I received a few questions about Luke & Nolan's transition to sippy cups & whole milk and, honestly, it went very smoothly, but I thought that I'd share how it all came about.
I remember our pediatrician telling me to try and introduce the boys to sippy cups around their 6 month well visit. It was a complete disaster and they showed zero interest in doing more than chewing on it.
I put the sippy cups away and brought them back out when the boys were around 8 months old or so. Still, they weren't interested in anything but chewing on them. I would pull the cup out once a week or so for the next 2 months.
It wasn't until the boys were about 11 1/2 months old that I tried exchanging their afternoon bottle for a sippy cup (they were still on formula - no milk at all). They both drank from the cup - Nolan more so than Luke - but they were still drinking 4 bottles of formula a day.
A few days after the boys turned one, I began mixing some whole milk into their formula bottle to get them used to the taste. We did a ratio of 6oz of formula & 2oz of milk. They didn't have any aversions, so I gradually added more milk to the bottle until that's all that was in there. I know that some doctors say you should not put any milk in the bottle & only use it in the sippy cup, but I don't always follow the "rules."
They were eventually on an entire bottle-full of whole milk but they would sometimes take a sippy cup as a bottle replacement - it just depended on their mood & the day. I never gave up trying to make them take the sippy cup.
I vowed to wait until after vacation to put them entirely on a sippy cup. I wanted them to have the comfort of a bottle while we were in an unfamiliar place because I thought it would help them sleep. We did use the sippy up at the beach or while we were out doing fun things, but they had a bottle in the morning and at night.
When we arrived back home, I gave them a day or two to adjust to being back. Then it was time for the change. When they woke up one morning, I gave them a sippy cup and not their usual bottle. They drank some of it and played while I made their breakfast. After breakfast, I gave them the rest of the cup then put them in their nursery for a nap. I gave them the cup immediately after they woke from their nap. They didn't seem to mind the morning switch, so I thought that I was in for a big fight when it came time to replace their night-time bottle.
I was wrong. After dinner at 5 p.m., I gave them a cup of milk. We played around some then I gave them the cup again at 6:00 in preparation for their 7:30 bedtime. They drank from their cup as they pleased & Justin and I put them in their cribs for bed. No tears. No screaming. Nothing.
We tried again the next day & the following day and when they didn't miss their bottle, I declared it a success!
I know that other babies have a much harder time with the transition, so my only advice is to be patient. Your baby won't drink from a bottle forever - just like I know that my boys won't be sucking on those darn pacifiers forever. It's okay for now and I'll gradually begin letting them have it less & less until they only use it for bed time. It's all a work-in-progress and you can't measure your baby against others because they are all little individuals with their own agendas.
Speaking of pacifiers, I would love to hear what worked for you. Cold-turkey, binky fairy, the old Santa-Switcheroo, poke a hole in the top?