how do i start to change my child over from formula to milk? any ideas

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Kim - posted on 01/09/2009

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when my boys started regular milk i started mixing the formula and regular milk together so they would get use to it and as they got closer to one years old i started putting less formula and more milk so they get use to the taste hope this gives you ideas good luck

Sally - posted on 01/09/2009

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I agree with the group. slowly start mixing half cow's milk and half formula. With time, increase the cow's milk. As for your question on the sippy cup and is your baby too young. All babies are different and some adapt faster than other to a sippy cup. Some have no trouble leaving the bottle and some have a very hard time. My daughter loved her bottle. I switch her like you to a sippy cup during the day. At night, I would still give her the bottle (at 1 year old). Eventually, I took her off that and offered her a sippy cup with the "soft" top - like Nubby - no spill soft spout sippy cup. Since the spout is soft like the nipple of the bottle, she had an easier time leaving the bottle. Don't worry if the baby cries a little. Mine did too, even with the soft spout the first few days. It's a big change for them, just try and try again.

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Brenda - posted on 01/08/2009

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I breastfed my son for his first year, and decided to just give him a bottle of milk just before his first birthday.  I wanted to see how he would take it, and he drank it all!  I had always heard to mix half milk and half formula/breastmilk, but I never had to do that. 

Gabrielle - posted on 01/08/2009

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My daughter was closer to 2 years old when we made the switch She's very small (29 months now and 23 lbs), so the pediatrician was adamant that she stay on Infant formula for a while, and bottles were the easiest way to ensure she took enough (32 oz a day). She's always been a good eater, so once we were comfortable with the amount of cheese and yogurt she was eating (along with everyone else - my girl will literally eat almost anything), we started working on moving her to milk in her bottles, then off bottles. I wish we had done it sooner - it's so much easier to travel with worrying about formula and bottles!

Karen - posted on 01/08/2009

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Hi i just put cows and a bit of water in the cup for my son to get him of formula

Gabrielle - posted on 01/08/2009

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We did like the others did, slowly adding milk to the formula, and reducing the formula, until all she was getting was milk. We did keep it warm, same as her formula, and we still warm it up. Then I started scolding her for chewing on the bottle nipples, telling her she was going to break her bottles and wouldn't get them anymore. I bought her a Dora straw-sippy cup, and gave her the milk in that one day. I told her the bottles were broken, and she would get to use her Dora cup from now on. I had other, plain, straw-sippy cups, too, and used those, as well. She was a little hesistant for a few days, but when she asked for a bottle, I reminded her they were broken. She slowly got the idea, and no longer asks for a bottle, just milk. Pediatricians say to get off the bottle at age one, so she's not too young.

Christina - posted on 01/06/2009

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Great thanks - Also when do you take away the bottle completely. my daughter just turned one and she drinks out of a sippy cup for lunch but when its time to go to bed and we sit down for the last feeding she won't take the cup? is she to young still?

Jenn - posted on 01/05/2009

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my daughter didnt like milk at all when she was on formula. she got a cold and couldnt have milk or formula, so i had to take her off both cold turkey and just give her water and juice for about 4 days. because she was off the formula already i didnt go back to it and just gave her milk now. shes been more difficult when nap time and bed time come around, but getting better day by day. switching right away worked for me with the water in between them. ended up alot easier then i thought.

Carolyn - posted on 01/05/2009

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You can do half an ounce of milk to the volume of formula he drinks and decrease the formula by the same. Every 2 days or so add another half and less half. If your child finds it noticable or you worry that they will then just do it every 4 days. And if the child really fights you may just have to say this or nothing.

Andrea - posted on 01/05/2009

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We started a bit slower (only adding 2oz milk for 6oz formula) as my son noticed the change right away. Some kids do, others don't. Over time we increased the milk while decreasing the formula. He tended to notice once we got to half and half. Finally I just told him that if he wanted a bottle, it would be milk or nothing. I guess he wanted it bad enough because he only fought me for 2 days and has been doing fine every since.

Tammy - posted on 01/05/2009

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Hi! to ensure that your child will make this transition unoticable this is what i did. I mixed 1/2 formula with 1/2 cows milk for about 2 weeks, increasing the cows milk every few days. my daughter never noticed a thing! she loves milk!

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