To snack or not to snack?

Katie - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I wondered what the general consensus of opinion was on snacking? We've got into the habit of giving our 4 and a half year old a morning and afternoon snack. We also have a younger daughter who is nearly 2 and because she sees her sister having a snack she also wants one but she has got quite a tummy on her and we don't want her to consume more than she should. Also sometimes our oldest daughter doesn't seem to be too interested in her main meals, so I'm wondering whether we should let them have snacks or not.

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Kathryn - posted on 08/20/2010

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Kids grow in amazing ways. My daughter will be 4 next month and there are periods where she eats more than I do. As long as your children are active, I wouldn't worry too much about a little tummy. Try to explain to your older daughter that she doesn't get snacks unless she eats her main meals. Make snacks seem more like treats. If she eats her lunch and a little later says she's hungry - give her a snack. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. With your younger daughter, it's simply "monkey see, monkey do." Kids usually know when they're full and won't eat more than what their tummy will allow.

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2010

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it all depends on what you are giving as snacks. snacking can be very beneficial, it keeps our metabolism going, and keeps blood sugar level instead of having highs and lows. the most important thing is making sure you are offering healthy snacks, not sweets or junk.

a bit of fruit and cheese makes a great snack for young bodies and is very healthy...yogurt with granola is also fantastic between meals.

here's a link with more ideas...
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/Toddler...

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