How much milk should a toddler drink?

Now that your baby is a toddler, milk is meant to be enjoyed with a meal, not be the meal. This is quite a big transition and often parents still assume that their child needs a cup or bottle full of milk upwards of 4 to 5 times per day.The reality is that toddlers should not consume more than 24 ounces of milk per day.

Ideally, 1- to 2-year-olds should have no more than 16 ounces per day (2 cups) and 3-year-olds around 8 to 12 ounces (1 to 1-1/2 cups). This provides your toddler with his necessary daily dose of calcium and part of his daily vitamin D requirement.

Yogurts, cheeses, fortified juices (no more than 4 to 6 ounces per day) and cereals are also great sources of calcium and vitamin D.

The rest of your child's hydration should be in the form of good, old-fashioned water.