Yes, my daughter still drinks from a bottle. Deal with it.
Vivian Manning-Schaffel: My daughter is almost two and still drinks milk from a bottle to go to sleep. And you know what? I've got better things to do than care. Of course, for a few weeks there, I really cared. With my oldest, I strictly adhered to most milestone transitions because I had the time to know what they were. But now, as a working parent with two kids in the picture, the path of least resistance is often the path that seduces.
I started this transition on time. I really did. She's moved on to cow's milk and all. But in the name of convenience, the pre-nap and pre-bed bottle switch totally blew way past me. So when it came time for her 18-month checkup and my pediatrician asked if she'd fully transitioned to sippy cups, my sheepish "no" caused her to shake her head, and the bubble above clearly read, "Poor Sucker."
Turns out when pediatricians say to nip the bottle in the bud around a baby's first birthday, they have a reason. When kids get older, they fight harder. We nixed the wake-up bottle, and she doth protested her little diaper off for a whole damn month. And I'm not just talking a little whining and mewling for her "Bwah." This chick launched a four-alarm breakdown every morning, starting at 5:30, mind you, and it went on until breakfast was over two hours later. Good times!
She finally got the hang of it, but the process sucked out loud. So I'm putting this whole endeavor on hold until I'm damn good and ready. Call me a slacker. I really don't care. The main thing I've learned as a parent is that you've got to pick your battles. And as far as I'm concerned, this round goes to my daughter. But the war, eventually, will be mine. After all, you can hardly craft a bong or beer funnel out of a Born Free bottle.
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|