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It’s Wednesday, time for Ask the Moms, and I’ve decided to turn it around and ask all of you for advice! Today’s topic: transitioning from bottles and formula to sippy cups and milk.
Yes, it’s a self-serving one on my part, but one that I know lots of people can relate to. We’ve hit the magical one-year mark, and I cannot tell you how glad I am to have purchased my very last pallet of formula at the warehouse store. Milk may have become expensive recently, but it’s nothing compared to the cost of formula.
Here’s what I’ve done so far, please chime in with your favorite tips and tricks for transitioning to milk!
First, my kids started toying with sippy cups around 6 or 7 months, but it was very sporadic. They started being able to drink water from it with real regularity probably around 10-11 months. Now, it’s no problem. They’ll drink water or even some diluted apple juice from any variety of models, though our favorite is probably the Take & Toss ones. Heck, my daughter even figured out a straw yesterday. But if I give them a cup of milk? A sip or two, maybe, but they still want their bottles of formula.
So, I changed my focus to getting them to drink milk, whatever the vessel. Today’s mix in the bottle is half-formula, half-milk, and it was no problem. I’m guessing we should be to 100% milk by the end of the weekend. My son would probably tolerate a more abrupt change than that, but my daughter is wary of new tastes, so we’re taking it a day or two at a time.
Now, any suggestions for the final step of getting the milk into the sippy? My kids still seem to really want those bottles 3-4 times a day to satisfy a particular type of hunger-thirst. But handing them their cups at the normal bottle time turns into a revolt. Hand them a cup of apple juice at snack time, and they practically chug it and slam the cup upside-down like a frat boy. But a sippy cup of formula when they want a bottle? How dare I?
Dear readers, what worked for you when waving bye-bye to bottles? Or for the exclusively-breastfeeding bunch, were there any difficulties for you when going from breast to cups? I know that true weaning is a different topic entirely (which was discussed recently by both Krissy and Rebecca), but what about the sippy-cup aspect?