Join Date: Jun 2006
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So you would think after 4 kids I would know this stuff by now. But this is my first baby that has gotten formula and my first baby to get a bottle. My other kids were all better eaters as well. So it gets complicated.
Right now - he is almost exclusively formula fed via bottle. He does get some solids. While he does eat a wide variety of foods, he eats very little of them. He is very active and very distractable and just doesn't want to take the time to eat. For example, this morning I gave him some melon for breakfast - he took 2 bites, played with it a little then refused to eat more. I gave him a bottle afterwards and he guzzled it right down and then went off to play.
As we move into his first birthday I want to obviously get him off the formula and onto milk, but I really don't want milk to be the mainstay of his diet. So I need to find a way to get him to eat more.
Secondly, I also want to start moving him off the bottle and into a cup. None of my kids ever had a bottle, and I hate seeing toddlers on a bottle - so it is getting to be time. I have given him a cup a few times but he has no interest in it.
Finally, right now he goes to sleep with a bottle more often than not. I know this is a bad habit, but I had always nursed my kids to sleep. I need to help break him of this habit as well, but he has never been a great sleeper (back to that "too busy" issue) so don't really know how to. I have tried giving him a bottle of water instead, but he just gets mad.
Obviously I know I can't do all these things at once, but I need to start thinking about how to do them.
Obviously my 4th baby was sent to teach me a lot..