yogurt and milk questions

@only1shi (405)
United States
June 24, 2008 1:14am CST
my daughter is almost 11 months old and her pediatrician said that we should wait until she's at least a year old to give her whole milk instead of formula. we give it to her occassionally in a sippy cup. sometimes she'll drink it, sometimes she won't. i was looking into the older baby, step 2 formulas and wondering if it was worth purchasing instead of going straight to milk. opinions? i have also been seeing a lot of commercials lately for yogurt made especially for babies and toddlers. at what age can i introduce these into her diet? do they still have the live and active cultures that regular yogurt has?
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
25 Jun 08
My daughter started eating plain yogurt when she was about 5 months old. I was told by her doctor to give it to her to help her get over a yeast infection that she got from an antibiotic that he had given her. She loved it and has been eating it since. When she was about 7 months she graduated to flavored yogurt.
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
24 Jun 08
We switched our son to whole milk very early because he wasn't getting what he needed from formula. The pediatrician changed him to every one of the formulas and it never stopped his crying. The minute we put him on whole milk, we didn't have any more problems. I also fed him cereal and applesauce at an early age. I'm an older mother, so I suppose my answers may be a little different than younger ones. I was fed from the table from the very start. Back then there was no baby food, or if there was, my parents couldn't have afforded it. We also had cow's milk to drink. So, when my children came along, my instincts took part. I felt, if he was hungry, then I should feed him. And my pediatrician said a Mother knows more about her child than even the Dr. I was never afraid to try different foods with my child from a very early age. He's now 40 and I think he's very healthy. :)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I've been giving my 9 month old the baby yogurt. He loves it. I gave it to my daughter before she was 1 too. I'd slowly switch your daughter to the milk and not go to the next step formula, just depending on if anyone in your family has any kind of milk allergies. We had to wait til about 18 months to introduce milk to my daughter as she had a bad allergy to the milk based formula. My oldest son went to milk at 12 months and my baby will too. I think they tell you to wait til 12 months because formula has more nutritional benefits then straight milk.
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• United States
24 Jun 08
Although I do not have any children, these looked like excellent sites! http://www.babycenter.com/0_age-by-age-guide-to-feeding-your-baby_1400680.bc http://www.kidzgrowonline.com/nutrition_and_feeding/bottle_feed_02.html
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@baileycows (3670)
• United States
24 Jun 08
We slowly transitioned our daughter into whole milk by just putting like 25% whole milk and the other baby milk. Then slowly give more and more whole milk. I found step 2 baby products to be very expensive when they say whole milk is fine.
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