View Full Version : When do you give milk?

02-04-2014, 12:27 PM
Hello ! I have just started my daycare. All my registered kids are between 1 and 2.5 years old. They are all starting within the next few weeks. I was asked by one parent to give their daughter milk at 3, another is used to having their milk during lunch, my son is used to having it right before nap (after lunch) . I can't accommodate everyone's schedule. Just wondering when other (experienced) daycares give the milk. Any suggestions of a routine that works would be appreciated ! Thanks!

02-04-2014, 12:53 PM
First- it's your schedule not there's.

I give milk once per day after lunch when we are reading stories right before nap. I do this for a few reasons: I don't want kids to fill up on milk or replace food with milk so they get it after the meal, kids drink far too much milk usually, more then is recommended by pediatricians (16-20 oz per day), it is a nice routine and gets them sleepy for bed.

Sometimes when I have a new little one I will give them a little milk between morning snack and lunch to help tide them over but this is very short term.

02-04-2014, 12:58 PM
It is terrible to admit but I actually rarely give the children milk. We eat dairy everyday but to actually give them milk I don't very often. My daughter gets milk at breakfast time either in her cereal or in a cup when she has toast and then again at supper.

When I do give milk it is usually after lunch.

5 Little Monkeys
02-04-2014, 01:23 PM
I don't have a set time but usually give milk at lunch time. If they don't finish their milk they get it again at snack.

It all depends on what we're having too. If we are having a lot of dairy already that day than it might be just water all day.

02-04-2014, 01:28 PM
Like most, I give milk once the child has finished their lunch. Through the rest of the day, it is water. I do not give drinks with meals for the reason of them filling up on the liquid and then wasting the foods.

02-04-2014, 01:52 PM
I give milk with the afternoon (after nap) snack. This snack is usually a bit lighter (a price of fruit) so it helps fill them up until pick up. I was giving it after lunch thinking it would help them sleep but I actually find that a few Of the kids poop during naptime when they have had milk.

Crayola kiddies
02-04-2014, 01:53 PM
I only serve milk to the children whos parents send milk .....otherwise they get water.

02-04-2014, 02:33 PM
I only serve milk to the children whos parents send milk .....otherwise they get water.

I actually like the idea of the parent sending milk for the child if they want them to have it during the day. I think that will be a change to my next years contract.

02-04-2014, 03:12 PM
I also only give milk if the parent provides it. The child only gets it after lunch and in their chair at the table (not in the pack and play). I've had too many leaky bottles and don't want my pack and plays ruined. It is also a sleep prop if they are allowed to drink to sleep.
Otherwise everyone drinks water at all meals or in between.

02-04-2014, 04:07 PM
Same here. If the parent wants their child to have milk, they provide it. Most of my parents leave a bag here with me.

5 Little Monkeys
02-04-2014, 04:58 PM
To those who only give milk if the parent supplies it....may I ask why?

02-04-2014, 10:59 PM
Some families use different types of milk (goat, soy, cow) and I don't want to keep all different kinds stocked.
My family drinks a very small amount of cows milk so we don't go through much.
I have also found that the amount of milk one child drinks compared to another can vary a lot... Some of my dcks drink 8-12oz per day... My own 19m son drinks maybe 4oz per day, he only recently stopped nursing so never really drank much cow's milk.
It seems like different families have different expectations as to how much milk a child should be drinking so it's easier for me if the parents send their own.
Plus, one less thing for me to spend my $$ on.

Crayola kiddies
02-05-2014, 06:51 AM
Because I provide calcium in other forms ..... Cheese, yoghurt, broccoli and even whole wheat bread that i dont need to serve milk.....and kids drink enough milk at home ..... So I only serve water unless a parent supply's it.

5 Little Monkeys
02-05-2014, 07:29 AM
Thanks for answering! I have to buy 2 types of milk (well 3 if you count ours too) and have never found it to be a problem but was wondering what the reasons were. :) Other than one child, I don't know how much milk they drink at home so have never even considered that. I charge on the higher end for my area so I would feel uncomfortable asking for them to supply it. I do give out less milk now though because this group prefers water anyways.


02-05-2014, 01:11 PM
Thanks everyone! I have asked parents to send milk. I was planning on giving it before nap bu I like the idea of having it with afternoon snack. I also give them water with all meals and throughout the day. Thanks!