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snacks!

I'm not really sure how to feed this creature who seems to be hungry all the time!

Breakfast is usually 1/2 a banana or a peach with maybe 10 bites of oatmeal, or a handful of dry cereal. He always finishes the fruit, but the oatmeal or cereal are hit or miss.

by 10am he's hungry again so usually I give him his cereal that he didn't finish at breakfast, a sippy with water, and maybe some yogurt.

lunch he will either eat some leftovers from dinner the night before or 1/2 a grilled cheese, and some animal crackers.

my problem that I'm not sure what to do with is from about 3pm onward. Today he had about 15 grapes and half a granola bar. He goes to the pantry, which he has figured out how to open, and starts taking more things out. I'm not sure if he's still hungry or not???

Yesterday he literally snacked from 3pm until 6pm when we had dinner. He also is at the point where he has little melt downs when he doesn't get his way... like if he takes a container of pretzels out and then I take them from him. I don't know if he's actually hungry (because he just ate) or if he's just trying to exert his will.

He almost seems ready for another little meal by 3pm to hold him till dinner. Actually... I may have just answered my own question!! Maybe that's what I should start doing.

Just as a refrence point... how many times a day are your little ones eating?

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Well, I'm not the only one!

Daisy will get down from her high chair and be into the pantry pulling out cereal boxes within 10 minutes. She wants to eat constantly!

She freaks out if I don't let her have the cereal so i've been letting her graze and snack a lot.

She has breakfast - usually half banana and some dry cereal or a waffle or peice of toast. Then I have to give her a little bowl of dry cereal or crackers to graze on while she play until her nap. Then she has lunch which is 1/2 sandwich & fruit or left overs or eggs and she's good for maybe an hour then she's looking for something. I'll put a handful of goldfish crackers or raisins in her bowl. I sit her down for a snack before her 3pm nap and then I try to get her to last until dinner but often have to hold her over with a couple crackers.

I feel like she's eating all the time, yet she seems to really be hungry (unless of course I ask her to sit then it gets thrown!).

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Yeah, Beni is the same...she wants snacks often. But I think if you think about it- even for adults they recommend 5-6 small meals a day, you know, so that is eating every 2-3 hours, right? So really, when you think about how much smaller their stomachs are, it's not surprising that they are hungry every 1-2 hours. The difference with Beni of course is that she's still nursing, so she asks to nurse quite a lot, versus asking for food. I honestly think she still prefers nursing to eating though. Smile

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We make sure he has fat and protein at every meal as we are not snackers (I don't have anything against snacking, per say, but it does not work with our lifestyle ~ we are out all morning and they nap almost all afternoon, so by the time they wake up at 4 if we run somewhere before dinner they would be eating in the car, which we don't do.....)

If I just had fruit and carbs for breakfast I would definitely be hungry 2 hours later. Could you add in peanut butter toast? Or cheese? Or scrambled eggs? We do whole oats and add raisins, bananas and flax seed or almonds, then mix in a little whole milk yogurt ~ seems to keep us all going till lunchtime.

Even the little guy eats a whole sandwich at lunch now, with a piece of fruit and maybe something snacky like crackers and hummus or pretzels. He nurses in the AM (before breakfast), at naptime (after lunch) and at bedtime (after dinner) (I just knocked out the post nap nurse ~ thrilled!) . If we do have an afternoon snack, because of a lighter lunch or we aren't going anywhere in the afternoon or we are having a late dinner ~ we tend to do peanut butter crackers, apples and cheese, or make smoothies.

The hard thing about conventional snacks (to me) is that they almost all seem to be heavily sugar and carb laden ~ and I know that when all I eat is sugar and carbs I am constantly hungry. I also think that insisting that all snacks be eaten at the table is a great way to actually make sure that they are hungry ~ and focusing on their food ~ rather than just bored and looking to mindlessly munch on something as a habit, not out of hunger.

Luke is a big boy like my Jake ~ I think that the idea of a meal around 3 might be a perfect solution for you!

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Hmmm well Aaron seems to be eating when he's not sleeping but he's not as eager as Luke though. He has a big bowl or weetbix(sort of goes like oatmeal when mixed) with whole milk and toast with vegemite for breakfast (he has a bottle of formula an hour before this). He then goes to bed for about 2 hours and when he wakes up he will have a little snack of apples and cheese and then about an hour and half later have a sandwich or leftovers for lunch (with fruit). He has another bottle of formula about 30 mins later and then goes for another nap of about an hour. When he wakes he will have some crackers or more fruit and about 4 he might have a small bottle of formula (like 3oz?) and then it's dinner at 5pm and he eats whatever we eat and he has egg custard for dessert. I totally agree with Melissa, more fat and protein and making sure they eat sitting down at the table/highchair but I say if he is hungry, let him eat, they're growing!

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Mmtay, its gonna seem like Ben is the biggest eater.

He has like 6 mini pancakes and a banana with a cup of juice for breakfast.
He will have a handful of dry cereal for a snack around 1030.
For lunch he will eat a whole grilled cheese, a cup of apple sauce, and a cup of almond milk. Sometimes a cookie.

Then nap...
He'll have a snack about 3 of pb crackers.

Then rest dinner with us, whatever we're eating

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Mmtay, its gonna seem like Ben is the biggest eater.

He has like 6 mini pancakes and a banana with a cup of juice for breakfast.
He will have a handful of dry cereal for a snack around 1030.
For lunch he will eat a whole grilled cheese, a cup of apple sauce, and a cup of almond milk. Sometimes a cookie.

Then nap...
He'll have a snack about 3 of pb crackers.

Then rest dinner with us, whatever we're eating

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Sophie usually eats breakfast twice, cereal and milk first, then later, yogurt and some fruit. She snacks a lot and I don't mind that, she is a good eater and after having a bad eater I am grateful! She likes cheese, crackers (loves the goldfish crackers), most fruit-not so wild on banana of all things, but most other fruits, peas, corn, the only thing she isn't as good about is meat. It is really hit and miss, but I don't sweat it as long as we get the protein in some other way.

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"Marite13" wrote:

Yeah, Beni is the same...she wants snacks often. But I think if you think about it- even for adults they recommend 5-6 small meals a day, you know, so that is eating every 2-3 hours, right? So really, when you think about how much smaller their stomachs are, it's not surprising that they are hungry every 1-2 hours. The difference with Beni of course is that she's still nursing, so she asks to nurse quite a lot, versus asking for food. I honestly think she still prefers nursing to eating though. Smile

ITA. And yeah, Jake is nursing more now than he was 6 months ago. I even had to go back to pumping 2x a day at work to avoid clogs and such. That boy loves his boobie!

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Mason gets 1st breakfast at wake up around 7 am (give or take on the weekends). It's usually some dry cereal a fruit or a cereal bar.

2nd breakfast around 8:30 which is more dry cereal, yogurt, etc.

Then snack around 10, lunch around noon, nap, snack at wake up time then dinner and one last small snack before bed.

I lost count, how many is that????

Now these will vary slightly on the weekends but generally that's the feeing schedule. I feel like when I'm home with him he eats like every 10 minutes!!!

I think it's all pretty normal at this point. Good stuff Smile

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Eve gets cheese or yogurt for snacks, and, if she's still hungry, some fruit like grapes, raisins, or strawberries if we have them. I like Melissa's idea of protein first. We should incorporate more peanut butter into our snacking regimen for her. Oh, and she'll eat whenever she sees anyone else eating. She's a total social eater.

I think 3:00 is a perfect time for another snack or mini-meal. I know I tend to get pretty hungry around that time too.

And, just like Beni and Jake, Eve is a huge booby snacker. She still loves her milkies. I guess the average is somewhere around 5 or 6 booby breaks, with heavy snacking around bed time.