Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

New eating schedule for milk-drinkers?

Inspired by Lallymom's post below, I was hoping to see whether you all changed your kids' eating schedules once they transitioned from formula/breastmilk to whole milk at around 1.

Right now, my daughter eats breakfast then gets an immediate follow-up bottle, gets lunch and dinner the same way, and gets a plain bottle for "snack" at mid-afternoon (no solids then).  She is an excellent solids eater, and I don't think she's going to miss the bottles/formula much, so we're planning to do things pretty cold turkey.

My question is whether, once we make the switch, we should give her whole milk in a straw cup along with her meals/snacks or whether we need to make the "giving of milk" a whole separate event (as it is now).  Right now, she uses a straw cup with water at meals.  If we give her milk with her meals, do we just make a cup with water available other times?

We are thinking of moving her to a 3 meals and 2 snacks format (one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon, with meal times being at actual proper meal times).  Does this seem right to you guys?

Re: New eating schedule for milk-drinkers?

  • SusieBWSusieBW
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    Once we got DD off bottles at around 11-12 months, she just started eating regular meals and occasional snacks.  We've always given her milk with meals and water any other time.
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    We are thinking of moving her to a 3 meals and 2 snacks format (one mid-morning, one mid-afternoon, with meal times being at actual proper meal times).  Does this seem right to you guys?

    This sounds like a great plan. I give DS a bedtime bottle just because he loves it so much, but otherwise, he just gets a cup of milk in the morning with breakfast and water the rest of the day (though he was still drinking about 16-18 oz of milk at 12 months). We feed him regular solid foods at meals until he stops eating and starts playing with it and a snack between each meal. 

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  • Nicb13Nicb13
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    And I'm the opposite of PP, I only give water with meals because otherwise DS would just want the milk and not the food.

    IMO, when a toddler starts on WCM, you shouldn't give it as much as you would have with formula because it's not the main source of nutrition. Meals are the focus, not milk. I've decreased the amount of milk DS can have so he gets some when he wakes up, maybe a little before his morning nap, some with his afternoon snack and some before bed. He gets maybe 16oz a day?

    Of course you don't have to do it this way but meals are where the nutrition comes from now and they are suppose to be getting calcium from dairy foods they are eating. DS would love to drink milk all day long so we do limit it per the pedi's recommendation.

    DS has water available all day long because he drinks it often.

     

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  • DS eats 3 meals and 2 snacks with milk at meals and water in between. It took a few weeks after switching to sippys/WCM for it to work out like this though. Initially I was still giving him milk when his normal bottle times would have been (separate from meals/snacks). He was barely drinking anything and got really frustrated. The routine we do now works really well for us.

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  • thanks, everybody!  this is all very helpful.  i'm not too worried about giving her milk with meals because she's so solids-focused that i don't think access to milk would put her off her food at all. 
  • We did (and continue to do): 

    Breakfast with milk

    Snack

    Lunch with milk

    Snack

    Dinner with water

    Milk before bed

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    Here is our schedule:

    Breakfast with milk

    Snack with water

    Lunch with milk

    Snack with water

    Dinner with water

    Small snack and water before bed

     

    I cut milk later in the day because they had colds and I was worried it was making them even more phlegmy. It worked so I stopped giving it later in the day and at night.

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  • So my kid's been on 3 meals a day since 6 months, so I'm not sure how helpful this is.

    At 11 months he moved from bottle to straw cup with breastmilk and daycare introduced an afternoon snack.  At that time his schedule looked like:

    • Wake and nurse
    • breakfast
    • nurse before daycare
    • lunch (with straw cup of milk)
    • snack (after lunch with straw cup of milk)
    • nurse after daycare
    • dinner
    • nurse before bed

    This schedule continued until around 13 months when he dropped all but the first and last nursing session

    • Wake and nurse
    • breakfast
    • lunch (with straw cup of milk)
    • snack (after lunch with straw cup of milk)
    • dinner
    • nurse before bed
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