Toddler finding snacks in kitchen

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Toddler finding snacks in kitchen
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 1:58pm

My almost 3 year old daughter has not eaten well since she was 1.

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Registered: 05-24-1999
Fri, 02-11-2011 - 9:43pm

I don't allow my child to stand on counters or to open the fridge without my ok. If your dd is trying to get at food, she must be hungry. When my dd says she's hungry or tries to get something out of cupboard, I stop what I am doing and help her get a healthy snack. Rather than getting mad at her for climbing onto the counter, tell her that is not safe and if she's needs food you will be happy to help her. Don't get mad at her for trying to get food.

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Sat, 02-12-2011 - 9:17am
My son used to pull his chair into the pantry to reach the cereal, I just had to move the cereal so he couldn't get it. I also hide things behind other things (like the gummy fruits behind the bisquick, or the bunny grahams behind the saltines). The thing is, if I let him, he'd eat only crackers and snacks all day long.

I've found that if I slide a sandwich in front of him cut into small squares (bite sized) while he's playing, he'll eat the whole thing. If I try to get him to sit at the table, as I do at dinner time, he eats maybe one bite and then runs off. So, I try to get the protein in at lunch because I know he's just going to nibble dinner. He is really good about eating eggs/toast/cereal/oatmeal for breakfast, but that's because he wakes up starving because he won't eat a proper dinner.

As for allowing access to things in the kitchen, Cavan has to ask for things. If I allowed him access (he just turned 3) he would gorge himself on applesauce and animal crackers and never eat anything else. He just tells me when he's hungry and we go in together and decide on a snack (I'll tell him you can have this, this, or that" and if he refuses it all, I just say, well, you must not be hungry then. It's hard because he gets a craving for something and doesn't want anything but that, but usually he'll either walk away and come back later to have something I'll allow, or he'll choose something else. It's not even about unhealthy stuff so much as I won't let the kid eat only crackers for his snacks, because he would eat crackers exclusively if I let him.
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Registered: 01-14-2007
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 7:40pm

One of the ideas that I always thought was brilliant, (but one of those things I still haven't gotten around to doing), is a snack tray.

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Registered: 02-27-2011
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 11:48pm
sounds just like my daughter. if allowed she would live on crackers, juice, cereal. i noticed the snack/lunch thing this week. really? all I had to do was make it look like appetizers & put it on the coffee table instead of the kitchen one?
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Registered: 05-12-2005
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 12:49pm
We have two snack areas. One in the fridge on a shelve that Logan can reach. This has gogurt, string cheese and juice boxes on it. (occationally pudding and other refridgerated foods) He also has access to fruit. I also have a snack shelf in the pantry - once again that he can reach - that has things like peanut butter cracker sandwhiches, fruit snacks, (occationally) chips, crackers, ect.
With this said, he always asks for a snack before he takes it... and almost always goes for the gogurt and string cheese. LOL He also knows that he's not allowed to have snacks right before meals - though he'll still ask occationally ;)

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Registered: 01-06-2006
Sat, 03-05-2011 - 9:59pm
That's a great idea! I will have to try it!
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Sun, 05-15-2011 - 10:38pm
I don't think any of use allow our kids on the counter, we are human and can't be there 24-7. You go to the bathroom and 3 sec later there they are. Explain as best you can the danger of it, hide/move things and try different locks. Leave a healthy snack on the counter with in reach. Also remember that not all kids eat because they are hungry, like adults they can eat cause it tastes good, boredom, etc. We realized that our daughter was really thirsty when she was telling us she was hungry. Good luck!
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Registered: 11-16-2007
Mon, 05-16-2011 - 12:36pm
My 1 yo is doing opening up the closet as well to get a snack. Luckily for now he just brings me the box and asks for a snack and I say no (temper tantrum comes, but at least I "win"). Anyway, I agree with the PP. I feel like our little guys (and gals) consume so few calories in a day, we need to try to restrict/monitor what they eat. Maybe you can try time outs to discourage her feeding herself?

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