Re: Bottle weaning
Nora stopped taking bottles when she was just over 12 months, so we didn't really have to do anything. But if you decrease the amount you are pumping slowly when you pump wean you can naturally decrease the number of bottles by not offering a substitute liquid in the bottle. Instead of bottles have the day care offer a solid snack and water or maybe juice in a sippy or regular cup.
Like Tracie, we never gave her anything but breastmilk or formula in her bottle so she didn't expect a bottle once she stopped needing milk at day care. She got water or juice in a regular cup. Water starting around 8 mos, juice closer to a year. Usually just water, though, since we didn't use sippys it cut down on the mess.
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