I have a one year old and want to move to cows milk but we’re still giving a bottle of formula at night. Even after a meal a full bottle goes down! I’m confused about if we should be giving formula at all and how to phase it out. Any advice appreciated!
Perfectly fine to switch to cows milk at age 1. Is it just 1 bottle of formula they have? Either switch over at once or you could mix cows milk in with formula and gradually increase the proportion of cows milk
Doing a 50/50 mix or switching shouldn’t affect sleeping through but you can definately phase out the formula at 1, your child will be getting the nutrients they need from their solid foods and water/juice if your child has their bottle warm before bed just pop the cows milk bottle into a warm water saucepan to get it at the right temperature good luck!
I used follow on formula until DD was two (as wellas cow’s milk during the day). Formula is much more nutritionally complete than cow’s milk - otherwise you’re goingbto have to give your child vitamins (particularly vitamin D). This is already included in formula.
Children from 6 months to age 5 should be having vitamin A, C and D as a supplement anyway (when having under 20oz of formula). Toddler milk is expensive compared to cows milk and not really necessary.
Thanks I’ve bought some Wellbaby vitamins that you drop into the cows milk so will add those with the nighttime bottle once we’re fully on cows milk. Great advice, cheers. Knew I could reply on mumsnet!
Switch to cows milk and I'd also use it as a good opportunity to get rid of the bottle. Give cows milk in a cup in the morning and again before bath (can also give a cup in the afternoon depending how much they have - aim for 300-350ml per day).