Re: July Infants and Toddlers
posted at 7/2/2013 12:47 PM EDT
Nov, I went through the same thing with DS. I think he was still getting 2 or 3 bottles a day at age 1, and by 15 mos we had him off them completely. In the end, I way overestimated how upset he'd be/how long the transition would take. Even though I wanted to put those dang things away, I guess I was still a little attached!
If she takes bottles with meals, start by replacing one of those with a sippy of water or whole milk (have you tried offering that yet? DS still hasn't taken to it, but I know it works for a lot of people). Depending on how long it takes her to adjust (if at all), do away with another one in a few days. If she freaks out, try diluting the bmilk/formula. Over a few days, dilute it more and then stop offering it.
Most people say the bedtime bottle is the hardest to do away with and to save that for last. For us it was actually the morning one that he struggled with the most, so we just diluted it more each day until he was basically drinking water, and then just stopped offering it.
She'll definitely need to eat more food if she's still taking that much in bottles, and you'll all have to recalibrate as you go. Offer her more at meals, make sure she gets 2 snacks, and maybe add in a bedtime snack, too?
RE: daycare, I had the opposite problem. We were gung ho, per our pedi's advice, to have him off bottles by age 1 (obviously didn't happen). Part of the problem was that 3 kids at daycare -- all a few months older than him -- were still getting bottles and our provider told us DS was getting mad when he didn't have one. For a couple months, he was getting 2 (very small) bottles at daycare that he wouldn't get at home, just so he wouldn't freak out. Then when we finally told her we weren't going to bring bottles anymore, our provider said "Oh, good, he's the last one. The other kids stopped awhile ago!" Ummm....glad we communicated about that one!