How to go from bottle to sippy cup?

Mandy - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone! My doctor has told me that we need to be off the bottle preferably by 12 months, well that is fast approaching and my lil man still wants nothing to do with the 20 sippy cups I have tried. What do I do? I read somewhere to picka time where he gets a small bottle and give him a sippy instead which I have tried but he wont drink it and so I give him a bottle b/c I dont want him to be hungry or lose those nutrients. Should I just let him miss it until he finally just uses the cup or what? Please help!

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Kristie - posted on 07/26/2011

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umm firstly why does he need to be off the bottle? if there is no medical reason for it only a "social acceptance, milestone or based on that doctors opinion" then why bother? Kids do things in their own time. I'd still offer it in a sippy cup if you feel you need to, just don't make a big deal about it. My daughter is 2 and still has a bottle before bed and during the day she goes through about 3 or 4 different cups/sippy cups/water bottles etc that take her fancy. No biggie in my house. You know everyone is going to have a say as to what your child should be doing and when, my advice is this.....listen to them politely, but do what you feel is right for you and your baby. No two children are the same or reach milestones at the same exact time so don't be pressured by what others think "should" be happening. If you baby is happy and you are, that's ALL that matters!



If the doctor means he needs to be "off milk" then that's a different kettle of fish. Certainly by age 1 their main source of nutrition should be solids not milk and you may run into nutritional problems (defiencies) and eating issues if you leave it too long.

Melissa - posted on 08/01/2011

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my family doctor told me the same with my son, its best for oral care is what my doctor told me for the transition and around a year is usually when babies stop formula or breastmilk too. What i was told is you keep trying and trying, a year may not always be the magic number for all children, however, you work towards around a year, so if your child doesn't get the 1 year marker don't worry, you just keep working, try to find a drink your child will like in the sippy cup to start with, whether it is water, juice or milk. Preferably don't give too much juice every day, however, if that's what they prefer, give them the juice in the sippy cup if that's their preferance, then dilute it with water and that way you have water and juice that your child will drink. Then introduce milk in the sippy cup. Work towards progress, that's the important part, is the progress! Hopefully then shortly after a year you can get your child off the bottle. That is why most doctors and dentists will tell you get off the bottle. Bottles are not as good as sippy cups for oral health, however you have to remember all babies are also different. i know a 2 year old who will not eat any meals and all she will have is the bottle, and the mom complains because she will not eat any solid food, yet the mom just hands her the bottle because she whines for the bottle. is her 2 year old getting proper nutrition in all food groups, probably not! So also remember that too, make sure if you do give a bottle, limit how much you put in the bottle so your child will still eat food too.

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Tania - posted on 08/15/2011

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My son turned 1 on Aug 3. He can't figure out the "tilt" part of the sippy cup...but he drinks very well from a strawed cup. Try that! The Playtex twist and snap (I think that's what they're called) often go on sale and they're only like 5-6 bucks each to begin with. We gave up on the sippy (we'd been trying for about 3 months). He has a bottle of formula first thing in the morning, but that's it...and only because I"m almost done the tin...won't be buying anymore. Once the formula stops, so do the bottles.

Elisa - posted on 08/15/2011

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I think the over one opinon is when they are allowed to suck the bottle freely in bed. OMG my little one suffers severe reflux and I can barely get her to have any milk about 250mls a day so look at the positive and just go with it. My son is now 3 and he had bottle just to drink and then they were put away etc... He was on sippy cups full time by 14 mths but my little girl is nearlly one and not interested she sips water but that about it. Just don't listen it's so hard to learn to ignore others and do what suits you.

Kristie - posted on 08/14/2011

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I wish people who are concerned about what others do with their children would show as much concern and passion for child trafficking, paedophile rings, and everything to do with harming children. Surely Raven, there are more important things you could do with your time than berating someone about a bottle! Far out!

Kristie - posted on 08/14/2011

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Raven, yes a dummy is a pacifier. I'm an Australian! And no, I don't put my daughter to bed with her bottle. She has it with us in her chill out time in the loungeroom then she goes to bed. But hey, thanks for ASSUMING. I'm not a lazy parent and never will be. Every bottle she's ever had in her life was held by an adult. And I have NEVER heard or read any hard evidence that children should not have a bottle after one. I am a well educated woman and have read lots of child/baby books and I'm always on the internet researching things if I'm unsure and like I said, I have never come across a "respected" article that proposes bottles are not to be used after the age of one. Oh that's right, it's just your experience and opinion! Unless you are a medical doctor/dentist or baby expert, then I think I'll make my own well informed decisions ok.



My daughters teeth development are all on par with normal development, how do I know this, she had her first dental check up last week :-).



Everyone is entitled to raise their child in their own way. Unless you see me abusing my child in a way that could harm her or you suspect neglect, then you really should not be having a go at me for my choices for my child. Everyone raises their children differently. Just because you are a parent - does not make you an expert! God, I abhor those kind of parents who think their way is the only way. For god's sake grow up. Everyone in the world is different and what people do differently to YOU does not make it wrong.



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Kristie Wogan

Cosette - posted on 08/14/2011

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Raveni everyone has there own opinions and u should treat her like she is sin incarnate yes layin down with a bottle and havin one after one isnt ideal for their developin teeth therefore i have my daughter who just turned one wed on a sippy cup but you shouldnt talk to someone who has there own beliefs like that its makes u look like a brown noser with the doctors

Raven - posted on 08/08/2011

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Kristie Wogan, first, what is a Dummy? Do you been a binky or pacifier? Second, I have four kids and they were all of the bottle by 10 months....they all had different doctors, and all of them told me that a bottle can hurt their developing teeth. My last child is turning 1yr in 6 days, and she only had a bottle a few times when she was a newborn, and I've been breast feeding her exclusively for most of her life...I just recently started trying to ween her off the breast and use her sippy cup for whole milk insted of my breast milk. I just hope you aren't laying your daughter down with the bottle at night....I know people's kids that have had their teeth rot because they were put to bed with a bottle. I know you are doing what you think is best for your daughter, but you can't deny the proof or the facts. No child should have a bottle after the age of one....at least that is my opinion and my experience!

Mandy - posted on 08/03/2011

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Amber, I know what you mean. Everyone keeps peeping in their 2 cents and its frustrating. Ive decided to go with my gut and my gut says my lil man just isnt ready but is on his way to being ready.

Cynthia - posted on 08/03/2011

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Hi! My little girl Katie will be 12 months in less than a week and she still won't drink solely from her sippy cup. I have about 4 or 5 different types to see if she'll like one over another but no luck yet! All I can do is keep trying until she decides to stay with it!

Amber - posted on 08/01/2011

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I am in the middle of the same transition. My son loves his sippy cup to but he loves his bottle just as much. I am trying not to stress about it but everyone acts like it is a curse to have a bottle past 12 months.

Mandy - posted on 07/30/2011

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Thank you! I decided not to stress about it and then the other day very casually I let him see me put his formula in a cup and handed it to him and BAM! he drank from it. LOL. He kills me. He loves his bottle but is ok with the occasional sippy cup and I have decided to leave it that way for now. I know at somepoint he will be ready to move on. Thanks again everyone!!!

Jeanne - posted on 07/30/2011

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In my honest opinion, do not stress about this my dear, he won't be walking down the isle one day with a bottle in his mouth, so take your time weaning him off this. If you rush it not only will you be stressed out but he might not take well to it and you could then have another problem on your hands as where he never takes the cup. So wait till you feel he's ready not what you told to do. Use your motherly instinct, it's always the right one. There is not right or wrong time just the best time for both of you.

Lexi - posted on 07/27/2011

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My baby will be one on august 30, i had been trying for sooooo long to get him on the sippy. . .when i would hand it to him, he would literally throw it across the room. Then one day at church i noticed that he had another little girl's sippy cup, as long as it wasnt his, he'd want it. So one day i filled it up with tea i think, may have been water but the boy likes his tea! lol, anyway, i filled it up (with whatever) set it across the room from him, and left it alone, that very same day, he was drinking out of the sippy and the only time he takes his bottle is when he naps. He LOVES his sippy cup now. . .and that was just about 3 or 4 weeks ago!! Good luck and i REALLY hope this helps you!~

Kristie - posted on 07/26/2011

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maybe you could ask a dentist for reassurance? I think a dummy would be more detrimental to oral development than a bottle....good luck.

Mandy - posted on 07/26/2011

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He is on all solid foods. She was saying for good oral development he needs to be off the bottle. I dont know, you are right everyone has their own opinion on what is "right" and its hard to know who to listen to. I do my best to stay true to what I think and believe but its hard not to listen to the doctor cuz I feel like they know whats best. Im a first time mom and worry wart, can you tell?! LOL

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