Wednesday, June 19, 2024
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Let’s Talk About Toddler Snacks, Baby!

Our little one has always been a pretty good eater so far. He happily eats most of the things that I like, but also loves rancid, manky things, like cucumbers, tomatoes and bananas! My mum always tells me that I wasn’t a fussy eater until I was much older and would happily devour anything healthy that was put down in front of me, so for now we’re just grateful that he enjoys some things that are actually good for him whilst it lasts!

The only things he appears to despise so far are chips and salad leaves. With the salad leaves his aversion is so great that he will pick each tiny piece of leaf from his plate before he will eat whatever else is on there! But given everything else he gobbles down we don’t mind compromising on salad leaves even if their painstaking removal is a touch frustrating!

So, you may think, our little one sounds like a perfect little eater. And generally you’d be right. Apart from the toddler SNACKS!!! My word, the SNACKS!!

As soon as he comes downstairs in the morning he’s asking for breakfast. Two Weetabix later he’s still hungry. As I bring in my bowl of very adult and manly, not at all childish Coco Rocks, he’s at me like a starving sparrow.

‘Joshy eat Daddy ball balls’

So he’s there eating one ball at a time as I’m necking the rest like it’s going out of fashion, making sure he doesn’t get his hands on my chocolate-filled rocks. No one touches my chocolate-filled rocks. Grown-up breakfast cereal complete, he’s then asking for a ‘nana’ or ‘banananana’, whichever he chooses to call it that day.

The banana lasts all of 5 seconds. I don’t know if he swallows it whole or whether he is the human equivalent of a chipmunk, but one blink and it’s gone.

‘Daddy, nana in Joshy tummy’

Yes son, yes it is.

‘Joshy have it one more nana’

No chance.

‘Peas Daddy. Joshy need one more nana’

No one NEEDS two bananas. He then asks for a fruit pouch. Or an oat bar. Or cheese. Or a biscuit. Or any other toddler snacks he sets his eyes upon. Ad infinitum until I either crack under the pressure and give him something or he gets distracted by something more pressing. Like Blaze. Or Ryder. If we get to 10am without him having exploded through excessive food consumption or had a snack-denial-related tantrum it’s been a good morning!

So where does this constant requirement for snacks come from? Maybe it’s a year long growth spurt? Perhaps he is about to morph into a giant? Maybe he sees me constantly creeping to the fridge to eat junk and wants to get in on the action? Maybe he likes the ambience of the kitchen environment?

Or perhaps he’s just a greedy little bugger and is trying to build a physique like his dad! But for now it looks as though toddler snacks will be a big part of our lives for some time ahead…

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29 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Toddler Snacks, Baby!

  • Haha, my two are like this! Constantly eating. When the school holidays come round our food bill triples! Then when we go out anywhere we obviously have to stop for cake because they are so HANGRY! I have now come to the conclusion that my two have worms! Thanks for linking up #FridayFrolics

    • I’m sure if I ate as much as he does I’d have to be rolled from place to place!!

  • I’m with you on this one. My Little Man is a good eater (touching all the wood I can) and has decent-sized meals but is still HUNGRY FOR SNACKS all the time!

    And yes, after finishing his bowl of porridge and Rice Krispies, he attacks my cereal – what he has officially named ‘Mummy Brekkie’!!!

    Growth spurt/ worms in the tummy/ future body-builders – let’s see!
    #FridayFrolics

    • Out of those 3 options I’m hoping for growth spurt ??

  • Mine are the same. My youngest LP calls them nack, nacks and literally is like a begging dog. He eats all day long. Then when my oldest BB comes out of school, it’s non stop eating, until dinner. If LP sees BB eating then he wants to eat too. Drives me nuts, I run out of ideas! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • At least bananas are fairly healthy I guess! And it seems that all toddlers are equally demanding!!

  • Yup, my eldest is like this, I’m pretty sure it’s a boy thing haha. My niece eats like a bird! Yup, got to be a boy thing! #fortheloveofblog

    • So far our one loves cars, planes, digging and snacks!! Stereotypical boy so far!!

    • Everyone has that monkey!! No idea where the stick from his arse has gone though!!

  • Our youngest eats snacks constantly! Currently she still eats here meals too so I figure she is just growing since she is under 2. Our eldest did this but eventually replaced her meals with snacks…. then I banned the snacks until she ate her actual food! We’re back on track now but it does seem like a never ending stream of food.
    #KCACOLS

    • Snacks in place of food isn’t ideal!! Fortunately he eats his meals and snacks at the moment!! And my meals. And my snacks ??

  • I’m glad it’s not just my daughter. She literally never. stops. eating. Most of little friends have a snack then play. She will eat, play for 10 mins then go and start banging on the kitchen door shouting “Nack. Nack.”. Then she’ll eat my food too. This is why being a parent is expensive!!!! #KCACOLS

    • Yes about 90% of our family outgoings are on snacks for the little one ??

  • My eldest is the same, she always wants what I am eating and says ‘more’ after each bite!

    #KCACOLS

  • Wow – I wish my children were like this – sometimes they are but it is more of a rarity – and they’re all a bit ‘off’ food at the moment which I find incredibly stressful…. #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Yeah it does seem to be either all or nothing! Tricky to find a good balance!

  • A haha maybe a bit of all of those things? Kids and snacks huh. If I gave my daughter a plate of food when she was smaller and told her it wasn’t tea it was snacks she’d always eat much better! #KCACOLS

    • Today we had to pretend his cheese on toast was a pizza so he’d eat it!!

  • I’m do glad this doesn’t only happen to me! Mine want constant snacks too! It’s worrying. They will also eat every salad item around but not the actual salad leaves! Youngest used to eat them, but even she won’t now! I eat very adult coco pops for breakfast as well. I also have toddlers who have already had their breakfast snatching at handfuls!

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time.

    • Wow that’s a disturbing number of similarities ?? Thanks for hosting!!

  • haha my nephew is like this – I swear he has hollow legs! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    • Hollow legs sounds better than worms so let’s go with that!! Thanks for hosting!

  • Wow, I wish my son were like this. Eating for us is a game of bribery involving television and the promise of jelly if he eats his pie. My son has a particular aversion to bananas. Pen #KCACOLS

    • A nice balance somewhere between the two would be good!! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • Luckily my son is too young for snacking, I’m sure he will be a nightmare for it once he’s finger if he’s anything like his dad! #KCACOLS

  • I think that my daughter could eat snacks all day, she loves a fruit pouch and an oat cake. She has two snacks at nursery every day, which are healthy snacks, but I wonder if this is where her snacking come from. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  • My step son was a picky toddler but at 6 he will eat anything. My son would anything as a baby and now won’t eat anything green. Polar opposites. I hope your little one keeps eating great! #KCACOLS

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