So we have a bit of a problem…sippy cups. Actually it’s not just sippy cups, it’s any type of drinking apparatus that is not a bottle. I have been trying to get Dylan off the bottle for 8 months and it is not going well. I have to admit I’m not always the most consistent, and I usually cave and give him the bottle eventually (I can’t let my little angel get dehydrated).
All the parenting advice I hear or read (which I often take with a grain of salt) say babies should be off the bottle at 12 months. The reasons are that it can be bad for their teeth and that they are drinking too many calories. I’ve limited Dylan’s milk intake to 15 ounces or less a day and he never gets milk before bed but he drinks water from the bottle as well. He won’t drink anything from any other cup and he needs water to survive!
This has really been stressing me out. I’ve literally lost sleep over it. I guess life is pretty good when one of your biggest problems is cups, but I still feel mom guilt and some embarrassment every time we’re out in public and Dylan is still sipping on his bottle.
I decided that this week I was going to amp up my efforts. After talking with my pediatrician, I decided that Dylan will no longer get milk in a bottle (since he is a good eater he actually doesn’t need milk for nutrition). He will still get water in a bottle at different times throughout the day just to make sure he’s staying hydrated. The idea is that if he wants that milk bad enough he’ll figure out how to use the cup (fyi he has not drank any milk in the past couple days and does not seem bothered by it). In addition I have three different types of cups available to him all day; this sippy cup that he seems to like the best, a straw cup, and the 360 trainer cup. I also offer him a regular cup throughout the day (which always causes a huge mess and he drinks very little from).
I’ll put milk, water, and even watered down juice (which he would never get in a bottle) in the different cups but I haven’t seen any improvement. We’ll see how this week goes with the milk but I’m not feeling optimistic. Any advice is much appreciated!