Chocolate milk

Katie - posted on 02/07/2011 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old son drinks milk every morning after he wakes up. Last weekend, my mother in law put some chocolate syrup in it to make chocolate milk and now he won't drink regular white milk. Help! How do I get him to drink milk again without having to put chocolate in it???

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Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2011

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Aren't MIL's wonderful? Ack!!!! There is a lot of good advice here. We try not to do many sweets, so chocolate milk was on our list of "sometimes" foods. Interestingly enough though, we went to a child nutrition workshop. The speaker from Children's Hospital said that chocolate milk really isn't that bad for them. Aside from the sugar, depending on what you use, it can actually ADD to the nutritional value. Just a thought that makes life a little easier in our house. Good luck! :)

Sarah - posted on 02/10/2011

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:(. I am sorry that this happened. It would be easy to tell him that chocolate is a grandma thing if he was older but I have a 17 month old and I know that telling him this would be like trying to explain quantum physics to..well...me. It can't hurt to say it, but it wont stop the tantrum! I would try and add less and less like Jenn suggested. If that doesn't work..then as hard as it is to do, he'll get hungry eventually and have to drink it. You could also try chocolate carnation during your weening period. That way it's not just "chocolate sugar", there is actually some nutrition to it.

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Gotta love the mils... I try to teach my kids that special treats are just sometimes foods. I found low fat chocolate soy milk ( I used SILK) was a healthier alternative to white milk + choc syrup.

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Jenni - posted on 02/11/2011

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Try weaning him off of it. My husband bought chocolate milk and gave my son a little. My son started calling it choo choo juice? Anyways, I don't think it's bad as a treat once and awhile but when we did give it to him we would use half white milk and half chocolate milk. You could try offering less and less chocolate milk to regular milk.

Kate - posted on 02/10/2011

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My doctor had told me to not offer anything else. If their thirty they will drink it.

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ooh i would be so pissed. I guess just keep offering it and dont give chocolate milk again eventually he will drink it again i hope. good luck!

Nicole - posted on 02/09/2011

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girl i have no idea my daughter has been doing that 4 months now... we bought some carnation instant breakfast and mixed it with milk but like double the milk than what it says.. so then it at least looks and tastes like chocolate milk but its still good for her.. better for her than regular milk actually..

Renae - posted on 02/09/2011

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Why do they do things like that?????? Why, oh why, oh why???? Why would a sane person add sugar to something a child was perfectly happy to drink without it? That just makes no sense, no sense at all.

Sorry this wasn't helpful, just jumping on your band wagon! :)

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You know what's interesting about the sugar thing for hiccups? I've found that cure to work; as bad as it sounds the sweeter it is like soda the better it works.

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Something similar happened to me. I let my friend's mom watch my son and she gave him a little sugar in his water to get rid of hiccups (an old wives tale). It took me about a week to get him back to drinking plain water. Just don't put chocolate syrup in the milk. It's really that simple :) He'll eventually start drinking it again without the syrup. And make sure you let your MIL know NOT to give your son anything like that without asking you first.

Stephanie - posted on 02/08/2011

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I kept giving him white milk. The first 2 days he didn't drink it so I put it back in the fridge. Then he loved it again. I let them have it at grandma's but don't give it to them at home because the fits last longer if they know you have it.

Heather - posted on 02/08/2011

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Or install a ball pit of doom and throw your kids grandma in it… thats my sons time out space

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I agree that you should explain that chocolate milk is a special treat for when he's done something deserving of it. weakening choc. milk until it's completely white milk works but then he'll learn that it's negotiable. I know it's a big word but you'll find yourself negotiating other things as well. This I learned from experience.

Erin - posted on 02/08/2011

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Tough situation, your MIL shouldn't have done that. They sometimes do more hinderence then help. Cutting back the amount of syrup will help. It's unfortunate since you can't really discuss to a 15 month old why they can't have something without a fit. I feel for you girl. I guess you could just do it the hard way and only give white milk. If it takes him a couple days to finally drink it, in that time period, it won't hurt him to not drink milk. We actually shouldn't drink milk at all as humans. We're the only species on earth that drinks milk after infancy and that drinks milk from another species. Also, if you buy the premade chocolate milk, it's gross. The cows will get mastitis and their nipples bleed. So to cover up the color they use that milk for chocolate milk. The bacteria may be killed during pasturization, but it's still cruel.

Alexis - posted on 02/08/2011

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Just don't give him the option. Only offer white milk. If he refuses then save it until the next time he asks for it and then offer him the same white milk again. I would also ask if grandma could refrain from doing such things...I have the same problem with my son and juice. We use natural juice and water it down, grandma gives him sweetened juice and doesnt water it down. After about a day of only having the option I give him (watered down juice) he starts to drink it again.

Stifler's - posted on 02/07/2011

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I will kill my mother in law if she ever does this. You could throw a banana in and some vanilla essence and see if he likes it. At least it'd be healthier.

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Oh yea, I forgot to say to just introduce as many flavors as possible that are vitamin fortified and regular becomes its own flavor. Worked for me!

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Oh NO! The same happened to me! He still drinks it but I've introduced vanilla, ovaltine (good for him), and other flavors. So now he likes regular too. I just mix it up. One day he gets regular or if I don't have flavors he gets regular and other times he'll get flavors but none of that syrup crp. Only vitamin fortified flavoring. In the begining he only wanted the chocolate syrup but once I replaced it with ovaltine he was happy. Sometimes he'd give back the regular milk and I'd say OH you want chocolate? And pretend to put some flavor in and sometimes that worked. Eventually he just accepted what ever I gave him. Now he drinks regular just about when ever I want him to. Usually starting out the day with regular keeps him happy with it.

Jamie - posted on 02/07/2011

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I had the some problem with my daughter, my husband give her a big glass of choc milk and love it and would drink white milk for the long time. This is what I did I would buy a half gallon of choc. milk and and everytime she wanted something to drink I would use the white milk and just put a lil choc milk for color. I really dont think this answer you question but thats what I did. And now she only gets choc milk if she is good all day or hleps out around the house.

Katherine - posted on 02/07/2011

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I would tell him that getting chocolate milk is a grandma thing and too drink his milk

Michelle - posted on 02/07/2011

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try telling him that is a grandma and him time together but at home the rule right now is white milk! my mother in law did that with juice as i watered it down until he was 3.5 and shed give him full strengh it drove me nuts until I said these are my rules at my house and her rules at her house!

Jenn - posted on 02/07/2011

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Try just adding a bit less each time so that it's a more gradual transition back to white milk. You'll be less likely to get a rejection that way.

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