My son is turning one next week so I have been reading a couple of books to see what I am in store for. Both the books I am reading suggest whole milk at around the 1 yr mark, transitioning to drinking from a cup, leaving the morning and the nighttime bottles for last to take away.
Both books stress the importance of offering your 1yo a variety of foods throughout the day, with milk offered at meal times and for snacks (again - from a cup). The recommend snack / milk at night right before bed if you have a middle-of-the-night hungry baby.
Of course, every child is different, and many of my friends still have 2yo's that wake during the night, so I don't think it is that uncommon. Luckily DS starting sleeping straight through about a month or so ago (for the most part anyway). This week he has pushed his night-time bottle away before finishing it twice, so I think he is getting ready to be weaned off the bottle completely. Which blows my mind - I mean - he may be ready, but I don't think I am!
I have given him a couple of sippy-cups with whole milk over the past few days and he seems to like it, so I am going to be switching him over completely now.