My daughter has never taken a bottle or formula. It’s been a wonderful year nursing and bonding with her, but quite honestly I’m ready for the next step. I’m ready to put the nursing bras and breast pump away. She’s able to feed herself now and I’m back at work. It’s time. I’m taking it slowly though and want this transition to happen as naturally as possible.
A couple of months ago I went to one of those warehouse baby stores to purchase a cup for her. There were so many brands and styles to choose from! Some had two handles, some a hard plastic spout, and some had a straw. I figured I’d buy several and let her decide which one she liked the best. When I got home I washed-out one of them and filled it with a little water. I handed the cup to her. She shook it a few times and threw it on the floor. Now what?
This routine happened everyday for weeks. Before offering her a different cup I would demonstrate how to use it, but I think she thought it was a new toy to play with. Shake, toss and watch mom pick it up. Fun! Then one day it just clicked. She put the little straw in her mouth and took a sip. Hooray! She’s been drinking water from it once daily ever since. This was a major milestone for me and a huge step in trying to wean her.
Now that she’s one, we can introduce whole cow’s milk. I’ve heard that some babies don’t like it at first. Keep your fingers crossed that she does. I’ll keep you posted.
Have a nice weekend.