If you read my post yesterday How do we do it? then you will know that Hubby and I have basically let our 2yo daughter become a creature of habit with her milk bottles. We have let her 7ish and 10.30pm bottles go on for far too long and been unsure how to stop them.
Thanks to my lovely readers, family and friends I have had lots of helpful comments and advice. So much so, that today I have decided to take the bull by the horns and start phase 1 of operation Baby to Big Girl!
Little Bean is a sleeper (whoopee!!) and generally needs to be back in bed by 10.30am for a 1-2 hour nap. Out of habitual routine I have still been giving her a 3oz bottle of cow’s milk to send her on her way to dreamland. This morning when she came through and asked for her milk and bed. I asked her if she wanted her milk in a “baby bottle” or in a “big girl’s cup” – she replied “big girl”. So I got out of the cupboard a range of cups to choose from and she chose a Winnie The Pooh one. I also asked if she wanted the milk warm (as she normally has it) or cold. I was quite shocked when she replied cold but she sat at the kitchen table with me – like a big girl – a drank some. We then took the milk upstairs and she drank some more whilst I read her a story. She didn’t drink all of the milk but I told her that once Mummy left the room that was it, no more milk and straight to sleep.
It has now been 15 minutes, ok she’s not asleep yet but she’s not shouting or screaming either (yet). She keeps making the odd sounds, little bits of singing but on the whole seems very content. I know the transition can’t be this easy for now I’m a happy mummy. Keep popping back from time to time to see how the plan is going!!