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How much is too much?

I'm not sure how much to feed my son. Lately he's been eating a TON, even crying for more food at times. Will a toddler stop eating when they are full like a younger baby? And what age do they learn to overeat?
Should I give him an appropriate sized meal and call it quits or let him tell me when he's full?
My main concern is that he's gained 3 1/2 lbs in less than a month... maybe he's gearing up for a growth spurt, I don't know. Lately I've just given him his meal and if he wants more he gets something like fruit.... should I just be telling him he's all done?
He's 19 months by the way.

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Mar. 9, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • NO, let him eat if he's hungry, they also go through spurts where you can't get them to eat more than a bite full all day long..

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 5:55 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • as long as its healthy food, let him eat away. if it was something like cakes, or chips and soda, i would say no. but fruits and veggies, even cheese are great snacks for ur kids. i just had to up the amount of food my dd's eat. they kept acting hungry.

    if ur conserned about weight gain, make sure he is playing lots, burning those extra calories.

    Answer by Phippsandrea at 5:59 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Like Phippsandrea said if its healthy go for it. If its unhealthy cut it off and switch to something healthier. Try more whole foods (whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, not packaged meals) as well because they fill you up longer and give MUCH better nutrition.

    Answer by MamaChamp at 6:05 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • OP- OK, I'll just keep feeding like I have been. I was just getting worried that maybe I was giving him too much because he's had this sudden weight gain. He's not overweight or anything.... he's 30 lbs and 35 inches tall... but I didn't want him to learn to over eat.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on Mar. 9, 2010

  • Overeating is a learned behavior that is often taught to kids by parents! Usually from telling them they HAVE TO FINISH what's on their plates OR by eating too quickly.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:47 AM on Mar. 10, 2010

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