About Weetabix portion size?

(61 Posts)
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?

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.

HoratiaDrelincourt Mon 17-Feb-14 11:16:08

I had two as a child, four as a teenager, and now one or two.

Warm milk, sultanas and sliced banana. Yum.

MrsDavidBowie Mon 17-Feb-14 11:32:27

He is very regular grin

He has grown 7 inches in 8 months. .is now 6 feet,skinny but with an amazing six pack.Goes to the gym regularly, plays football.

My food bill is huge.

16mo DS has 1.5 Weetabix for breakfast plus a banana.

Katekate77 Mon 17-Feb-14 11:44:19

My 10 month old daughter had 2 this morning with mashed up fruit in it confused

My other 10 month old, her twin, had toast and jam then most of 1 weetabix!!

They are not chunky babies and don't seem to struggle with this amount.

firesidechat Mon 17-Feb-14 11:55:46

My children had 2 Weetabix for breakfast for many years and they were very slim (almost underweight) children and now very slim adults.

Your husband is being very unreasonable.

2rebecca Mon 17-Feb-14 12:21:33

If he's slim then 2 is fine. if you overfeed a child they become fat, although children are supposed to be skinnier than adults so some parents think their child is chunky when they are fat.
I never worried about how much my kids ate when they were young as long as they stayed slim. Kids are more active than adults so can need more calories relative to their size.
I'd be giving wholemeal bread later in the day with fruit or bringing forward their evening meal time for those chomping half a dozen weetabix in the early evening.

BizzieBoo Mon 17-Feb-14 12:57:28

My 2 year old DD would eat 3 if she could and she it tall and slight and very active! Instead she'll have 2 and ask for toast/fruit/yoghurt/etc and will still eat lunch and dinner! grin

MummyPig24 Mon 17-Feb-14 13:08:40

Almost 4yo dd has 2 weetabix followed by fruit.

6yo ds has 2 weetabix followed by fruit and more often than not toast too. He is slim and active but he eats a lot.

Objection Mon 17-Feb-14 13:10:26

I always give my charges two. Its not particularly unhealthy (depends on what you put on top) so IMO they can eat as much as they want. I'd much rather have them full of Weetabix than sugary cereals, crap (sweets, biscuits) and even toast tbh.

Ellisisland Mon 17-Feb-14 13:18:32

My 2 year old will eat 2 weetabix and a large banana every morning. I hate to think how much he will eat as a teenager shock

My 12 year old is getting through about 6 a day a the moment. Either that or a bucket of cornflakes. I was the same as a kid, couldn't get enough cereal.

Your husband is a meany!

WildThong Mon 17-Feb-14 13:27:16

Agree with foxes weetabix have shrunk.

Oh and YADNBA op, 2 is absolutely fine.

JammyTodger Mon 17-Feb-14 17:28:56

It's not only Weetabix that have shrunk. Everything seems smaller these days, except my arse.

frogspoon Mon 17-Feb-14 19:45:58

Think 2 Weetabix is fine, as long as he is healthy. You have said he is slim and hungry, so I see no logical reason not to give him more food.

legoplayingmumsunite Mon 17-Feb-14 19:53:53

I eat one, my DB eats 4, DD1 (6) has one plus porridge or two with no porridge, DD2 (4) loves cereal and will happily have 3 bowls of porridge or 5 weetabix at breakfast time, although her usual portion is 2-3. She tends to have a tiny tea though, she obviously knows to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.

Both DDs walk a mile to school each day and are rib counting skinny so I'm not planning to control their diet any time soon.

HandragsNGladbags Mon 17-Feb-14 20:00:26

DD2's record is 4 (she's 2) but usually 2. Must fill her up though because she is never that fussed about lunch.

I eat three if calorie counting as I find the extra 60cals seem to keep m full much longer than 2!

MissBetseyTrotwood Mon 17-Feb-14 20:11:34

Mine both have 3 followed by a piece of fruit and then cornflakes or toast. Both a healthy weight, one skinny. They eat a light lunch then a big dinner. They are both v active though.

Quangle Mon 17-Feb-14 20:22:28

My 4.5 yo has 1.5 Weetabix. He is a bit tubby though he shouldn't be judging by the thread.

It's not like it is chocolate, it's fine

Sunshine200 Mon 17-Feb-14 20:27:09

My dd is 2 & has 1.5 followed by some fruit, so 2 for your boy sounds fine to me.

racmun Mon 17-Feb-14 20:30:36

My 3.5 year old ds has 2 weetabix and a handful of shreddies followed by 2 slices of toast. He eats the lot.

Unless your ds isn't eating it all and you're chucking it in the bin I don't see the problem.

What are you lot using to have 4 weetabix? My bowls are utterly crap with no room at all with just 2 in!

Whatdoiknowanyway Mon 17-Feb-14 21:56:34

My relatively skinny daughter would have 4-6 weetabix for breakfast every day. The she went to university and switched to porridge. When I asked why she said 'mother do you have any idea how much weetabix costs'?
Er, yes!

HoratiaDrelincourt Mon 17-Feb-14 22:22:47

My parents have a branded Weetabix bowl that came free with the cereal about a hundred fifteen years ago or something. It is not particularly big.

It's all about the layering.

Two on the bottom, next to each other like an old couple lying side by side.

Then two on top, at right angles. Like building Weetabix Jenga.

While we're on the subject of Weetabix, I can't bear to have it sloshing about in too much milk. They should be completely sodden but not a drop more.

HildaOgden Mon 17-Feb-14 22:32:54

Are you all putting sugar on top?how much?

thenamestheyareachanging Mon 17-Feb-14 22:33:10

My 1 year old eats 2 weetabix and a banana for breakfast. 4 year old has a slice of toast as well. They're both on the skinny side.

JammyTodger Mon 17-Feb-14 22:49:20

No sugar in our house, Hilda. DS sometimes has fruit puree or banana on top, but he's happy without.

I think DH is worried that because I am fat big-boned, DS has inherited my fat gene. I could u derstand his fears if I was feeding him chocolate biscuits for breakfast, but it's sodding Weetabix ffs.

Velma67 Mon 17-Feb-14 22:57:30

My five year old has four but it keeps him going all day as he will rarely have more than a bit of fruit for lunch. (And yes, I have tried cutting down breakfast but he still eats bugger all lunch.)

HoratiaDrelincourt Mon 17-Feb-14 22:58:34

No sugar here either unless I'm feeling rough, in which case I have a dessertspoonful per Weetabix.

I used to need sugar on them but it really isn't necessary. Adding fruit instead is enough. Weirdly warm milk on them makes them tastier/sweeter than cold. NFI why.

elfycat Mon 17-Feb-14 22:59:18

DD1 (5) will have 2.5 and DD2 (3) has 2 weetabix if that's breakfast of choice. Often with toast as a starter. They're tall and slim, and forever hungry.

Always use full fat options on dairy. If I don't they whine for 'something to eat' all day so it does make a big difference. I've also worked out that I use so much less FF milk in my tea that I'm saving calories overall compared to my skimmed milk days.

deakymom Mon 17-Feb-14 23:11:37

mine has two all the time he is just five i think he has had two since he was about two/three

MissBetseyTrotwood Tue 18-Feb-14 08:17:51

Bleurgh! No sugar ever.

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 18-Feb-14 08:37:07

Our DS weetabix portion has been 2 weetabix since he was at least 3 years old. And that's what he calls "first breakfast" that he has about 6:30am, he may then have "second breakfast" an hour later which is 2 slices of toast. He's always on the go and has always been slim so obviously just needs it and burns it off quickly!

falulahthecat Tue 18-Feb-14 08:43:07

I just died a bit inside after reading that even a 6 year old can get a 6 pack, but I can't get rid of my 'rubber ring'...

pianodoodle Tue 18-Feb-14 08:46:46

DD will eat 2 easily and has done since she was two. Haven't had weetabix in for ages will have to get some now!

She doesn't have an inch thick layer of sugar on the top like me though blush

Bonsoir Tue 18-Feb-14 08:46:47

Weetabix are not a contributing factor to the obesity crisis.

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