thread: How many bottles at 12 months?

  1. #1
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    Apr 2009
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    How many bottles at 12 months?

    Hi,
    My little girl has just turned 1 and I'm wondering how many bottles she should be having in a day.
    She currently has 3 (morning, afternoon and night) 240ml. Should I be trying to decrease this?
    She LOVES her bottles and I am dreading taking one away. When I took her down from 4 per day, it just kind of happened by itself. Should I wait until she seems ready to give up her day bottle or is it something that I have to instigate?
    Thanks!


  2. #2
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    Jan 2007
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    My 13 month old is down to 3 bottles a day, Morning, afternoon (after lunch) and just before bed. I always offer her food first. I'm thinking about decreasing the amount of milk in each bottle first rather than trying to cut one altogether. My DD is now completely off forumla and having lactose free cows milk, the normal cows milk was giving her terrible wind. I'm about to try her on soy milk also.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2006
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    At 12 months DD1 was on 4 x 200ml bottles....and my MCHN said it was to many so i dropped it to 2 a day
    DD2 is now 17 months old and ive just cut her from 4 x 200ml to 2 a day (morning and night).
    Bottles are my girls comfort items and im not about to take it off them.

    Its up to you whether you start taking bottles away...i know in this house if the girls dont get their bottles all hell breaks loose!

  4. #4
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    Apr 2009
    5

    I should have mentioned that I'm giving her bottles of formula. I gave her a drop of cows milk the other day and she hated it.

  5. #5
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    Jul 2006
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    Have you tired doing half half?

    So for me when i got DD1 to go from formula to cows milk i started with 50ml cows milk...150ml water...then after a week i swapped 100ml cows milk 100ml water....until i got it to fully cows milk.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2007
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    I think I managed to get DD onto cow's milk (after formula) right around the time she turned one... DD isn't fussy though and will take just about anything you put in front of her so maybe your bub is different.
    At 12 months, she was having 3 x 300ml bottles of cow's milk, one in the morning upon waking up, one to put her down for her midday nap, and one to put her to bed at night. As the comfort ones tend to be harder to eliminate, I decided to get rid of the morning bottle first, replacing it with 'real' breakfast (usually Weetbix and cow's milk, if your bub likes formula then give Weetbix a go with formula - or you could try it with cow's milk because the taste will be different due to being mixed with cereal) and now at nearly 20 months she is starting to go without her other two bottles if I have given her a full belly and worn her out I find it's easier to replace that morning bottle because they've just woken up and they're in a good mood, happy to accept food over a bottle, but at nap times they can get cranky and stubborn, kwim?

    I was told that bottles aren't an essential part of their diet at this age, but again, it's more a comfort/familiar routine thing than a nutritional thing, so just go with what your gut tells you. Of course you can seek advice from your doctor, but every child is different (for instance, when DD was born she was feeding every hour rather than every 3 hours, and eating as much every feed as the 3-hour feed babies were consuming - our midwife told me to flat-out refuse her feeds but the fact is she was just a hungry baby, her advice didn't help), so you will work out what is best for you guys.

  7. #7
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    Mar 2007
    Melbourne
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    My DD went down to just 1 bottle (bedtime bottle of 250ml) from about 13 months. The MCHN let us know that her diet was really good and she was getting plenty of good stuff and calcium from her food so didn't really need the bottles anymore. Luckily DD was willing to give them up easily. For the bedtime bottle we started giving half formula and half cows milk and she is now happy to have just cows milk.

  8. #8
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    Apr 2009
    5

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm going to start mixing cows milk in to her bottles and see how we go.
    Just one more question about that - should I be giving her full fat cows milk? We drink no fat milk and I am wondering if that is ok to give her.
    Thanks

  9. #9
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    Dec 2007
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    ^ I'm not 100% on this but I have heard a few times that babies need full-fat milk if they're going to have cow's milk. DH believes it's because the littlies need bucketloads of fats to help build their brains etc, I'm trying to find some information for you as I type this (will come back and post anything relevant later on, unless someone else gets in first!!). We just gave DD full-fat because we drink it lol, I can't stand low-fat or diet anything haha

  10. #10
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    Feb 2008
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    yes full fat milk. So skim milk/no fat milk until she is 2 and over.

  11. #11
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    Oct 2006
    Sydney
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    :yeahthat: It's a good idea to give full fat dairy in general until they're two.
    My DD is two, but I still give her full fat because she's a skinny little thing and her diet isn't so great. She doesn't drink heaps of milk but has a yoghurt each day and sometimes cheese if it is melted on toast.
    Also, if you're just starting on the cows milk, while they are still younger it is good to heat it up a little as that breaks down the protein in there. (Not sure if this is relevant to FF kids, but when Natty refused the breast at 11 months we had to go onto cows milk and this was the advice given to me. Sometimes the cows milk protein can be difficult to digest, however formula's based on cows milk isn't it? So maybe that's not so relevant...)