So hard to believe our little ones are already 1 isn't it? Morgan just had her one year check up today and I talked to the pediatrician about weaning her from the bottle. She has been drinking whole cow's milk for 3 weeks now (except I used formula when we traveled recently because I didn't have a fridge for the milk). I started out by giving it to her in a bottle and warmed it up in microwave for 35 seconds first. The first few times I gave her a 2 - 4 oz bottle of milk followed by a 4 - 6 oz bottle of formula. Then I gradually gave more milk and less formula. She did very well.
Now my dilemma is taking her off of the bottle completely. She drinks very well from a sippy cup and through a straw too. But the bottle is a crutch we use to help make her sleepy before naps/bedtime. We started that 2 months ago when she stopped nursing (and had been nursing herself to sleep). She's finally falling asleep well on her own, so I'm afraid to change her routine and remove the bottle. If anyone has suggestions, feel free to tell me.
Morgan eats what we eat. She feeds herself finger foods well. She's not using a spoon yet, but she'll try. Breakfast is usually fruit (banana, plum, pear, grapes in bite size pieces) and dry cereal (she likes Special K, but not Cheerios) or oatmeal. Lunch is usually veggies, beans, toast, and meat/protein. Dinner is similar to lunch.
Here are some of the finger foods I liked when Morgan was first starting out: whole wheat bagel thins (or other bread) - toasted and broken in to small pieces, soft ripe fruits peeled and cut up in to small bites, beans - black, kidney, or black eyed peas, veggie burgers cut in to small bites, chicken/roast beef/turkey in small bites. I love the bags of frozen veggies that you steam in the microwave. I use peas, carrots, corn, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. As long as it's soft and can be mashed up with her gums, she can handle almost anything. Ripe tomatoes and soft cucumbers (peeled) work well too.
Morgan has 8 teeth, but no molars. She's just starting to bite off pieces with her front teeth so I'm giving her bigger pieces of bread or bananas.
It's hard to know when she's full, but I usually get the hint when she starts chucking food over the side of her high chair! Her doctor said some days she'll eat more, and some days she'll eat less. I'm still learning, but this is where we're at now.
Hope you're all doing well!