kids cant stay out of the fridge

Jenna - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 2yr old and 5yrold wont stay out of my fridge ive done the child proof locks they dont work the 5yrold teaches the 2yr old how to do it so im stuck they sneek everything out from drinks to snacks to ketchup lol i need help can any1 help me

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My kids do the same thing. I am constantly finding wrappers, soda cans, and half eaten food that they sneak out of our lock box and fridge. We have a bicycle lock for the fridge that works but its a hassle getting in and out of it. We have a big huge gun lock box we lock up the bulk stuff up in(since we do our shopping monthly and we no longer have guns in the house) and as long as I hide the key it makes the groceries last longer and gives us a secure place to lock up the scissors and medicines from our 3 year old. When they do sneak sutff that isnt locked up or I find wrappers from stuff they haved sneaked, I talk to them and tell them if they are going to sneak it at least throw the trash and uneaten portions away so it doesnt attract pests and explain to them if they eat it all up now they wont have enough to last till the next month when we go shopping again. I try not to get angry or tell them they cant have anymore of that certain item bc I have found it makes the sneaking worse. I also try to teach them about nutrition info I have learned ,since they were babies, at WIC, like sometimes thirst is hunger in disguise so try drinking water first, then ask for a snack. Also I try to make sure they have stuff to do bc my kids tend to want to eat when there bored(or when they see me snacking when I bored)and make sure I buy healthy snacks so if they do sneak it at least its good for them and they aren't filling up with junk food. If you keep in mind they are just kids, explaining things to them( even if its your hundredth time), making sure they have had enough and arent really hungry, and setting a good example they should eventually get it. You could also let them help prepare their meals/snacks, which my 4 older ones love to do, and that will make the snack/meal more rewarding. I hope this helps.

Christy - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have the same problem with my kids, especially my youngest. She doesn't eat meat or anything that touches so she refuses dinner and then sneaks peanut butter jars to her bedroom!

I really don't think there is any proven method against crumbsnaching that's just what kids do. I finally made a snack spot for my kids set low in the pantry so it is always within their reach and give them things I don't mind them snacking on between meals. You won't believe how well they will eat fruit and rice cakes. Kids love rice cakes(which of course I hate! b/c they remind me of crash diets!) Also the fact that I wasn't saying no anymore kind of took the luster away for them. Sneaking food had become a safe way to get attention. I would bluster and blow but they didn't get into any real trouble because they were eating. Once I said ok, here it's yours they were like "nah" as if to say "too busy now, gotta find another way to get on your nerves!"

Hope that helps!

Catherine - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have a 2yr old and a 5yr old as well and this particular fridge lock I bought really keeps them out it is at the babies r us and worked a mircle

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You can get these really annoying things that make a noise anytime the fridge door is opened so use could use one of these like a fridge alarm. Anytime they open the door they risk you hearing it even if they cant necessarily see you :)

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Tammy - posted on 10/23/2009

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Put that stuff up on the top shelf, invest in a bunch of small Ziploc containers or the snack bags (itty bitty bags). Fill your choice of container with a cereal mix, carrot sticks, apple and/or celery niblies. Basically only keep healthy stuff with in their reach. To be honest several (small) snack through out the day is healthier than three large meals and a snack. If they are standing on something to get the higher shelves (IMO) you need to eliminate access to the step stool (or other device). If you want to simply nix this behavior all together make the kitchen off limits. Have you tried explaining to your children the danger of getting into things with out permission and why they are not permitted to do what ever they want? I know the tactic works with my son, but not my daughter for her it takes about three trips to the corner and losing out on some activity before she learns and at that we've still had sweets come up missing if they are left below an altitude of five foot in our house. Substatue and deter is about all I can suggest. I'd say a belt and duct tape(in jest), but that would have people tracing my IP address and beating down my door. You could also go hard core and weld a latch and padlock (with key) onto the fridge, but I'd save that for the teen years.





I almost forgot to mention we do this in our house. The kids are allowed one bag at a time (they may share if they choose). We also keep cheese sticks (the large generic pack from Walmart) with the diced fruit and veggies in the top crisper drawer. Also they have been taught how to get a cup out of the cupboard and get their own ice water. We don't really do Kool-Aid, and soda is a treat too even though it is usually in the house. My two also love eating salad mix when they can dip it into dressing (keep your old liquid medicine cups for this, they are the perfect dipping size). I'm no expert, and I owe my mom a lot of credit for what I do apply. I wish you the best in finding the solution that works for you.

Christy - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have the same problem with my kids, especially my youngest. She doesn't eat meat or anything that touches so she refuses dinner and then sneaks peanut butter jars to her bedroom!

I really don't think there is any proven method against crumbsnaching that's just what kids do. I finally made a snack spot for my kids set low in the pantry so it is always within their reach and give them things I don't mind them snacking on between meals. You won't believe how well they will eat fruit and rice cakes. Kids love rice cakes(which of course I hate! b/c they remind me of crash diets!) Also the fact that I wasn't saying no anymore kind of took the luster away for them. Sneaking food had become a safe way to get attention. I would bluster and blow but they didn't get into any real trouble because they were eating. Once I said ok, here it's yours they were like "nah" as if to say "too busy now, gotta find another way to get on your nerves!"

Hope that helps!

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