#2: 1 Year Old is Always Hungry

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Today’s topic: your toddler is ALWAYS hungry, and asking for snacks all day!

QUESTION

Samantha asked, “My youngest daughter just turned 1-year-old on Easter and my question is about snacking. She seems to be hungry all the time now that I’m weaning her from breastfeeding and is always wanting snacks between meals. So I’m wondering what healthy and not messy snack would be good for her to eat between meals, so that I’m not putting her in the high chair like 6 times a day?

ANSWER

During the period of time when you’re transitioning off of breastfeeding, off of bottles, or off of formula, it is always tough. Since the amount of breastmilk or formula is decreasing, we need to make up for that with food.

Personally, I relate. They say no baby self-weans before 1, but both my kids did. With my daughter, Emilia, she was always hungry, and would never take a bottle. I talked to a lactation consultant who suggested a bedtime snack (real food) and it was the biggest help!

In today’s epsiode, I talk about:

  • how a daily meal/snack schedule can help regulate hunger (Read my 1-year-old feeding schedule post HERE – this also applies to 2, 3, and 4 year olds!)
  • why we need to add fat at meals
    • hint: it’s calorie dense and helps them get enough to calories!
    • For a full list of healthy ways to boost fat (plus smoothie recipes) read this post.

EASY AND NUTRITIOUS SNACK IDEAS 

Here are some of my favorites:

  • DINO BARS – not sold in stores yet, but you can buy them online with my affiliate code: MAMAKNOWS10 for 10% off at dinobars.com
  • Larabars – NOT the chocolate chip ones, those are super messy. Cut these into bite sized pieces for a 1-year-old.
  • Cheese cubes or a cheese stick cut up in half moons
  • Pouches – I recommend limiting these to one a day. Speech pathologists typically do not recommend them because they inhibit the learning process of chewing and swallowing. As a registered dietitian, I do like them to be able to see, taste, and experience the individual’s food, too. Look for the ones that are 100 calories or more! I work with, and highly recommend, Once Upon a Farm and Serenity Kids. I look for a pouch that contains not only fruit, but protein and fat in it as well. 
  • Banana bread/muffins – Some recipes aren’t too crumbly. Try my delicious Zucchini Banana Bread Muffins!

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