Way back on January 31st, I wrote a post about Abigail’s 12 Month Stats. At the end of that post, I highlighted three things we needed to work on. The three items were the following:
- Bye Bye, Binky!
- Adios, Baby Bottles!
- Patience with Sleep Regression…it’s normal!
While we’ve made some progress on the first bullet point, we have definitely not said “Bye Bye” to the binky quite yet. After further investigation and some conversations with other professionals in the child rearing field, we’ve come to learn that right now, it’s okay that Abby has a binky. As we’ve been told multiple times now, “she’s going to end up putting something in her mouth…might as well be something that’s supposed to be there.” Don’t get me wrong, we want to phase out the binky, but it’s not TOP priority right now.
So what has been top priority (after tackling sleep regression, of course)? Bullet point #2: Adios, Baby Bottles. And let me tell you…this one has caused some stress! She drinks out of sippy cups, cups with straws, and other various cups…but she will only drink water out of them. If I try and trick her with some milk, she looks at me like I’m insane and throws it on the ground. And when it comes to milk, she will only drink it out of a bottle. What a baby, right!?! 🙂
I’m happy to say, however, that two days ago everything changed. I handed her a new bottle we purchased at Whole Foods (the brand is “green sprouts”) and she pushed it away. Then I proceeded to cook her some mac’n’cheese and with my back turned to her (I was focusing on the stove) I asked her as kindly as I could, “Abigail, can you please just give it a try? It’s milk. I promise you’ll love it.”
I turned around and couldn’t believe my eyes. She was actually drinking milkout of the sippy cup. And she proceeded to do so until it was nearly gone.
I felt so incredibly happy and quite honestly, I felt relieved (because for the past month I’ve wondering if Abby would drink out of a baby bottle for the rest of her life…dramatic, I know…but I was feeling hopeless!). I’m not sure if it was because I asked so nicely (probably not), or if it was simply because she was finally ready to give it a shot, but it worked.
And I’m happy to say that ever since two nights ago, she’s enjoyed her normal before bed milk straight out of a sippy cup.
It’s more evidence that when it comes to parenting, we must try and try again (and not be TOO hard on ourselves!)…they’ll get the hang of it…whatever that “it” may be.
PS…to update you briefly on “Sleep Regression” (bullet point #3), she’s been sleeping amazingly ever since we let her cry it out. She’s still sleeping 10-11 hours every night (knock on wood as always!).
Have a great weekend,