Eats Like a Teenager Football player at age 2.5....

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I have a 2.5 year old that eats everthing, food - from bland to spicy, sweet to sour, hot to cold, other - sand, chalk, small toys, things that are within his reach, things he has to work to get. If it can fit in his mouth he is trying to eat it. On the weekends when he is home I am constantly giving him food from 7 to 7 (and the he had not real interest in a pacifier when he was a newborn, he liked a little when he was teething so that he could bite it)

I called the Ped, when the day-care teachers we also noticing it and making fun of him....(this is different topic), so the Ped had him tested for Lead posioning, the results came back negative.

BUT NOW THE PED HAS NOT GIVEN ME AN OTHER MOMENT ON THIS SUBJECT... so far this ped, has been great, do I just go with it and think that this is just a habit? he is not over weight, he doesn't have any learning or social issues, and he has not been teething since he got is two year moilers a year ago. he is a great kids, I just hate hovering over him and makesure that he is not eating something that will harm him. He is also smart, he lets himself into the fridge and takes his own snacks - left overs, veggies, fruits, cheese, yogurt, stick of butter.... - if he can reach it - you guessed it he will eat it.... I try to keep things in the house that I can eat with Weight watchers because I don't want my kids to get as over weight as my husband and I have gotten, but I feel like i am living with a teenage boy allready!

Does anyone else have any ideas! do you think it is age/stage? I am not with him all day when he is in daycare..... Am I over or under reacting....

A typical Weekday of food: Portion sized for a small tummy
7am cereal, fruit, or waffle
8 am breakfast at daycare
10 morning snack
12 lunch
3 pm after lunch snack
5 ride home snack
6 dinner
8 desert

A typical Weekend: Portion sized for a small tummy
7 first breakfast 4-5 oz cereal
8 second breakfast waffle
9 snack - fruit
10:30 yorgur type snack 4z
12 first lunch - 1/2 sandwich
3 second lunch - 1/2 sandwich
4 snack - veggie - carrots, leftovers, anything I can find that is food
5 I try to make it a liquid snack, but most times it is both
6 dinner 3 oz meat, 3 oz veggies, sometimes starches
7 dinner again 3z of anything left over with salad dressing on top
8 desert - yourgur, fruit, dried fruit, Occationally sugar snack ie gummies, cake, candy(near a holiday)

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Lori - posted on 02/16/2009

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Tiffany

It does sound like you are in the same boat I am in!!!!! He tosses all over the place when he sleeps also. I have found over the years that there is no way to be prepared at being a parent as every child is different.Mine is an only child and if he does have an older sibling you will find that your little one will catch on very fast to everything. Most likely faster then your oldest because he has someone to watch.

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Yeah, both of my boys are so active that I can't even keep them still while they sleep! I am going to go with I am over reacting and he is just a normal active fun boy, with an older brother that he wants to keep up with....

.... This must have been in the "How to be prepared to be a parent" book which I never got/read!....

Lori - posted on 02/16/2009

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How funny that I thought that I was the only one who had a 2 1/2 year old that wants to eat 24/7!!!! He is a very active child and is constantly on the go. He started out as a 4 pound preemie and is now at 35 pounds. He is not overweight wharsoever and is very tall for his age(but so is his dad--lol). You have to really look at how active the child is because the more active the child is the more fuel(food) they need to keep going!!!! Hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 02/16/2009

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I would say it's OK to relax, you aren't teaching bad habits at all.  You provide healthy food and keep them active.  I worry as well about my own weight but I don't want to reflect my inner issues with weight on my children.  I want them to be as worry free about it for as long as possible.

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2009

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I have 3 boys and they all eat constantly all day long.  They are not overweight and track perfectly on the growth scale for thier check-ups.



Looking at your meals and snacks it's just like mine.  I call it "second breakfast", "1st and 2nd lunch". etc.   Like the Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings movie.  I just think they are growing boys and super active.  My 18 month old completely out ate my 4 and 6 year old today....  It was amazing to watch!!  My philosophy is that they eat when they are hungry and they don't eat when they are not.  If they are growing well and being active you should have little worries and maybe that's why your ped. isn't putting up with convo on this anymore....



Good luck!

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