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How many of you give your child 4 meals a day?

(52 Posts)
ButterfliesAreWeird Tue 07-Nov-17 21:38:58

I know it's not the most common but I'm curious how common it is?

Desmondo2016 Tue 07-Nov-17 21:39:53

I've never heard of it. What are they, if not breakfast lunch and tea?

greensnail Tue 07-Nov-17 21:42:18

Mine get breakfast, lunch, tea at after school club (something like soup, sandwich etc) then dinner with us at home.

WhirlwindHugs Tue 07-Nov-17 21:43:16


What are the 4 meals?

whyareusernamessodifficult Tue 07-Nov-17 21:44:46

Ours get breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper but breakfast tends to be quite light and supper is just a snack rather than a proper meal.

madamginger Tue 07-Nov-17 21:47:34

Mine have breakfast at 8am, lunch at 12:30, dinner at 5pm and then supper at 8pm. But supper is usually just toast or cereal and a glass of milk before bed not a meal as such.

ThisNameNow Tue 07-Nov-17 21:48:13

I think I did this with mine when they were little but one meal was small. Other people might call it a snack. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Meals were breakfast, lunch, after school meal (light meal), evening meal (full meal)

I tried to avoid giving endless snacks to my DC as I thought it better to just eat properly at meal times. If you just feed your DC proper meals rather than snacks then it's much easier to feed them healthily.

I wasn't really draconian with not giving snacks but most days the kids would only eat at meal times. I found four meals worked better when they were little.

Marcine Tue 07-Nov-17 21:50:05

Yes - breakfast, lunch, after school snack, dinner at 7.30/12/3.30/6

IamAporcupine Tue 07-Nov-17 21:57:17

We do breakfast, lunch, 'merienda' (after school snack) and dinner.

Bewiser Tue 07-Nov-17 22:01:58

Currently I do breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner (1 year old) and when she starts nursery soon for a few days a week, on those days she'll have breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon meal then a (presumably small) dinner at home before her bath.

starzig Tue 07-Nov-17 22:02:53

I had a preclub snack when i done sports

LiveLifeWithPassion Wed 08-Nov-17 11:38:35

I suppose I do.
They have breakfast, lunch, something after school like a filling soup, omelette, wrap and then dinner.
They’re hungry after school and I got fed up of them constantly snacking so I give them something meal like. If I give them their dinner after school, then they’re looking for lots of snacks later.

BroomstickOfLove Wed 08-Nov-17 11:46:11

I also do breakfast, lunch after-school snack/afternoon tea and dinner. The afternoon snack tends to be fairly substantial, eg rice pudding with stewed fruit or hummus, pitta bread and veg sticks, or a sandwich and an apple, or soup and a roll.

EatsFartsAndLeaves Wed 08-Nov-17 11:47:38

On days he goes to nursery he gets breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner. Doesn't usually eat much dinner!

Only breakfast lunch and dinner when he's with me all day, plus sometimes a small afternoon snack or bottle of milk.

BamburyFuriou3 Wed 08-Nov-17 11:48:28

We do breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper. Supper is often fruit and a biscuit, or breakfast cereal. But they sleep better with a full tummy smile

WellTidy Wed 08-Nov-17 13:48:48

We do, at weekends. DS is 9yo now, and likes to stay up a bit later on Friday and Saturday nights, when he goes to bed at about 9pm. On those days, he will have breakfast, lunch, large snack at about 5pm and dinner with DH and I at about 8pm. Or dinner at 5pm and large snack at 8pm or so.

Examples of large snack - cheese and biscuits, tapas type stuff.

Migraleve Wed 08-Nov-17 13:54:29

I’m confused by a snack becoming a meal confused

I give mine 3 melas a day, but they also have snacks, which are not meals.

TeenTimesTwo Wed 08-Nov-17 13:56:06

What age?
When DD2 was 2.5 she had 9 separate eating occasions per day...

BroomstickOfLove Wed 08-Nov-17 14:05:48

The "snack" is generally bigger than breakfast, and sometimes roughly the same as lunch, so I count it as a meal.

DixieNormas Wed 08-Nov-17 14:08:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ttbb Wed 08-Nov-17 14:15:15

We do. Breakfast, lunch (at nursery), early dinner as soon as he gets home and, supper just before bed.

Me264 Wed 08-Nov-17 19:40:36

Ds (20 months) gets first breakfast at home (banana usually, and a corner of my toast), second breakfast at nursery (cereal and toast), hot lunch, cold tea (early) and then a snack on the way home from nursery. He doesn't seem to go more than about 2 hours without eating blush

ButterfliesAreWeird Wed 08-Nov-17 20:02:29

I guess it's not so uncommon after all 😄 Good to know. We call our meals breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner. Sometimes tea and dinner are the same food though just 2 platefuls at different times

BroomstickOfLove Wed 08-Nov-17 20:30:46

The school dinner portions are tiny, with the same size of servings for 4 year olds and 11 year olds, so when mine hit tween growth spurts they pretty much needed an extra meal after school.

formerbabe Wed 08-Nov-17 20:32:39

Breakfast, lunch, dinner then something else just before bed...(toast, crumpets, yoghurt, fruit etc)

So yeah, I guess 4 meals a day! Explains why I spend so much time and money in supermarkets!

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