Still on bottle for milk

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions.My daughter is 2 and will not drink milk out of anything but a bottle. I have tried at least 10 cups. The last was the nuby everyone said that will do it.. Well it didnt . She drinks everything else from a regular cup with no lid even . but not milk.. help

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Lauren - posted on 01/14/2009

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I hope this doesn't sound mean, but you really can't get tone across in writing, but take the bottles away.  She WILL drink her milk when she wants it no matter what kind of cup it is in.  Maybe you can say the "bottle fairy" is coming to get them, put them in a pretty bag on the front porch and say "bye bye" to them.  Kids are so resilient.  I didn't think my son would go to bed without a sippy of milk, but I was worried about his teeth.  I just started putting water in his pre-bed sippy one night.  He doesn't even seem to miss his milk.  Good Luck!

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Emily - posted on 01/05/2011

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i wouldnt offer anything but milk to drink
when she gets thirsty enough she will drink it

Deborah - posted on 09/22/2010

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Try flavored milk, my son hated plain milk so he drank whole strawberry milk from ages 1-2 then switched to skim milk and he loved it plain. With your daughter try telling her that the flavored milk in the cup is special big girl milk or princess milk or whatever it is she likes. Sometimes stuff like works with kids that age. And if she can drink out of a regular cup then go with that and just skip the sippy cup thing. good luck.

Trish - posted on 02/02/2010

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I'm with Sandra and Sara, when the child is ready they'll give it up. After all think about how many High School kids you see walking aroudn with bottles and other comforters. None!

My eldest gave up her bottle when she was 3 and her dummy at 4. My youngest gave up her dummy at 2 but still wants her bottle but only at bedtime.

Angella - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have always taken my babies bottles away soon after their 1st birthdays I didn't want the fight when they got older it was a good source getting them to sleep at night but you need to think about their teeth and their health my oldest had a binki until he was three that was bad I did not know how I was going to get rid of that so I got a few tips on snipping the end off of them and telling him that the monster ate them and after that he did not touch them again maybe that is something you can try with the bottles anyways I hope my tip worked Good Luck!!!

Fiona - posted on 12/21/2009

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hi everyone. just joined but my son just turned 3 and still has a bottle of milk at night. doesnt even ask for it during the day so i think its a comfort thing. i will never get him out of pull ups while he is doing this any tips would be great xx

ANDREA - posted on 11/13/2009

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OH GIRL,I UNDERSTAND(everyone get on my case regarding her losing the bottle),yes she uses everything else accordingly except drinking her tea out of her bottle(my dr says it's ok she'll stop when the time is right,(i'm glad she is not using pacifier,that would drive me up the wall,lol).

Donna - posted on 09/10/2009

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I had the same problem and my only solution was to take the bottle away and explain to her that she had to drink out of the sippy cup. It was her "big girl cup"

Sara - posted on 06/20/2009

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Quoting Sandra:



Personally, I'd let her keep it.  In my experience with all 3 of my kids, they'll drop it when they are ready.  Same with the suthers.  Everyone kept telling me to get rid of the bottles and suthers, it was so frustrating.  All 3 dropped it all on their own with no struggles.





I agree with just letting him keep it, we have this same problem with our son he is 28months, and I was really getting so worried that he had his bottle and we tried all sorts of things to get him off of it but nothing worked and just made more tension from him and us....we decided that he will be done with it whenever he is done, he only takes his bottle before nap and before bedtime, he gets his teeth brushed so i don't worry to much about the his teeth(doc said he has very healthy teeth),



the nipple on the bottle had started getting bigger and bigger because of his teeth chewing on it and whatnot....to the point that about two months ago he has recently started not really even being that interest in taking his bottle, he won't finish all his milk or anything like before, so he is basically slowing getting himself past that stage....best of luck and enjoy your child try not to fuss over the small stuff, i know it may seem like its not small stuff but sometimes we just need another perspective on the situation

Mary - posted on 06/12/2009

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Have you tried the Nubby sport bottles? They are kind of shaped like a bottle.I also agree w/ Sandra Hillock. Mine gave them up on their own but they also did it before they were 1. However my daughter wouldn't use any other cup but the Nibby's.

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2009

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All I can say is that I'm so thankful that my daughter didn't give me hell when we switched her from her bottles to cups. I didn't have a hard time with pacifiers either because she never really took one. She'd spit it out of her mouth alot so I quit giving it to her. Any thoughts on how to get them to quit sucking thumbs, though? I don't think I can just take her thumb away from her.

Tamera - posted on 03/26/2009

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OMG! We have been battling this for some time now! I started throwing the bottles away until we got to one, then she got sick, and that is the only thing she gets comfort from. I have dwindled it down to one in the am and one in the pm. Last night I gave her the nuby cup and she threw a fit for about an hour, then finally decided she would drink from it. We are going to leave for the weekend and it's not coming with us. Should be fun.

Lacy - posted on 03/25/2009

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it could be a security thing ... it was with my son he needed it at bed time to go to sleep ... he had it till a little after his second birthday i told him he was a big boy now and he didn't need a baby bottle ... i also got him a new secerity item its like a glow worm (which i was looking for) he sleeps fine now because he has soemthing that lights up and also has a night light so he can see ... its not for everyone i think it all depends on the child so you will need to find what works with your little one ...good luck :)

Roxanne - posted on 03/24/2009

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PS....Also milk is more appealing in a cup if its super cold...Try adding ice to it!! ;)

Roxanne - posted on 03/24/2009

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I told myself once my son turned 2 bye bye bottle. So January came around and I just got all his bottles put them in a bag and put them up above the fridge when he wasnt looking. I took him to the store let him pick out his own special big boy cups. He cried for his bottle at night of course but I just delt with it. He too only had a bottle at bedtime (But thats the worst time for him to have a bottle) The milk turns into sugar and rotts their poor lil teeth. If they must have a bottle at bedtime put water in it. Eventually it will be less appealing. My son doesnt care too much for reg milk anymore, he actually loves the vanilla bean soy milk in a cup with a straw.The take n toss kind!!



The older they get the harder it will be to get rid of their bottles, I suggest you get it over with now. My dr told me if he doesnt drink milk now as long as he is healthy and eating then he is fine. Try giving them the vanilla soy milk for kids its full of vitamins and they love it!! They even have chocolate flavor. As long as they are getting vitamins it doesnt matter which kind of milk it is!!



Say Bye Bye to bottle for your childrens sake. Or google rotten toddler teeth and it will change your mind and make you do whats best for your kiddo.s Trust me its not easy we all have to go thru it but as mommy you always want whats best for your lil one! Everytime i wanted to give in and let him have one I just kept invisioning my son being the kid with all the silver caps on his teeth because I was too weak to take it away, LOL



Hope this info helps a lil =)  Good Luck

Jana - posted on 03/06/2009

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Mine son does the same thing, I just let me have the bottle at bed time and that's it. Everyone keeps telling me they will get off of it when they're ready. I too might try the Take-n-Toss cups, but good luck. If you find something that works let me know!

Ronnie - posted on 03/06/2009

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I hate to say this but my daugther who is 4 now would have to have her milk in a botttle at night till she was 3. After we gave up the bottle she did not drink milk at all and still has problem drinking it. She has yogurt drinks and lots of cheese. But if i would have known she would stop i would still have let her drink her milk at night. the bottle did not affect her teeth or her speech. so i would say do whatever is best for you and your daughter. Good luck. Now my other children, Beckham my 3 yr old stop drinking at 15 months and my last one never used a bottle. It is a fight for all of them to drink milk. I don't know why.

Barbara - posted on 03/01/2009

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I wouldn't worry, some people even breast-feed up to this age!!  My son was 2 in December and he still takes his bedtime milk in a bottle.  It's the only one he has and it helps him get to sleep.  He just started taking daytime milk from a cup 2 weeks ago and he asked me for the cup!!  She'll let you know when she's ready.

Sharon - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hmmm well it's great that you got your daughter on regular cups! Just give it time. How many times a day does your daughter drink milk? Say you give her a regular cup at a certain time once a day... and just work your way up?

Sonya - posted on 02/25/2009

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First, I'd say dont feel guilty that your kid is still on a bottle at 2 yrs old, its so common!!! It is a comfort tool for the most part, some have blankies, some suck their fingers, but doctors seem to focus much more on the bottle than anything. My girl was off bottles completely by 9mos, because it worked for her. But she also sucks two of her fingers but the docs say nothin! If your ready to tackle it tho, my advice would be to just take it away and help her focus on something else to comfort her. My girl also loved those take and toss cups...

Kate - posted on 02/18/2009

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personally i think leave them with it.  my 26mth old wont drink milk out of anything despite having all other drinks from cup.  he must find it relaxing and why should i be in rush to get to him to act like such a big boy - end of day he is still a baby and i think these days we are all trying to get them to grow up to quick.  i think they will grow out of it when ready!!!!!  Ok i am ready for the bombardment from the cup brigade - and i am sorry if wrong but not all kids are the same and we wouldnt have it any other way would we??

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2009

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I agree with the "if it's not there, they will use something else" method.  We got our daughter off bottles and into sippy cups with handles right at 1 with no problems, and shortly into regular sippy cups after that.  This past summer she started wanting sips of my water out of my cups and we noticed that she wasn't too bad.  By labor day weekend she wanted everything to drink out of the little dixie cups we had at the in-laws.  Sure, she made messes and got drenched, so we started with just water out of regular cups.  Within a couple of months, we just switched to cups altogether (unless we are on road trip - than we pack a sippy cup).  She doesn't get a choice in the matter, and rarely does she want a "baby cup", she prefers the "big girl" cups.  To help her embrace the big girl cups more, we put a label on it with her picture and name (last for a few washings before we have to replace the label).

Sandra - posted on 02/10/2009

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Personally, I'd let her keep it.  In my experience with all 3 of my kids, they'll drop it when they are ready.  Same with the suthers.  Everyone kept telling me to get rid of the bottles and suthers, it was so frustrating.  All 3 dropped it all on their own with no struggles.

Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2009

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My oldest Gregory is 26months and youngest Daniel is 8 months.  I took the bottle away from Gregory gradually when he was 16 months.  He didn't get one all day unless he was going to sleep or laying down for nap.  I took the morning bottle away first and replaced with cup.  then the afternoon one.  and then of course the nighttime.  I gave a weeks time in between taking each bottle away.  And he's never gone back.  Hope that might work for you.  And I too tried every type of cup.  The one that helped most (not quite sure what the name of it was though) was a trasitional.  It was a bottle and you change the nipple to sippy. 

Kelly - posted on 02/01/2009

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I agree with Lauren and Kimberly.  My son was two at Christmas and about 10 mths ago we just stopped the bottle and started giving him milk in a cup with a spout at breakfast and dinner.  He didn't think twice about it and sometimes goes without milk but won't go to bed unless he has a cup of water by his bed. Hope it works out for you.

Kimberly - posted on 01/23/2009

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Quoting Lauren:



I hope this doesn't sound mean, but you really can't get tone across in writing, but take the bottles away.  She WILL drink her milk when she wants it no matter what kind of cup it is in.  Maybe you can say the "bottle fairy" is coming to get them, put them in a pretty bag on the front porch and say "bye bye" to them.  Kids are so resilient.  I didn't think my son would go to bed without a sippy of milk, but I was worried about his teeth.  I just started putting water in his pre-bed sippy one night.  He doesn't even seem to miss his milk.  Good Luck!





I did this with Delilah's bottles just before Christmas. She didn't have a security item except for the bottle, so I'd been reluctant to take it away. Finally though, it had to be done, and with the holidays routine was out the window anyway, she didn't even fuss for it the first night, and very little the second. Delilah doesn't often ask for milk from a cup, but she eats SO much cheese and yoghurt I'm not really worried about it. I have to say, a quick complete cut definitely worked for me. :D

Cristina - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son does the same thing... I don't know what to do either. I might try the Take-n-Toss cups that Ava suggested...

Ava - posted on 01/06/2009

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I had the same problem and was recommended to try every cup that existed, but my daycare provider recommended the Take-N-Toss cups.  So I started to give her that cup during the day for her other drinks (water, etc), and surprisingly she didn't give me a fit when I switched her morning milk bottle first.  I still gave her a bottle at night for about a week more, then switched the bottle for the take-n-toss sippy cup and she took it right away.   I think because the take-n-toss cups still have an extended spout that she can suck on.  Good luck!

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