Morning milk for toddlers: How to get kids excited to drink their milk

If your fussy child is starting to reject their once favorite breakfast beverage, milk, it's time for a shake-up, literally! Let's get creative. Sometimes all it takes is a new presentation, texture, or flavoring to make morning milk for toddlers new and exciting again. Plus, these tips might just work for stubborn tweens too. After all, your growing children need the nutrition provided by milk to help them feel full until snack time while building strong teeth and bones. Here's how to make milk cool again!

Flavor the Milk, Naturally 

We love adding fresh fruits to milk to add a delicious sweetness and fun colors! Try putting your child's morning milk into a single-serve blender with a few strawberries or pitted cherries for red milk. Or, go with blueberries for a purplish hue. Does your child love peaches? Yellow milk, coming right up! As a bonus, your little one is also getting fiber and vitamins from the fruit. 

Serve the Milk Restaurant-style 

Think of the coolest ways you've seen milk offered to your kids at theme parks and cafes. Bold-colored cups, tumblers featuring cartoon characters, glasses with cool handles, and sippy cups with blinky lights in the base are all possible options to make your little one want to grab for their milk. Then, add a funky straw. Curly, colorful, or patterned options are sure to spark a toddler's curiosity and get them sipping.

Pretend the Milk is a Dessert 

Ask your child if they'd rather have a milkshake or smoothie with their breakfast and see what type of reaction you get. Smiles, maybe? We're sure they'd be happy to taste test a Black forest milkshake or a Chocolate coconut almond smoothie. If you're short on time, simply blend the milk with a few ice cubes and a spoonful of their favorite ice cream topping, like caramel sauce or hot fudge, to enhance the milk.

Turn Milk-Drinking Into a Game 

Start by pouring yourself a glass of milk and taking a messy gulp that lands a milk mustache above your top lip. Laugh uncontrollably! Challenge your child to do the same. Can he also create a 'stache? Whose will be funnier? Grab your cellphone and offer to snap selfies of the two of you being goofy with the milk. Then, keep sipping (after all, adults need milk too!) and laughing about the mustaches until you both reach the bottoms of your glasses.

Are you ready to stock up on morning milk for the little ones in your home? You can find a2 Milk® in your favorite grocer's dairy aisle. In the meantime, browse these recipes for fun ways to help kids enjoy milk -- including snacks and meals -- without too much fuss! 

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