Ah, sippy cup. How I loathe thee. You are a glorified bottle that my babies do not prefer but must use so that they do not become illiterate, junkie, buck-toothed juvenile delinquents. Or at least that's what I am led to believe.
So, to keep my kids out of jail, we will be starting the transition from bottles to sippy cups tomorrow, on their 11 month birthday, with the goal of being finished by their first birthday. They can use the sippy cup well enough and I think once it has something more enticing in it (milk/formula) they will get even better at it. I discussed some approaches with B., our EI worker. She suggested that since we LOVE routines (guilty!), we should implement a sippy cup routine - different, maybe, from the bottle routine but something structured nonetheless. She mentioned having them sit on the couch for their sippies and when they get off the couch to play, sippy time is over. I like that idea but not sure I really want to manage two fearless 11 month olds on a couch. We'll figure something out. It will most likely involve The Backyardigans or some other kid's TV show.
As for getting them to drink milk (as opposed to formula) I think I will start that around 11.5 months. I have no worries about them liking the milk - when we transitioned from breast milk to formula, they could not have cared less. But their tummies may need some time to adjust and I think two weeks should be more than enough.
I'll be sure to post again about our progress - we'll be taking out one bottle a week to be done by November 21st. We'll start with the mid-morning bottle, then the afternoon bottle, then the bedtime bottle, and lastly (shudder) the morning bottle.
In the meantime, I'd love any tips from you wise mommies who have been through this already. Thanks as always!!