Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Bye Bye to Bottles
At Jr.'s one year check-up, our pediatrician let us know that it was time to get rid of Jr.'s bottle. No problem, I thought. Just as soon as he's home with me for the summer, we'll give that a go. A couple weeks later, his morning teacher at daycare let me know that they were going to start pushing the cup more. "Perfect," I said, "We're really going to work on that this summer." I could see on his take-home sheet each day that he was drinking a couple ounces of milk from a cup, while still having a couple bottles. Excellent progress!
A couple of days later, his afternoon teacher and I were joking around as I picked up Jr. (she was teasing me about my bag of incentives). She laughingly mentioned that Jr. wasn't drinking much from his cup. I laughed and said, "What are we going to do about that?" Ha ha! She looked at me quite seriously and said, "What are YOU going to do about that?"
Touche. She went on to tell me about how all the other babies were progressing quite nicely with the cup and many had given up the bottle. And, of course, "there are no bottle in the toddler room!" she threatened. That is just the push I needed to take this cup thing seriously.
I kept to my plan, for the most part, though. The weekend he withdrew from daycare, I stopped giving Jr. the bottle. Cold turkey. The pediatrician actually advised that this would be the best way to handle it, as babies don't handle gradual change that well. We had some fussy crying, batting of the cup, and attempts to breastfeed for the first couple of days. He seems to have adjusted quite well now. He definitely doesn't drink as much milk as he did before, but that is probably a good thing. He's eating his meals much better!
I can't wait to tell his teacher how quickly he adapted to the cup this summer. It's amazing how well babies adapt to "cold turkey" behavioral extinction plans!