How many bottles should a 12 month old have a day?

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My daughter will be a year this month and I'm curious to see how much other children her age are drinking..

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Kahlzz - posted on 05/30/2012

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My son also just turned one and was also wondering how much milk he should be having. He currently has 3 700ml bottles (morning, afternoon and night) and although he usually doesn't finish his bottles all the time he still will on occasion so I like to have the option there for him. I see my mhn in a couple of weeks so will ask her then. Also, apart from milk the only other drink my son has is water. Juices are full of sugars and I wouldn't dream of introducing this so early as a part of his daily liquid consumption, as a treat when we go out on occasion is fine but that's where I draw the line.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2010

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I am in New Zealand so i don't know measurements is oz sorry. But over here, all the information I have had as a mum and an early childhood teacher is that a healthy one year old should be on 2-3 bottles a day and recieving a minimum of 400mls (up to about 600mls). Food is most important and should be offered first.
My son (was 1 on dec 13) has breakfast and then 150mls of milk (I use follow-on powdered formula for babies over 1 at the moment, but you can use full fat cows milk), before his morning sleep. He has lunch and usually has another 150ml bottle before or after his afternoon nap. He will have alittle snack when he wakes then dinner in the evening. Before bed I offer him 200mls, mostly he doesn't finsh it all now and some times won't have it at all if his second bottle was later in the afternoon. He drinks water through the day in a sipper or straw cup. All the children his age at the under 2 child care centre that I work part time at, are also on 2-3 bottles a day.

Hope this helps. xx

SHAKITA - posted on 01/08/2010

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MY SON TURNED 1 YEARS OLD ON THE 31 OF DECEMBER AND HE ONLY HAS 2 BOTTLES A DAY, ONE AT BREAKFAST AND ONE AT BEDTIME. DURING THE DAY HE DRINKS FROM A SIPPY CUP AND EATS FROM A SPOON. HE NOW HAS SEVEN TEETH AND I FEEL WHEN THE TEETH START TO COME IN, ITS TIME TO EASE THEM OFF THE BOTTLE.

Adele - posted on 12/22/2009

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Hi

My daughter was 1 yesterday & she is drinking 3 bottles a day & she drinks quite a lot of water & I am just weaning her off having bottles

Rebecca - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Kiah:



Quoting Sharina:

one year olds shouldn't have any bottles! Time for sippy cups only!





It's hardly the end of the world if they are still having a bottle at this stage. If that's what helps him to get the calcium he needs, so be it and who made these 'rules' anyway. We'll do what's right for us and my baby just doesn't happen to be ready for a sippy cup all of the time just yet. These babies will develop at different rates and I don't believe in or agree with hard and fast rules.





Kiah,



 



I agree that all babies develop at different times, but you also need to keep in mind that once your child has teeth, the constant use of the bottle can affect how their teeth develop..



Also too many bottles can sometimes lead to a lazy eater - I have a two and a half year old that I wasn't too fussed about trying to take the bottle from but it's become a nightmare to get him to eat - he will hold out as long as he can if he thinks there may be a bottle at the end - he is a very fussy eater also.



I think as long as the child isn't too stressed you can gradually change away from bottles, I have moved my one year old onto sippy cups and she is a better eater than her almost three brother!

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ours has been on solids since 4 months so it's more about fluids than nutrition. rule of thumb is her weight in g = required amount of fluids in ml (she's 9.5kg so needs approx 3-4 large bottles a day) we give her one bottle of full fat milk in the morning, 1-2 bottles of water during the day (some of it out of a cup to practice) and 1 large bottle of warm full fat milk after dinner to settle for bed

Stacey Marie - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter has just turned on on 18th December and she has no bottles at all anymore. She wasn't fussy with cows milk so bought SMA toddler milk (she was on SMA before she turned 1 so I assumed she would like it) but she isn't fussy with this either! I mix it in with her breakfast and supper but she drinks water from a cup with them. She drinks apple juice or water from a cup through the day. I stopped using daytime bottles when she turned 6 months old, it took a week to get used to the sippy cups. Then from her 1st birthday we just started to use a cup with her breakfast and then before bed. She isn't fussy with milk out of a cup though so I don't keep wasting it, I just give her water. She seems very thirsty so I would just prefer togive her water

Kelly - posted on 01/09/2010

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At our 1yr check-up that's what I asked out Ped and she said a 6oz sippy cup at each meal was enough. We were giving her a 8-12oz bottle at bed and she recommended weaning that as well. She recommended doing this in 2 different ways, and let us pick how. Start putting it in a sippy cup instead of bottle, and to start moving it back in 15 minute increments from bed time. She said we could start both at once or do one step then the other. We opted to do both changes at once for the quick method. It only took a week for the bedtime feeding to be gone. Took her awhile longer to get used to the formula with meals, so I started her off with 2 oz and then built her up to 6oz in her sippy cup. Ultimately, if you're not sure, ask the MD...that's why they're there :)

Sherre - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son has about 3 bottles of whole or organic milk a day. 1st & 2nd nap & bedtime. I've been brushing his teeth & gums since the recommended age of 4mos & will wean him off before he is 15mos.

Cori-Ann - posted on 01/07/2010

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my twin boys are almost 13 months and are offered an 8oz bottle at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm (bed). very rarely they may wake up around midnight and not want anything but another bottle. i give them a 6oz and then right back to bed. happens maybe once or twice a month lately.

Katie - posted on 12/23/2009

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We tried giving Elijah sippy cups but we had to try 4 different kinds before we found one he really liked...it's the Nuby one with the handles and straw :)

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When I stated BABIES SHOULD BE PUT ON WHOLE MILK AND NOTHING LESS...OBVIOUSLY MOTHER'S MILK is BEST...but babies shouldn't be given 1%, 2% or Skim Milk...it has NO NUTRITIONAL VALUE FOR THEM...Nutrition needs to come from Nutritional Table foods and WHOLE MILK( meats, veggies, fruits, grains etc)

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hello, my son is taking between 20oz-24oz throughout the day divided into 4 bottles sometimes 5. i give him breakfast then the bottle, lunch then bottle, fruit snack then bottle, dinner then the bottle and sometimes he wants more. thank you for asking this question, it's nice to hear what other mom's are doing.

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Violet has 1 bottle of whole milk before bed. The rest of the day it's milk/water/watered down juice in a sippy. I've been letting her wean herself from the rest of the bottles and I think I'll let her do the same with her bedtime one. She just turned 1 on 12/21.

Sharina - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Kiah:



Quoting Sharina:

one year olds shouldn't have any bottles! Time for sippy cups only!





It's hardly the end of the world if they are still having a bottle at this stage. If that's what helps him to get the calcium he needs, so be it and who made these 'rules' anyway. We'll do what's right for us and my baby just doesn't happen to be ready for a sippy cup all of the time just yet. These babies will develop at different rates and I don't believe in or agree with hard and fast rules.





You should have introduced the sippy cup at least by four months, five months at the latest. He would have taken to weaning from the bottle a lot easier. Unless your baby has or has been diagnosed with a developmental delay of some kind he should be ready to be off the bottle no later than 13 month birthday. Sometimes moms do things like keep their child unnecessarily on the bottle because it is the easier thing to do rather than what is right for the proper and timely development of their child. It seems like you are having an emotional hardship of some sort. My prayers are with you.

Katie - posted on 12/21/2009

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This has certainly turned into quite the debate...I thought the original poster was curious to see our opinions and not an argument

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Quoting Sharina:

kiah- you are certainly entitled to your opinion, however the longer you wait to stop the bottle, the harder it is to stop. sometimes with parenting the hard and fast rules work best- take it from an experienced mother and preschool teacher of 18 years!



Do you actually intend to be patronising? Everyone has different experience and a different way of doing things. Funny how some people have to try to force their way on others.

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Quoting Rebecca:



Quoting Kiah:




Quoting Sharina:

one year olds shouldn't have any bottles! Time for sippy cups only!







It's hardly the end of the world if they are still having a bottle at this stage. If that's what helps him to get the calcium he needs, so be it and who made these 'rules' anyway. We'll do what's right for us and my baby just doesn't happen to be ready for a sippy cup all of the time just yet. These babies will develop at different rates and I don't believe in or agree with hard and fast rules.









Kiah,






 






I agree that all babies develop at different times, but you also need to keep in mind that once your child has teeth, the constant use of the bottle can affect how their teeth develop..






Also too many bottles can sometimes lead to a lazy eater - I have a two and a half year old that I wasn't too fussed about trying to take the bottle from but it's become a nightmare to get him to eat - he will hold out as long as he can if he thinks there may be a bottle at the end - he is a very fussy eater also.






I think as long as the child isn't too stressed you can gradually change away from bottles, I have moved my one year old onto sippy cups and she is a better eater than her almost three brother!



 



Actually Rebecca, he's a fantastic eater but thanks for your concern. As for teeth, being on the bottle for a couple of extra months is not going to damage them. Again, thanks for your concern but I have checked with my dentist. Does anyone else want to try scaremongering? BTW, I am not looking for advice, when I want it I will ask professionals that know my baby and I.





 

Rebecca - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Vicki:



Quoting Stacy:

BABIES SHOULD BE PUT ON WHOLE MILK NOTHING LESS...






LOL I thought at one year, solids had a part in the diet too.






But seriously, if you wanna debate which milk is best, it's Mom's milk. :)






He he..



 



Oh I agree about the mother's milk, I just wish my little one didn't practice her biting skills when I try to give it to her!!



But in regards to milk, I have been told that babies under 2 really need the fat content from whole milk, they don't get a benefit from skim milk

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Quoting Sharina:

kiah- you are certainly entitled to your opinion, however the longer you wait to stop the bottle, the harder it is to stop. sometimes with parenting the hard and fast rules work best- take it from an experienced mother and preschool teacher of 18 years!


This is certainly true with some things and for some kids. Because I wasn't sure how to wean off a bottle and wasn't too fussed about it, my firstborn had one for sleeps until he was a bit over 2 years old. By that time the bottle only contained water (I'd stopped milk/milky water by 18 months), but he still wanted it so I let him continue.



When I started to actively think about how I was going to get it away from him, he just gave it up. One day he went for his nap, not asking for a bottle just a story. That was it from that point on. So sometimes they just do things in their own time.



Now, my second child (just turned 1 on the 5th) has 3 bottles of full cream milk a day. One after breakfast, one for his nap and one at bedtime. And he will be one that I will have to actively stop bottles.

Sharina - posted on 12/20/2009

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kiah- you are certainly entitled to your opinion, however the longer you wait to stop the bottle, the harder it is to stop. sometimes with parenting the hard and fast rules work best- take it from an experienced mother and preschool teacher of 18 years!

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Quoting Sharina:

one year olds shouldn't have any bottles! Time for sippy cups only!


It's hardly the end of the world if they are still having a bottle at this stage. If that's what helps him to get the calcium he needs, so be it and who made these 'rules' anyway. We'll do what's right for us and my baby just doesn't happen to be ready for a sippy cup all of the time just yet. These babies will develop at different rates and I don't believe in or agree with hard and fast rules.

Katie - posted on 12/20/2009

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I was told by 3 pediatricians that weaning from the bottle between 12 and 13 months is a good idea...I happen to agree with them. It gives us time to adjust meals(etc) and make sure our children are getting the nutrients they need. My son gets 1 whole milk bottle before bed...he turned 1 last tuesday. He has been sick for a few days and not eating much so I added a little formula to make sure he is getting enough nutrients...I also did that with his sippy cup. I don't think it is wrong...I know what is best for MY child and will listen to my son's doctor and my son when it comes to his health...

Allanah - posted on 12/19/2009

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my boys 1 on boxing day and he has a 150ml in the morn,a 100ml mid arvo and 150ml before bed.apparently they need a dairy intake of 500ml a day including milk on cereal,cheese,yoghurt etc.i was told to he was perfect on what hes having

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My baby boy was 1 on the 17th and he still has 3, 7 oz bottles a day plus water etc. He loves his milk! I am trying to get him off the bottle and to take his milk from a sippy cup but can't get him to take that volume from anything other than a bottle. He he he, it's all good fun.

Francesca - posted on 12/19/2009

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my Son will be 1 on the 27th and is currently on 1 bottle a day, i make him 9oz but it varies every night what he takes, tonight he only took 3 oz but other nights he can have the whole 9oz, he occasionally has a 3 oz bottle before his lunchtime nap but not often, he drinks lots of water during the day.

Emma - posted on 12/19/2009

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my son mason was 1 on 1st december and has been having two bottles for the last 2 months but he is also drinking laods of water and juice thorughout the day too and i also supplement his milk with yoghurts, cheese and other dairy products.

Alanna - posted on 12/19/2009

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i have my son on 3 sippy cups a day of formula 9 (soon will be whole milk), It seems to be the going thing lol.

Janet - posted on 12/19/2009

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My daughter just turn one & she is taking about 20oz per day which is around 4 bottles per day.

Shawnali - posted on 12/18/2009

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I nursed my son for 6 months then did formula but he started refusing formula just before he turned 10 months.. he has been on whole milk since then. He only will drink out of a sippy cup now and will be one on Christmas day. He usually only has a sippy cup with dinner and a small amount with breakfast usually mixed with Danino yogurt drink.. other than that he usually always has his kleen kanteen with water throughout the day, and sometimes for snack very diluted juice.

LaShae - posted on 12/18/2009

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As Katie says also, you know what is best for you child...i can reduce Jr's milk intake because he is eating the baby food...he is also branching out more with the regular table food and if i give him water in a regular cup he will drink it. I would adjust what the doctor's says depending on what your child is doing...if she doesn't like the baby food to much there is a formula for 9-24months specifically to make sure she is getting what she needs.

LaShae - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son just turned 1 yesterday...our doctor said 16oz of milk a day and to start giving him whole milk as well. If she is using formula you can mix them, i believe the formulas are cow based milk. Since she is drinking water, juice and eat more food, 16oz of milk only is actually enough.

Amy - posted on 12/18/2009

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I'm wondering the same thing. My girls are almost 12 months (adjusted age since they were preemies) and they are now down to 3 bottles a day. They probably average 18-20oz. of formula in total. We will be switching to whole milk when they are 12 months adjusted age. I might decrease the amount of milk I give them a little and increase their solids then...My pediatrician said they should then be drinking 12-16 oz., but that seems like a big drop from the recommended 24+ ounces over the past 6 months. What do others' doctors say?

Katie - posted on 12/18/2009

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I think each mother has their own style of parenting. What we need to remember is that each child has different needs(believe it or not). We all wants best for our children and as long as they are healthy nobody should really argue. I am sorry but I decided to not log on to circle of moms for a while because everyone thought they were right and kept judging other mothers...personally as long as your child is healthy and happy you are doing the right thing in my opinion...

(sorry to vent but I really had to)

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Quoting Stacy:

my son only gets 3 bottles a day. 1 at morning nap, 1 at afternoon nap and 1 at bed time. otherwise he is drinking whole milk out of a sippy cup and we have had him doing that since 10 months of age he turned 1 year yesterday dec 16


My daughter does the same...about 4-5 ozs of older baby formula...she drinks milk and juice and water throughout the rest of the day

Lesley - posted on 12/18/2009

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my son does sippy cups...but he gets 22oz total of whole milk a day. I keep giving him less because he doesn't usually drink it all. my doc said it should reduce to 16-20 oz around 12 months.

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son has 3 180ml (6oz) bottles of whole milk a day & as much water or diluted juice in a sippy cup as he wants am about to try changing from bottle to sippy cup with milk hope it goes well

Vicki - posted on 12/17/2009

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Quoting Stacy:

BABIES SHOULD BE PUT ON WHOLE MILK NOTHING LESS...



LOL I thought at one year, solids had a part in the diet too.



But seriously, if you wanna debate which milk is best, it's Mom's milk. :)

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my son only gets 3 bottles a day. 1 at morning nap, 1 at afternoon nap and 1 at bed time. otherwise he is drinking whole milk out of a sippy cup and we have had him doing that since 10 months of age he turned 1 year yesterday dec 16

Sarah - posted on 12/17/2009

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My daughter has 3 a day, one first thing when she wakes up, one mid afternoon and one at bed time, 7oz at a time

Erica - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son turned one on the 10th, he no longer get formula (thank god saving some money) he takes a sippy cup that I started giving him at like 6 months, and he drinks 2% milk. He would much rather have his big boy food than a bottle.....

Crystal - posted on 12/16/2009

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my son has one in the morning and one at nap and then one before bed. he has been on whole milk and 2% milk (back and forth) for a little over a month now. we are tryin to get him off the bottle and more into sippy cups but they keep disappearing for some reason. lol.

Natasha - posted on 12/16/2009

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My son has been on 1 bottle (200mls) a day for past month. He loves his bottle, but when he turns 1 on 30th, we are weaning him off it. He can still have his milk but it will change to a sippy cup. We are going overseas in Feb and as it is a driving holiday, I cannot guarantee where I can wash bottles & teats. I figure if he starts getting used to a cup early then he wont be so devastated if he cannot have a bottle.

Katie - posted on 12/16/2009

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Elijah gets 1 bottle usually before bedtime however it is not formula or breastmilk, it is a little bit of warm whole milk. We are trying to wean him off of bottles because lately he has only been drinking half of his 8oz bottles, so for the past week we have been giving him 4oz and he doesn't seem to mind...he is healthy and eats a lot of nutritious table food...we also give him a snack(yogurt) before bed.

User - posted on 12/16/2009

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my little guy only has 1 bottle a day and we stopped formula on his birthday (the 9th) so he has milk then we brush his teeth. Our ped recemmend we have him weaned completely by 16 months,

Kit - posted on 12/16/2009

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We are down to one bottle in the morning and one before bed. He has milk in his breakfast and drinks a lot of water during the day with usally one well watered down fruit juice at lunch.

Becky - posted on 12/16/2009

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I read they are supposed to have about 3 cups of milk, that can be mixed in with cereal or drunk through out the day. My son nurses about 4 times a day now and drinks about 1-2 cups of water from a cup.

User - posted on 12/16/2009

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my daughte has one bottle when she wakes up and one before bed, during the day she drinks water or juice. she eats 3 meals a day plus snacks.

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