How many times a day do you give your 1 yr old a bottle?

Charlene - posted on 03/11/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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I usually give my 1 yr old a bottle (whole cows milk) in the morning when he wakes up at 7:30ish then around 9 or 10 feed him breakfast (solids) with another bottle to wash it down.. then around 2ish feed him lunch with a bottle of juice, and a snack around 5 ish and finally put him to bed around 6:30 to 7 with a bottle of milk... he's at his normal weight for his age and he is a boy which i've been told eat more than girls so i dont think im overfeeding or underfeeding him, but it always helps to have the advice of other mommas... what do yall think?

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Emma - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son is 13months now and we were told to take him off formula and put on cows milk because formula has such a high sugar content and empty calories.

Babies just use milk for calcium now.

We give our sone 1 bottle for morning nap at 11 sleeps till 2 and another at 7 for bedtime.

however we are about to start giving him milk before bed to prevent him getting rotton teeth.

Personally i wouldnt be giving as much milk but yoghurt and custards provide good calcium aswell.

We also only gave our son really watered down juice and then watered it down until he drank pure water.

To avoid any extra sugars even in the baby juice.

My son drinks about 2-3 sippy cups of water a day but i give him his milk in a bottle for bed so the flow isnt high and he wont choke.

he has cows milk in his weatbix for breakfast and for lunch he has fruits and yoghurt or custard and dinner he has vegie mash with added milk or a smaller portion to our meal.



Parenting is really amazing because you can take the advice you want and relate to and discard anything you dont. So dont feel pressured into what you are doing is wrong. Every baby is different and you will know what rutine and foods works for your bub

Karmi - posted on 03/24/2010

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Well when I went to my one year old son's year check up I asked the same question. She said because whole milk is so fatty they don't need as many ounces of milk then as they did formula. Because milk is so fatty. But she said no more then 21 ounces of whole milk a day is okay. I mean a couple ounces more wouldn't hurt. I think the only reason I would think you are giving him way too much whole milk then you should, I would need to know how many ounces you give him though. 7 ounces for breakfast, 7 ounces for lunch, and 7 ounces for dinner. Maybe water or a watered down juice for snacks.

Ashlea - posted on 03/18/2010

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There is no need to take aim at anybody on here! Not everybody is going to agree with what anybody else puts on here. My daughter is underweight for her age but, is also healthy. Whole milk is the only thing we are allowed because we are on wic. And, yes...it is my doctor who said 2% milk is not good for babies because it does not have the fat content that most babies need. And, I am not the only person who stated this in their blog!

Candace - posted on 03/17/2010

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i had both of my kids on a cup by the time they were a year old.... at the doctors suggestion and i think its better for me and my kids. they drink 2% and 100% juice no sugars whole milk isnt really good for babies that ive found they get alot more backed up

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My daughter's routine - 7am 5oz milk, 8am breakfast, 9am -10am nap, 10.30am snack, 12 lunch, 1-3pm nap, 3.30pm 5oz milk, 5pm dinner, 7pm 5oz milk & bed.

It sounds like his milk intake is about right (they still need about 14oz a day). If he's happy, and the right weight then he's getting enough. I do find boys can eat more though and Im surprised he's content with only 2 meals.

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Patricia - posted on 10/20/2012

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When my Daughter was that age I would give her formula only every 2-4 hours. More often if she puked it up which she did a lot during the night. Never ever juice in a bottle.

Ashlea - posted on 10/18/2012

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Felicia, if your son is doing #2 in his sleep he could just be getting the rash from laying in it if you may not always notice it right away. Corn starch works wonders for diaper rash. If you think he is lactose intolerant I would take him to his doctor first. Or you could just switch him if you please..but, at a year old I would consult your doctor first.

Felicia - posted on 10/18/2012

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ok, my son just turned 1 yr old, he's on whole milk and he does #2 now when he's a sleep and he's never done this before. Also, he keeps getting a BAD diaper rash, and I always change him, I've tried everything under the son. Do I give him SoY Milk?

Jenny - posted on 04/16/2010

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I replied earlier I think ... here's an update. In march my daughter was getting 28 to 32 oz of whole milk a day. and eating solids well. we eliminated her afternoon snack sippy at the start of april (14 months) and just this week eliminated her morning snack sippy. She now gets water at those times (occasionally juice). We give her a sippy (6 to 8 oz) shortly after she wakes up, 8 oz at lunch and another milk sippy at dinner ... this one is actully split between dinner and before bed. She's starting to not need a sippy at bed time. Our doc said the 28-32 was fine as long as it doesn't interfer with solids. However, when asked how much milk should be given .... he tells parents 24 oz a day. Sounds like you are doing just fine

Jessi - posted on 04/16/2010

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no bottles here! my little guy is also 1 (born in feb) & on whole milk. he has his way of telling me when he's thirsty...he knows exactly which cabinet his dishes are in & will point at it when he's thirsty.

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I'm in australia and to be honest i have never measured how much my children drink. My son is 21 months and he asks for what he wants which is mostly water he can drink 20 cups a day for all i know cause if he asks he gets and i don't measure. He only gets 2 bottles one at nap time and the other at bedtime. we have halved his betime bottle. But my kids don't get juice very often unless of course i am having some then they will get a mouthful of my juice!

Bethany - posted on 04/12/2010

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I agree, water is very important. I have two cups for Charlotte sometimes, at meals, one with water and one with milk and she chooses which she wants, it's usually a bit of both. I trust her to know what she needs, and let her choose between the two. The only time she has juice is when she's constipated (twice) and it's been a 1:5 ratio. Otherwise, it's real fruit pieces, and lately, whole apples, I just bite it to get it started for her and she goes to town.

Corena - posted on 04/12/2010

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My son has one bottle of soy milk before he goes to bed. Which we will be stopping soon.
During the day he uses a cup and drinks mostly water and occasionally diluted juice or soy milk.

I'm surprised at how few kids main drink is water. In my opinion they should be drinking more water than juice or milk. Of course that is just my opinion.

Shanna - posted on 04/09/2010

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we only do sippy cups she likes them. They only need a certain amount of milk a day so if they are getting it in their food. You shouldn't have to worry about forcing it on them??

Bethany - posted on 03/28/2010

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It's summer here (or it has been, it's autumn now) so I have taken advantage of that, and taught Charlotte how to drink from a normal glass/cup. She only has water and breastmilk unless she hasn't done a poo all day, then I give her a shot of diluted juice with dinner.

The first few weeks, she would "goosh" herself with the water in the cup, but she soon learned, with my hand guiding, how to go "slowly, slowly" and now she is drinking like a pro. Since it's hot here, and it's just water, I didn't mind the spilling.

She has sippy cups of water around the place for if she gets thirsty through the day, she just finds it and has a drink without bothering me. I give her a cup of water after she's started eating each meal (don't want to fill her up with water, she's quite little). She has a water bottle when we go out.

She breastfeeds first thing in the morning, some time through the day, usually after her nap, then before bed around 7. She has bfast, lunch and dinner with me, whatever I'm having usually, or bits and pieces.

Karmi - posted on 03/26/2010

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Wow I'm really shocked by a lot of mom's responses. I guess it's cause I'm a first time mom. My son was broke from the bottle at 6 months and took a sippy cup the first time I handed it to him. Although I can't give my son milk because we think he is lactose intolerant, I don't think I could give him as much as some moms say they give their children. Maybe the bottle transition was a little easy for me, now only if I could tackle the binky. I guess everyone has there own ways of transition :) It's good to read everyones responses though.

Leanne - posted on 03/26/2010

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My daughter is 13 months old and she only gets a bottle at bedtime. She drinks the rest of the time out of a sippy cup. She gets milk in her sippy cup when she gets up around 8. Then she gets a little bit more at around 10 when she has breakfast, not a fully cup though. Then at lunch time she has a bit more, not full of milk and at snack time she gets water in her sippy cup. Dinner time a little bit of milk not full to wash down her dinner and at bed she gets a bottle of milk but never drinks all of it. I am going to do away with the bottle altogether soon though and I think she will do fine.

Jennifer - posted on 03/24/2010

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I have 4 children and learned after the first one that it can be a very hard habit to break after awhile so for the last 3 kids i started weening off the bottle 3 days before their first birthday giving them a bottle in the morning and one at night this has worked very successfully for me a little crying at night but stopped quickly and the best thing is if they don't remember it and grow an attatchment it's easier to take away. If they are thirsty they will drink from the cup but not if the bottle is an option!!

Tasha - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son drinks three bottles a day of cow's milk. I give them to him right after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. he drinks only about 90 ml or so...sometimes as much as 120ml but he doesn't ever seem to want to drink that much. I offer him sippy cups through the day but he rarely takes them. Not sure about the transition to a cup entirely as he seems to drink more from a bottle then from a sippy cup.

Helen - posted on 03/23/2010

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My 13 month old son has 2 bottles a day - his bed time and our bedtime. He usually has toddler formula for the iron content but sometimes has milk. He has a bottle at our bedtime to make sure he goes through the night (although we're thinking of knocking that one on the head soon), and also has a nappy change at same time.

He has 3 meals a day and open access to water all day. Sometimes he has a snack in the afternoon, but not always (depends on naps) and he's off the top of the centile charts for his height (has been since 7 months old!)

the reason babies need full fat milk is for the fat soluable vitamins and minerals, rather than the fat itself.

Kandi - posted on 03/23/2010

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my daughter has been off her bottle since about 8 months ,the doctor said start tryin sippy cups and i did and she never wanted her bottle nor formula back i give her 2% milk and she gets juice with snacks and dinner,shes been on table foods for jus as long.

Amy - posted on 03/23/2010

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We're still nursing at 13 months, so I haven't introduced cow's milk yet..she nurses first thing in the morning and before bed and at least once or twice more during the day. She does drink water from a sippy cup and also breast milk that I pump at my overnight job three nights a week.., occasionally, my husband has given her a bottle of breast milk that I had frozen, if she wakes while I'm at work...but that hasn't happened in quite awhile...I don't have any breast milk in the freezer now, so at some point, we will try some whole milk...



She has always been on the small side, so the doctor has always recommended full-fat dairy...she started solids at 7 months and is a terrific eater....loves just about everything....cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, avocado, turkey burgers, beef, eggs, salmon, whole grain pasta, waffles and pancakes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash...all kinds of berries and most fruit...she even does well with greens like spinach that I cook with olive oil and garlic...



I was forced to supplement w/formula when she was tiny, due to poor lactation care and advice, so I made a promise to myself and my daughter that I would refrain from giving her baby food or anything processed...it really hasn't been as hard as you might think....I would cook a batch of something like applesauce or potatoes and freeze it in ice cube trays and then defrost the chunks as needed..now she pretty much eats whatever we are having..except for nut products yet. I think that has helped her with being able to tolerate all kinds of textures, because she's never had anything too smoothly pureed....I also ate spicy foods throughout my pregnancy and while nursing, so she has a taste for highly-seasoned foods....I just hope that her great appetite and adventurous taste buds will follow her into her toddler years!!!!

Meka - posted on 03/23/2010

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After 12 months they should not be on bottles! IMHO..Good luck with your LO..babies are awesome..I want about 5 more..=)

Charlene - posted on 03/23/2010

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yes he is an early riser... he will wake up sometimes @ 5 am but will go back to sleep. His sisters wake up around 6 to 6 30 for school and he's usually awake at this time so i give him a bottle and change him but won't go back to sleep til 9 or so even if i leave him in his crib.. thank you for you suggestion, i will give it a try

Khadijah - posted on 03/22/2010

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My girls get 3 to 4 cups of Silk (soy) milk per day. For breakfast my girls get a YoBaby yogurt (sometimes a fruit like apple sauce, sliced bananas, etc) w/ either wheat toast or a waffle with a cup of milk, then they get a cup of water maybe 2 hours later, then they get lunch, then after their nap they (sometimes) get a snack like grapes or sliced strawberries, and finally they have dinner with another cup of milk.

I tried offering my girls juice many times but they didn't like it, which was fine, because their Pedi said if they don't ask for it not to give it to them (the less sugar the better).

My girls are on sippy cups now. Yaaaah!! No more bottles!! :-)

I was curious as to if your little one was a early riser since he goes to sleep early? Sometimes it might help (if he is a early riser) to give him a milk and change him as soon as he wakes up and allow him a chance to go back to sleep. The once he wakes up again then maybe go into your usual daily meal plan. By doing this he may stay up later, therefore giving you more of an opportunity to feed him one last meal. Not necessarily a big meal but just something small like some veggies or anything bite size that will sustain him until the next morning.

Cindy - posted on 03/22/2010

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My daughter stopped using bottles when she turned 1. The minute she started holding her bottle was when I started getting her to drink from sippy cups.

Evelyn - posted on 03/22/2010

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My nearly 14 month old daughter has 2 bottles a day one in the morning when she wakes up around 8/9 o clock and another bottle at betime which is between 6/7. Through the day she has everything we would have breakfast lunch snacks dinner and along with them she has a sippy cup of juice.

Stephanie-Renee' - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son is almost 14 months and he doesn't take the bottle anymore, but that's because i started giving him the sippy cup during the day to help get him off the bottle.. He still drinks whole milk, but just in the sippy cup..He's a little underweight but that's because he's been walking since he was 9 and a half months old, he's been eating solids for a while too, but before with a bottle of formula, then i switched it to a sippy cup of formula.. Its still okay to give him a bottle, well that's what i've been told, but it is your choice to give and his whether he wants to take it or not..

Susan - posted on 03/21/2010

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I usually give my 13mth old a bottle of milk when he wakes up about 7am, then has cereal made with milk and a couple of ozs to wash it down. He has a snack about 11 with juice or tea. (He likes to drink my cup of tea) He has lunch about 1 with juice, another snack about 3 then evening meal with us about 5.30. He has another bottle of milk about 7.30 and goes bed between 8 and 9. He about the right weight for his height.

Brandi - posted on 03/21/2010

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i only give my daughter a bottle at naps and bedtime and the rest of the time she uses a sippie cup

Nikki - posted on 03/20/2010

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My daughter is 13 monthes and she has been off the bottle since about a month before she turned one. My daughter wakes up around the same time 7:30 8ish, I give her a sippy cup of whole milk with her breakfast(usually cereal or eggs and toast), around ten she has a snack with another sippy cup of milk, water, or juice. Around one she does lunch with another sippy of milk. Four, she gets another snack and sippy of milk, then finally at around 6 0r 7 she eats dinner with a sippy of milk. I go by the Gerber feeding schedule.

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In response to Ashlea: I disagree that 2% milk is bad for babies! My daughter is on it and just fine. My five year old son went on it at a year as well and he's perfectly healthy. Because both of my kids were in the 50th-75th percentile for their weight, he thought giving them whole milk was completely not needed (usually given to babies who need to gain weight). So I guess it's the doctor's opinion, but it's not right to say 2% is bad. If you saw my kids you might think differently (they're very healthy!!!).

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My daughter is 13 months old and she gets three bottles a day of 2% milk. She gets 5oz. after breakfast (solid, table foods), another 5oz. after lunch (solid, table foods), and 7oz. right before bedtime. She also drinks some milk from a sippy cup with dinner and juice through a sippy cup on and off during the day (1/4 juice to 3/4 water). Once we switched her to milk rather than formula she does not want the bottle warm...only cold milk!

Amber - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son has been off bottle since he was 11 months old... he only drinks from a sippy...
Morning 5-8 oz whole milk in sippy.. w/ dry ceral or fruit he loves to use his hands to eat
snack is apple sauce or crackers etc etc... with sippy of sugar free juice
Lunch 5-8oz whole milk in sippy...w/ mash potoatos and some meat or spagetti something more hearty at lunch..
Snack again juice again and teddy grams-grapes-anything he can eat with hands
Dinner green beans or other veggie, a fruit cup and meat usually whatever we have... 5-8oz milk again...
late snack sometimes... cheese sandwich sugar free wheat bread or something small with juice...
and b4 bed milk sippy full usually

Vanessa - posted on 03/17/2010

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i had my son on whole milk since the dr recommended switching him at 10 mths..shortly after he developed a bad case of eczema so i put him back on formula the 6-24 mths and he went back easily. 2% milk is not recommended for babies since they needs the fats etc from the whole milk im sure no dr would recommend that since ur baby would be losing a lot of much needed nutrients. my son drinks 3-4 8 ounce bottles of formula and usually 4 oz of water and 4 oz of fruit juice but nothing with berries since the dr thinks that may have caused his eczema aswell..he also eats a ton always snacking he eats all his dinner then like 1/3 of mine lol and he isnt overweight but his father eats a lot too and weighs like 150 lbs they have a crazy good metabloism i guess lol. my sons routine is up at 7-9...bottle while he wakes up then at 9:30 or 10 he has breakfast which is either toast, whole grain baby cereal with apple flakes or bottle of baby breakfast foods such as granola. bottle at 10:45 then 11-1 nap lunch at 1:30 then playtime with snacks then 3:30-5 nap then 5:30 supper dessert and then playtime till 6:30 or 7 then he gets a bottle and cuddles with mommy or daddy and watches some tv and once he finishes bottle bedtime usually 7 or 7:30 at the latest.

Ashlea - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter is completely off the bottle. She is 13 months old and has been on a cup since she was 9 months old. And, she is on whole milk as well. 2% is bad for young children and that came from my ped doctor. If you are on WIC...whole milk is all they give you anyway.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2010

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I breastfed up until DS weaned recently. We started "moo" milk just a week before he turned one year old, but we skipped bottles and went straight to sippy cup. I hadn't pumped / given him a bottle in a long time, so I didn't think there was a point in moving backwards since he was taking water and fruity water in the cup already. He now just gets milk after his naps with a snack, and in the morning after he first wakes up.

DS gets about 12 - 15oz of milk a day, which can include milk in his morning cereal.

Cyndy - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son gets 8 oz of milk when he wakes, about 5 am, still eats pablum and a couple ozs of milk at around 8, morning snack a fruit & water, lunch with water, aft snack with water, supper with water, evening snack with water, and 8 oz bottle of milk around 7, bed at 8. All water is in sippy cup, and am about to switch milk to sippy cup as well.

Dawn - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son wakes up between 6 and 7 am and has about 6 oz of slightly diluted juice in a sippy cup and a cereal bar. About 2 hours later we have breakfast; either eggs, toast and fruit or cereal, peanut butter toast and fruit. He has a 6-8 oz sippy cup of whole milk (sometimes mixed with chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast!) about 1-2 hours later. He then takes his nap for about 2 hours. We then have lunch, which varies with cheese toast or a peanut butter sandwich or leftovers with meat and vegetables...always some fruit. He has another 6-8 oz sippy of milk and a snack of crackers or yogurt bites in the afternoon, around 2 or 3 pm. Sometimes, if he has his milk sippy early, I give him this fruit/vegetable juice that he LOVES!! Dinner is between 5:30 and 6:30 pm; usually what we are having, or I will throw together a meal of pasta or bread, veges and meat for him. He is not a big dinner eater. Bedtime is between 7 and 8 pm; I give him an 8oz bottle of plain whole milk. Throughout the day and with meals he drinks plain water from a sippy...probrably about 8 oz total.

Karrington - posted on 03/16/2010

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My son has been drinking cow's milk since he was about 10 months old (recommended by his pediatrician) because he would not drink out of a bottle nor would he drink formula out of a sippy cup (I tried). He still needs the calcium and vitamin D that milk offers not to mention the potassium and other health benefits that milk provides! He is allergy and indegestion free! He loves his milk and I am glad!

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I don't think cow's milk is good to give to one year olds, their digestive system isn't mean to handle the proteins in cow's milk and it can cause allergies and indigestion. But your the mom and you decide what's best.

Karrington - posted on 03/13/2010

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I have a thirsty baby because he has 5-7 cups of liquid per day. They are each ten ounces and thirty ounces of it is milk. He gets no more than 4 ounces per day (if that) and usually just drinks water. Trenton does not drink formula anymore nor does he have bottles.

Debbie-shea - posted on 03/12/2010

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I give my 1 yr old milk 3-4 times a day, 5 oz each time. She gets juice or water to drink in a sippy cup when ever she wants through out the day. she ususally drinks 1-2 full sippy cups of water/juice a day. She eats 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.

Sharon - posted on 03/12/2010

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My son is 13 months old, He has a cup of cows milk and toast or cereal at 7.30 am, he then has lunch and a cup of water or juice at around 12.30 then he has tea with the family at 5pm with a cup of juice or water. He eats everything we eat now. He has a bottle of cows milk at around 8pm but i am thinking about putting this in a cup soon and doing away with bottles altogether x

Nerissa - posted on 03/11/2010

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I nurse my daughter when she wakes up, give her cereal, then she goes to the day home where she gets lunch at 11 and nap at 11 30ish. Has formula in sippy when she wakes up with snack and gets small pre-dinner snack when we get home. Has supper around 6 30. Nurse again and goes to bed around 7 30. She has a sippy of water with her throughout the day. (I just bought new ones from gerber which she seems to like much better than the ones i have from playtex. Definitely keep searching for one he likes when you decided to make the switch).

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I do not give my daughter anything but formula in her bottles. She still takes 2 bottles per day (one at night and one in the evening, 4-6 ounces each) because she has an iron deficiency and the iron drops made her SUPER constipated, but other than that she has no bottles during the day.



Instead, she gets sippy cups with milk or juice. She gets milk with meals and juice with snack and I also put her juice cup on her play table so she can have a drink whenever she wants (I do this for my 2 year-old as well, and they often switch cups around as the day goes on).



Honestly, I do not give her other drinks in her bottles because I feel that it makes it a lot easier to take the bottles away if they only have formula in them (as soon as most kids get cow's milk they no longer want formula since it doesn't taste as good). I hear a lot of people complaining about how they can't get their kids off the bottle even as late as 3 or 4 and they always go on and on about how they always put milk or juice in the bottle and it's just so hard to take it away. So, I just didn't even give my kids the option and they didn't even notice the transition. :)



As to your question, I think that as long as he is not showing signs of rapid weight gain (and I mean rapid, as in 2-3 pounds in a week) and he is not showing signs of still being hungry after eating then you are doing fine. Kids know when they are hungry and they know when they are full. They will let you know if they are getting too much or not enough. All you have to do is listen and they will help you along! :)

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