I realized through some questions I have gotten lately that you don’t get all the pieces parts of our feeding world. It just hasn’t come up in posts before and I forget you guys don’t live here.
We are a very scheduled household. Love me or hate me, it is how we work. 2 type A parents will do that to a kid. So a few facts of our household:
- No free range eating – Landon eats 3 meals with maybe 2 snacks. No leaving snacks out to graze on. At snack time, Landon sits down with his small snack. What he eats when he is there is what he gets. Once he leaves, that’s it. Now at a park or something, this might vary but at home, high chair for snack. Sounds silly but we have the same routine for the dog. We don’t leave food out. You eat when it is time. We have never really ran into him being hungry at weird times.
- No snacks after 4:30 – This is pretty much the rule. With daycare, this isn’t a problem. He gets up earlier from nap there and gets snack. At home though he might nap until 4 but dinner is at 6ish. I don’t want him filling up on snack before dinner. Plain and simple. Exception: sometimes he asks for veggies when I am cutting them. This is allowed…I mean DUH!
- Landon loves breakfast – Just like his mama. On the weekend, he sometimes does 2 breakfasts instead of breakfast and snack. He seems to like a lot of calories in the morning…like his mama. Like Saturday we were going out for breakfast at 9 but he would be hungry by then. Before we left, he had 2 bowls of cereal and some yogurt raisins. We get to the place and he eats a whole biscuit with apple butter and then 3/4 of a giant pancake. All with a 10oz sippy of milk. I realize he can do this and it works for him. It has taken time. So know your kid.
- If he doesn’t eat, he doesn’t eat – This one has taken me awhile. We try everything in our power to make him eat (bribes, threats of timeout for bad behavior, etc) to get him to eat but sometimes, he doesn’t eat much. Call it being 2 or just not being hungry, whatever. We let it go. He has NEVER woken up hungry in the night. I figure that is a sign.
Any questions from that? I don’t know what I don’t know so feel free to ask. It gets me thinking and gives me topics for each segment of this series. Do you have any scheduling rules in your house? Do you think it might help?
And lastly, here is some meals from the week: