Turning One! Big Changes?

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Formula to Milk... I am starting to try and change her over she is turning one next week, but I am not sure how to go about doing this. I am giving her an ounce or two in a sippy cup, but she turns it down every time. She still uses her bottle for formula and seems to have an attachment to it. Any suggestions on the change, and getting her to sippy cup only?

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Leila - posted on 12/14/2009

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I agree with the other moms to gradually increase the amount of milk you give her and decrease the milk. My doctor told me not to stress if she wouldn't take it because she was getting enough nutrition from the food she was eating.

Giving her the sippy cup after she has eaten some will help.

Changing sippy cups might help. There are some with a soft spout and some with a hard spout. As long as it in the age range for your baby feel free to try these. Dollar General type places has many varieties as does your drug store and shopping mart places.

Heating it up like a bottle might help. As well as holding her while you are transitioning. She will start to feed herself and then she can sit without you holding her.

Good luck. It takes time and you have to find out what will work for you and your daughter.

Renae - posted on 12/13/2009

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I personally havent started my son on cows milk yet, the formula i give him has nutitional value to it, and i have found that important. It takes time some people have told me you shouldnt introduce them to honey, milk, cheese and a few other things till they are well over one, something to do with the bactria, however, Azabiar eats and loooooves cheese, so really its up to you when change over, when i do, ill put it in his food first then slowly bring in sippy cups, maybe with a bit of banana or fruit in it :) Yum

Erin - posted on 12/13/2009

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I started very slowly, adding 1 oz of milk to 3 oz of formula in each bottle for 3 days, then 2 oz of milk and 2 oz of formula for 3 days, and so on. I started giving her a sippy cup with water during snacks too. Once we got to a bottle with all milk, she drinks it all, but we warm it up a bit by putting the bottle in a bowl of warm water. Otherwise, she won't drink it. She will now drink milk out of a sippy, though. So now she has a warm bottle in the morning and before bed to make sure she gets enough milk each day, and cold milk in a sippy when she has snacks and meals.

Cathy - posted on 12/13/2009

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My daughter is 3 and a half and will still only drink milk out of a bottle. To be honest I'm not that worried. She only uses it for milk in the morning and before bed and all other drinks are out of normal cups. To convert her to milk from formula, start mixing formula and milk together like the other mums have suggested. Changing both things at the same time is probably too much in one go anyway. Does she drink other drinks out of a sippy cup? Personally i would ensure that all drinks other than milk were in a sippy cup and leave the milk in the bottle and every so often try the milk in a sippy cup as well.

Shannon - posted on 12/13/2009

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Its hard but you need to take that bottle from her. My baby has been on a sippy cup since she was 10 months. Her daycare convinced me that it was time she gave it up since she has so many teeth. She probably won't drink that much after you take the bottle from her at first but thats ok. If you keep giving her the bottle she will never take the sippy cup. Trust me she will give in if the sippy cup is her only option. And to make sure you don't back down throw all the bottles away. SHE MUST GET OFF THAT BOTTLE. As far as the formula when my daughter was 11 months I would give her half formula and half milk then I started increasing the amount of milk I mixed with the formula and a week before she turned one she went to straight milk with no problem.

Christy - posted on 12/12/2009

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I did exactly what Robin did and it worked a treat. With the weaning off the bottle I did that at around 14 months and basically just removed one bottle at a time. So one week she had 3 bottles a day, the next week she had 2 bottles a day and the 3rd week one bottle, 4th week we were off them completely. I removed the lunchtime bottle first, then the evening bottle, then the morning bottle. Hope that helps. Best of luck.

Robin - posted on 12/12/2009

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We transitioned our baby from formula to milk gradually, mixing formula and milk together in her bottle. Week 1 was 1 oz milk and 3 oz formula, week 2 was 2 oz milk and 2 oz formula, week 3 was 3 oz milk and 1 oz formula, then all milk. She didn't show any signs of noticing a difference. We use her sippy cups for water but are going to start weaning off the bottle soon. Not sure how it will go. Her doc said to get rid of the daytime bottles first, then work on the morning and bedtime bottles. we'll see. :) good luck!

Linda - posted on 12/12/2009

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Go ahead and use the bottle most of the time, mix milk half and half until she gets use to the taste. Then at meal times only let her use the sippy cup, no excuses. She will get use to it and you can eventually get her off the bottle the rest of the times. Baby steps.

Safia - posted on 12/12/2009

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my son turned 1 two months ago. He refused to drink regular milk, I did everything, mixed it with water, added honey, warmed it up, gave it cold, NOTHING!



A friend of mine told me to relax and remember that he can get almost same benefit from yogurt. So I would nurse him when he wakes up, and before he goes to bed, and feed him yogurt in between.



I also kept a sippy cup of milk in the living room he would come near it taste it then walk away, then all of a sudden he started drinking more, so within two weeks i saw him drinking a good 6 OZ, so I stopped all together. He still asks for it sometimes especially when i wear low tank top lol but I say sure you can have it in your sippy!



Good luck :)

Sharyn - posted on 12/12/2009

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i started my little girl on her sippy cup when she was 10 months old, she still drinks from her bottle tho and takes it to bed at night to fall asleep, i'm in no rush to convert her over, she has done everything in her own time and i'm quite proud of her progress.

i'm slowly converting her to start eating more different foods but its slow, she loves her chicken nuggets and mashed potatoe and fries and other stuff ....



forgot to say that she turned one on the 9th december.

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