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DS begging for food from adults plates?

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VickyandAlistair Tue 02-Aug-11 18:43:15

Has anyone has this problem? DS is 10mo, and has a VERY healthy appetite, he loves his food and does seem to eat a lot for a baby his age, but its all good healthy stuff, I dont give him any junk. However, recently he has started 'begging' for food from adults plates when they are eating, me and DP cant eat a meal in peace! Sometimes I crack and feed him a bit of what I'm eating, but if you ignore him he makes loud 'mmmmmmmmmmm' noises and sometimes grabs at the person eating, its very offputting! Whats best to do? smile

RitaMorgan Tue 02-Aug-11 18:45:28

Er, why won't you let him eat with you?

allhailtheaubergine Tue 02-Aug-11 18:45:51

He's not "begging" he's asking to share.

Personally I would share, or better still, get him a plate of his own and enjoy the meal together.

MrsRhettButler Tue 02-Aug-11 18:48:56

Doesn't he eat with you?

VickyandAlistair Tue 02-Aug-11 18:50:32

No, he has his mealtimes separately to us - he eats lunch at 12 and dinner at 4, those times arent convienient for us, we eat at sixish, so by the time we are eating, he has already eaten.

CMOTdibbler Tue 02-Aug-11 18:50:43

Its a good habit - this way he'll try anything you are eating. Just share food with him

CristinaTheAstonishing Tue 02-Aug-11 18:50:51

I don't see the "problem". Baby with healthy appetite, enjoy it while it lasts. You might have to improve your own meals, though smile

VickyandAlistair Tue 02-Aug-11 18:54:27

So you dont think it will mean that he eats too much food? He is my first baby, and the light of my life, I wouldnt want him to get a tummy ache or anything

colditz Tue 02-Aug-11 18:55:33

Don't be a nobber, he wants to eat with you, serve him a meal like you would any other human being who was in your house when you were serving dinner. He's not a dog, he doesn't need to be fed seperately.

colditz Tue 02-Aug-11 18:56:11

He'll be fine. Don't give him honey or peanuts

VickyandAlistair Tue 02-Aug-11 18:56:51

me and DP work full time, we're not even at home at 4, DS wants his dinner at 4, I dont think he'd take nicely to having to wait 2 hrs for his dinner. Theres no need to be rude.

zorgmoid Tue 02-Aug-11 18:57:44

What Colditz said. Exactly what colditz said. of course he wants to eat when you do confused

RitaMorgan Tue 02-Aug-11 18:58:13

Give him tea at 4, then he can have dinner with you at 6.

You wouldn't want to have to sit on your own while everyone else eats, would you?

suzikettles Tue 02-Aug-11 18:58:23

Call it his supper. An extra few bites at 6 won't hurt him smile

AllGoodNamesGone Tue 02-Aug-11 18:59:43

I would start giving him his dinner at 6 with you and give him pretty much the same as you or some of it alongside whatever he is having.

Give him a snack at 4 if you think he is hungry then.

Encourage him. It's great that he'll try anything - make the most of it grin

AgentProvocateur Tue 02-Aug-11 18:59:47

Well, give him a snack at four then. Am
I missing something here? hmm

allhailtheaubergine Tue 02-Aug-11 19:00:26

If I were you I would let him have two dinners. One at 4 when he's hungry, and one at 6 with you and your husband. At 10 months food is as much about socialising and fun and feel and texture and colour and trying new things as it is about nutrition and filling them up. Presumably he still has bedtime milk? Give him some of what you have a 6 and let him join in the fun. Watch salt levels.

RitaMorgan Tue 02-Aug-11 19:00:32

That's exactly what my baby does by the way.

3.30ish - light tea/big snack
6ish - dinner with us
7ish - milk
7.30 - bed

Yours could always have his main dinner at 4 and then a snack when you eat at 6.

PogoBaby Tue 02-Aug-11 19:00:42

DD is the same, always wants what we are eating. She also has tea earlier - I work full days and she wouldn't survive until we eat - but we've started giving her a little snack (of what we're having) when we eat.

DD is also my first and I know what you mean about worrying they are eating to much! smile

Demiwave Tue 02-Aug-11 19:05:43

Don't be so harsh - the OP is asking for advice! OP, I would do as Rita and Suzi suggest and give him a little something when you eat at 6. DS3 is 8 months and NEEDS his dinner at 4ish but we eat later so I always sit him at the table with us and either give him a little of what we are eating (if it is suitable) or something like some fruit or breadsticks etc. It doesn't have to be a huge amount but just enough that it keeps him occupied and he feels part of the 'occasion'. FWIW, I don't like children eating off other people's plates either but I do occasionally let him try something of mine if he shows an interest. Mainly though, he has his own food which, invariably, is the same anyway.

exoticfruits Tue 02-Aug-11 19:16:59

I would just let him eat with you-I'm not sure that I would want to have to watch others eat every night! Just give him a snack earlier and then eat the same as you.

colditz Tue 02-Aug-11 19:37:12


Go and speak to your health visitor.

Octaviapink Tue 02-Aug-11 20:12:56

DS 8m has his 'supper' at 4 and then a bit of whatever we're having when we eat at 6.30. He likes to sit and chat to us while we're eating and it's good practice for all eating together. Your DS won't eat 'too much' - at this age most people are delighted to get whatever they can into them. Babies eat when they're hungry and stop (or throw up) when they're full - they're not greedy.

activate Tue 02-Aug-11 20:14:16

he needs to eat with you - eating is social

activate Tue 02-Aug-11 20:15:33

your stomach is about the size of your fist - look at your baby's fist - his stomach is tiny sodinner at 4pm will mean hungry at 6pm

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