Hi Jennifer! Yup, I see this all the time. Toddlers often prefer their milk in very specific ways. Their nap/bed time bottles are as much a part of their routine as they are part of his nutrition. For him, bottle=milk, cup=water. It’s not the worst thing in the world and I would agree that if he is growing well (on his own curve) than his overall intake is appropriate. While we would love to see all bottles gone by age 1, keeping them isolated to before nap and bed is not a tragedy. For your friends with younger babies, offer this tip: When your infant begins experimenting with a cup around six months of age, put a bit of breast milk or formula in the cup once a day for then to try. This way, they get used to receiving “milk” in more than just the bottle. I wish I had known this little gem when my youngest was little!
Neither of my kids liked milk except for an ounce or two right before bed. They were healthy and growing well so I tried not to stress about it.