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#1 of 4 Old 09-10-2002, 01:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I tried posting this under Nightwaking, but didn't get much of a response. I hear a lot of people talking about giving their kids a bedtime snack to help tide them over until the morning. What are your kids' favorite bedtime snacks? What fills their bellies? My DD is 15 months and nursing to sleep, and we're working on nightweaning.

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When I was growing up I always called them bednight snakes (typo intended). It is a must for my son (and for me for that matter). He (we) usually have dried fruit, his favorite is mango. Sometimes he want a small bit of cheese and bread. Very often we have grapes. Sometimes he also likes warm milk, cold juice or water (but he is in the process of weaning himself so this may not apply to you--I have tea). I usually put the snacks in a cup with a handle and he eats them while reading bedtime stories and generally winding down to sleep. The idea is something not to messy. When I finally figure out he was just like me (bednight snack requirement), he slept a lot better.
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I have read, and it works for my kids, that protein is a must in a bedtime bedtime snack-like cheese and crackers or peanut butter with something. The protein fills them up and fills them for longer but they wake up ready for a good breakfast. Gosh, i wish I could remember where I read the article-it sounds slightly lame the way I just wrote it, but there is an actual biological reason for giving protein before bed! Whatever it is, it works for us and they feel much more satisfied than if the have just crackers or something similar.
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I gave DD a piece of cheese- her favorite snack- last night, but she slept terribly. I think it was the teeth, not the cheese, though. Yeah, protein sounds like a good idea.
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