My son was so easy to transition from formula and a bottle. One day I put milk in his bottle and he acted like he didn’t even notice. The next week I put it in a sippy cup and again, he acted like he didn’t notice. I was shocked because so many people had warned me of the ordeal that was transitioning from bottle to sippy cup and from formula or breast milk to milk. Going through it again now with Sophie is completely different. She yells and crys until she gets her bottle every night. She will not go to sleep unless she gets it and she refuses to drink it if it’s regular milk. She has been a lot tougher to break of these habits. She does great with a sippy, but when it comes for bedtime, she wants that bottle.
While we have officially begun the transition from bottle to sippy and from formula to milk – again, here are a few tricks that have worked for me with one or both of my babies:
Introduce them to a sippy cup very early on. Even if they can’t really use it yet, getting them familiar with it/ teeth on it, etc. will help them become used to it early on.
Let them drink milk as early as they can. My doctor told me that Sophie could start drinking it at 11 months, so we introduced her to it then. However, she had been known to sneak some of her brother’s milk from time to time before then.
Try putting milk into their bottle (instead of formula) to see if they even notice. If you’re lucky, they won’t complain.
Try substituting a toddler drink in their sippy cup.
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What tips do you have for the big transition? Have you tried Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink?