Though we’ve known it since he took his first steps nearly 2 months ago, Owen isn’t a baby anymore. He’s a toddler. And now that he’s officially 1 year old, I’m having a hard time clinging to the word baby. He’ll always be my baby, but he’s just SUCH a toddler these days that it’s time to call a spade a spade.
Pictures and videos of the birthday weekend to come. PROMISE. In the meantime I need to solicit advice from the wise moms of the world wide web. Because you guys know everything.
Here’s the deal. Now that Owen is 1 he can switch to drinking cow’s milk instead of formula. Woo hoo! Mama needs a new pair of shoes! That will certainly help the budget 🙂 I really didn’t think he would have an issue with the switch to milk, since he isn’t too picky about what is in his bottle (he went from breastmilk to formula easily, and even drank the disgusting hypoallergenic formula without much of a fuss). And he’s been drinking his formula cold for awhile to prepare for this transition. But one thing Owen is quite attached to is his bottle. And now that he’s a big toddler he’s supposed to be working his way off of the bottle as well and transitioning to sippy cups. He’s totally comfortable with sippy cups with water, and drinking out of a big boy cup when I’m helping him hold it, so I didn’t think there would be a problem there either.
So I thought that it might be good to introduce the “milk in a sippy” as a totally new thing, and eliminate bottles and formula at the same time over the course of a few weeks. I tried giving him a sippy with milk at his normal bottle time a few times. No dice. I tried again with 1/2 milk and 1/2 formula in a sippy. He played with the sippy in his mouth, took a few glugs, and then gave the all done sign and hopped down to play. Hmm. Immediately my brain was in overdrive. “Oh no! He hates milk! Could he be allergic to it? We’ll have to try that toddler formula. Maybe it needs to be warmer? Is there something wrong with this cup?”. Blah blah blah. My patient and wise husband pointed out that it might be too many new things at once, and maybe we should go step by step to figure out which thing he was rejecting. Smarty pants.
So at the next bottle time I gave him half milk, half formula in his bottle. Glug, glug, glug. He downed it. It wasn’t the cow’s milk he was rejecting at all. It was the sippy. Though he drinks water from the very same sippy cup several times a day, he just preferred his regular old bottle (that is often held by mama!) for his bottle time. He’s quite capable; he just chooses not to use his skills if someone else is willing to hold the bottle for him. Huh. Another smarty pants in the family, eh?
After a few days of halfsies I switched to all milk in his bottles. Slurp, slurp, slurp. He didn’t bat an eyelash. So we’ve successfully switched to milk! Except for in his nighttime bottle, which I’m still doing a few ounces of formula mixed with milk to use up the formula we have left and also because I am nervous that he may get hungry overnight. That last fear is probably totally unfounded, since whole milk has a lot of yummy and filling fat. But what can I say, I’m a worrier! Anyway, one part of this whole toddler transition is down.
But now for switching to sippy cups. Any suggestions for things that I can do to get him to drink his milk from a sippy instead of the bottle? It seems like I should just go cold turkey and only offer sippies and he will get the idea. Right? But then a part of me doesn’t want to rush him. I mean, what’s the harm in using bottles for awhile longer? It’s not like he CAN’T drink out of a sippy. It’s just that he PREFERS bottles for his regular bottle times. And, ahem, I still kind of love cuddling him with his bottle and he prefers to run around the room when he has a sippy.
He’s still drinking about about 25 ounces of milk a day. And eating three square meals and 1 or 2 snacks a day. The kid is a vacuum cleaner. You know, except when he eats like a bird. And throws everything on the floor. Which happens sometimes, too. So maybe it’s easier to drink a full 6 ounces from a bottle? I don’t know.
I’m not terribly worried about this transition. I’m filing it under “things he won’t go to college doing” and letting it take its own course. But there has to be a reason that pediatricians encourage us to switch our babies to cups at around this age. I’ll be asking my doc about it at our 1 year appointment, but that isn’t for another 2 weeks.
Tips about switching from bottles to cups? Stories? Comments?