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Introducing the (Cows) Milk Cup

I have a post coming that will talk about Coen at 12 months, what he's doing and then it will hit on any other point that I haven't already covered in these updates.

But, another point that was talked about at Coen's 12 month appointment was cows milk.  I was a little nervous about the introduction of this, along with many other things that happen at 12 months, but we were here, so we had just leap forward and do it.  With that said, the dr. said to just start cutting his bottle with 1/4 milk to 3/4 formula and basically work on that until the bottle is all milk.  At 12 months, they are only supposed to drink Vitamin D milk or Whole milk, so we went out and bought it and started it the next day. 

He's taking to it great.  At first, you could tell that he could tell a difference, but now he's getting used to it. He doesn't care for a cold bottle, either, so we've had to warm the bottles up when they are mainly milk because they are just too cold for him to gulp down.

We understand that we need to wean bottles in general and we're working on that too.  Right now, he takes a bottle in the morning around 9am before his morning nap, then again around 2pm before his afternoon nap and then his last bottle of the day is around 7:30pm before he hits the hay about 8:30pm.  Just a few weeks ago, we were doing a morning bottle (around 4am) and then all of the other bottles in-between.

We're going to work on gradually replacing milk/formula bottles with just milk bottles and then from there, we're going to replace the bottle with a snack.  I can imagine that this will go fairly smoothly, but I fear the last bottle of the day might be a little more trouble.  We'll see, but we can only hope that it will go well.

When did you cut bottles out of your child's routine, totally?


Sassytimes said…
Awe, he's growing up. Sigh.

Kids are surprising when it comes to letting go of things. Most times, it's harder on us than them.

My kids started sippy cups around 6 months (V is learning now) and gave up all bottles before 10 months. Hoping V will give them up before 10 months too. I hate bottles. ;)
Katie said…
HI there :) Just popping over to say hi! I've been reading your blog for a while. My daughter is 13 months today so we are sort of in the thick of the milk biz, too. I am still nursing but started offering WCM in a sippy cup (she never took to bottles)recently, as well. I'm kind of going into this whole weaning-sippy-cup-drinking-cow's-milk-situation a little blind and just following her lead. Interested to see what other's say :)
Kristen said…
I thought I needed to let go of the bottle at 12 months too but my doc said just to do it gradually and make sure he was done by 2 - I bought a few different kinds of sippys and put his milk in there each feed - he would reject it at first and then we'd end up with a bottle but eventually he just took it - probably around 14 or 15 months. He took the last feed of the night in a bottle for the longest too - it was the hardest for him to let go. Sassy is right - the transitions are harder on us moms!

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