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Weening my daughter off her bottle seemed like a never ending battle. She actually drank out of a bottle until she was almost 2. I tried from the time she was about 14 months to get her to drink milk out of different sippy cups. I tried the soft ones, ones with tops like a nipple, different colors, different characters and different brands, I even tried the Avent sippy cup top on her bottle base. It seemed like it would never end. I kid you not we collected 20 sippy cups over that 10 months.
Water was not a struggle, but milk certainly was. If I took her bottle away completely she refused to drink milk at all. She would go days with out milk and I would start to freak out. I would think "What is nutrition in a 1 year old without milk"? So, I would give her back the bottle for fear that she would... I don't know what I was afraid of. So, this went on for the better part of a year. Finally, one magical day in a ritualistic fashion we told her that the baba was going bye bye and took her to the trash and we threw them away. (Of course I took them out and washed them and saved them). But, the fact that there was no turning back was clear to all three of us (including a very uncertain Daddy). I told her she was a big girl and she would drink everything out of her big girl sippy cups.
I was determined to stand strong on this and convinced myself that she was just being stubborn and eventually she would give in. To make sure she was still getting good nutrition I made sure she had plenty of dairy in the form of quality yogurt, cheese and healthy homemade yogurt ice pops. Well, after 3 months she was still refusing milk in her sippy cups. I decided I needed to do something.
Sugar, cocoa, water, vanilla extract and salt. I can pronounce every one of those ingredients and I am very happy to drizzle a little in her milk each day and just like her momma, she drinks every last drop. Happy toddler, happy momma!
With love from our Kitchen Table to yours! XO
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makes about 2 1/2 cups
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder (in the baking aisle)
1 cup cold water
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
In a cold medium saucepan whisk together salt, sugars and cocoa until they are combined and there are no lumps. Add water and whisk to combine. Turn heat to medium and bring a boil, whisking frequently.
Reduce the heat to medium-low whisking occasionally. Allow the mixture to simmer until it has slightly reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into a mason jar and allow to come to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate.
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