Hi all! Il hoping to get some advice on my almost 17month old DD2.
Since dropping from two naps to one nap we have gone from catnapping to one lovely long nap that is usually 2-3 hours long. This nap is wonderful as far as getting the housework in order (and a cuppa and a daily dose of some trashy TV) but is has left me struggling with feeding her properly which sounds stupid, but I just can't seem to get 3 proper 'meals' into her.
There's a few issues that contribute to this. One is she isn't much of a breakfast eater. So she'll usually just play with her toast or fling her cereal and then she'll ask for her banana at around 10ish. I have tried offering banana at breakfast time or cereal at 10, doesn't work. Has to be nar-nar at 10 only, no alternatives. So that's breakfast out the window, can I count a 10am banana as breakfast?
Also, we have kinder for DD1 3 times a week so drop off at 9am and pick up at 2pm. This means DD2's nap needs to fit in between this, she goes to bed at 11am and sleeps til 1:30 usually. This means she is too full from her banana at 10am to eat lunch before nap time and after nap time ill be lucky to get her to nibble on a sandwich in the car to pick up DD2. If I left it til after I get home she wouldn't be eating lunch til 2:30!!!
I can't move her nap forward, I've tried that.
So being the awful mother that I am, I've allowed her to eat banana for breakfast, sometimes sandwich or piece of cheese and crackers for lunch, snack food such as sweet rice cakes, yoghurt or a kids muesli bar for afternoon tea and then she'll usually eat a huge dinner (same as, if not more than her older sister).
Oh and she has 2 breast feeds a day, one at waking up (sometimes she refuses this and still won't have breakfast) and one at night before bed.
Sometimes she'll have a bit of cows milk in a sippy cup as I read her a book before her nap.
Any ideas on how I can do this better? And good breakfast ideas that I could try? Is she eating enough? (She is tiny, 25th percentile for weight, average for height).
Any advice would be most welcome!