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How many snacks?

DD is 4y3m. For a few weeks now she barely eats dinner. I think I should cut back on snacks. Generally she gets a snack every two to three hours. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, sometimes a few crackers at 4 and then dinner. Is she old enough to drop a snack? Should snacks be super small?what do your kids snack on?




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Re: How many snacks?

  • To me, as long as it's healthy, I don't monitor their snacks.  Ds can eat his way through all snacks and still eat a dinner.  Dd is more like a bird and will eat little bits here and there and maybe picks at dinner, but I'm not worried because s
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  • My kids usually have a mid morning snack, between breakfast and lunch, and then a small snack around 3pm to tide them over until dinner. They usually eat fruit, sliced peppers, string cheese, raisins or Craisins, crackers, fruit leathers, or applesauce
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  • My DD's snacks are about like yours. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, pm snack around 3, snack in the car around 5:30, then dinner about 6:30. I find she eats better when she has the car snack, because it's like she's "over hungry" or something if she doe

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  • I don't watch how much DS is snacking. If he's hungry, I give him a snack. If he wants more, I give him more.
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    I don't worry if they skip a meal. I figure two good meals a day and healthy snacks are good. Typically before dinner, we have fruits or veggies only. So I think this helps them eat more at dinner time.

    I actually prefer to give them their ve
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  • Both of my kids do your same snack schedule. I try to limit the amount of the snacks especially at 4pm where I tend to offer 2 crackers.  My kids eat a lot at breakfast, a moderate amount at lunch, then barely anything at dinner. Some snacks we do ar
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  • We have a fruit bowl and they have free reign.  THey eat a big protein-heavy breakfast, then a moderate lunch, salad at 4, dinner at 5.  Bedtime snack at 7.
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  • We typically have a big breakfast around 730. The kids are ready for a snack around 930. Often it's fruit and nuts. Lunch around noon. I watch afterschool kids and everyone gets a snack around 330. On days with just my kids we skip that afternoon snack b/
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  • Dd has a small afternoon snack 3ish then nothing til dinner at 5:30/6 or she won't eat anything and then doesn't sleep all night cause she's hungry

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    If the snacks are healthy then it doesn't really mater if she eats them vs. dinner. If you want her to eat dinner then yes you should drop snacks. In general child as younger than 2 can probably do just fine with 4 meals (one being a snack)&n

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  • We don't make snacks very big at all.  My girls (during the week) have breakfast at home at around 6:30 which is typically some type of bar (nutrition bar or Nutri-Grain Bar) and something hot like an Eggo French Toast or a few tiny pancakes or I

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  • Mrs.VMrs.V
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    We cut out snacks for the most part. Sometimes the boys will have a snack mid-morning or afternoon but its pretty rare. We felt that they were over feeding on snacks and then not eating at meals. Cutting out snacking has helped for us.
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