How do you transition your one year old from formula to whole milk??

Claire - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My baby is about to turn one and the doctor said it is time for her to change to whole milk. Well, I gave her a cup of it tonight and she hated it. She actually kind of gagged on it. Any suggestions? Should I do half formula and half milk? Or just make her quit formula cold turkey? Also, how do I get her off the bottle? She takes one to go to bed at night. I always rock her to sleep with her bottle (it is our together time). Any suggestions here?

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Liz - posted on 11/07/2009

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try mixing whole milk with formula. Start with 1/4 milk, 3/4 formula for a week or 2 then half milk half formula for another week, the 3/4 milk, 1/4 formula. That way she and tummy can adjust. I did that with my 2 year old and he was fine! I started introducing sippy cups around that time, and gradually he went off the bottle without a problem. but u have to find a cup that suits her since the texture/shape of cup and mouth have to fit. gerber ones worked for me.

Erin - posted on 03/08/2013

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my son just turned 1 and although we haven't put him on milk yet what i'v been told is to mix half formula and half milk. as for the sleeping thing we are going through the same thing. my son would only go to sleep by being fed because i breast feed or by being rocked in out arms. it's hardest on my husband but you just gotta do it. get a routine in place pick a set bedtime, give your child a bath, bottle, story ect... then just put your child in bed and leave the room and let them cry. every and i mean everyone i know told me this. the first night he cried for fifteen minutes and was out. the second it was only a minute. and every night since it's been around a minute and he's been out. i'v even gotten him to go to sleep this way at nap. now not all kids will be as easy as mine. but still you just gotta do it. it will be much easier once you do.

Sue - posted on 11/04/2009

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Well when my daughter was about to turn one I used the rest of the formula I had then I started giving her whole milk. I didn't have any problems. With the bottle. I just took it away and bought cups with a cartoon character that she liked on it.

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Kelly - posted on 11/10/2009

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Try very vanilla silk soymilk. They don't have to drink cow's milk (ask your pediatrician if you are concerned). It tastes very good and is better than cow's milk (healthwise). My daughter is 16 months and she drinks it and loves it. She even gets constipated from cow's milk! We also had to get her off a bottle at bed and for naps. You just have to tough it out. It's hard. There is a good sippie cup out there that has a top like a nipple and thats what we use.Good luck.

Jodi - posted on 11/09/2009

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one thing with the bottle to cup transition... we started our son at 4 months with a sippy cup with a little water in it to start getting used to it so the transition wasn't difficult when we started giving him milk in it.

Stephanie - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Claire-
My son just turned 17 months. At 12 months we tried to give him milk and he had the same response as your daughter. He is not one to go cold turkey on anything, so over the past 4 months, I have been using the Enfamil formula for toddlers (9-24 months) to still give him the nutrients he needs and slowly reduce the amount of ounces of formula he has per day each week. We are now down to one or two, four ounce bottles a day. I have also poured one scoop of this formula into a four ounce bottle of milk to help him become accustomed to the taste of the milk. He does ok, but will still not take either formula or milk in a sippy cup. But, he will drink water with a little apple juice in a cup. (This is still a challenge for us, but he will come around.)
Don't stress about getting your daughter off the bottle asap just because the doctor says so. She will eventually get used to the idea. Just pick a timeline that is right for your daughter. Good luck! :)

Kim - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Claire:

How do you transition your one year old from formula to whole milk??

My baby is about to turn one and the doctor said it is time for her to change to whole milk. Well, I gave her a cup of it tonight and she hated it. She actually kind of gagged on it. Any suggestions? Should I do half formula and half milk? Or just make her quit formula cold turkey? Also, how do I get her off the bottle? She takes one to go to bed at night. I always rock her to sleep with her bottle (it is our together time). Any suggestions here?



i did not have a problem with the switch to whole milk (my daughter was 1 year and 1 day old - i coldn't wait to get rid of the formula!) but weaning gradually with part milk/part formula seems like a sensible idea. i wouldn't put anything else in the bottle though, ie. choc/strawberry milk. in my opinion - not a good habit to start. and i agree that 2% milk is not appropriate for a baby or toddler. if you haven't tried warming the milk you could do that, it definitely is more appealing.



i did, however, have the same problem with the switch from bottle to cup. i have cupboards full of different cups that i tried, but none worked. then i decided that - if my daughter enjoys and gets comfort from drinking her milk from her bottle at bedtime, then she can do it for as long as she likes. it's 8oz of wholesome milk - how bad can it be?! she doesn't carry the bottle around with her, and doesn't suck on it when it's empty. she brings it to the kitchen and puts it in the sink herself. i really don't see the harm. it's a comfort thing. the cup works for some, but not for others. it's not the end of the world :) as you say, that is your together time and you should enjoy it and treasure it

Kara - posted on 11/07/2009

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I started with 3 parts formula and one part milk. My son drank it until it was milk. He still does not like the taste of it, so if you continue to have problems once you ween her from the formula, it may be that she just doesn't like milk. I was actually pretty worried about the whole thing because my son was on soy formula as he was not able to digest milk properly when he was young. His adversion to milk only increases, however, since one year old also eat solid foods, I was able to prepare foods rich in calcium and vitamin D and supplemented with chewable vitamins. He's healthy today and his dr. is satisfied with his diet--even without his drinking whole milk!

Gaby - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Linda:

What people don't realise is that the child will develop as it will, there is no hard and fast rule as to when children must reach milestones by, this also applies to things like giving up bottles and pacifiers and toilet training, don't feel as though your child is falling behind just because they are not as quick to achieve things as the child down the road, this will only add to the possibility of post natal depression, just so long as you interact with your child, encourage your child, guide your child in the right direction, and show your child affection you should not have any worries at all.....your child is an individual and so is his/her behaviours.



THank you Linda - your words of wisdom are wonderful and rarely heard. They have brightened up my evening and made me stop (ok maybe just lessen) worrying about the little things.



 



To Claire - my son (18months) is still on formula in the bottle but this is mainly at bed time and then drinks cows milk from a cup. We had a horrendous winter with so many colds that we've kept him on formula longr due to the extra nutrients, but I might look for the purity range a few other mothers have mentioned.



Good luck and as Linda said - your child will guide you as you guid them.

Linda - posted on 11/07/2009

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What people don't realise is that the child will develop as it will, there is no hard and fast rule as to when children must reach milestones by, this also applies to things like giving up bottles and pacifiers and toilet training, don't feel as though your child is falling behind just because they are not as quick to achieve things as the child down the road, this will only add to the possibility of post natal depression, just so long as you interact with your child, encourage your child, guide your child in the right direction, and show your child affection you should not have any worries at all.....your child is an individual and so is his/her behaviours.

Oksana - posted on 11/06/2009

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I swiched my daughter from breast milk to goat milk around 13 months. She wasn't too happy about it at first so we did half breast milk half goat milk for a while and now she loves goat milk. She is almost 20 months and is a very happy and healthy baby.

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Our doctor had us transition the milk into them. If you feed your baby 6 oz, start off by using 5 oz formula and 1 oz milk... then each day, start decreasing the formula and add milk... as far as getting them off a bottle... i found that once our oldest boy was able to have the full milk and we transitioned him off of formula, milk started to go in sippy cups. we had to experiment with sippy cups, because some were too tough to get milk out for him... with my twins that just turned a year on tuesday, we'll be starting the transition to milk soon, but to get them use to a sippy cup, we give them juice with the sippy cup in the afternoon to help get use to it. they like to play with it more than drink and that's fine for us, we didn't want to rush them just yet. you can still give a bottle before bed, but put it in a sippy cup and start that way! good luck!

Andrea - posted on 11/06/2009

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I transitioned my daughter to milk over a period of about a week. I would mix whole milk with breast milk, probably 7 oz breast with 1oz whole and then every day would change it up, 6 oz breast to 2 oz whole and by the end of the week she was on whole milk and loved it!! She is now 22 months old and LOVES her milk. Good luck to you!

Monika - posted on 11/06/2009

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My son never liked whole milk,so I tried very vanilla soy for children and he loves it,good luck

Tracy - posted on 11/06/2009

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When both my kids went to whole milk this is what I did.
If they drank a six oz bottle of formula normally, then I would make it 5 oz and add an oz of milk. I would do that for a week. Gradually, I made less formula and added more milk. As for the bottle, all kids are different. Mine were able to have the morning one taken away with no problem. The night time one was hard for me to have her give up because that was our time together. I think I just didn't give it one time and continued with an otherwise normal routine. I didn't read the other replies so I apologize if this is repetitive.
Good luck!
Tracy

Chevarn - posted on 11/05/2009

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same here, im so afraid to start him on milk, the price of formula is killing me lol.



he is 1year and 2months old. i dont think hell leave his bottlenow, and to bed him to bed at night with his bottle is also our together time, when he sees me coming with his bottle and i go lay next to him he gets so excited.



so please any suggestions as to how safe or how to introduce cows milk.

Melissa - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi There Claire

My Daughter Is Also One Now

But i HAd to start giving her milk before she was one. due to the fact she had a vomiting problem so what i did was when i changed over to normal milk i added a bit of nesquick to the milk and that helped her to drink the milk then i also dicovered purity does a smilar product as nesquick it is also milk shake but it helps the kids to drink normal milk it comes in three flavors Strawberry and Banana And A Night one that is Malt And Vanilla It formullated to help them sleep i found these products to work the best

Hope My advise helps

Regards Melissa

And Baby Kassandra

Lee-ann - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son has never been big on milk of any kind breast,formula and now full cream. Purity makes a bannana,strawberry and choc powder that you mix with the milk it has added vitamins and other good stuff...My son loves it.

Brandi - posted on 11/05/2009

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i was told by the doc and the nutritionist do not give 2%. babys body can not break it down the way they need to until 2 years of age.

Tracie - posted on 11/05/2009

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I started my 10 month old at 6 months on half formula and half 2% milk. She loved it. To help her sleep at night we are still mixing baby oatmeal with her milk, but we stopped the formula in about two weeks of mixing half formula and half milk. Also, you don't have to go straight to whole milk, 2% milk works just as well. As for the bottle, my daughter is still on the bottle but she also drinks from sippie cups as well.

Brandi - posted on 11/05/2009

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put alittle strawberry or chocolate in it. or just buy chocolate but mix it with regular milk. make sure it is whole milk.

Michele - posted on 11/05/2009

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I gradually eased my son into milk by adding a couple of ounces of milk to his formula and gradually increasing the ounces of milk week by week until he was drinking only milk. He didn't have any problem w/ the transition.

Jennifer - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter is 10 months old and I have transitioned her slowly with 2 percent milk and formula. I started last month doing 6 oz. of formula 2 ounces of milk. now it is bumped up to half and half. It maybe because it's cold milk and she's used to possibly a warm bottle? (idk you didn't say) but I am also having the bottle problem, but she will change over on her own is what I tell myself but it won't be to much longer of a wait and momma will step in! lol GOOD LUCK!

Cindy - posted on 11/04/2009

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Claire, first mistake was giving her a bottle at bed time. But, stop doing so, unless its water. Next, the milk in a cup is wonderful, never worry about the drinking the milk its taste better then the formula does. and YES cold turkey is best. Ps, I am a mother of 5 grown children and a grandma of 12...My mother had 14 kids, I believe she had the right idea so, am passing it along to you. Good luck!

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