My son is also a grazer but and loves to snack on the go. I am not against this as long as he sits with the family for his meals. He is a very active child and sometimes we will grab a snack together as we play. I am a huge believer in moderation - I am not so restrictive that he can never have a cookie or a piece of candy, but I do believe in keeping these types of snacks to a minimum. He has skim milk in the mornings and sometimes with a meal but water the rest of the day. This is not to say that he can have a snack whenever he wants, but when it's snack time he can have it outdoors or in the playroom. I just want him to keep moving!
I've always planned the meals and recently went back to the way I did them before we became so scheduled.
I'd have her eat 3 normal meals a day, take away all juice, and pre-measure milk for the day in a pitcher each morning (to use on cereal, cups, recipes for dd). I'd make sure she had no fruit snacks or candy between meals and only water in her sippy cup between meals.
Regarding snacks - I would plan them in advance and have her sit at the table for them and keep them very small - a quarter sized piece of fruit and some fresh vegetables and a plain yogurt with some berries in it - make it 100 percent nutritious - skip granola bars and turkey sticks. But when she wants down, she is done until the next meal.
Imho, sitting at the table as a family is important so I would go with the 3 meals and very, very small snacks (2 a day).
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My family and some of my friends are always giving me grief because I let my 3 year old graze and snack and I don't make her sit down to 3 square meals. I mean all her snacks are healthy (fruit, granola bars, cheese, yogurt, veggies (she LOVES salad), turkey sticks, etc) and so I don't feel the need to make her sit down and eat 3 meals a day. Shouldn't we all be eating several small meals throughout the day? Am I really wrong in this situation?
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