3yr old Sneaking Food and Candy

My 3yr old has been sneaking food and candy. She will go to the kitchen in the middle of the night when we are sleeping or she will wake up early. She knows how to move chairs around and climb onto the counters and get into the cabinets. She will eat anything sweet she can get her hands on. She will also eat half of about 5 apples. She will get other random food and eat it was well. We feed her plenty of food, we even leave food out for her. All she has to do is ask and she can have something else or more. I am not sure why she is sneaking food or what to do to stop it.

Has anyone experienced this before?

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4Katie
    03/06/14
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    4Katie
    She will hid the apples and we find them in not such fun places.
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    03/06/14
    4Katie
    I would rather not have to put locks on the cabinets. She is my third child and my first two never did anything like this. I am just not sure what to think. She is my high maintenance, high strung, everything has to be her way child.
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    03/06/14
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    03/06/14
    4Katie
    Leave any kind of treat where she can reach it will disappear in a matter of hours, even in the middle of the night. You can find her with a messy face and hands and see the mess she made while eating. She knows it is wrong and she says sorry but will do it again anyway.
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      03/06/14
      my daughter does that too.. She is four. She is also the type of kid who could eat all day and night if you let her. Not sure why.. It scares me though. I don't want her to hide n forget about food she took. Then have my two year old find it and eat it thinking its good but it's spoiled now.. I also am a huge worry wart on weight, not so much the kids as I am mine. But I get super scared weight is going to get out of hand sense she can eat all day long n still sneak food. Yes she is young n probably growing.. But this is not a good habit. Just wanted you to no ur not alone. Lol I'm dealing with it also
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      03/06/14
      4Katie
      Yes, my daughter will eat all day and night too. She eats more than any of us do.
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        03/07/14
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        03/07/14
        4Katie
        She eats dinner right before she goes to bed.
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          03/07/14
          I don't think putting bells or locks on anything is the way.. that makes her feel she's doing something more wrong.. I would almost do the total opposite.. let her have full access to the food (remove candy and sugar completely) and when you find a wrapper or an apple, CASUALLY say, "you love apples.. they're so goof for you, but they go INTO the trash when we are done ok?"

          I would see if YOUR behavior changed hers first... she feels a need to hide it for some reason, maybe she 's ashamed that she is still hungry.. and at 3 sometimes things just taste good..

          I would FIRST make sure that what she has access to is not candy and chips, etc.. but crackers, and fruit and healthy isn type things... and then let her go to it... OR when you catch her, just Nicely and matter of factly say, "I see you got hungry, just come get me first please".. and then let it go.. be almost chipper about it.. try NOT to be made or punish her.. something is going on...

          Locking things or putting bells on things to me, makes them feel shame.. and that they're wrong... I would also contact the pediatrician... just to be sure.. maybe it's a sleep walking type things...
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            03/08/14
            4Katie
            She sneaks during the day too. She got crackers and lollipops last night. She knew she did it and knew it was wrong. She tried to hide the wrappers.
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