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hi all,

my lil girl is 16 months i dont know whether i should be concerned or not about a few things

1) she is still sleepin 12 hours at night and having 2x 2-3 hour sleeps a day.

2) she still has 2 cups of milk a day

3) she is barely eating

i would like to know is she sleeping too much for her age and is she having too much milk in a day which may be causing her to eat less.

please any advice will be appreciated
thanks

hi all,

my lil girl is 16 months i dont know whether i should be concerned or not about a few things

1) she is still sleepin 12 hours at night and having 2x 2-3 hour sleeps a day.

2) she still has 2 cups of milk a day

3) she is barely eating

i would like to know is she sleeping too much for her age and is she having too much milk in a day which may be causing her to eat less.

please any advice will be appreciated
thanks


Hi

12 hours overnight and 2 day sleeps is perfectly ok - it varies from child to child, both mine sleep 12 hours overnight (age 3 and 5) but both only slept once a day by 16 months for only 1 1/2 hours. I dont think what your DD is doing is out of the ordinary.

2 cups of milk does not sound excessive - but how many mls is it? If your DD is barely eating I would be concerned that it is too much milk for her, and too much milk can inhibit iron absorption so perhaps its time to cut the milk back to once a day and limit it to 250mls. Is it just cows milk or formula?

Is she otherwise well? Ie bright and happy and active when awake?

Hi

12 hours overnight and 2 day sleeps is perfectly ok - it varies from child to child, both mine sleep 12 hours overnight (age 3 and 5) but both only slept once a day by 16 months for only 1 1/2 hours. I dont think what your DD is doing is out of the ordinary.

2 cups of milk does not sound excessive - but how many mls is it? If your DD is barely eating I would be concerned that it is too much milk for her, and too much milk can inhibit iron absorption so perhaps its time to cut the milk back to once a day and limit it to 250mls. Is it just cows milk or formula?

Is she otherwise well? Ie bright and happy and active when awake?

thanks hun, she is having 2x 250 mls one when she wakes up and one when she goes to bed, otherwise she is perfectly healthy... i might have to cut out the morning bottle what do u think?

thanks hun, she is having 2x 250 mls one when she wakes up and one when she goes to bed, otherwise she is perfectly healthy... i might have to cut out the morning bottle what do u think?


Great plan, ditch the morning milk and offer her breakfast instead. Its amazing how much more they start eating when you cut back the milk smile From age 1-3 the calcium requirement is 500mg, 250mls of milk is 295mg so that's more than enough milk as long as she has calcium from other sources like cheese, yoghurt and some cereals contain calcium too.

Great plan, ditch the morning milk and offer her breakfast instead. Its amazing how much more they start eating when you cut back the milk smile From age 1-3 the calcium requirement is 500mg, 250mls of milk is 295mg so that's more than enough milk as long as she has calcium from other sources like cheese, yoghurt and some cereals contain calcium too.


thanks yeah she has other sources of calcium too
uve been a great help grin
Hi smile
Does your little girl seem well? Is she meeting her milestones? Are you still spoon feeding her or does she feed herself finger foods?
It does sound like alot of sleep especially compared to my ds(he's just over 1) who sleeps about 12 hours at night and then only has 1 nap of around 1 hr each day. But if she seems happy then it maybe that her body needs the extra sleep.
I think the 2 cups of milk are fine although if your concerned I would speak to your child health nurse or your doctor. How is her weight? Is she following her growth line on her chart? If she doesn't have much of an appetite maybe it maybe worth getting her checked out by your doctor. When do you give her the milk? If you are giving it immediately after meals it maybe that she's thinking it's easier to drink her milk than to eat.
Just saw your other post and thats a great idea to offer breakfast instead of a bottle. And thats great that she's otherwise healthy smile

Hi smile
Does your little girl seem well? Is she meeting her milestones? Are you still spoon feeding her or does she feed herself finger foods?
It does sound like alot of sleep especially compared to my ds(he's just over 1) who sleeps about 12 hours at night and then only has 1 nap of around 1 hr each day. But if she seems happy then it maybe that her body needs the extra sleep.
I think the 2 cups of milk are fine although if your concerned I would speak to your child health nurse or your doctor. How is her weight? Is she following her growth line on her chart? If she doesn't have much of an appetite maybe it maybe worth getting her checked out by your doctor. When do you give her the milk? If you are giving it immediately after meals it maybe that she's thinking it's easier to drink her milk than to eat.
Just saw your other post and thats a great idea to offer breakfast instead of a bottle. And thats great that she's otherwise healthy smile

yeah she is healthy, her weight has always been on the bigger side and she looks like she has thinned out abit. she has her milk as soon as she wakes and just before bed. i think i will drop her morning bottle or i will just give her abit after her breaky... worth a thought...we are seeing the health nurse in april so if i am still concerned i will bring it up with her and if i am worried before then i will see a doc
thanks grin

sounds perfectly normal to me. My little one is almost 16months and she still has about 13hours of sleep overnight and if we are home she will have 2 x 2.5-3 hour sleeps during the day. She loves to sleep and it isn't cause for concern when they are so active they don't stop the whole time they are awake. my now 3 year old was exaclty the same she still had 2 sleeps at this age and for a few hours each time. and still if i make her have a nap will have 1x 3 hour sleep

As for milk i can't really help my little ones refuse to drink milk but they do eat a lot. i would definately cut out the morning bottle and see how u go. even just offer a little sippy cup of milk with brekky and see how she goes

thanks hun grin
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