Eating habits

Alexis - posted on 03/26/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months and is constantly asking for food. He eats well, lots of fruits, veggies, meats, dairy and whole grain. He seldom gets junk food. He gets a large breakfast, oatmeal or wheat cereal with raisins, a whole banana and sometimes yogurt too. Lunch and dinner are large too. He always eats all of it, but between meals he constantly asks for snacks. I give him cheese, yogurt, apples, banana's and other good healthy choices but as soon as he is done he wants more. He has always liked to eat but lately it seems like he is constantly hungry and always wants more....is this normal? If its not im not sure if I should start saying no more often when he asks for food and he just ate or not. Opinions please.

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Alexis - posted on 03/31/2011

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Thank you everybody, he has now started eating normal again, on his own,no refraining from feeding him or anything...but now he is taking a nap earlier and for longer, which is following right along with a growth spurt. He of course has had growth spurts before but he never consumed so much food during one! Man am I in for it when he hits his teens!

Emily - posted on 03/31/2011

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Yes, it's totally normal. My daughter is the same way. Just feed him. ;) Sounds like he's eating healthy foods--that's what is important.

Nicole - posted on 03/30/2011

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As I was reading your post, I was thinking that he could be experiencing a growth spurt too. If it were my son, I would say that the snacking is okay as long as he is eating healthy snacks and still eats his meals. If he starts to eat less at meals because of the snacking, then I would not allow the snacking to continue.

If you're still worried about it or thinking he's wanting to eat out of boredom, try making him wait a bit longer for a snack and see if he forgets about it.

Bex - posted on 03/27/2011

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my daughter has done this exact same thing for months!! big bowl of cereal for breakfast, 2 whole peices of toast, a banana all before 9am. she doesnt stop asking for food. but i do find that its never so bad if we not at home, so i think bordom is a facter. i never say no to her, i just let her have it, as long as its healthy. and she is a tiny girl, i wonder sometimes how she can eat so much without getting big. lol. i wouldnt worry, aas long as it isnt junk food its fine.

Stephanie - posted on 03/27/2011

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I say he's going through a growth spurt although some kids just have faster metabolism than others. My daughter is constantly eating too and her doctor asks at every checkup if she eats enough because she's so tiny. I doubt it's a problem as long as he's eating healthy stuff.

Alexis - posted on 03/26/2011

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Yes, my son does play a lot, and we are all very active. He is not overweight either, I just thought it was odd and my hubby and I were talking about whether or not we should start telling him no to every time he wants to eat, or maybe plan a eating schedule and not let him eat outside of it. I just read on babycenter.com that it could be a growth spurt and that as long as I feed him healthy letting him eat when he wants is ok, that while they are going through the growth spurt they are actually hungry all the time. He has also shown other signs of a growth spurt through his sleeping habits and energy outburst, but with longer naps. So maybe his body is just needing the fuel right now??

Diamond - posted on 03/26/2011

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My son does the same thing. Does a run & play alot? If my son eats a good size meal & he turns around and ask me for something i will tell him no and wait about an 30- mins to an 1hr usually he just wants to eat out of bordom

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