How do I get my son to stop hitting the bottle?
We are in the process of switching Zachary off of bottles to drinking his milk strictly from a sippy cup. I call it a process because it is not going to well and it looks like it will take a while. I have tried to demonstrate to Zachary that the milk in the sippy cup is the exact same milk he is craving from the bottle. I have tried pouring the bottle into the sippy cup in front of him but it has not worked. I have tried getting him to taste the milk in the sippy cup thinking that would get him to understand.
ME: I do not get what you are missing here. You just saw me pour the milk into the sippy cup.
ZACHARY: No, that is not my milk.
ME: You even just tasted the milk from the sippy cup.
ZACHARY: I just want my milk.
ME: It is right here in the sippy cup. This is the same milk you always crave.
ZACHARY: No it is not, that is crap.
ME: You do love drinking water from a sippy cup?
ZACHARY: Yes, I love my water from a sippy cup. But, that is not water in there.
ME: And you love milk?
ZACHARY: Yes, I love milk more than anything.
ME: So, wouldn’t you prefer to drink your milk instead of water out of the sippy cup?
ZACHARY: I want my bottle. Don’t try to trick me with that crap in that bottle.
ME: Fine, here you are watching me pour the milk back from the sippy cup into the bottle. This “crap” as you call it is now in your bottle.
ZACHARY: OOOH, gimmem, gimme, that looks so good (grabs bottle and goes to town).
ME: Erghhhh!!!!!!!! Don’t you see it is the same stuff?
ZACHARY: I am not really following but boy this milk from the bottle is good.