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Toby, aged 12 months, eating and sleeping problems

We desperately need help with our son who is sleeping very badly, drinking far too much milk and not eating his solids. We have tried different strategies but it seems to be a downward spiral and we really need help.

I desperately need guidance and help to get him to eat a good amount and sleep through the night. We have followed the Gina Ford routines from birth until six months but things have fallen apart since then with his eating and thus his sleeping. I'm at the point now that I'm terrified that I am either starving him or giving him too much milk. He is very active and does not stop crawling around at a run. He has managed to sleep through less than 10 times.

When he was six months he refused repeatedly (for almost a couple of
weeks) to be spoon fed so he went straight to finger foods. I do try and
spoon now and then but he will take one spoonful about once a week from
me. He is determined to feed himself, either through fingers or using a
spoon himself. I have tried to use food choices advised by Gina (e.g. a protein lunch, carbohydrate tea) and adapt some of the Gina recipes to finger foods, so Bolognese is made with mince in big lumps. Toby doesn't eat a lot compared to his friends who are spoon fed. Some meals he will not eat anything. He also has too much milk during the day and night which must be having an impact but I don't know how to break the cycle.

I did not try to get him to sleep through from an early age as my husband
gets up in the morning at 5.30am and it was important for him to get some
sleep so I would feed Toby rather than let him cry. At present he is waking
at around midnight for a feed and often at 3am, followed by a short feed
at 5.30am. He sleeps very well during the day, with 15-20 minutes at the morning nap and two hours 10 minutes lunchtime nap. He won't however go down two and half hours after the morning nap (he cries for up to an hour). I now put him down three hours which is very successful but messes up the afternoon. I am worried about starting sleep training without guidance as I'm not sure if he is truly hungry or not. Please could you help as we are not coping?


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