Glenda - posted on 07/18/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )
I have 2 boys. My youngest is 10 months old. Last month, I decided to introduce the youngest to a transitional cup with a soft top-kind of like a bottle. I still hold him when he drinks from the cup, unless we are in the car when he's drinking. I also hold the cup for him quite a bit, even though he is capable of holding it himself. I did the same for my 6-year-old when he was 10 months old with no problems. My MIL told me that I am taking away my youngest child's time to be a baby by taking his bottle too soon and insists that I must put him back on a bottle at least twice a day. I calmly explained that I don't see a reason to do that because he's still drinking just as much as he did when he was drinking a bottle, he appears to be just as happy with the cup, I am still holding him, and to go back to the bottle would be going backwards. She keeps ranting that I am taking away his "nurture time." This became so bad that she got my husband to start urging me to put our son back on the bottle because he might drink more. (His weight was in a lower percentile at his 9 month appointment-when he had been on the cup for only a week.) I became so frustrated that I tried to put him back on the bottle one evening. He drank just as much as he does on the cup, and it didn't seem to make a difference at all. Even after I tried it, and it didn't make a difference, my MIL continues to say something about it every time we see her, and my husband continues to argue with me over whether or not the baby should be on a bottle. I really don't think it's right to put him back on a bottle when he's doing fine on the cup. It's also more expensive because of the liners, and he's supposed to be off of the bottle when he's a year old-just two months away. I'm just really frustrated. I've talked to my mom and my SIL about it, and they both think I should stick to my guns. Is there any reason for me to put my son back on a bottle?