Posted by: Sam | 2011/06/20


Poor eater

Dear Doc

My daughter is 2 and a half years old, and weighs 13kg. She has never been a particularly good eater, but I am lead to believe that her weight is normal for her age.

She attends creche from 8am to 12pm. She wakes up at about 6am, and has about 150ml of milk. The problem then is that she is not " hungry"  for breakfast by 7am (we leave home at about 7:15am). The snack time at school is 9:30am, but it is not possible to send say pronutro / cereal for snack time (finger snacks are more practical).

She has another bottle at 12:30, and another one at 7pm. Should I cut down on her milk (say the morning bottle) and rather give her a proper " breakfast"  in the mornings?

Also, I tried to give her some milk in a normal cup the other evening, and she refused it. She wants it in the traditional baby bottle! How do I overcome this problem?

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



You are correct, your daughter's weight is absolutely normal for her age, so whatever she is eating or drinking seems to be adequate for her. It would still be better if she ate a healthy breakfast before leaving for the creche.
Do not worry too much about her preference for her bottle still.Let her continue for a while and then try her on the cup again. Make a fuss about her being a big girl if she tries to drink from the cup but do not put too much pressure on her at this stage. She is sure to give the bottle up when she is ready.

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