My 6 month old started day care this week. I am not working until January so we are using December as the adjustment period. I am taking him a couple days a week for a few hours a day.
Prior to this week, my baby has only had a couple of bottles. I realize in hindsight that we should have been working on this knowing I would be eventually going back to work, but we did not. Yesterday was his first day and he was there for almost 4 hours. I did feed him right before we left, so he ate when he woke up (6:30 AM) and then top-off at 7:45 AM. I sent 2 2 ounce bottles for him and they gave him one around 10:30 AM and he drank about 1.5 ounces.
Today he was there from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM. I fed him when he woke up (6:00 AM), before his first nap (8:00 AM) and before we left for day care (9:45 AM). He eats with me usually every 2 hours, so I told them to offer a 2 ounce bottle at 11:45 AM before his nap, and then I had a 3 ounce bottle for when he woke up. He would not eat the 2 ounce bottle and they said 4 people had to try to give him the second one and he took about 1.5-2 ounces finally around 1:30 PM after trying for about an hour. I did nurse him when I picked him up at 3:00 PM and then made sure to nurse him every hour after that until bedtime at 6:30 PM.
Just wondering what else I can do or tell the day care to do to make this go smoother, or if it will just take time? We are using Tommy Tippee bottles and I ordered some different ones off Amazon tonight to see if maybe he will like a different bottle. I am not sure how they are giving it to him. I know yesterday they said that he wanted to hold the bottle himself and didn't want the day care workers to hold it. I believe this - the last time I left him with my husband and a bottle he was holding it himself.
I figure I will keep taking him for the next 2-3 weeks for a few hours instead of full days so that he can work on the bottle. I am also going to have my husband work with him on the weekends. Any advice or tips would be much appreciated.