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    transition exclusively to milk in a sippy cup with no extra bottles?

    We have only just this week gone cold turkey with my 3 yo DS on bottles. He was still having 3 bottles a day and was ridiculously attached to them. We kept him on them because he loved them and we found it hard to say 'no', especially when his baby sister was having bottles.

    So, this week 'the bottle fairy' came to collect our bottles to give to some new little babies. But DS is still missing his bottles so I have hidden the last 2 bottles that I had for my 1 yo DD. I have been using a sippy cup and only giving her a bottle overnight as I don't think my DS (or myself) are ready to cope with the sadness and frustration of seeing his sister have a bottle when he can't.

    My DD eats really well and doesn't seem to be needing more milk, although she obviously drinks less milk from a sippy cup than a bottle.

    However, my DH is putting the pressure on to give DD more milk via bottle. His reasoning is that he thinks DS can handle it and that a 13 mo old needs a bottle.

    Does my DD need to be given her 200ml bottle 3 times a day or is it okay for me to give her 3 main meals plus 2 snacks plus the 300ml per day that she takes from a sippy cup?

    She has porridge made on milk as well as a cheese stick and a yoghurt each day. This seems like enough dairy to me but DH doesn't think so.

    Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.
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    I think that is old enough to transition to a sippy cup completely. Not sure on the amount of milk she should have but if you think its on the low side just make sure she gets plenty of cheese or yoghurt.

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    Both of my kids went straight from the boob at 12 months to sippy cups. No issues at all.

    Eta: they would have a cup (about 100mls) in the morning, a cup before day sleeps (1-2 depending on how many sleeps they had that day) and a cup at bedtime. They would have milk on their breakfast and cheese and yoghurt during the day.
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    cows milk is just a drink , not a formula replacement - the recommended daily intake of dairy for babies over 12 months is 1 and a half serves a day ( 1 serve is 250ml of milk or a tub of yogurt) so yes 1 cup of milk a day plus some cheese or yogurt is perfect


    I think 600ml a day is too much and might fill her up - this is the latest healthy eating guidelines with all the minimum requirements needed from each food group - you can show your DH if he wants to read it

    https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmr...ary_131014.pdf

    The minimum recommended amount of milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives ranges from 11⁄2-2 serves a day for children up to 8 years

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    That's what I did with my Dd at around 12 months, I threw the bottles out and used a sippy cup for milk with breakfast and 1 cup before bed.

    She wasn't really attached to them so I took the opportunity to do it before she was. We've had no problems with doing that, she loves yoghurt and cheese as well so she was always getting enough dairy.

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    Definitely not too young!
    We are seriously struggling getting our 13 month old to cut down his milk intake but he is attached.
    If you can do it go for it.

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    I stopped bf my dd2 on her first birthday and she never looked for it. I never gave her bottles or sippy cup of milk or anything as I didn't want her to get attached to it like my other 2.

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    I slowly took 1 bottle away at a time for my 13 month old DS and replaced with sippy cup, he is on toddler formula and now only has 2 cups a day 100mls in the morning & 150mls at night he doesn't look for his bottles at all.

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    I stopped breastfeeding my oldest at 19 months and my youngest at 13 months. Neither of them ever had bottles or sippy cups of anything other than water. They ate cheese and yoghurt and sometimes milk in porridge, which I felt was enough dairy for them.

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    We had weaned my daughter off bottles completely by 13 months and she wasn't phased by it at all. Once they're 12 months old and not on formula, cows milk is just a drink rather than nutritionally essential.


 

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