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04/08/2013 at 15:04
We started trying Esme with milk in a beaker this afternoon and it was not successful. She drank about half but took ages whereas with the rest in a bottle she sucked it down without the constant stop-starting.
So do we persist? Try a different beaker although we tried both with valve and without? Or leave it and try another time?
04/08/2013 at 15:13
We tried loads of different cups, and discovered he drank out of a cup with a straw the best, so that is what we used.
I never gave in, and gave him his bottle. It was a cup, or he went without.
04/08/2013 at 15:33
Maybe more cup options are required. The other problem I have is timing. Don't have time in the mornings to faff around, bedtime I want her calm and full tummy hence trying afternoons first. But that means getting nursery to do battle with the beaker. Gah.
04/08/2013 at 18:09
P has never drunk as much milk from her beaker as she did her bottle. She's dit and down a 8oz bottle but will drink herbeaker more gradually. Some days she downs the whole thing, others she only has a few mouthfuls. In the mornings she has hers with breakfast and beforehand too. She doesn't get as much butby the time we swapped she was 1 and eating plenty so milk wasn't as important. We just use a TT free flow cup.
04/08/2013 at 19:33
We just threw the bottles in the bin one day and made a complete switch over to beakers. If they wanted their milk they had to drink it from the new receptacle. They probably don't drink as much milk as they used to as a result but saved faffing around.
04/08/2013 at 21:16
We have only just got rid of her bedtime bottle at just over 2... She never drinks as much milk from a cup and I wanted her to keep drinking it. She switched on her own last week to a cup. I always cleaned her teeth after the bottle and since it took her about 2 minutes to drink I didn't worry about her having it.
For me it didn't seem a big deal for her to still have a bottle for such a short amount of time per day.
04/08/2013 at 22:09
Same as Very Excited, C drank very little milk so I felt it was more important for her to drink one bottle of milk, than none at all. We got rid of the bottle completely at 2 and she's never had any problems with her teeth, in fact the dentist commented how good they are. I only got rid of the bottle then as i was happy that she was getting enough dairy in her diet. As long as you're only putting milk in the bottle and clean their teeth well I can't see the problem. Some of the cups you can buy such as fruit shoot style bottles are actually worse as they put the liquid directly onto the teeth. Straws are the best option according to the dental advisor who came to our children's centre. As S is milk and soya intolerant, i have no intention of getting rid of her few bottles of milk as it's the only proper source of calcium she gets. Don't worry too much about it, i know very few people in real life whi took the bottle away the moment they hit one.
05/08/2013 at 07:41
Same as AK here. Tried loads of different cups but one with a straw worked best.
We only use it for milk so she knows its not water when she gets it
05/08/2013 at 12:25
I cant remember exactly what age Miss CV was when we dropped bottles, but she was well older than the guidance recommends. At least 2. Like VE and LWO, her bottles were limited to milk and at specific feed times (by the age of 2 I am pretty sure it would have just been a bottle at bedtime) - she didnt carry a bottle around with her all day like some children do (she'd drink water to quench thirst generally - bottles were only for bottle time if that makes sense!) and we certainly never put anything in it other than milk, so I was happy enough. Her teeth are fab.
05/08/2013 at 12:54
T hasn't used bottles that much, but we've tried endless types of beakers for him to drink water, and now milk. He does quite well with a straw - either out of a normal glass or one of those beakers with a straw valve thing. Turns out he drinks the most when drinking out of a normal adult glass or cup - drawback is he needs to be supervised! Have you tried a straw? Do you use free-flow or non-spill beakers? x
05/08/2013 at 21:18
We've tried doidy, free flow and valved. All are fine with water, but put milk in and takes a swig, stops, has to be persuaded to put it back in her mouth etc
Will buy her a straw cup thingy this week and see how that goes. OH is going to speak to nursery too for any ideas.
Good to know other people haven't moved on at 1 with no ill effects. I'm quite paranoid about her teeth!
05/08/2013 at 21:36
Ours are similar age so thought I'd share what we've done so far (hes 1 on monday) from 11m I have swapped his afternoon bottle for cows milk in a straw cup (same style as what he uses for water but a different colour) with lunch. This has increased his morning and night bottles which is good. At the moment he's on 80% cows milk in all bottles (which I have done gradually - an oz every week for a while now) Next week when he turns 1 I'm going to do breakfast straight away instead of morning bottle, but offer cows milk in his cup with breakfast. Offer again with lunch if he wants it but continue with the bedtime bottle until I'm satisfied that hes eating enough. Luckily hes never fed to sleep, so thats not a problem but I think that last feed is a nice comfort thing.
05/08/2013 at 22:02
Angel Pie, I honestly tried very cup on the market (I have a cupboard full ready to go through the same thing with S), and while she would happily drink water or juice from them, milk was a non-starter. So many of them are similar in style to a bottle, I don't see why there's the big deal. I guess the guidelines are there to stop children comfort sucking on a bottle with juice all day and trashing their teeth as dental decay in under 5s has massively increased (although that's surely more to do with poor dental hygiene and fruit shoot style bottles, than one bottle of milk a day). As long as her teeth are well brushed after the last bottle it'll be ok. Just don't let her suck it to sleep.
06/08/2013 at 08:05
Thanks all, McSquirtle, we did the same with gradually increasing the % of cow's milk and she is now on pure cow's milk (huge saving on the purse!!)
LWO - we struggle to get her teeth cleaned thoroughly and she has 12 of them! It's a worry but as she only has her bottles sitting on our knee 3 times a day and isn't running around with it hanging out of her mouth, maybe I'll stop worrying quite so much x
06/08/2013 at 11:07
Have you let her clean her teeth herself? She may chew on the brush a bit, but once she gets used to having it in her mouth it'll make it easier for you. I've been lucky in that C loves brushing her teeth, not sure S will be as compliant! X
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