13 month old son is always hungry

Cindy - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Is this normal??? my 13 months old son does nothing but eat the last 2 weeks. He will sit in his high chair for 2 hours straight eating ... fruit, crackers, cookies, chicken, cheese etc. I have never seen a toddler eat for so long. He is fussy and if he doesn't like the way food looks, he won't try it but as soon as his feet hit the floor he is looking for more snacks. I think he is going through a growth spurt. I recently went back to work 2 weeks ago, that is when this started. He started in a day home and the provider is getting him to try new foods, some he will eat at home, others he won't. I don't know if all of the activity at the dayhome is creating a need for more energy, hence the wanting to eat, or if this is just normal. He takes his bottles and water throughout the day as normal, however he is starting to slow down on the bottles a little. In the car, at home ... whereever we are he is looking for a snack but is fussy about what he will eat. Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 08/17/2009

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Your LO may just be going through a growth spurt. My 15 month old loves eating as well - pretty much whatever snack she can get her hands on, it's in her mouth. He may also be trying to deal with you going back to work. If you were home with him all day & he's used to you being there to care for him, he may just be trying to transition to something new. Food may be comforting him. I wouldn't worry about it though. Is he walking? When my daughter started walking, her appetite increased instead of decreased. My LO eats several small meals a day & has snack times. He may be using a lot more energy now if he's walking all over the place.

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Cindy - posted on 08/17/2009

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yes he is walking and has been for about 9 weeks now ... he has now transitioned to running. I'm hoping this is a growth spurt, but he is also teething. Thank you for the post, I never thought he would be using food as comfort but it does sound like that could be it. The day home provider did mention it would take a month or so for him to get used to the idea of being there and he does get quite upset in the morning when I drop him off and is equally as upset to see me/us when we pick him up. Almost like he is so happy to see us come back that he gets upset and doesn't calm down until bed time. I'm thinking he is over stimulated, overwhelmed and over tired with the new routine. thank you for your thoughts and input, it has helped.

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