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When do children start eating out of greed?

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IcouldstillbeJoseph Sun 07-Apr-13 20:21:11

DS is 2.3. Always been a 'large lad' (10lbs + at birth etc) with an appetite to match.
In the past I have always fed him until he stops eating - but recently he is always asking for more - especially at breakfast. This morning he ate (no word of a lie) a bowl of Oat So Simple, a small bowl of shredded wheat and 3 whole pieces of toast. That amount is not unusual. I make sure he is as active as possible and don't think he's fat but I'm wondering if I'm doing to right thing by letting him eat so much? Sometimes if I just say that there isn't anymore of whatever he's asking for, e.g if I've run out of bread, he just stops asking and goes back to watching Thomas so I'm thinking perhaps it's just a habit?

lljkk Sun 07-Apr-13 20:23:41

DS did it as a tiny baby, would puke up milk all over me because he overfed. Not greedy at all now, though (teenager).

Some say different. I think toddlers need snacks to grow well, if he's not fat now then what he's eating is what he needs.

IcouldstillbeJoseph Sun 07-Apr-13 20:32:28

Yes he did that as a baby too - he used to beat and claw at my breast/bra if the milk wasn't coming fast enough.

Thaleia Mon 08-Apr-13 09:29:15

I am interested as well ... I think mine eats out of pure joy, not greed as at 11 months more bread, joghurt or sweet fruit always fits in even after a large meal. DS feels very heavy but haven't had him weighed for ages now.
My GP said that children at this ages sometimes don't know when to stop but it would get better when they are older?

IcouldstillbeJoseph Mon 08-Apr-13 10:11:59

That's interesting - my HV told me they can regulate their appetites at that age but not as they get older making it up as they go along

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Mon 08-Apr-13 11:18:05

My DD1 tends towards began at about age 7.

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