Monday, October 15, 2007

Weaning part 2

Porgie is officially weaned from the bottle. The process was much, much easier than I had anticipated. For moms and dads who are dreading the process, I am going to share the techniques I used with Porgie.

Week # 1 - I started the first week by replacing her morning bottle with a cup. Porgie eagerly accepted this substitute, without any whining or fussing. For the first several days, she drank her milk very slowly. However, by the 4th or 5th day, she was finishing the entire cup within an hour. After a full week of drinking out of a cup in the morning, we moved on to the nighttime bottle.

Week # 2 - Although I was hesitant to give up the nighttime bottle, Porgie didn't seem to mind one little bit. I started giving her a cup of milk with dinner at 5:30. I have been letting her drink from the cup until bedtime, to ensure that she goes to bed at 7:00 with a full tummy. I thought Porgie would be restless without her nighttime bottle, but to my surprise she didn't seem to care at all. I was planning on giving Porgie her nighttime bottle for a full week before moving on to the nap time bottle, but Porgie had other ideas...

End of week # 2 - Porgie suddenly started refusing her nap time bottle. She still wanted milk, but she wanted it in her cup - NOT HER BOTTLE!!! How lucky am I?

Overall, weaning was fairly easy. I high recommend giving it a try. The only problem we encountered was finding a cup that she liked to drink milk from. This is the cup she has been using for milk. We continue to use this cup for water. Using different cups for milk and water has really helped Porgie in this process.

6 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh I am so proud of you and I am glad you posted this because I have always wondered what it would be like. Thanks so much Momma!!

Eva said...

I would like to wean my baby from the bottle, but currently I can't see how since she is for some reason having 2-3 bottles IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT these days. It's insane. She actually just had one two hours AFTER she had a big bedtime bottle. WTF? And one in the afternoon. That's a LOT for her age, but she is waking up a lot at night and wants a bottle, so what can I do? When she goes back to sleeping through then we'll try weaning.

Congratulations and thanks for the tips!

Patriot said...

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Em said...

Excellent, i think as parents we make it worse coz we dont want ot change things - well i do. They adapt so well to change, i bought the milk cup you are using, for Billy last week for him to take out of the house with water in and he loves it - good choice!

Catizhere said...

CONGRATS!

I can't seem to get Will to give up the bed-time bottle. He gets a cup of milk with dinner, and another with night-time snack around 7:30 - 8:00. He just cries and cries, "bobbie, bobbie...."
Pathetic enabler that I am, I give it to him.

It's not about the badge! said...

We also had an easy time getting E to drink from the sippy. It did take a while (more K and my fault than E's} to get E to stop using the bottle at night.

Now the thing I am really dreading is the potty training.

Congrats Porgie on your latest milestone!