Help with feeding 1 year old

Sarah - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )




Hello. My daughter just turned a year old. At her 12-month check up, the doctor said to go cold turkey on bottles and formula, giveher whole milk in a cup and feed her table food. The problem is, she refuses to drink from a cup, swatting it away when I offer it. There were many tears today - from herself and from me.

Any advice, suggestions on how to get her to drink from a cup and also, what kind of cup may be best for her to use? I've gone through three cups with no luck - Avent, Gerber, and Nuby.

Any help you can offer would be wonderful.

Thank you in advance.


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Michelle - posted on 02/10/2009




we did the same thing, cold turkey on our sons 1 yr bday (he is now 14.5 months old), and at first we had similar challenges and just tried about 10 different sippy cups (sigh) and would just keep trying to give it to him when he seemed thirsty. Eventually he latched onto it and he did not starve or dehyrdrate

Kim - posted on 02/10/2009




Put water in a sippy cup and let her play with that while you show her how to drink out of it...then eventually leave her to experiment.  It doesn't have to be cold turkey...and docs sometimes are VERY aggressive with that type of advice.  Eventually if you let her play with the cup, she'll get used to it and you can start using it for all meals.  Then you can start to offer it in place of bottles.  Gerber has a soft spout sippy that my daughter started, she's now on regular sippy cups.  Believe me if she has her bottle a few months longer, no problem!  The world won't end (although some docs may make you think that:)) 

To switch from formula to milk just mix the premade formula with milk over a week or so until you're just giving her milk.  She'll never know and will quickly adapt. 

Try not to worry too obviously care very much about your daughter, and she will pick up the cup just fine.  It's not necessary to get both of you to the point of tears, just because a doctor told you to do something their way.  Don't get me wrong...doctors are our best resource, but we know best how to transition our own children from one step to another. 

Table food is also daughter was a slow adapter to table food...until I let go of my preconceived idea of how meal times were supposed to go and I let her dictate what she was willing to try.  Once I put appropriate food in front of her and let her "go to town", not worrying about the mess, she became a chowhound!  And now at 18 months is totally independently eating.  It makes things much easier for me!

Jennifer - posted on 02/10/2009




I would start by puttin her formula in her cup.  Then on day 2 give her 3/4 formula 1/4 milk, day 4 1/2 and 1/2 , day six 1/4 3/4 , then on day 8 all milk.  This is what we had to do for my son.  Nuby also makes a cup that is very close to a bottle. I think it is called a sport sipper.

Or I know you can put a nipple on the Advent cups, and just let her get used to holdin the cup and then intriduce the sippy top.


I hope this helps!! Hugs I have been there Mama!!

Good Luck


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