Updated on April 6, 2017
Introducing Baby To The Next Milk
How is it even possible that Petit Prince is almost a year old? The past eleven months have just flown by with him, and here we are thinking about introducing cow’s milk for the first time. With The Heir, I introduced cow’s milk around 14 months old, and in that process I learned a little something about how not to go about doing that. As with everything for the first born, each step along the way is a learning experience, a chance to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Petit Prince, as the second baby, benefits from all the experiences that I had with The Heir. Each transition with Petit Prince has been approached with the knowledge and wisdom only a mom who’s done it all before could possess. In some ways, this has made certain things a little easier to work through, but every baby is different so sometimes what didn’t work for The Heir is exactly what does work for Petit Prince. Such is life as a mom. One thing I won’t be tackling the same way I did the first go round is the introduction of cow’s milk. One day, I just brought out a bottle, filled it with cow’s milk, and handed it over. Oh if I had only known!
Here’s how the whole introduction to cow’s milk thing went down with The Heir. First, I grabbed any old bottle. Did The Heir take a bottle? Well, sort of. Over his first year, he’d had pumped milk in a bottle maybe 4-5 times at most. Blame being first time parents, or not having any grandparents in town to babysit, but whatever it was, The Heir simply didn’t have the occasion to use a bottle on even a semi regular basis. Yet for some reason, I thought I could just bring out a bottle at 14 months old, fill it with something he’d never consumed before, and he’d happily drink it up. Rookie maneuver, mom! Now to be fair, I didn’t need him to take a bottle or drink cow’s milk. He was still breastfeeding, and continued to breast feed until he decided he was done, but I wanted to bring cow’s milk into the equation. It was meant to be something he could have with meals, and as he decided to drop nursing sessions, I wanted to be able to add in a bottle of cow’s milk. Needless to say, The Heir didn’t take to cow’s milk in a bottle very quickly.
My next mistake was serving it to him cold. Sure, some kids like cold milk, but not The Heir. Honestly, why would he? He’d been consuming breastmilk at body temperature right from the tap, of course he’d prefer his milk warm. At the time, for whatever reason, it didn’t occur to me to try warming it up right from the get go.
Having stumbled along the way with introducing cow’s milk as part of The Heir’s diet, this time I’m doing things differently. I have learned from my mistakes, mamas, and I want to share my wisdom with you!
First of all, let’s talk about when I’ll be introducing cow’s milk. This is something you should discuss with your child’s health care provider, but here’s what I plan to do. Last time we held off until 14 months old for one reason and one reason only. Italy. You see, my sister was getting married in Italy when The Heir was going to be 13 months old. Though he was eating solids really well at that point, I also wanted to make sure he was still nursing on that trip. The long flights combined with a big time change and food he wasn’t necessarily going to eat spelled a recipe for disaster. A disaster that only a source of nutrition and comfort that he was familiar with would resolve. At the time, I was under the impression that there was a chance he might wean himself if I introduced cow’s milk, and that would leave us SOL for comfort and ear popping on those international flights. Now I know it’s really unlikely that a child will wean just because a new milk has been introduced, but I was working with what I knew then! This time around, I won’t be waiting quite as long. Once Petit Prince is at least twelve months old, I’ll be planning his first sips of cow’s milk.
Now about that bottle! This time I’m not just going to grab any old bottle. Oh no. This time I’m not only going to give him a bottle I know he’ll take, but I’m also going to let him use that bottle with water at meal times until it’s time to start with cow’s milk. Even if we don’t have a lot of opportunity for Petit Prince to need to take a bottle, at least this way he will be very familiar with the bottle in advance of it being filled with cow’s milk. I’ve already picked the bottle because it’s one he already latches onto quite well. It’s the Philips Avent Classic+ Bottle.This bottle is working so well for Petit Prince! The nipple is a narrower base nipple which is something he tends to go for over wide based nipples. What I like about it is that it is easy to clean! This is key for a bottle that’s going to become the go to vessel for cow’s milk. The bottle itself is nice and wide at the mouth with rounded corners that are easy to get into with a bottle brush and clean thoroughly. That makes for a more hygienic, healthier feeding every time. Not only is it easy to clean, but it’s also really easy to put together. There’s no losing parts with this bottle; it comes apart into just three pieces. The Philips Avent Classic+ Bottle isn’t just for older babies though, it makes a great bottle for breastfed babies, and a great bottle for colicky babies. The Philips Avent Classic+ Bottle is clinically proven to reduce colic and fussing all thanks to its new one-piece anti-colic system. It has an innovative valve built right into the nipple. No extra parts required!
Finally, I’m going to make sure to warm up the cow’s milk before I put it in the Philips Avent Classic+ Bottle! He doesn’t drink cold breastmilk now, so I don’t expect him to suddenly be interested in cold cow’s milk either! Eventually he will transition to cold cow’s milk (after all, The Heir did eventually develop a taste for cold milk), but I see no reason to try to start him off that way!
I’m hoping the addition of cow’s milk to Petit Prince’s diet goes a little more smoothly for him than it did for The Heir. I really feel like the right bottle introduced well in advance with just water will be the key to a smooth start with milk!
How did you first introduce cow’s milk (or a milk alternative) to your child’s diet? Was it a smooth transition for your baby?
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