Emily - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter is 15 months old. She has been mostly weaned from the bottle since 12 months as recommended by the AAP, and has been drinking all of her milk and water and juice from the sippy cup since that time. The only exception has been her bedtime bottle where she was still getting milk every night AFTER she had brushed her teeth. I feel that it is time to start weaning this bottle as well, since I don't want her to have tooth decay from drinking milk after she brushed her teeth. She's also big enough that she sucks so hard that even the fast flow nipples can't keep up with her, and the negative pressure is causing the nipple to suck back into the bottle. We'd like to wean gently and not go cold turkey. We tried putting her milk into a sippy cup, but my daughter didn't tolerate that. It's the sucking that she wants intently. (She still uses a paci at nap time, but only nap time.) We put plain water into her bottle as the books recommended, but that didn't work. She drinks the water just fine as long as its in a bottle with a nipple. Any thoughts on how to wean from the bedtime bottle completely?