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Any tips on how to get my 2 y/o to drink milk out of a cuppy?

My dd will be 3 @ the end of June, and has been cuppy trained since she turned 2 w/ no problems. Except that she refuses to drink milk from a cuppy. She will drink it from a bottle w/ no problem, but will let a cuppy of milk sit all day long refusing to drink it, even when I put chocolate in it. I worry that she's not getting enough calcium because she still gets up 1-2 times a night needing a diaper change, and wanting a drink, and that is the only time she gets any milk, and it's from a bottle. Unless we are out of milk, and then she's perfectly fine using her cuppy. I know I should just toss the bottle, but she is so stubborn that she will go all day throwing tantrums, and not drink a thing, if I force her to have milk in her cup. Don't want her to get dehydrated or get sick from spoiled milk..... At my wits end!!

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Asked by HappyEndings at 12:55 PM on Jan. 9, 2013 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • they do not need milk to get enough calcium, its in so many foods! research calcium rich foods and take it from there

    Answer by Cynthje at 7:09 PM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • Thanks again everyone. I guess it's just time to toss the bottle. Which won't be a problem for her since she really has no attachment to it, and hasn't since she switched to the cuppy. I'll try the straw idea, and the drinking from an actual cup idea, because she actually does like milk, just for some reason not from a cuppy. I do appreciate everyone's tips and advice very much!

    Comment by HappyEndings (original poster) at 12:33 AM on Jan. 10, 2013

  • 1) ditch the bottles
    2) milk is not actually necessary. She can get calcium and good fats MANY other places. Mommy_ Jules mentioned some good sources for calcium. Olive oil and fish are good sources of good fats. Not to mention is she eats yogurt and cheeses those count too. Just make sure she is getting outside so her body can make it's own Vit. D!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 4:48 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • I had the dickens of a time getting my little girl off the bottle. The only thing that finally worked was to take them to the trash dumpster and have her toss them in. Even so, it took about two months of no milk before she would drink it from a cup. I just rode it out.

    Answer by Ballad at 2:19 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Green vegetables, soy products, seeds, and herbs are other sources of calcium. Just make sure she is getting vitamin D to absorb the calcium.

    Answer by mommy_jules at 1:47 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Thanks for the feedback and advice, I'll try some stuff out, and hope that it works! =-)

    Comment by HappyEndings (original poster) at 1:34 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • correctionShe doesn't get up every night, just a few times a week, and usually it's because she's scared of a shadow or something, or because she's wet. If I let her cry it out, she'd be up all night, because she's stubborn. As soon as she sees me, and I tuck her in again and reasure her that there are no monsters, or nothing to be afraid of, and change her diaper, if she needs it, because I'm not gonna let her wet through, she's fine and goes right back to sleep. I've always given my kids a 1/2 cup when they were younger to take to bed, and have never had any issues. Especially in the winter it's really dry in our house, I can't afford a humidifier, and if I put water by their registers they just dump it all over. She's got a constipation problem so I don't give her a lot of cheese, and she's iffy on yogurt and won't eat much of it. She doesn't have the bottle in the day, and she's fine w/ a cup at night if we don't have milk

    Comment by HappyEndings (original poster) at 1:32 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Try putting milk in your cup & drinking it with her.

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 1:20 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Throw the bottles out, she's almost three a bottle shouldn't even be an option at his point.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 1:19 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Cont: Say lets see how you can be a big girl too & maybe you'll get a treat. Then buy her underwear or a little toy or something. That will help with potty training too. Just put 2 sippy cups out for her during the day, one with water & one with milk. Tell her if she wants milk then drink it now or I'm putting it away for lunch/dinner. You can give her cheese & bowls with salad dressing to dip it in too. GL!


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:13 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

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