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We went to Cetch's 9 month check up this morning and I have mixed feelings....
His weight and length were both fine. 19 pounds, 15 ounces and 28 inches long
Doctor said that at this age, a bottle fed baby should not be waking up during the night to eat. She said it most likely just habit. Cetch wakes up at least twice and drinks 6 ounces each time.
She also said that he should be starting to move from bottle to a sippy cup (and be fully off bottle by 12 months). Both of my other kids were off bottles by 10 months, so I agree with this. However, Cetch hates the sippy cup. He actually will only drink out of the 1 month nipples on his bottle. I didn't dare tell her that he (can but) won't hold his own bottle. We snuggled when he nursed so we just continued that when he switched to the bottle.
I really don't want him to grow up too fast but now I wonder if I have babied him too much with the bottle.
Other than the bottle at night and moving to a sippy cup she said he was doing great on everything else.
You know, I've been SO caught up with what Ava isn't doing, I was missing what was most important...enjoying her. I'm visiting my in laws and my sil has a just turned 2 year old. He was late with all his physical milestones, my sil thought there was something wrong with him (just as I've been thinking with Ava) and he is now the brightest two year old I've ever seen, not an ounce of exaggeration there. In comparison, my neighbors at home also have a just turned 2 year old. He was early and on time with all his milestones and now he's starting to show signs of autism and worrying his parents to death. Moral of my story? STOP WORRYING!! (Easier said than done cause I'm still trying to stop worrying as well.)
Sherry said it perfectly! You snuggle that baby and have quiet middle of the night cuddles all you want! All kids are different and he will do it in his own time. I'm sure he won't go to kindergarten with a bottle
DS1: C 8/12/2012
DS2: L 3/30/2014
Surprise baby! due 3/27/2017
Oh its all hooey. Who cares if he is still using a bottle. Whats the difference between a bottle and a sippy cup anyways. I mean they are essentially the same thing.
I think if he's doing 2 6oz feedings at night he must need it. That's a lot of milk to drink just for habit... that said I do know that we all get hungry at night but adults just sleep through it and it is a good thing to let your tummy rest, but maybe he's growing?
Millie still wakes up twice each night and guzzles 8 oz each. To me, that is not a habit, that is a hunger! I know I need to cut it off, but that means she needs to drink more during the day and she refuses. Plus, it's one of the very few quiet times i actually get to snuggle with her since I work all day and my 2 1/2 year old won't let me enjoy her when he's awake.
I agree with being off the bottle at 1 year, it took us 34 sippy cups, no exaggeration, to find one that worked for my son at 13 months. And he still uses it, it has a soft nipple. Am I concerned? Yes. Will he take it to college? Probably not!!
Me (34), Hubby (42), DS (2 years) - and baby DD (born on 7.24)!
I hate when doctors give parenting advise and act like their opinion should be how everyone else does things. If a stranger on the street said that to you you wouldn't give it a second thought. Cetch won't be a baby forever. If its working for YOU and it's working for HIM then who cares what anyone else thinks.
Ditto to all the above comments. During my LO's 6 month check up I was told he should be eating certain amount of solids by his age. My LO is very moody in terms of eating solids and he is on and off (even now). After his doc's comments, I was dead worried that he wasn't eating anything at all and won't gain any weight. But after reading many comments on the forums, I found out that babies eat whenever they are ready, you cannot force feed them.
After that, I started taking it all easy. Let them do whatever they want to. One fine day, suddenly, they will start doing something else, and soon you start missing the previous ones. So, baby all your precious one you want!