is it a dislike of the food or not having time to eat

Rebecca - posted on 12/01/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my two year and 5 months old does not like taking proper meals like lunch and dinner on most occassions she would rather sleep without dinner and take two bottles of formula during the night ...How do i make her to be taking her meals and that she stops taking the formula?

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Valerie - posted on 12/01/2009

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i am confused are you talking about a baby and a toddler or just a toddler...if just a toddler i would stop the formula and slowly cut back on bottles by offering a sippy cup. perhaps you could go to the store and pick out a fun cup together to start the process...what do you consider proper meals? peerhaps there are some suggestions we could make there if we knew more...

Brandi - posted on 12/01/2009

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At her age she shouldnt' be drinking formula at all. She should Not be drinking from a bottle either. I would offer her a sippy cup at mealtimes. She should get 3 meals and a snack PERIOD. If she doesn't want what is offered, then she doesn't get ANYTHING until the next meal/snack. I have been doing this with my kids since they were about 1 or just before and they are both very healthy eaters. They also know not to ask me for anything if it isn't meal or snacktime as I will tell them no, we are eating "whatever" soon and they can have that then. She is probably using the nighttime bottles as a way to maintain control over her eating schedule (which she should have NO control over that yet). Set the rules and follow thru. She'll get the picture soon enough.

Kate - posted on 12/01/2009

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Oh sorry, I think i'm going to sound really harsh now, but at her age she probably shouldn't be waking for a feed during the night. I would try and cut down to one bottle over a couple of weeks and then refuse apart from a drink of water if she wakes during the night. She needs to understand daytime / night time difference. Sorry if this isn't what you wanted to hear. But this would make her eat and drink properly during the day, and then sleep through the night..... Maybe??

Wishing you all the best x

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