I have a couple of questions for all of you mamas with toddlers... My girls are quickly losing interest in their bottles and seem to prefer solid foods instead. The problem? The pediatrician said they should still be taking about 20-24 ounces of milk per day. I'm not too worried about the numbers-they barely took 24 ounces at their peak of dependence on the bottle-but they are hardly taking 10-12 ounces some days!
Here's how their daily eating pattern goes now: They get a bottle when they wake up (they usually take at least 4-5 of the 6 ounces I fix), and this one is not much of a problem. They get breakfast (baby food, usually..sometimes cinammon toast if I'm eating it) around 9:00. Then, sometime between 10:30 and noon, they get a second bottle, of which they might take 3 ounces. Around 1:00 or so, they get lunch (a veggie and yogurt), then another bottle about 4:00. How much they take at 4:00 varies, but it is one of the better bottles of the day, and they will occasionally take up to 5 ounces or so. They eat solids again around 6:00, then get a bottle before bed at 6:45-7:00...of which they eat almost none (seriously, like an ounce or two). I realize that's a lot of food toward the end of the day, but I don't know how to better divide it. They have not figured out the sippy cups yet, or I would try giving them a little in their sippy cup with their solids. Should I try that anyway, using their bottles?
Tell me, how did your babies' mealtimes look around this age? How did you make sure they got enough milk once they started eating more solids? I'm open to any suggestions or advice!!