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filling up an almost 3 yr old before bed?

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DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Mon 21-Jan-13 19:23:03

ds has been picking at food since before christmas due to a series of bugs leaving him with no appetite and a lean streak of skinniness. He also has the usual toddler 'new-phobic' attitude towards anything that looks new or different, and will g hungry rather than fill up on something he may have loved yesterday, but not today.

However, for the last 3 days his appetite has come back with a vengeance and he keeps waking up at 10/11pm (yes - pm! arch!) and crying for food as he is so hungry his tummy hurts. on saturday he ate a whole apple, raisins, dried fruit, yoghurt and pasta at 11pm, after a good dinner at 6 too! he is also having milk in the night as he is just so ravenous - not something am keen on, but he's always been a milk lover and he just seems so desperate.

any ideas what i can give him for an easy but filling just-before-bed supper?

am trying to increase food at all meals and making the in between 'snacks' a bit more substantial but the before bed moment seems key to fill him up to get a good nights sleep - for both of us!

what is good for a toddler to have to really fill him up? its not really been a problem so far, and his tastes tend to run in the direction of not particularly filling foods such as fruit and veggies, rather than carbs and protein. He's more of a 'pick the filling off the bread' type of child than eat the whole sandwich, and will stop eating as soon as it feels like a chore/ or he gets just a bit full. I haven't been worried about it as he's been really constipated so didn't want him to eat lots of unrefined carbs that might make him worse, and at least he's not an eater for the sake of it (like i am!). Great habits for the future, but i could do with a bit more eating just now!

K2ZJH Mon 21-Jan-13 21:51:46

my DD is going through a similar thing recently, , ive started giving her either porridge or wheatabix with some kind if fruit. tonight was blueberries last night was rasians

would he eat something like that?

elfycat Mon 21-Jan-13 21:59:06

I do organix rice cakes, sliced banana and mixed raisin/dried fruit combo with a glass of milk if DD1 (nearly 4) needs a 'snack'.

mind you if she's hungry she'll eat a slice of bread without waiting for me to get anything to put on it. She's been through several eat-me-out-of-house-and-home phases this year.

cece Mon 21-Jan-13 22:00:44

I give mine peanut butter on toast.

mamababa Mon 21-Jan-13 22:03:07

Something milky and with slow release energy so a breakfast cereal or porridge is good

Needalifeagain Mon 21-Jan-13 22:04:24

Homemade savoury muffins, quick and easy to do a big batch, freeze and use as needed.

DoubleLifeIsALifeHalved Mon 21-Jan-13 22:34:06

Ooh good ideas! He loves porridge... Is it bad to give him it twice a day though? As that's what he has for breakfast too!

Savoury muffins sounds nice - is grilling cheese on top too heavy for a supper?

Wingdingdong Mon 21-Jan-13 22:59:55

Rice pudding after dinner, or else as supper after bath etc. Bread-and-butter pudding in similar vein (yummy made with brioche). Both filling and milky.

Oat and banana muffins. Apple and sultana ones are pretty good too. Using oats will fill him up for longer.

Mashed banana sandwich and a hot chocolate/hot milk was what I always had as a child on hungry days - and is still my comfort food! DD seems to go for peanut butter sandwiches with an apple on the side as her comfort filling food.

Organix oaty bars are good as snacks.

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