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Old 04-05-2004, 03:38 PM   #1
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throwing fits

my first child is 17 months old and she was 3 months premature so she is a little bit behind. 3 months after i had her i got pregnet again with my second. at 6 months i went into premature labor and had to be in the hospital for a week. they told me i could not go home until i found other arangements for my other child because i was on bed rest. being a military family we were far fom anyone we knew so my oldest went home to live with my mother in law until i had the baby. my mother in law did nothing to try to get her off the bottle (which i am not blaming her for dont get me wrong she helped me in so many other ways.)

well now here we are 17 months and still dinking from a bottle. i try to get her to drink from a sippy cup and she does fine with that until i give my youngest a bottle. then she flips out. screaming, kicking, huge tears. i try not to give her the attention for the negitive things she is doing so she starts banging her head on everything really hard. she cut her lip on he couch she hit it so hard. sometimes she hits her head on her younger sisters head. i guess she is doing it because she gets my attention that way but i dont want her to hurt herself or her little sister , but i dont want her to drink from the bottle her whole life. when she starts banging her head she doesnt stop until i give her a bottle. i hold her head to prevent it from getting hurt but she fights against me. how can i stop this?

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Old 04-05-2004, 04:32 PM   #2
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Re: throwing fits

She is probably feeling a little bit of jealousy towards the new baby, which is normal. Then she sees you feeding the baby the bottle and wants to be fed too. Maybe you should take a break from trying to wean her for a week or two. It's hard for older siblings to transition to the new baby. Maybe you could let her "help" you feed the baby by holding the bottle with you. Also get her involved in helping you in other ways like getting you a diaper for the baby or a pacifier, etc. Then tell her what a big girl she is and what a great help she is. Keep talking about how big she is and eventually work into the conversation how big girls get to drink out of sippy cups. Maybe even take her to the store to pick out her own new sippy cup and make a big deal out of it... Don't know if this helps, but it might. Good luck!

Old 04-05-2004, 05:04 PM   #3
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Re: throwing fits

thankyou verry much for your reply. i will try that

Old 04-13-2004, 12:20 PM   #4
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rrsmom HB User
Re: throwing fits

Hi Pinkie, Just wondering how it's going with the bottle situation?

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