Reason 1286 why I was a better parent before I actually had a child: "I'll have my kid off a bottle by 12 months old. Come on, how hard can it be for them to get used to drink out of a sippy cup?"
Reality: My kid wants no part of a sippy cup and actually freaks out if I offer it to him instead of his bottle. He. Ain't. Havin'. It.
So we went to Kaiden's 12 month checkup last week and the doctor walked in just as I was sticking a bottle in his mouth. During our appointment as he was asking his typical developmental questions:
Doc: "Is he walking yet?
Me: "Just behind his push truck."
Doc: "Is he saying any words?"
Me: "Just MaMa and DaDa."
Doc: "Did you switch him to milk yet?"
Me: "I am in the process now of making the switch."
Doc: "Oh, and you really want to get him off a bottle by 15 months and have him drinking out of a cup."
Me: "Oh, okay. But I am having a little trouble getting him to take a sippy cup still." (Little trouble is an understatement.)
Doc: "Just keep offering it to him. He might even like it now since he will be drinking milk from it. Some kids like milk better."
Me: (Easy for him to say.) "I'll keep trying."
I walked out of there in a panic.
My mission (and I guess I have no choice but to accept it):
Get my kid to embrace the sippy cup within the next 3 months, and I'm so not sure how to get this done.
I actually bought his sippy cups when he was 6 months old and started to, infrequently, offer it to him. He never got the concept of sucking from it. But, I would remove the valve and actually just pour the water or juice in his mouth thinking if he knew what was in there he would then he would want to take it. Nope. I gradually started to offer it to him more and more during lunch and dinner and sometimes in between meals. But, he would rather play with it or use the spout as a teething toy and chew on it. Actually drink from it? No such luck.
This past week I decided to "up my game." Kaiden still takes a bottle when he first wakes up. Just about 4 oz. So, I have been putting half of the milk in the bottle and giving that to him first then trying to give him the other 2 oz in the sippy cup. He. Freaks. Out. I still offer it to him all through the day. Even still taking the valve out for the first few sips, which he will take willingly. But as soon as I put the valve back in, it becomes a toy.
So, the training continues. I may be down, but by golly, I'm not out. This Momma will win this fight once and for all.