HELP 3yr old eating & play routine to help give me more time with bub & housework

Cathy - posted on 05/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a very active 3 year old girl & a 7month old baby girl. I am struggling with the day to day routine which includes the house cleaning washing etc. My 3yr old just wants to eat all day long. I cant keep her out of the fridge, I try to get out activities but within 2 minutes she is bored & wants more food. As soon as I sit down to feed the baby she is climbing the fridge looking for food. There is no structure with the day time meals as I dont want to over feed her by making lunch after she has eaten all morning. Breakfast & dinner is always a planned meal time but during the day...nothing. I need help, my husband works away so its just me. I also struggle with a defect in my spine which makes things abit more difficult (im in constant pain). Does anyone have suggestions of a daily routine & how I can teach her that she can only eat at certain times? Also some easy not too messy activities that she can do if I am tending to the baby? Thanks heaps :-)


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Sarah - posted on 05/28/2013




Put duck tape on the fridge or one of those safety locks....this way she can only be in the fridge when you let her. One of my rules that helps with snacking is all food must be eaten at the table. It is easier to snack when you can eat and play at the same time. Keep your all your meals at a consistent time...even lunch. For snacking in the morning allow only fruit for snacks......set out a certain portion of 1 banana, or 1 apple that she can snack on. Once that is gone then there are no other snacks until after the next meal. Then do the same for after lunch......a set portion and then when that is gone there is no more snacking until after the next meal.

For activities coloring, play-duh, a special set of toys that is only played with when you are feeding baby, a baby doll that she feeds when you are feeding, sitting by you as you read a book to her as you feed baby, even a favorite tv show can be a lifesaver at time. At first it might be a challenge because you have to change the habit that has formed. So expect some tantrums but if you hang through it a new routine will develop.

Nadine - posted on 05/28/2013




Just wanted to say that sounds just like our house! I have a 3 year old and a 4 month old. Every time I turn around he's opening the fridge or dragging a step stool into the pantry to search for food. I think it may be boredom since once he gets into whatever he's playing with he stops rooting. One thing that I think helps is to randomly put out a healthy snack for him to munch on. Carrots / cherry tomatoes / apples and peanut butter etc. I also think it might be a bit about control. On the days that I get myself to ignore it instead of telling him to get out of the fridge or pantry he seems to do it less.

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