I posted earlier asking a lot of questions about day care and my 10 month old son having a very different routine at daycare vs. at home. I found everyone's responses really helpful and I am feeling much more hopeful about daycare now. We have ironed a lot of things out and I feel really good about everything (even the separation, which we practiced a few times already; now down to only 2 minutes of crying and mostly having a ton of fun and kissing other babies) . . . everything except drinking milk and eating. As I mentioned before, he is breastfed and doesn't take a bottle or cup well at all. The daycare providers suggested that DH offer him a bottle each day in the days preceding our start time. Well, that's not going very well! He just pushes it away and cries. Unfortunately, I bought a lot of bottles, too .
We are thinking of trying to see if he will take the milk from a sippy cup or even a regular cup when he is eating a snack. He likes to do what we do, so I don't know if a special kid cup will even work. I guess I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts about whether a 10 month old who eats solids like a champ could make it 9 hours without milk from a bottle or a cup. I guess they could mix some milk with baby cereal and offer sips with snacks. All in all, it wouldn't be much milk.
Anyway, at first I was feeling pretty relaxed about the food aspect of the situation, but after visiting the daycare and talking with the providers again, it seemed like they were a little nervous dealing with a baby who didn't take a bottle. Of course, in the same conversation, one of them mentioned that a 12 month old they were watching didn't eat the day before and ate well today, so maybe that means they won't add too much anxiety to the mix. I, on the other hand, might.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Even a suggestion to chill out? Do you know a baby the age of ours who eats all day at daycare and nurses before and after?