Daft Daddy offers advice in bottle weaning, baby kissing
As Featured in the January 6, 2012 Ask Daft Daddy column in the The Orange County Register :
So how are all those New Year’s resolutions going? It’s only been a week, so hopefully they are still intact. I made some easy ones so I wouldn’t feel like such a failure. Like never again drink so much that I bid and win the complete first season of T.J. Hooker on an eBay auction.
But I did make some difficult resolutions too – like getting back into shape.
There are a number of different reasons to take better care of yourself. For me, my biggest reason is my 18-week-old son, wee Mac. Well that and the fact my doctor recently told me I wasn’t fit enough to participate in this year’s Toyotathon.
At the end of the day I’m tired of looking like a pool table every time I wear green. It’s time to get healthy not just for me, but for my new family. I know I can do this. Besides, everybody knows it’s always the last 60 pounds that are the hardest to lose anyway.
So without further ado, let me get to the Daft Daddy mail bag:
Dear Daft Daddy: My son is coming up on his first birthday. I know this is generally the time to wean kids off of the bottle and formula. I have tried to cut back the intake but when I see those big eyes well up with tears and I hear the repeated requests for a “ba-ba,” I immediately go running for the nearest canister. Help! I don’t want to have a 14-year-old in therapy someday with a bottle hanging out of his mouth!
– Kelly from Anaheim Hills
Dear Kelly: Make no mistake about it, your son will be in therapy someday. But it will be for a different kind of bottle. To a baby, a bottle is one of the most precious and familiar things they will develop a relationship with during their first year of life. For others it’s a blanket – just look at Linus.
Senior editor Wendy Fries at WebMD suggests you don’t let your baby crawl, walk or go to bed with the bottle. You can continue using a bottle, but shorten each feeding session. If your baby continues to resist weaning, let him get into the groove of eating solid foods before trying again. Fries says some children naturally lose interest in the bottle once they start eating three solid meals a day. Just hope those three solid meals a day aren’t being served to your son over at Theo Lacy.
Dear Daft Daddy: Last week, a neighbor kissed my 6-month-old on her lips. I was so surprised and upset, I didn’t even respond. I think it’s unhygienic and disgusting. Am I overreacting? How can I be polite, but make sure this doesn’t happen again?
-Lynn from Laguna Beach, CA
Dear Lynn: I too think it’s bad form for anyone to kiss a baby on the mouth. Who do they think they are? Richard Dawson? You need to be assertive and tell them you only kiss cheeks in your family. I think that is a fair response. Because the only person who should be allowed to have that kind of intimacy with your baby is you. And if they still have a problem with that, well then you can tell them they can kiss your other cheek.