Hey everyone! I survived Alt and will be sharing a synopsis of my experience later on this week. In some ways it was what I expected and in other ways not. To be continued…
Mabrey is almost twenty-two months old and still takes a bottle. (Per our pediatrician’s recommendation, I give her coconut milk due to an issue with dairy.) She refuses to drink milk from anything but her bottle. I’m not worried but I think it’s interesting to see how my views on the topic have changed from baby #1 to baby #3.
When my boys (now 8 & 5 years old) were babies, the day they turned one I got rid of all bottles. I breastfed them both but they stopped nursing and started bottles on their own before age one. At the time, I thought I was doing the “right” thing by banning bottles when they turned a year old. They didn’t fight me on the matter but it did take them a few weeks to accept milk from a cup.
With Mabrey, it’s almost laughable to see how far I’ve loosened the mama reins. And it’s not just the bottle, either. I’m more flexible all around, figuratively speaking. What’s that Mabrey? You wanna stay up late and dance naked in the living room to pop music? You wanna eat food off the floor? You want me to read you books instead of lay you down for a nap? …oh, okay.
I hadn’t really thought about the bottle thing until recently when someone asked when I had stopped giving Mabrey bottles. I got the look when I said she still took them. Mabrey flat out refused all bottles and solid foods until she was ten months old so when I consider that, she’s only been taking a bottle for a year.
But like I said, I’m not worried. Mabrey doesn’t need a bottle to fall asleep. She doesn’t carry it around with her all day. In fact, she usually feeds herself on a floor pouf in the living room then walks her empty bottle over to the kitchen sink when she’s finished. (She’s the tidiest toddler I’ve ever encountered! She’s always making messes but is quick to clean up.) Although I suppose when a toddler says “I wanna baba o’ milk” maybe it’s time for milk in a cup? Maybe I’m subconsciously okay with the bottle because I know she’s definitely my last baby and I’m trying to milk (sorry for the pun) every last drop of the baby phase?
I don’t have any definite plans to wean Mabrey from her bottle and I don’t think there’s a concrete “right” time for all babies to be weaned. They’re so different in so many ways, aren’t they? Still, I’m curious as to when and how you stopped giving your baby a bottle. If you have more than one child, have you loosened the mama reins with subsequent children as well?
images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking