Thursday, January 6, 2011

Weaning from a Bottle Woes

Isis is now officially drinking from a cup - no more bottles!! But our journey to get here hasn't been the most fun, although it was probably better than some! I thought I'd share some of our story for those of you who may be at this point soon!

First, we started weaning her at about 11 1/2 months. At that point, she was taking a bottle at 7:30am, 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:00pm. We started with the 3:30pm bottle. I gave her a sippy cup with half whole milk & half formula. She screamed. For about 45 minutes. It was awful. I consoled her every few minutes, but I didn't offer her a bottle. After about 45 minutes, I sat her down in the living room with the sippy cup on the ottoman and I walked in the kitchen to get her a piece of bread. I was gone about 5 seconds. When I came back, she was drinking the milk from the cup. Hilarious!

I guess other than her 45 minute tantrum, it was a pretty easy transition. About 3 days later, I started giving her a cup at the 11:30am feeding with no fight. Then about 4 days after that, I gave her a cup in the morning. About 2 days after that, she was eating a TON to make up for not having the formula. She ate everything we gave her. Black olives, pickles, cheese, yogurt, everything! She would eat SO much. We offered her whole milk at every meal, but she doesn't drink a ton of it. We were giving her water in a cup at other times, too. 

The Thursday before New Year's, she ate a ridiculous amount of food. I was still giving her a bottle of formula at night, so after eating a lot all day, she chugged that bottle of 7 oz of formula in about 30 seconds. Literally. It was clear she wasn't very happy when she finished it. At about 11:00pm, she woke up crying & I noticed something in her bed when I looked in the video monitor. Yep, it was vomit.

We cleaned that up & put her back to bed. At 2:00am, she woke up crying again & I went in there. I then had my real initiation into motherhood when she vomited all over me! The entire front of my shirt was soaked. I didn't want it to get on the carpet, so I just leaned back & took it all on myself. We both had to take a bath at 2am. She had no fever & no diarrhea, so we knew it was that she had eaten a lot. Especially when she didn't throw up again all night, but she had two big BM's the next day! The amount of food she was eating was crazy! We didn't give her another bottle after that - all cups all the time!

But we did discover that she prefers straw cups to sippy cups. We love these Playtex ones!

So there's our story! Took us about 2 weeks to transition & now at 1 year old, she's officially on cups! Although it took us a little tantrum & a major middle-of-the-night vomit episode to get there! 

What was your transition to cups like??

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Jill said...

Congrats Isis! We're not quite there yet!

Amy said...

Is it common to like the straws better? Well done Isis!

Booyah's Momma said...

Neither of my kids liked regular sippy cups. But when we tried the straw sippy cups? Golden.

And it always amazes me how much food they can pack away in those little tummies sometimes. Do you think she's going through a growth spurt?

Mama Smors said...

That is fast!!! Isis did a super job :) Ivy also liked the straw cups for a long time!

Stephanie the PW said...

It's been a little while since i've stopped by to get my dose of momma info, as I've been stuck in the middle of the blogger-to-self-hosted-wordpress-transition. I just wanted to say that I'm glad I subscribe to your email updates, and when the time comes for me to raise a child, I'll seriously look to this blog for some great info! So thank you! :)

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Tat said...

Great job, congratulations.

Lindsey said...

Awww yay! Congrats to you and Isis. It' so bittersweet isn't it? It's like you want them to be more independent but then it's a sign they are growing up so fast.


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