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How to get my 2.5 year old to sleep & eat

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ok I have 4 children. 9, 7, 5, and 3 (in November). From the time the baby was about 1.5 he would only wake up once at about 3 for a bottle of milk. Our routine used to consist of the older children outside with dad while I get the baby settled in (this was for no distractions). He would get a bath and then I would rock him about 30 min (just as a wind down period he wouldn't go to sleep). Then I would lay him down in his crib (With the tv on) between 7:30 and 8;00 and he would go right off to sleep within 20 min no complaining. over the last 4 or 5 months it's getting worse. Now I can't get him to sleep before 10;30 and daycare said he only sleeps about 20 min at nap time. About every 2 weeks we will wake up about 3:00 and not go back to sleep until 6 or 6:30 in the morning but still back up at 7:00 ready to go. He gets cranky, whiny and sleepy but refuses to sleep. The problem is school is starting back and I have to get older children back into a routine but the baby is making this impossible. I also need me time and alone time with my husband. The other issue i'm having is he will not eat. He ate baby food as an infant but when I switched to stage three baby food with chunks in it he started refusing food. The only thing he will eat is cereal, chips, popcorn, pop tarts, crackers, cookies, cakes, yogurt, bread and a gallon of milk a day. If you try to give him normal food he will literally run away and hide. Please help. My other children aren't like this. What do I do??

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Given the nature and severity of these issues, you should talk to your pediatrician. Get a referral to a behavioral specialist who can test your son for sensory and other issues.
It may be a phase, my daughter went a whole year only eating strawberries and chicken nuggets. If your really worried talk to your pediatrician, she/he might be able to help.I reccommend talking to a behavioral specialist if this goes on more than a few months.
Well, I took son to his ped yesterday. As far as eating he said if he wont eat normal food don't feed him (within reason ofcourse). He said that when he gets hungery enough he will eat. Also that if he (the ped) drank a gallon of milk a day he wouldn't be hungery either. Also after 45 mins in the office with the dr and many questions and watching my son dr said I have a child with ADHD who doesn't need a lot of sleep. But right now there's nothing to do but try and stick to the same routine I've been doing. It's just going to be hard on the entire family. I have read so many things about ADHD (I have ADD not ADHD I'm not hyperactive). It amazes me how people can not believe in it and say that it's the parenting. I have 4 children and the oldest is so quite you don't know she's around the middle two are a little more active but no more than a typical 5 year old girl and 7 year old boy. All are very well behaved and well mannered. Just not the baby. However he does say please thank you yes sir and yes maam. Which is more than most parents get their children to do.
Just read postsounds mean. I meant don't feed him junk not don't feed him at all.

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