Formula

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i give my son nestle good start formula the purple can. 0-12+. i dont no how long i should keep him on formula and the bottle hes almost a year old. and can you put formula in a sippy cup?

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Iysha - posted on 01/10/2011

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For us, the formula was cheaper since we got it for free from our insurance since it was a special kind for our premature daughter. We used formula until she was 16 months old and her doctor was completely okay isnce she needed the extra calories still. You dont need to swithc from formula to breastmilk at 12 months, you can go longer if you'd like. Formula can go in a sippy cup. you may need to try milk a few times if he doesnt want it at first but after a few tries he should be fine with it. My daughter wasnt picky...she eats and drinks everything...piggie =] We switched her to her sippy cup at 13 months which was like her being almost 12 months if she was full term. Just introduce the sippy and have it around for him to try and let him see that you are happy when he uses it. Remember that your son doesnt NEED to be off the bottle by 12 months...if it's 13 or 14 months, it's okay...as long as you are reinforcing the sippy cup. When he learns to use it, you can give him all his fluids in his sippy. Not all babies take it right away, sometimes it takes some getting used to.

Bryony - posted on 01/10/2011

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World Health Organisation recomends Breatfeeding or formula for a full 2 years. But it really depends on the eating habits of your child. No reason not to put it in a sippy cup or whatever works best for you.

Stephanie - posted on 01/05/2011

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I kept the formula to twice a day (am and pm) once she reached 12months and then whole milk during the day and then ended the formula altogether around 17 months. There's no harm in giving formula longer, there's a lot of good stuff added to it. There's toddler formulas with extra calcium and iron that are often a bit cheaper then the infant formula. Make sure you're also giving regular milk though as well. And I did put it in her cup, although I just wanted to add, she'd only use actual straws before she'd ever use any kind of sippy...she only start using sippy cups recently.

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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ive given him homo-milk b4 but he didnt really drink it cuz hes dont like drinking out of the sippy cup. but maybe if i put formula in the sippy cup then he might start drinking out of the sippy cups an then i can tose the bottles away.

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2009

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I breastfeed my son for the first year and gave him a sippy around 6 to 7 months old and at about 9 months old he wouldn't use a bottle. Then when he turned 1 he weaned himself and I switched him to whole milk and put it in his cup.

Amber - posted on 02/25/2009

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get rid of the bottle atleast before 18 months- its not that good for their teeth and gum development. I also would try different types of cups because all three of mine took different ones. i also wouldnt give cows milk until atleast their first birthday- if not longer....they can develop allergies to cows milk.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2009

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hello melissa :)



when in doubt ask your dr as all kids develop differently but .... most kids are off of formul at 1 and they start homo milk they need the fat for brain deveolpment :) as for bottles my daughter was off bottles on her 1st b-day  but my son wouldnt give his up until he was almost 2 !! like i said they are all different and it doenst hurt to try but when you take your son in for his 1 yr check up just ask the dr about switching to milk and he/she will tell you whats best for your baby :)

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Cheryl:



I did for my daughter, but she had her bottle til about 14 months. Only did the formula for awhile then went to homogenized milk as she's a real good eater!!! Loves her veggies. You can always try the sippy cup and if he dosen't like it just stay with the bottle, sneaking in the sippy cup every now and then.





my son is a really good eater to he loves his veggies and everything, im having a really hard time with the sippy cup thats why im wondering how long to keep him on the bottle

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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Both of my kids were off the bottle at 10 months and just drank the breast milk and or formula out of the sippy cups, you are also supposed to start them on Whole milk as soon as they turn one, and I agree with Kimberly it is a lot cheaper to buy whole milk versus formula... Good luck

Erika - posted on 02/25/2009

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You're supposed to formula feed/breastfeed for a year. Around 7 months I started giving my daughter a sippy cup, I usually just put a little watered down juice in it, but you can put formula in it too. Introducing the sippy cup around this age will make it easier for your baby to weine from the bottle around 1 year of age. At 1 year a baby can start having whole milk instead of formula. Hope this helps!

Cheryl - posted on 02/25/2009

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I did for my daughter, but she had her bottle til about 14 months. Only did the formula for awhile then went to homogenized milk as she's a real good eater!!! Loves her veggies. You can always try the sippy cup and if he dosen't like it just stay with the bottle, sneaking in the sippy cup every now and then.

Kim - posted on 02/25/2009

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Normally you can switch hm to cow's milk at 12 months. You should use whole milk until he is 2 yrs old. I personally did not allow any of my children formula or a bottle after 12 months old. Bottles got put away so they didn't even see them. Milk is a lot cheaper so I would ask your dr if it's ok to change.

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