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About Weetabix portion size?

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JammyTodger Mon 17-Feb-14 10:23:34

DH thinks I am over-feeding 4yo DS by giving him 2 Weetabix for breakfast. He is a slim boy and always hungry. Surely 2 Weetabix isn't excessive?? How many do your 4 yo boys eat?

FourArms Mon 17-Feb-14 10:25:12

Mine have had two since much younger than 4 smile

FourArms Mon 17-Feb-14 10:26:24

I'd say if he's always hungry make sure he has them with full fat milk and some protein / fat if you can to keep him full.

QuietlyWingingIt Mon 17-Feb-14 10:27:40

My 2 year old DD will 2 weetabix and then ask for toast/fruit/bagel...she is tall and slight.

underachievingmum Mon 17-Feb-14 10:27:54

My 3 and 5 year old have 2, and sometimes 3.

They get them one at a time and ask for another if still hungry!

My 1year old has 1.5 so it seems fine to me. A 4 yo doesn't need that many fewer calories than a small adult woman. Isn't it around 1200?

ilovepowerhoop Mon 17-Feb-14 10:34:15

2 is considered the adult portion. My 2 never really liked them after they were babies so we never got past 1 biscuit.

pussycatdoll Mon 17-Feb-14 10:34:40

Mine had 1 weetabix with a mashed banana every morning until he was 5
Now he has a massive bowl of cheerios ( age 9 )

FoxesRevenge Mon 17-Feb-14 10:35:05

My niece was shovelling down adult portions at the age. We wondered where it all went as she is very slight. As long as the child isn't becoming overweight then I don't see what the problem is.

MrsDavidBowie Mon 17-Feb-14 10:35:28

Ds 14 has 7 for breakfast plus other cereal. And often another 5-8 when he comes home from school/for supper.

BlackeyedSusan Mon 17-Feb-14 10:35:32

my four year old ate 3 weetbakes! (imitation ones!)

MikeLitoris Mon 17-Feb-14 10:37:51

My 3yo had 1.5 weetabix with warm milk then a peice of toast with Nutella and banana for breakfast. 2 is fine at that age.

Wait until he is 13 and wants 3 for breakfast, 2 for an after school snack and another 3 for supper at 8pm.

SlimJiminy Mon 17-Feb-14 10:39:01

I'd have still been hungry after 2 weetabix when I was that age. Our parents had to stop buying it in the end because eventually her three kids were having 5 weetabix each every morning.

I could see his problem if you were feeding DS 2 mars bars for his breakfast, but nothing wrong with 2 weetabix!

SooticaTheWitchesCat Mon 17-Feb-14 10:40:17

My girls had 2 Weetabix at that age, it isn't too much. Mine eat huge amounts of cereal now but they they are both very slim and they burn it off during the morning.

RayPurchase Mon 17-Feb-14 10:42:14

DS (4) always has 2 bowls of cereal - this morning he had a weetabix and a bowl of bran flakes. He's currently eating a banana and is asking for his lunch already shock he is a bottomless pit.

PurplePidjin Mon 17-Feb-14 10:42:15

my 15mo would easily eat 2 although i tend to offer a banana after the first so he gets a variety. i try to go with feed them when they're hungry, hopefully that'll lead to a healthy attitude to food later in life

JammyTodger Mon 17-Feb-14 10:43:33

mrsdavidbowie shock I thought my Dad was a greedy pig when he had 4.

fourarms good advice with the full-fat milk. I'll try that.

I think Mumsnet has spoken on this. I knew IWNBU grin

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 17-Feb-14 10:44:08

mrsdavid shock

Why on earth does your son need 15 weetabix a day? Just how is he not bunged up?

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 17-Feb-14 10:44:36

My dd has just started having two at seven. smile

jammiedonut Mon 17-Feb-14 10:45:40

Oh dear, two is an adult portion? I've been having at least four since I was around five years old!

MillyStar Mon 17-Feb-14 10:47:07

My 22 month old dd has 1.5-2 wheetabix and toast afterwards

fancyanotherfez Mon 17-Feb-14 10:49:11

My DS has 2 and then some yoghurt or toast and he is 2 1/2. I would rather he had a good breakfast than have less and then complain that he's hungry. He's then more likely to eat something that's not a nutritious. Weetabix is better than most cereals in terms of sugar content.

JennyOnAPlate Mon 17-Feb-14 10:49:47

My 4 and 6 year olds have 2 weetabix followed by a slice of toast each.

jenniferalisonphillipasue Mon 17-Feb-14 10:50:22

My dd (6) had 6 the other day. She is v slight but muscley with a full six pack. She wanted porridge after. She had been ill the previous two days so hopefully was just catching up.

FoxesRevenge Mon 17-Feb-14 10:50:59

I think Weetabix has shrunk in size. I swear they were bigger years ago.

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