Re: Almost one year...then what?
1. It's up to you. If you want, you can introduce cow's milk or goat's milk. But as long as you are nursing 3-5 times per day, you do not need to offer other species' milk. If you're not nursing that often, you still don't have to use milk, because you can meet your LO's dairy needs by offering full fat yogurt or cheese. Finally, don't be surprised if you offer cow's milk and your LO is all . A lot of kids don't like cow's milk, especially at first. I couldn't get my DD1 to drink it, even with chocolate syrup in it!
2. It's up to you. You can continue to offer, and that is certainly the ideal. But if you are ready to move the weaning process forward a little more quickly, you can transition to "don't ask, don't refuse". Just be aware that if you transition to DADR, you need to be a little more proactive about your child's solid food intake, keeping tabs on whether or not he's eating a balanced diet and getting enough fat and calcium. Which is why it's easier to just nurse!
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"