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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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  • Why is a 2 1/2 year old still waking 1-2 times a night? Cut out the drinks a few hours before bed
    Milk is not necessary to get calcium. There are many other foods she can get it from
    Throw that damn bottle out!

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:11 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Try giving it to her with a straw, that might be more fun.
    And, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to get calcium not from milk. Cheese, yogurt, etc

    Answer by Nicoles2LilRams at 12:57 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • My Son preferred the bottle over the sippy cup too. I just simply took the bottles away. He did not drink as much milk & doesn't to this day but I supplemented with lots of other foods with calcium. Lots of cheese & yogurt like the previous poster said. You also have to break the waking up 2-3 times a night routine. There is no reason for her to have a drink in the middle of the night unless she had a particularly salty dinner & is parched. A sip of something before bed & that's it. You shouldn't even need to change her diaper during the night. Change the pee pee diaper when she gets up in the morning. My Daughter is 17 months & I don't even change her during the night. (she doesn't poop at night but I would change that if she did). You have to sit her down & tell her that big girls (soon she'll be going to Preschool) In Preschool don't drink from bottles or get up & bother Mommy & Daddy at night either. Cont:


    Answer by ILovemyPaulie at 1:09 PM on Jan. 9, 2013

  • Just have her eat her calcium. Cheese, yogurt, etc. and don't worry about the milk. Just give her a cup of water at night. Milk at night is bad for the teeth. Good luck. My kids had a bottle until they were over 3. I let them keep it until they were ready to give it up. Good luck!

    Answer by mompam at 1:11 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

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

    Answer by SuperrMommyy at 1:20 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

  • 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

  • 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

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