My dh, 9 yo dd, and I went vegan a week ago. For the most part it's going great, we are all really happy with the change and committed to it. Our 9 yo dd pretty much motivated us to make this change, it was her idea.
She is an excellent eater, she loves beans, tofu, vegetables, fruit, nuts, non dairy milks... really the only foods she was ever picky about were certain meats, cheeses, pickles and saurkraut. So, overall I have no problem feeding her.
I have a lot of foods available to her and she's allowed to eat whenever she's hungry, no restrictions. I've noticed she's eating more often throughout the day, and that's fine. She is still eating plenty at meal times.
Despite all of this, and despite a snack right before bed, she is waking up hungry in the middle of the night. We give her bedtime snacks with protein and fat but it hasn't seemed to help much.
Is this just an adjustment thing that will go away? Before going vegan we ate a standard american diet with plenty of meat, cheese and fat. We ate a lot of fast food, actually.
Anyone have any experience with this?