Before most people have kids, they can name several things they'd never allow once they become parents. Mine were:
1) No Barney. However, Lucie loves Barney. How can I deny her an enjoyable musical activity? Plus she's so damn cute when she sings and dances along with the TV.
2) No excessive candy eating. Nathan is so skinny, I'm just happy that he's consuming some extra calories. Even so, we insist that he eat something healthy first.
3) No snotty noses or messy mouths. Well, a messy face is a lot quieter than the screaming I get when I'm wiping away all the assorted goo.
4) No children running around with a bottle in their mouths. If you can walk, you can use a sippy cup.
Compromise and parenthood go hand in hand. Yet, it's number 4 I'm having the most problems with. Nathan didn't give up the bottle until he was well past two. Due to his prematurity, reflux and low muscle tone, he gagged on most food. Unless it was slimy, he wouldn't eat it.
Since toddlers cannot thrive eating only canned peaches, pudding, yogurt and spaghetti (though they'd like to) Nathan drank toddler formula for most of his nutritional needs. Even so, with the help of his occupational therapist, and a very snuffed up nose, I weaned him off his bottle without much fuss.
It's Lucie I'm worried about. At almost 20 months, she can drink from a sippy cup, a regular cup and anything with a straw. If you don't watch out, she'll take a swig from your beer bottle. Yet she loves her bottle or "baa-baa" as she calls it. It's a must have when she wakes up, is tired, cranky, bored or not feeling well. This means she's drinking from a bottle most of the day.
I avoid bring up her baa-baa addiction with the pediatrician, scared of a bad mommy lecture. I try justifying it to myself thinking, "Well, she doesn't use a pacifier. She doesn't suck her thumb. She isn't dependent on a favorite blanket or doll. She can have the damn baa-baa for now." Yet I hoard articles on weaning children from bottles, knowing it's inevitable.
Slowly I see her being less dependent on it. The day's first bottle, which used to be drained in 15 minutes, now takes all morning to be consumed. Between playing, rocking out with Barney, and eating breakfast, it's not her biggest priority. Even in the car, where she loves to drink and be driven, she needs it less.
Lucie and her baa-baa have had a long love affair. However, it's time to get a baa-baa divorce. I'm giving her until she's two, then it's cold turkey baby.