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At her WBV she was 31.5 inches long, 25 pounds and her head was 14.5 around. The Dr said she was a "rock star". I have been advised by many DR's or friends or even the day care lady to drop the bottle and get her used to the sippy cup for all milk or juice. Limit juice to only about 4 ounces a day. Reason, it's harder to break after 15 months anyway and they will take to the sippy cup better (we use the Nuby ones as she didn't like others!) with out the bottle involved. Right now we only have a bed time bottle!

She can typically got 3-4 hours between eating. She eats a lot at one feeding. Like I said in the original post, 8-10 ounces of food at one sitting. Even after dinner last night she had 9 ounces of food and when we were eating she will stand next to you and eat more of your food too.....

So what I have been doing is this:

Wake up and with in about 15-30 minutes we have "breakfast" which is typically 8-10 ounces of food with her sippy of whole milk. Then if hungry sooner than later - we have veggie puffs or something small. Then for "lunch" we have 8-10 ounces of food with again the sippy cup of milk and then shortly after then (depending on the poopies) we have a nap that typically lasts 2.5-3 hours long (3 hours on a really good day). When we get up - we eat food (only about 4 ounces) or have a larger snack. This is where I have the most trouble. She could eat more at times and others would rather be walking around playing/exploring.....then at "dinner" we have again 8-10 ounces of food (every time this just depends on how hungry she is and how much she will eat before she pushes it away and doesn't want anymore or feeding her becomes a challenge!) along with the sippy cup of whole milk.

Before bed, it's 6-7 ounces of milk mixed with formula (we still have some left) and off to bed she goes and will sleep for about 10-12 hours.

So - the DR has said, if she will eat more food - great, give it to her. The juice limit to 4 ounces a day, (I guess they don't want them getting to used to juice amd rejecting milk- makes sense to me!). I do leave the milk out for a while and she will continue to drink off of it and if she finishes it - I will fill it up with more. She is in the 90% for everything, head, weight and length. She is doing good and when she was born she was 7 pounds 14 ounces, 21 inches long. So she has grown 10.5 inches over the past year and tripled her birth weight which is all normal and good signs - just what the DR's want to see. So clearly what we are doing is OK, I don't want to feel I am starving her because at times she seems more hungry and I thought that others might be able to advise as to what they are doing with theirs too - it ALWAYS helps to see what others are doing. in fact, I have taken a lot of others advice to heart and used it because it has worked for us. I tried every sippy cup every made until some one talked about the Nuby ones on another thread some time ago....she LOVES those....I had to buy another.

Trust me if she is hungrier than normal - we will sit back down in her highchair and try eating more. But she is always drinking from her sippy cup in between also, so that is good too. The DR said to keep offering her milk in the sippy - eventually she will drink from it all the time and forgo the bottle. So far, so good. At night is really only her security bottle - but bed time is so important, I don't want to pull that one just yet. I do know that she will sleep through the night with out it anyway....she has already. But - for now, it's OK. Kind of like her pacifier.....

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