Zoey Sheppard wrote:
Contrary to common known fussy eaters, I can't seem to find advice or articles about a toddler who will not stop eating.
My partner and I are afraid that we've created a bad habit by allowing our DD to constantly graze on cheerios, fruit, arrowroot bikkies, raisins etc healthy snacks in between main meals fortunately. We have used it as a way to keep her quiet, but she's been conditioned now that when she whinges, we give her something to eat... So much that, at day care, she steals the other kids' food.
I'm just wondering if anyone has the same experience with their bub? What should we do?? sad huh wacko
From what I've read constant grazing is actually quite bad for their teeth. When we eat (esp fruit or sugary food), the pH in our mouths becomes more acidic and this is when tooth erosion and decay begin. Our mouths remain in an acidic state for about 20 minutes after eating. The more often we eat, the more frequently our teeth are attacked and are likely to decay.
So for that reason I stick to set times for eating with no snacking or grazing in between....to give his teeth a rest. My son has breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and then milk half an hour before bed. It usually works out that he is eating every 2 hours during his awake times. I'm not a total nazi about it though. If he's hungry half and hour before morning tea then we just have it early etc. And he does occassionally steal a bite of what me or my husband are eating...but it's not a daily habit.
Even though dried fruit like raisins are 'natural' they are not necessarily healthy as the sugars in the fruit become concentrated with drying and also they are sticky so cling to the teeth. Also, you tend to eat a lot more dried fruit than if it was fresh...think about how many dried apricots you can wolf down whereas if they were fresh you'd probably only eat 1 or 2. If you do give her something sugary then it's a good idea to follow it with some cheese as the milk protein it contains has protective qualities for the teeth.
Hope that helps smile