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Hi what are your thoughts on letting children snack on treats when you have a fussy eater who wont attempt set meals? do you think its better to let them top up their calories or would you reduce/ban snacks to encourage them to eat at meals?

OneeyedRaven
5 months ago
What do you think of this?
Janhrrs
Janhrrs5 months ago

Personally I would ban snacks on the 'they will eat their dinner when they are hungry' basis. Practically that can be very hard to do though if you have a screaming child who you feel that you are starving. So I wish good luck to anybody stuck in that situation.☺️

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig5 months ago

I'm currently weaning my son. He isn't a fussy eater as he will try anything but there are some days where he will prefer his milk to his food. I still sit him down at breakfast, lunch and dinner time and offer him the food. If he eats it great, if not I try again in a little while and if he still refuses I know he can have a milk feed. I would stick to a routine of set meals, that way they know it is time to eat. If they don't eat lunch for example tell them they wont get anything till dinner and stick to it. If they then don't eat dinner, give them a healthy snack, like a banana or homemade banana pancakes or homemade oat biscuits. More nutritious than treats and still eating something a little substantial. It is about perseverance. Also giving them a choice of foods and getting them to help make the foods can help get them to eat it, a reward chart also works well, so for every new food they try they get a star and when they reach a certain amount they get 5 minutes extra play time or an extra bedtime story, something that will be a treat. You could also say that they are only allowed one snack a day and only if they finish 2 meals. They reason they are maybe not eating at meal times because they have snacked so aren't hungry.

It's hard because you don't want your child to be hungry but at a young age it is all about nutrients so if they have to snack try to make sure it is something healthy.

If you are worried about their eating habits because it is causing poor weight gain or fatigue, then you can request a consultation with a dietitian.

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OneeyedRaven
OneeyedRaven
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5 months ago

MrsCraig Bless you for this - great advice he never was fussy but seems to be pickin up off friends etc now he is older. I believe like you Janhrrs that I should make him wait so he may be hungry enough to eat dinner which are only moderately healthy and things I give him the choice to select, He is extremely active so I was fretting me wasnt getting enough calories. Think I will take your advice MrsCraig and only offer him healthy snacks till he starts eating some meals that way he knows im serious and I know he aint starving! 🤣

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig5 months ago

OneeyedRaven as they get older children start trying to control things and one of the easiest things to control is food, especially as they know we worry about how much they are eating!

I've always worried about how much my son eats as he was always underweight but is now thankfully catching up.

I think refusing food is their way of asserting some dominance and pushing boundaries.

It is tough but stand firm and show him you are serious and that you are the boss.

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Lynibis
Lynibis5 months ago

Children these days rarely feel hunger as they seem to be constantly eating, often out of boredom. I can remember going out to play all day in school holidays and coming home starving, ready to eat anything put in front of us. Snacking is a relatively new thing and is not necessary if meal times are regular.

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sarahgreen15
sarahgreen155 months ago

I intend on raising a child the same way as my parents raised me.. we were allowed fruit or vegetables as a snack at any time of the day or night.. we would be allowed one packet of crisps a day and two biscuits, (we even had specific times we were allowed biscuits and crisps 🤣 - crisp time was 12pm and biscuit time was 3.30pm... we were very slim and healthy our whole childhood..

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