Snacking rather than meals?

Stephanie - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Just curious to see if anyone else is having issues with getting their kids to sit down for a meal, rather than snacking all the time? My son is 14 months old and eats a small breakfast and lunch and snacks 3-4 times during the day. He is pretty good about dinner, but still wants 3-4 bottles of milk a day as well as multiple snacks? Is this normal? He's constantly on the go, and is a good weight and height. I guess I am just worried he's not getting enough to eat, but he can sign and can tell me when he wants food, or he will at least point to the kitchen. Any hints or advice is welcome.

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Breeanne - posted on 04/14/2010

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great answers ladies! Just keep in mind that a todler's stomach is only about the size of his fist. Another great tip i heard was to fill an ice cube try w/ a few snacks and just let her grab and go if you can't get her to sit still.

Kristy - posted on 04/14/2010

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I made a big mistake when i changed to cows milk, i didnt wean no one really told me you had to. Poor kid is the runs for over a week even after i put her back on formula. I was told to leave her on formula because she didnt eat much and needed all the stuff in it. It took me 2 tins to wean her off formula but i never got her onto plain cows milk, we use organic otherwise she has scream at the top of her lungs nightmares.

Its is something i think alot of us can drive ourselves crazy over when we start thinking they cant possibly be eating enough. As my dad has always said she will eat when she is ready and no kid is going to starve themselves. Its all part of a learning curve try new things and impliment a rule of you have to try everything atleast once. Then if you dont like it you dont have to have it thats the rule in my house all things must be tried.

Stephanie - posted on 04/14/2010

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Thanks so much! Ya, I do need to back off on bottles, now that we have switched over to cow's milk instead of formula, this should get easier, key word being "should." I guess I should be grateful that he is healthy and in a medium weight percentile. Thanks again for the advice.

Kristy - posted on 04/13/2010

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Hi i am always worried about my girl she has never been big on food at any point and is no better now. Generally when she was younger i didnt stand a chance of breakfast lunch was a struggle and dinner wasnt to bad. She recently had her full 4 year old health check and the child health nurse told me it is perfectly normal for her to eat 7 or 8 small meals a day. The biggest thing i needed to remember is that children only need approx 1 3rd of what we adults need per day. I know this sounds insane to some people as i am not a big eater myself so for her to eat so much less them me seemed so strange. One of the things you need to possibly look at is cutting his milk intake back a bit, a 14 month old should be having i think its approx 600mls of milk a day. Anything over this and they will start to compensate and fill up on the milk and not eat the food. Honest to god the fact you little man eats breakfast lunch and dinner plus snacks is a big bonus. I wouldnt be worried that he isnt getting what he needs if he is gaining weight fine and is sleeping well. If he is on the go all the time this means he most likely burns off alot. Try enriching some of his dinner foods, add butter to his veggies or cheese this gives them that bit more. My little girl was underweight from 9 months to nearly 2 years, the child dieticain put her on what was actually a cancer patients diet to help put on and maintain weight. The best thing i would suggest is enrich any foods you can and maybe look at a childrens multi vitamin. My girl was on formula till 3 and a half so i never worried about vitamins but she has taken a supliment ever since stopping formula.



The biggest thing we need to realise is that a child will never starve themselves they will eat when they are ready and will how much they feel like. Dont stress over it and just concentrate on the fact he is health and active

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