Operation No More Bottles
I have a friend who thinks that Xander is so chill and laid back and that he doesn’t have an opinion on anything. When she tells me this, I just chuckle because I know that she has never tried to give him a bottle or feed him.
Xander is very unpredictable when it comes to food and very
demanding particular about his bottles. He could honestly chow down on something right now and then in three days, he will literally spit it out at you like it’s poison. Last night we had meatballs for dinner. Xander couldn’t get enough of them. Tonight we are having leftover meatballs and I fully expect him to completely reject the meatballs. I know this from experience. It’s an annoyance, but I deal. He’s not at the age yet where I can insist that he eat what we eat (mostly cause you can’t reason with him) so if he refuses what we are eating, I just offer him something that I am fairly certain he will eat.
What Xander is old enough to do is give up his bottle. We are squarely in the middle of Operation No More Bottles. I have been dreading this so much. His Royal Highness demands that his milk be the exact right lukewarm temperature. Don’t even think about giving him cold milk. Cold water? Sure. Cold juice? No problem. Cold milk? HELL NO!
I actually have him down to about two bottles a day, first thing in the morning and right before bed. Last week I thought I would try giving him his morning bottle in a sippy cup. I used the sippy cup that he has been using, warmed it to just the right temperature, and put him in his high chair. I gave him his sippy cup. He took two sips from it and promptly threw it at me. Then he proceeded to scream at me until I put his milk in a bottle.
I really have no problem with the warm milk, but seriously kid? You are almost 14 months old. You don’t need a bottle. And let’s be honest here, I’m more than a little tired of washing bottles. So while I would like to say that I’ll let him give up the bottle in his own time, I’m not gonna be that flexible. Right now Xander is teething and has a teething cold. Once we are over this hump, I swear I’m gonna find some way to convince him to give up his bottle.
Who am I kidding? That kid isn’t gonna give up his bottle until he is good and ready.
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