Cows Milk or Toddler Formula?

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Cows Milk or Toddler Formula?
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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 3:18pm

Simon is closing in on being a year old. I got a sample of toddler formula in the mail the other day and it kinda got me to thinking on when I should switch from his current formula to milk. Is the toddler formula worth it or just go with cows milk?

My other question is how to wean him off the bottle. He uses his sippy cup rather well and only really take a bottle first thing in the morning maybe mid morning, mid afternoon and right before bed. I have given him milk in it a couple of times but he just sips on it like he does everything else. With him having 8 teeth I would like to get him on the cup and less on the bottle considering it looks like he will have similar tooth problems as DH did when he was little.

 Cassie 

     

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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 3:56pm
If Simon is eating a good, varied diet of other foods, then he will be just fine on cow's milk. At Barrett's 12 month appt I was told that when he weaned I didn't even need to replace the feedings with cow's milk, I just needed to make sure he was getting enough calcium (yogurt, cheese, etc).

I have no bottle weaning advice, but if you are worried about tooth decay the advice my sister (a dentist) gives is to never let a baby fall asleep with a bottle (unless it only has water in it), and if possible, brush/wipe his teeth before he falls asleep. Barrett has had 12 teeth since about one year, and we haven't had any problems with teeth. At about 14 months, I just stopped having him take a bottle if I wasn't home and he got a snack and water instead.
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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 4:51pm
Thanks Brita. Simon doesn't go to bed with the bottle. We honestly use it to get him into his night stuff so he normally has it downed by the time he is in diaper and pj's for the night.

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 04-29-2008
Tue, 01-04-2011 - 2:08pm
I agree with Brita about skipping the toddler formula. I would just go to cows milk. I think you're supposed to start with half formula-half cow's milk or something like that. I BFed so I just gave Evan straight goat's milk at first (he had a dairy problem that he grew out of).

As for the bottle, I have no experience with it because Evan refused to take one. I didn't even use a sippy cup-we just went straight to a straw cup. I also taught Evan to drink out of a regular cup using a shot glass(:)), but he doesn't get to do that very often because he lets the cup tip over still. I agree with Brita that brushing Simon's teeth, if you aren't already, is a good idea.
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 3:59pm
Simon has a banana brush that he chews on alot and we do our best to brush his teeth at least once if not twice a day. DH is the main one home so I do my best to make sure it gets done while I am here.

He has had cows milk a few times. I'm just not totally sure when to completely pull the formula.

 Cassie