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Ella hasn't had her daily nap for well over a week now. I've tried everything to get her to sleep but she fights it. She's nearly 18months now and runs around like a loony, climbs everywhere and must be exhausted but she doesn't seem to sleep enough... Has anyone else experienced this?
Also i'm not sure if i'm feeding Ella too much or too little really and was wondering if any of you had any advice. She is very tall for her age and the HV seems fine about her weight especially as i told her she eats alot of fruit and veg and i only allow her chocolate or crisps on rare occassions.

Here's an example of what she will have in a day. I've given two different sets to show the varity.

morning. porridge/cereal or one piece of wholemeal bread toasted and a cup of tea
mid morning. a piece of fruit and juice
lunch (depending on the time and who is looking after her.) omelette or a sandwich or chicken bits and juice
dinner tuna/chicken pasta and veg or steamed fish and mash/veg and a petit filou for afters.
night time drink of max milk about 9oz.


Feb. 24th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say that it really isn't recommended that you give a child of her age cups of tea. The caffeine can inhibit iron absorbtion and from what I remember reading they shouldn't be allowed it until the age of around 5. Would be better to give her some diluted orange juice (vit c helps with iron absorbtion) or some milk.

As for sleeping I'd keep offering her the chance to have a nap or some quiet time cuddling up with you but if she really doesn't want it then don't get too stressed out about it. As other people have said, she'll probably just want to go to bed a bit earlier in the evenings :-)
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Feb. 24th, 2007 10:28 am (UTC)
tis definitely one of those things where they say one thing and then reccomend another... as you said it's about your own decisions... i didn't know that tea was bad for a kiddie so i've learnt something new lol
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Feb. 24th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Hahah well it has been known that she'll sit cuddling clyde with her cup in one hand, usually pouring it on him ;x while watching tv...

which btw apparently children under 3's shouldn't watch any telly at all cos yep.... it's bad for them
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
I remember seeing that thing about children under 3 and tv, what a brilliant way to make mums feel even more guilty! Figure everything in moderation so whilst I wouldn't sit a child infront of the tv for hours at a time, sitting down to watch something quietly and then talking with their parent about it afterwards could actually be helpful for both parent and child. Surely these researchers have better things to do??
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
well Ella's 17 months, has been walking since she was ten months, is very active and she can say well over 75words and associate them with things and she often points at the telly and says cat, dog, red, tamber etc. She's allowed to watch a couple of hours but generally she only sits there for a little while watching then goes off to play so it's there in the background :) So pah to the researchers and their guilt :P
I think these researchers just like to get big grants so they aim at these kinds of things
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
HeHe I am 27 and still have baby tea.... or as Dave describes it "hot water knocked stupid" lol!
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Feb. 25th, 2007 09:02 am (UTC)
I saw you post something along those lines the other week... I don't think i had any time to comment on it or maybe i did... but yep one minute it's ooo don't eat too much fish during pregnancy, then ooo eat lots of fish you'll get a brainy baby.
I was talking to my mum about the tea thing she replied... well i brought you three up fine and there's certainly nothing wrong with Ella. That got us talking about the whole formula/bf debate etc and how forumla mum's are made to feel guilty.
She said you're her mum you do what you think is right... and i believe that you always know what's right for your child ...
LoL @ jam sarnies and ribena... those were the good old days
Feb. 25th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
I don't drink tea anymore :( I stopped drinking it when i was pregnant, had a few cups after Elles was born and then went off it again... We just scare the water with the tea bag to be honest lol it's dip waggle and that's it.
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:29 am (UTC)
caffeine was the first thing that came to mind, I blame my pregnancy brain! I just put the recommendation down in my head as "no tea/coffee" and didn't fully remember the reason why. That said my little girl is happy with milk, water or juice so it's never been something we felt the need to try her with
Feb. 24th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)
to be totally honest my mum started giving her the tea. i've been working full time and unfortunately although i've banned sweeties/choccie etc and asked the carers to give her fruit etc i can't 'police' them as i don't wish to offend :)
Thanks for the heads up about the reccomendation although they're always changing their mind about these things aren't they.
Feb. 24th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
My Mum wanted to give Abbie tea for ages and I kept saying no, then I finally said ok let her try it. She hated it :p


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