My son was whining, "Bottle, bottle, bottle," so I ordered some milk and filled his bottle up. The other kids were drinking water from sippy cups.
I should have taken away the bottle a couple of months ago, when my son would take any old sippy cup, or any old bottle, he didn't care either way. It's too late now -- he's attached to the bottle. Not even the sippy cup with the fire engine can captivate him for very long. And not even seeing his two friends with their cups worked.
"I'm trying to cut out milk with meals," my friend said. "She eats yogurt for breakfast, cheese for lunch, I think she gets too much dairy."
"Our pediatrician said they only need 18 to 24 ounces of milk per day," the other mom said.
As I watched my son down an 8 ounce bottle of milk with hardly a breath, I did some mental calculations. A bottle at 5:00 am (I know, bad habit we got into and so hard to break!), 10:00 am, after lunch, after nap, and evening. That's five bottles, times 8 ounces..... yikes. That's about 40 ounces of milk my son's getting.
I winced. My son's always been in the 90th percentile, so maybe he needs more than the average kid. But he's getting double? Am I on the road to being featured on "Honey, we're killing the kids?"
Is 18 months when you start weaning the kid off of the bottle? Off of milk? Moms, what do you say?