Approximate Food Consumption of my 16-Month-Old Son

A rough estimate of how much food my son eats when compared to other things that consume food.  Click to enlarge.

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  1. Same here. Except I also have a three-year-old son who is just below “blue whale.” I’m going to need three jobs to feed them.

  2. Just wait girls….in about 15 months they’ll drop back under “people fasting” and you will long for the days when they’d eat!

    • Soooooooo true. My youngest eats a decent meal about every third day. Other than that he grazes.

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    there is a missing entry, just past blue whale. 16yo son. that entry can drink 3 gallons of milk a week. and that’s just milk….

  4. My 5 and 7 year olds eat so much that if I follow the trendline to it’s natural resolution, they’re dietary needs are going to lead to a global food shortage within the next 10 years.

  5. Yes, exactly the same for my 3 year old and my 11 year old. The 4 and 8 year old are normal person range…for now. But you have to eat fast or big brother will offer to “finish it off” for you! I have no idea how we’ll survive the teenage years!

  6. I wish my 16th month old ate that much!! He falls somewhere on the spectrum between “birds” and that woman from your old job (who btw must have switched jobs and now works with me because I share an office with her).

  7. We have a 4 year old, a 2 year old a 1 year old. Last night we managed to demolish a meal the recipe claimed was for 8 people and still have room for pudding.

    Scarily, this is not an isolated incident. Nor are any of us fat.

  8. My kids only eat like that when we go out anywhere. Especially if the food is grossly overpriced.

  9. I’m not sure how it works anywhere else, but in the Kingdom, the Little Prince (15 months) doesn’t sit still for his meals. So, my hypothesis is he eats as much as he does (closer to the blue whale range of things) because he is burning off the calories terrorizing the cats, the house, the neighborhood and anyone else foolish enough to wander into his territory as fast as we can trail along shoving bits of food into his mouth.
    Somehow, though, we don’t seem to be burning any calories in the process, which is odd. And, since we have zero time to sit down and eat our own meals it is an interesting twist of physics that we are gaining weight…

  10. I can definitely relate to this as the dad of a 15 month old. Sometimes I think that he’s on a mission to consume the equivalent of his own body weight in blueberries.

  11. Oh my goodness, YES! Nailed on the head!! My son is just turning one, and it was about two weeks ago when it suddenly occurred to me that I would actually need to start ordering food for him off the menu instead of trying to just shove the free bread down his throat and call it a day. Then at mealtimes he sucks down the little fruit puree pouches with the efficiency of a Dyson. Meanwhile, he is only ever interested in eating what I am eating, even if what I am eating is the exact same thing he is eating. And finally, he only wants to drink La Croix. None of that flat water for my son. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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