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At what age did you start your kids in daycare? I started mine at 19 months, 2 weeks back but doubting my decision. They allow 30 mins for lunch and that’s definitely not enough time for her to finish her meal considering she just learnt how to eat. She is coming hone with barely touched meals and is starting to lose weight. Am curious if I started her too early. Thoughts?

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Whoa - that’s not good. Definitely an issue with that daycare and not daycare in general. My daughter doesn’t always finish her lunch (or breakfast or dinner at home...), but she has snacks and they give her extra snacks that we provide so she’s not hungry.

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Daycare is a big transition especially if they haven’t been there as a baby and it’s totally new. My kids have been in great daycares and I don’t remember how long they allocated for lunch but managing multiple toddlers for prep, meal time, and clean up is still a balancing act. They weren’t setting a timer, but there was definitely a routine and a flow to the daily schedule to ensure they got play, rest, activities, nutrition etc. I don’t think 30 mins is necessarily the issue. If it’s barely touched that means she is spending 30 mins not eating, I can understand why they’d move on. My kids go through phases where they eat less at lunch and it’s because they’re socializing and run out of time (and did this as toddlers too). My son never finished his lunch one year and then the next year I packed small lunches and the teacher asked me to pack more because he was getting hungrier. Agree with the above recommendations to offer snacks, maybe ask for an extra 5 mins for her to sit before or after everyone else, but also keep in mind it takes a few weeks to adjust to daycare. Obviously listen to your gut if you feel like something is seriously wrong, but if you talk to them and have visited, and feel like they do take care and have your child’s best interest in mind, then maybe give it time and offer extra breakfast and dinner.

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You need a better daycare. Imagine setting a timer in kids eating.

Yea, either speak to daycare about more help for her to eat her food/ more time/ extra snacks to make up for food not eaten or find another daycare. I can’t imagine putting a timer on my 2.5year old to eat. Some days it takes us an hour easy. Also, she started daycare 2 months ago at 2.3 and it took us about 3-4 weeks for her to eat well at daycare. It’s a new environment so sometimes they just won’t eat. I think the first step is to speak to daycare and come up with a plan

This is an issue specific to your daycare. My kid is a grazer and eats literally all day (every daycare pic of her week get has a yougurt, or cheese, or toast or something in it). Daycare is helping us transition her to eating more full meals but they aren’t doing it by starving her, that’s absurd.

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