How do I transition my toddler from formula to milk?

My son will be 1 in a few weeks. I would like to transition him to milk (or something less pricey than formula). Is cows milk okay, or should i use soy or rice?? any suggestions or input would help. Thanks.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:26 PM on Oct. 10, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Cows milk! whole milk actually. Soy milk is not good for babies, or anyone for that matter. I have three children and they all took Whole milk. I started giving them milk at around 8-9 months and never had a problem. The Dr. said this was fine.
    GFXMommy

    Answer by GFXMommy at 9:31 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • cows milk unless he has had senitivies to formula if he shows a reaction then consult your doc. The easiset way i have found to transiton from my experience working in the daycare -also did it with my son -is to mix 1/2 milk and for formula for about week (more or less depending on how he does with it) then go to 1/4 formula..then go to all milk. If hes used to it heated you may have to heat it at first as well. This way may take a lil longer but it works WONDERFULLY! and it still usesalot less forumla. Btw my son only did 1/2 for 5 days.. 1/4 for a few days and in under 2 wks he was all milk, hope that helps GOOD LUCK! you can msg me if you want if you have?S
    JrsMommy07

    Answer by JrsMommy07 at 10:16 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • my daughter will be one in a few weeks also i tried to transition her to milk and it constipated her all babys are diferent but i would wait she loved the milk but like i said
    jodi205

    Answer by jodi205 at 10:25 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • Talk to your doc most say to do the transition at 1 yr. And actually they only need 2 servings of dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) after one year because by now they should be on more of a food pyramid diet. I also did what jrsmom did with mixing and it worked great.
    Mrs.Bauer

    Answer by Mrs.Bauer at 10:58 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • yes, whole milk, try a little bit at first, put it in a bottle some too. it might mess with the tummy a lil bit but it needs to happen soon.
    imanixon2

    Answer by imanixon2 at 11:17 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • ORGANIC whole milk is the best for everybody. I know you are thinking that it is pricey, but if it is just your baby drinking it then it will last. Organic milk last longer than any other milk actually. Also, they say if you're going to buy one thing organic make it milk. I believe it is worth the extra cash.
    InTheMoment

    Answer by InTheMoment at 11:47 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • I am not quite sure if it is cheaper but I used gaots milk. I like it because it givs them the things they need. I also put a little black strap mollases in it to help if they get a little constipated, it also helps if they are lactose in tolerant there is no hormones in it eather.
    MessyMe

    Answer by MessyMe at 12:13 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • There is no harm doing cows milk try a little at first using that soy milk can be exspensive at least cow milk goes on sale a lot but you hardly ever see soy go on sale give him cows milk he should be fine but do half milk and half formula for a little bit
    justmee300

    Answer by justmee300 at 2:25 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • Buy milk that is hormone free....kids don't need to get the extra hormones. the hormone milk is cheaper but it is not good for children....Also use whole milk they need it for brain development....until at least 2 years of age.
    malam

    Answer by malam at 2:38 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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