Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fourth Meal?

So, as you know, I'm always embarking on some part of my continuous journey to get LM to sleep....sleep better, sooner, more solidly, enough to keep me sane after over a year of crappy sleep etc etc.

Recently, TH was on daddy duty while I went to a panel for incoming parents next year. I came home shortly before bedtime and LM was in his high chair going to town on some ham. Apparently, he was fussy so instead of assuming it might be time to wind down for bed, he fed him. AND....because why not...LM went immediately to sleep after his bedtime bottle and slept all night. TH is quite proud of himself of course and insisted it was the snack. Since LM does get cranky bananas for dinner around 5-530, I conceded it was possible he might be a bit hungry. So, we kept giving him a little snack a bit before bed---mostly proteins. And he slept really really well.

Now, it's not perfect by any means...we've had a few bad nights that may have been chalked up to not really much of a snack just as much as it could've been teeth, nap issues etc. But--since I'm superstitious, if it works, I repeat it until it doesn't. BUT--like all things that I feel like could be habit-forming....I worry.

I worry that by encouraging this very "fourth meal" habit, he'll either become dependent on it or fat. And--is it really a good idea for a snack that time of night to be ham or string cheese slices? Or, like the other night when we were eating our own dinner around this time, some pork bbq. Am I screwing this kid up? Will he be that college dude who has to hit up "the bell" late at night because he can't sleep without a full belly? Add to this that one of my pet peeves about my SIL and her kids is that they snack ALL THE TIME, and graze at meals as a result. Super fun on's always time to stop for a snack.

Thoughts on "snacks" as a fourth meal?


  1. i think at this age it's good to let them eat whenever they are hungry, including just before bed. you are so lucky you have a good eater, it is IMPOSSIBLE to get my daughter to eat much of anything, ever. i swear, i don't even know what she sustains herself on, it's very frustrating.

  2. I don't think you should worry too much on it becoming a bad habit. I know it's hard now, but he will eventually sleep through the night all the time. Eating before bed at his age probably won't make him fat. They have fast motabilism and are very active throughout the day. By your one year update it doesn't sound like he is over weight, the extra calories might not be that bad for him. Don't worry, you're doing a great job :)

  3. Just dropping by to let you know that I'm thinking of you and that I hope all is well!


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