16 mo will not drink milk out of a sippy only water

Krystl - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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im afraid to eliminate bottle feedings b/c she will not drink milk from a sippy or a cup. shes doing fine weaning from the bottle -doesnt ask for it but cant get her to drink milk any other way. she only accepts water in her sippy, anything else she turns her nose upto. im still giving her a bottle at night just so she can get some sort of dairy in her. she isnt fond of yogurt, yogurt drinks, or cheese. tried heating the milk and even adding choc syrup! any suggestions?

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Valerie - posted on 03/31/2009

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You know--i wouldn't worry about it too much.  If you take away her bottle, she might decide after a few days that it's worth it to her to drink it out of a sippy cup, and she might not.   Dairy products aren't essential.  The things that are good about dairy products are protein and calcium.  If she's getting enough protein and calcium from other sources, she really doesn't need milk.  Here are some foods that are high in calcium: 





Salmon

Tofu

Rhubarb

Sardines

Collard greens

Spinach

Turnip greens

Okra

White beans

Baked beans

Broccoli

Peas

Brussel sprouts

Sesame seeds

Bok choy

Almonds

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User - posted on 04/04/2009

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I agree about giving no other option, I did the same thing with my daughter right at a year.  We also started with the nuby sippy cups, very easy transition.  Only offer her milk out of her sippy cup, don't give her water or anything else and she will get thirsty enough to drink it!  I know it's tough but stick to it and it will work!  She won't dehydrate herself:)

Claudette - posted on 04/01/2009

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You're just going to have to stick to your guns!  There will be lots of fussy, lots of whining, but you've got to stick to it.



I saw my cousin with the same problem, she got the NUBY nipple and she also tried a straw in a regular cup.  Her son actually took to the straw better than the nipple and he was going on 18 months at the time.

Krystl - posted on 04/01/2009

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Thanks to all the wonderful mommies! Forget google! i appreciate all your encouraging words of wisdom. I've decided to cut all the bottles out and see how it goes. And in the mean time trying to add more veggies to her meals to up the calcium -it will be interesting b/c she is a plain white rice and pasta kinda gal!

Adrienne - posted on 03/31/2009

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My two year old daughter did the same thing...I kept the bottles of milk at night for awhile...she eventually started taking milk in the sippy cups...takes them awhile to adjust...my doctor said there was no harm in letting them have the bottle for a little longer...sooner than later your 16 mo old will have sippys everywhere! And bottles will be a thing of the past!

Ann - posted on 03/31/2009

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keep the water going!! my son won't drink water very often - try giving milk in a cup with a lid and straw at the table during mealtimes

Stella - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hi, I have a 2 year old (2 years and 1 month),and I have not managed it..will only have milk out of his bottle!!But he does have health issues,so we just go with it. I figure,in the end he will do what everyone else does..he will drink milk out of an open cup when his friends are around!!

Mary Beth - posted on 03/31/2009

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I quit giving mine a bottle at night at 12 months and would only offer water at night. I wouldn't worry about the milk, they will drink it eventually.

Lorna - posted on 03/31/2009

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had same problem with my daughter, she will only have millk out of a bottle tried diffrent cups to her water cup even proper childrens cups tried having millk to drink ourselves with meals and she tries it as soon as she relises it not water stops. In the end we just had to stop the bottles. When she reached 2 we stopped the bottles but still wouldnt drink millk, Health visistor told us not to worry as she has millk on cereal and dairy products in her diet so she will be getting enougth. I must adnitt though i wish she would drink it. But just try and give millk otherways. Good luck hope you manage

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2009

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Kids will constantly try to get moms and dads to do what they want and at times when it has to do with food, we think we have to comply with the kids' demands instead of reinforcing that we are the mom, even if it has to do with something as simple as bottle vs sippy cup. It's the same thing with a "picky eater." A kid will not starve themselves nor will they go without milk for very long, not matter what. Stick to your guns and you let your child know what's going on in your home, not the other way around. That is how bad habits can secretly start.

Diane - posted on 03/31/2009

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if she is getting dairy elsewhere she will not be missing out on anything. Eventually she will get it, and drink milk out of the sippy cup. get rid of the bottle. Even if she is rebellious that will last less than a week, and no more bottle. Success feels good. If you plan on having more children try this. Don't put anything in a bottle but breast milk, or formula. That way when it is time to switch to milk the bottle goes away, and never put breast milk or formula in a sippy cup because it is just waaaay easier to switch this way. trust me I have three very different children, and I developed this with my first child and it has worked for each of my children exactly the same.

Becki - posted on 03/31/2009

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just had this problem with my 1 year old (today is her first b-day). i was still giving her a bottle at night for the same reason. what actually worked was giving her no other choice. half way thru the day she was thirsty enough she drank it. we are about two weeks later now and a gallon of her milk only lasts her about 3 days. of course she whined at first and threw the sippy a few times but we stuck to it..... best of luck ladies! 

Amber - posted on 03/31/2009

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My son is the same way. he's 1 year old. He'll drink juice and water and tea out of a sippy but not milk. I think he's just so used to drinking milk out of his bottle that he doesnt want to lose that comfort. Just refuse the bottle. If she wants milk bad enough she'll take it. Also another idea is to get a NUBY sippy cup with the soft mouth thing. that makes transitioning from a bottle really easy!

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