My 18 month old refuses to drink milk from a sippy cup. She gladly drinks juice & water from her sippy, but no matter the type of sippy cup I put milk in she won't drink it (I've tried her favorite existing cups and have also tried a variety of new cups). She only wants milk in her bottle. To give her credit, she will occasionally try to drink some milk from the sippy, but she ends up gagging on the milk and then refuses to try any additional sips. Most times she simply refuses the sippy with milk by saying no and walking away or by having a meltdown (especially if she has specifically asked for her "bubba"). How do I successfully introduce her to milk in a sippy to help her make this transition away from bottles? Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
From: Sarah, Avon, MA
This isn't about not wanting milk in a sippy cup, it's about not wanting to give up the comfort, coziness and closeness that comes from sitting in your (or someone else's) lap while she drinks milk from a bottle. What's the big rush, anyway? She's already demonstrated that she can use the sippy cup. Stop pushing milk in the cup and enjoy that she's still wants to sit still long enough to take refuge in your lap and cuddle up for milk in her bottle. Our kids grow up fast enough as it is! Don't sweat this one, she'll give it up when she's good and ready, meanwhile, give her what she needs.
Readers, do you agree?