How can I get my 17 month old to stop drinking milk warm and in a bottle?

Carolyn - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little girl simply refuses milk in anything but a bottle. I have been trying for months and she just wont do it. I have tried new cups, cups with straws, adding choc syrup, and she just wont do it. She takes a sip and looks at me weird and shakes her head no and pushes it away. She also wants it warmed. I tried to slowly give it her colder and colder but she will not drink it if it isn't warm enough for her. I need some advise and I am wondering if anyone is having the same problem.

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Rani - posted on 05/14/2010

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My 22month old has a bottle of warm milk to help her settle at night for bed. She doesn't have any during the day but I can't seem to get her off the night bottle! I'm the same as you - I've tried cups, straw bottles etc but nothing has worked so far. Have you tried to slowly get rid of bottle ? eg: explain to her that you can only have one a day and thats it. We did that but now we are stuck on the one!!!!!!!

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That's definitely another option! If you're consistent in offering her a cup instead of a bottle and don't give in despite the tantrums she'll EVENTUALLY learn to drink cold milk from a cup....if she wants it badly enough I guess?!!

I tried that with my daughter and at 20 months it's still a fight.....she just chose not to drink milk, although she'll drink water from a cup no problem!

Marisa - posted on 05/14/2010

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try the bottle fairy. give a gift for the bottle :). or you can just take it away and say no more bottle if you want something to drink you can have it in a cup.

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My daughter is 20 months and HATED milk and still does most days....LOL! Sometimes she'll drink a cup of that banana flavoured milk and then I mix it with 3% milk as well but it's a chore! She won't even drink chocolate milk!



As long as ur daughter is getting the recommended daily dose of calcium, protein, healthy fats etc. she really doesn't NEED milk! At ur daughters age she should be getting between 500-800 ml of calcium a day and you can easily achieve that by giving her the obvious substitutes like cheese and yogurt! Some other less obvious things are green leafy vegetables such a spinach and broccoli, beans, peas, and oranges.....there's tons more and you may have to get creative but it's not impossible!



The other thing I always suggest is blending up a smoothie once a day.....use milk, frozen or fresh fruit, flaxseed oil, and (optional) steamed spinach or carrots (the flavor is hidden by the fruit flavors! My daughter LOVES them!



Good luck!

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