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12 month old only drinks milk, no water or juice.

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 12 month old will only drink cow's milk. I put a daily multi vitamin in his morning bottle. He drinks about 3-4 8oz bottles a day. I've tried offering him water and various kinds of juices (apple, prune, apple-prune, pear, and peach) but he won't have it. I've tried giving him water or juice in his bottle and I've also attempted to give him water or juice in 4 different kinds of sippy cups. He seems hydrated, he's a healthy weight (23lbs) and he's a good eater. Should I be concerned?





Okay. Please be clear before responding: MY SON EATS THREE MEALS A DAY. He eats well! Veggies, fruits, meat, crackers, cookies, cheese, yogurt, you name it. He is not living off of milk!

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Lisa - posted on 04/25/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter i tried different cups bottles, cordial water juice nothing would work as she would choke. It got so bad that she became really constipated and i was advised by the health visiter to give her milk magnesium to soften her stools, then one day i had a bottle of robinsons fruit shoot on the floor and she pinched it and started drinking, now i now they say the sugars bad but i was just thankful she was drinking and all i used to do was tip half of it out and add half water eventually she became more interested in other drinks. She has been to the dentist regulary and has perfect teeth. She is now seven and regulary asks for fruit juice or water, and loves her lettuce and cucumber sandwiches. What i am trying to say is baby drinks can be bloody awful if you have ever tried them. Try putting 5 or 6 different types of drink in front of him and let him choose.

I know this isnt great advise and the health visitors would shoot me, but with summer coming you need to get him drinking something other than milk. Water melon is also good although messy and make sure to remove the seeds till he is a bit older.

Hope this helps

Emily - posted on 04/19/2010

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I think you should ask your son's doctor. Personally, I don't think cow's milk would give him the best nutrition. If all he drinks is milk, I'd be more inclined to use a toddler formula than cow's milk.

Ashleigh - posted on 04/24/2010

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Try diluting his milk with water, gradually adding more water to each bottle/cup he drinks from. At least you know he is getting more water. Or put ice cudes in a see-through sippy cup with water, they love something a bit different. I wouldnt worry too much about fruit juice if he likes eating fruit. Watermelon has a high water content.

Becky - posted on 04/23/2010

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I wouldn't worry about the juice, it's actually a lot less healthy for us than people make it out to be anyways. As for water, I'm not really sure. At 12 months old, I'm not sure it's a huge deal, but as he grows, he will need to start drinking it. Have you tried it at different temperatures - maybe he'd prefer it icy cold, or lukewarm? Have you tried it in a sippy cup? or even try freezing it and give him a water popsicle?
The only concern I'd have with him only drinking milk is that too much milk can actually interfere with their iron absorbtion. I think it's if he's drinking more than 32 ounces a day or something like that. But if he's not, and he's having lots of wet diapers, then he's probably fine.

Jodi - posted on 04/19/2010

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Danielle, he sounds perfectly fine to me. I would keep doing what you are doing, and keep offering him water. If he is eating fruit, he doesn't NEED fruit juice, so I wouldn't push that one. But it is helpful if they learn to drink water, because in warmer months, this will help keep him hydrated, and you really don't want him increasing his milk intake just because he is thirsty, because this will fill him up too and make less room for his meals.



Perhaps you could buy him a drink bottle (like a Cars one, or something that interests him) and use that only for water. My kids love their drink bottles, and we have one filled for them 24/7 with water so they can drink water whenever they are thirsty. Does he drink from a sippy cup? Or have you tried a drink bottle? Just some suggestions to try anyway.

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Louise - posted on 04/24/2010

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I personally would not be worrid if your child is a healthy weight then I don't see any problem in this. He is drinking far more than my daughter drinks a day. If you really want to get him onto other drinks then just water down one of his bottles of milk to get more water into him, also the taste would not be the same. Another way of getting him to try new drink tastes is to make your own ice lollies. I make up a sugar free orange juice and freeze my daughter loves these as it's a different texture on her tongue. Maybe if he gets used to the taste this way you may have more luck. Me personally I would just keep offering other drinks but I would be happy with the fact that he loves his milk!

Firebird - posted on 04/24/2010

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Sounds normal to me. Keep offering him water, and at 12 months old, he doesn't need juice. I would consider myself lucky if I had a baby who wouldn't drink juice, I know lots of kids that won't drink anything else. Not mine though, she prefers water. They don't need that sugar, it's not good for them. You said he gets plenty of fruit and veggies, so juice isn't at all necessary.

Allie - posted on 04/19/2010

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oops!! Sorry, I thought he only drank milk, no solids! I must have missed that....maybe he'd like yogurt then? It's probably just his age then, he will get used to other fruit flavors, juice etc on his own, as long as you keep introducing it.... :)

Courtney - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter was the same way at that age, I didn't usually worry unless she was sick and maybe needed a little extra hydration. I would then mix water into her milk, she had no idea.

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010

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He eats well! Veggies, fruits, meat, crackers, cookies, cheese, yogurt, you name it. He is not living off of milk! I'm saying he doesn't drink water or juice!

Lindsay - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter 18 months also only drinks milk! She is a good eater and gets her vitamin everyday. I have just started to get her to drink a little juice once a day. She won't drink water at all. She has always been this way. Doc said kids 12 months to 2 years should be getting 24 ounces of milk a day, that is basically 3 of her sippy cups a day and she tends to drink 4 so the doc and I are not at all worried.

Emily - posted on 04/19/2010

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Oh, sorry, I thought you meant he ONLY drank milk, no solids. I misunderstood.

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2010

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I'm not really concerned about nutrition...as I mentioned he gets a daily multi vitamin and he's a good eater...I switched him to cow's milk when he began eating three meals a day and snacks. My biggest concern is wondering if he can be hydrated enough just off of milk and no water. But I will take your advice and ask his doctor when he gets his needles next week.

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