually) and she did start eating more at meals. There was some complaining, but she soon figured out that if she didn't eat the food I gave her, she would be hungry! It's not a huge deal what time kids are eating their foods, but you do want to start working on getting a good eating routine down. It sets him up for healthier eating in the long run...breakfast is important, don't skimp on it. Teaching him to eat meals rather than snacking all day will help avoid the problem of childhood obesity (and later, adult weight problems). But at the same time, if he's getting a balanced diet with fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy, etc. I wouldn't stress out about whether it's in the form of a snack or a meal...just gradually make little changes to ease him into more routine eating habits.
Karen - posted on 01/28/2011
it's a phase i think all kids go through...just make sure you make the best of his snacks (while still offering him his meals). give him healthy snacks like fruit, yogurt, gerber toddler snacks are great (they're made with real veggies/fruits), cheese...he'll grow out of it eventually
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