2 year old will only drink milk

Kim - posted on 12/21/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Any advice welcome! My son is 2 and no matter what juice I give him, or what kind of cup I put it in, he just won't drink it. He won't drink plain water either. It's becoming a nightmare, he must be dehydrated! He eats a good diet, very healthy loads of fruit and vegetables, and he drinks a lot of milk,which I allow him to as he isn't a huge fan of meat right now. I'm also having a problem getting him to take his milk from a sippy or regular cup, he is still taking it from a bottle. I tried to take away his milk bottle and switch it to a cup when he was about 13 months old.... and he hated it. So I thought maybe it was still early enough so I'd wait and try again. Now he is 2 and it's truly time to get rid of the bottle. The juice thing.........I have tried every juice every ratio of water/juice, and a million cups, with spouts, with straws, with and without handles. I do worry that if he doesn't drink enough he will get headaches and feel tired. He shows no signs of any of this...........but it does concern me. If anyone can offer some advice or share their experience......I'd love to hear about it.

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Kim - posted on 12/22/2013

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Usually if I offer him water from a glass or cup he will take a tiny sip then spit it out and then push the cup away and say "no". Same happens if I try to get him to drink with a straw, he will sip it, and spit it out. One thing he did love for a while was to take sips of my citrus mint tea(caffeine free) so I went with it but that didn't last for long.

Chet - posted on 12/22/2013

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It's better if your child doesn't drink juice. Don't worry about him refusing juice. Also, you can get a lot of water from food, so if he's eating lots of fruit and vegetables and his urine doesn't seem strong, again, I wouldn't worry.

The only issues you really need to work on are giving up the bottle and developing a taste for water. However, I don't think either of those are urgent, and the last thing you want to do make food and nutrition a power struggle, so try too keep things relaxed.

One technique that worked well with our kids as toddlers was sharing food we wanted them to try. How does he respond if you offer him a sip of your water?

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