March 23, 2017

Making the Switch

One of the important things that we had to consider when Morley started daycare was making the switch from formula to whole milk. 

At just shy of 11 months, we weren't sure if we were ready to make the switch just yet.  Everything we had read said to wait until baby is at least a year old. That their little bodies weren't yet ready to handle whole cow's milk because it doesn't "contain enough nutrients, vitamins or minerals to adequately and properly sustain an infant’s growth." 

As a new parent, that is kind of terrifying to read. 

Making the Switch to Cow's Milk + Giveaway

However, after discussions with our nurse and family doctor, we were told that starting Morley on whole milk before she reached that recommended one year milestone would not be a problem. What the whole milk was lacking in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, she would be getting from the food she was eating.

Not only would the switch to whole milk be easier for us, but it would also be easier for the daycare. We would no longer need to provide the formula anymore, and they would provide the milk. She would be eating and drinking the same things as the other kids in her class. I can't forget to mention that it would also be easier on our wallets. Formula is pricey! Seemed like a win-win to us.

And so, with that green light, the "weaning" process began.

Making the Switch to Cow's Milk + Giveaway

We really didn't know what to expect from making the switch. Morley had a hearty appetite but loved her bottles. How would she handle the difference in taste? Would she even notice? How did we go about making a seamless switch, so that she enjoyed the milk?

"Start slow," they said. "Baby won't like the sudden change in taste," they said. Everything we had read had said to gradually introduce the milk - start by mixing half formula, half milk. Once baby was comfortable with the new mixture, slowly start to introduce more milk, less formula, until the formula was no more.

Truth is, we ignored what we read online and dove right in. No mixing, just straight milk. Turns out, baby girl loves whole milk. Once she downed her first bottle, we said adios to formula and didn't look back.

Making the Switch to Cow's Milk + Giveaway

Part of the reason the switch was so much easier than "they" said it would be was because of the bottles we use. 

From the very beginning, we have been a Philips Avent family. Philips Avent Natural Bottles are the most natural way to bottle feed. The advanced anti-colic system with innovative twin valve is extremely important to ensure air goes into the bottle and not baby's tummy. The bottles have an ergonomic shape for maximum comfort, making them easy to hold and grip in any direction. They are simple to use and clean, with quick and easy assembly, which is important when you've got a hungry babe on your hands. Philips Avent Natural Bottles are 100% BPA-free and are available in two different sizes, 4oz (125mL) and 9oz (260mL), colours and decorations.

Because we love Philips Avent products so much, we're teaming up with Philips to give away TWO Natural Bottles Gift Sets and TWO Anti-Colic Bottles Gift Sets to our readers! 
Whether there's a new baby on the way or you're looking for the perfect baby shower gift, bottles are a must have for any new parent. And this giveaway is perfect for both breast and bottle fed babies! Enter below for your chance to win one of two Philips Avent Natural Bottle and Anti-Colic Bottle Gift Sets. This giveaway is open to all Canadians, including Quebec. Good luck!

Philips Avent Bottles Giveaway - March/April 2017

Do you have any tips or tricks for making the switch? I'd love to hear!

Disclaimer: As a member of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent, I received products and/or compensation in exchange for this post and my honest review. The opinions and advice shared in this post are 100% my own, and I only work with companies that I genuinely love
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