Bottle weaning/Late straw drinkers?
Two part thing. Finally started the bottle weaning process today with my 17-month old (preemie). Went cold turkey and it was absolutely miserable for all of us. Trying not to stress myself out about how little of liquids he drank compared to normal. He was screaming his head off for over half the day. Was mainly worried about dehydration but luckily the wet diapers are still coming. Not gonna lie though, there were a ton of moments I wanted to give in... someone tells me it gets better cause I’m STRESSEDDDDD. Also, he doesn’t know how to use a straw. We’ve tried everything, even the honey bear bottle recommended by OT’s, juice boxes, etc. He likes to either pull out the straw or bite on it. Doesn’t know to close his mouth around it (when we try to help, he goes bonkers) so even when we squeeze to get the liquid out for him, it all comes out because his mouth is open. It’s all so frustrating because he gets mad when we try to give him cups like Miracle 360 and I think it’s cause the boy has zero patience and also doesn’t understand the concept of how far back to tip the cup to get to the bottom. I never had these issues with his older brother who was on straws and drinking out of all things and everything before the age of 1. Just want to know if there’s any late straw drinker mamas out there and what the experiences were like... is this something we need to continue to practice or is this just going to click one fine day?