Hi. My son has just turned 12 months. He is an incredibly active and energetic little guy with a beautiful charming and engaging disposition. He has met all milestones. However, he has NEVER slept through the night (some nights he wakes every hour) and he refuses to eat any food that has not been pureed first. His weight gain, from the day he was born, has always been slow. He is still breast fed.

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Amie - posted on 02/10/2009

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Remember, he's getting everything he needs from Mama's milk! So, nutritionally, he's fine. Some other finger foods that have worked well for us are avocado (cubed) and very firm tofu (also cubed). As for the sleep, I'm in the same boat. We night-weened our oldest by giving Daddy the night shift for a few nights, and it worked pretty well. So, we are starting to do the same with the 13 m.o. I just push back the feedings an hour or two per week. There's a LOT of crying the first night or two, but IMHO there's a big difference between leaving your kid alone to CIO and attempting to comfort your crying child in the loving arms of a parent.

Jana - posted on 02/10/2009

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He sounds just like my daughter.  She didn't sleep through the night until 15 months when I weaned her from breastfeeding.  As for the food, just keep doing what your doing he eat chunckier foods when he is ready.  My daughter loved eating puffed cereal/fruit snacks or chewing on zwieback toast. She really got into the chewing action when I gave her pieces of really ripe fruit, pears, blueberries, really ripe melon.  Her weight gain was/is also very slow, but her doctor isn't concerned so I just kept giving her healthy foods and each day she ate a little more.  Now at 17 months she eats like a champ. 

Anna - posted on 02/10/2009

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honestly, breastfed kids take longer to take to true solids... try giving finger foods, cheerios & what not. as long as he is eating a well balanced diet, i wouldnt stress it too much, but would slowly make the puree chunkier and chunkier.



My son did not sleep through the night until he was 18 months old, & even now at 22 months, he might still wake occasionally. I would recommend the book "the no-cry sleep solution"...once your son learns to fall alseep on his own, he is less likely to need you to fall back asleep. 



 



breastfeeding is recommended by the american academy of pediatrics and the WHO until at least 2...so great job!

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