Bedtime snack

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Bedtime snack

Postby FestiveTidings » 04 Jul 2012, 18:35

What do you give your little ones as a bedtime snack (or supper as my mum calls it!)

It needs to be food based as Roo will only take breast milk. (not keen on others, would rather have water!)
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby eterna » 05 Jul 2012, 04:51

We offer either bread with butter or cheerios and a glass of milk. Nothing sugary or "snack"ish.

I always had cereal as a bedtime snack while growing up. I don't offer anything that is particularly attractive to make sure that if she wants it it's because she's actually hungry not just because she wants something she considers a treat.
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Re:Bedtime snack

Postby BigFlower » 05 Jul 2012, 05:23

Banana is the usual bedtime snack here if she asks for something. Or a slice of bread. Filling but not very exciting. I also have in my head that eating a banana makes you feel sleepy for some reason but I may just be making that up...
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby Ducky » 05 Jul 2012, 10:49

We don't do it as much now, but rice cakes and yoghurt here.
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby catkin » 05 Jul 2012, 11:38

Don't often need it any more, but he used to every day. generally a rice cake and a mug of warmed milk with cinnamon/nutmeg. I mention it as this was the first milk he would ever drink that wasn't mummy milk direct from source, until that point mouse would also only take water.
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby Agatha'sMama » 05 Jul 2012, 11:50

Hi Catkind, sorry to jump in but interested in this thread as I'm trying to find something to temp little miss away from breast milk at bedtime and she only has water to drink too, she is not at all impressed with the warmed cows milk offered so far!

So, just wondered, how do you warm your milk, and do you just put a sprinkle of spice in it? I'd thought about trying that next as it's the only way I would drink warm milk, but was worried I might be a bit heavy handed and overpower her tastebuds! (that said, she prefers her food spicer than me anyway, obviously takes after DH more!)
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby FestiveTidings » 05 Jul 2012, 18:48

I'm interested too catkind!

What quantities do you use?

And I've also heard that bananas help sleeping!
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby Agatha'sMama » 05 Jul 2012, 21:06

So, some sort of super irresistible banana / milk / cinnamon combo is what we need! ;)
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby catkin » 05 Jul 2012, 22:00

SugarFreeMama wrote:So, some sort of super irresistible banana / milk / cinnamon combo is what we need! ;)

Mmmmm sounds yummy! Proper milkshake.

We do half a small adult-sized mug of milk, zapped for 20s in the microwave so it's sort of body temp, with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg on. I don't drink milk and even I think it's tasty. I think the proper mug was critical too, cos it was like my mug of tea :) He wouldn't drink any kind of milk (expressed/formula/cows) from a sippy or a bottle.
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby FestiveTidings » 06 Jul 2012, 11:46

I may just try that tonight. Obviously I have to test it first before giving to Roo :-) Thank you!

I've been thinking banana milkshake too. A sleepy shake!
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby tubstersmummy » 06 Jul 2012, 12:04

I used to give DS1 porridge (oats meant to have same properties as banana I think) with cinnamon. Had a misguided theory that slow release carbs might get him through the night without waking ;). These days I give him yogurt or a piece of toast on the rare occasion he aks.
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby ceeLIN » 06 Jul 2012, 20:57

Bananas contain Tryptophan (sp?) which can induce sleep. I can't remember if oats also have it, the only other one i can remember is turkey!
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby Agatha'sMama » 07 Jul 2012, 08:23

I'll try the banana first, save the turkey shake for a last resort!
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby FestiveTidings » 07 Jul 2012, 18:49

SugarFreeMama wrote:I'll try the banana first, save the turkey shake for a last resort!


Lol :-D
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Re: Bedtime snack

Postby OnlyAGinger » 12 Jul 2012, 00:55

on Dr. Oz the other day: 4 things for deep sleep (5 were recommended, but 4 worth sharing (other was some Mexican alcoholic beverage)) - 30 min to 1 hr b/4 bed: 1. tart cherries (whole or juice) 2. Scottish oats 3. pumpkin seed powder (can combine w/ applesauce to make more edible) 4. dandelion leaves - sauteed w/ dinner.
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