I know they say children don't overeat, but I feel like my 13 month old does. He's 33" and 25 lbs, a very big boy, but he still eats more than most toddlers I know.
For example, he wakes up and drinks 10oz milk, and is ready for breakfast a few minutes later. He usually eats 2 eggs, piece of wheat toast, and 1/2 a banana. A few hours later he wants a snack (cheerios and 1/2 piece of fruit), and follows a similar pattern throughout the day - total of 3 full meals, 2 snacks, 30oz milk, and about 20oz water.
I feel like his his natural bodily hungry signals aren't accurate for 2 main reasons:
- When he stops eating and starts playing (after having lots to eat) and I go to remove his tray, he starts grabbing the leftovers and shoving them in his mouth.
- He recently learned how to signal me when hungry and tired, and does it way too frequently. When I don't respond to his signal (by letting him eat), he gets fussy, even if its soon after eating a full meal. I think it's turned into more of a communication tool, than actual hunger.
I've mentioned it to our Dr., who reminded me that "children don't overeat". I'm not even necessarily worried about having a chunky baby, I'm worried about creating habits that result in eating for the wrong reasons.
BTW, the amount he is eating has gradually increased over the past month or two. I used to only offer 1 egg, 1/2 piece toast, etc. unless he acted like he was still hungry.
Anyone else have this same problem? All advice welcome...!