How old should you wean your baby off a bottle?
Lindsey - posted on 07/23/2010
We bougth our little girl the Tommy Tippy brand sippy cups. They start out at 4 months--we skipped those and bought the rubber tipped 6 month and 9 month cups. The 6 mont seems almost too slow flow for Leigha since we have her on fast flow playtex nipples for her bottles.
We are just 'trying" the sippy cup right now with meals. We'll start pushing it a little harder in a month or so. Doctor's reccomend having your baby off the bottle completely by 12 months. I think its best to let your baby tell you when they're ready. If Leigha seems to want her bottle still at night we'll let her have it.
We do like the Tommy Tippys though!
Rebecca - posted on 07/22/2010
I agree with everyone, give your daughter a sippy if she loves it!! Its not hurting anyone. I dont give my girls juice, i think its bad for them, my doctor reccomended trying diluted cows milk after 6 months old, half milk/half water, it gets them used to the taste of it, so when she has her solids, i give her the diluted cows milk and in between she has formula, she also gets water, I did this with my eldest daughter, she was off her bottles by 10 months old and loved her sippy cups, she only drinks water and milk and is very healthy!
Courtney - posted on 07/21/2010
My oldest was off bottles at 7 months. He got him formula until he didn't want it anymore at 11 months.
My middle child was off bottles completely at 13 months when I had my now 6 month old. He was a little more stubborn.
If you go over to sippy's you should put formula/breastmilk in it too, because the longer you wait to introduce formula/BM/milk in to a sippy the harder it is going to be to get them to drink milk out of it. Don't just use water and/or juice in a sippy. They will attribute a bottle for just milk and a sippy for just water/juice. It will be HARDER to take the bottle away.
Just my .02 and personal experience with raising my neice and nephews.
Beth - posted on 07/18/2010
I think it is a great idea to start a baby at 6 months with introducing the sippy. I did that with my little girl who is now 3 and she was off of the bottle by the time she was 8 mths old. My son is just now 6 mths and he likes to play with the cup, I let him do that so he can check it out and figure out how to hold it.
Ashley - posted on 07/17/2010
With my daughter, who was bottle fed, we jumped rather quickly from bottle to sippy cup. I think if she can drink from a sippy cup it would be fine to wean her off of the bottle. My daughter was using regular cups by 1 1/2 or so.
Kimberly - posted on 07/17/2010
My oldest son didn't stop drinking his bottle completely until after he was 2 years old. He drank cups at the same time also. My cousins daughter refuses to drink water also, because they never gave her water as a baby. You must get them used to drinking water for sure. the other mom was saying to put half water, half juice in the cup instead of putting 100% juice in her cups. If you have a stubourn toddler, try using lemon wedges in the cup for added flavor to the water.
The way we weaned my 2 year old off the bottle was we took away all day time bottles. He got a cup all day. At night he got 2 bottles a night. Then a couple of days later we didn't give him his bottle when he cried for it at night. He only cried for like 10 minutes or less and fell right back asleep. That lasted a couple of days. Then he just completely forgot about the bottle. He didn't wake up for it anymore. If we tried to play with him and feed him a bottle now, he goes...ewwwww noooo. He doesn't try and steal the bottles from my January 2010 baby boy.
Don't be afraid to wean, they won't die without a bottle.
I am happy to say my son drinks from a regular cup now..he's 2 years and 5 months old. No sippy cup for him.
Kayla - posted on 07/16/2010
I have heard that it isn't good to let your baby hold their own bottles to feed them, that your should hold it for them. I am not sure if this is all part of the bonding aspect part of it or not. I did buy a sippy cup with the large handles on it to give it a try. My son didn't care much for it right now. If you are still wanting to use a bottle I saw some at babies r us that have big handles on the bottle. it is like a sippy cup but in bottle form with a regular bottle nipple on them.
Tai - posted on 07/16/2010
My son (now 3) was off the bottle at 7 months. He drank his formula and his juice (we had to do prune for potty issues) both from the sippy!
My daughter is a little more hard headed and isn't taking to the sippy as well. But she is only 6 months. We still have a month to go before she's "behind" her brother. Not that I expect her to be off the bottle by the same month marker as her brother. I just know it's possable and we'll be urging her to drink from it more and more!
I say way to go for getting your little one off the bottle now! One less habbit to break later! :oD
Brooke - posted on 07/16/2010
Yes, I don't think it matters what they drink out of nearly as much as it matters WHAT they are drinking...I have heard that juice is bad too...too much sugar. We will stick with breast milk and water...but we haven't started water yet...breast milk is actually better at hydrating your baby than water...I don't know if that's true with formula too.
Christina - posted on 07/13/2010
Ya, I think the half and half is a great Idea. I have a friend who's daughter wouldn't drink any water for the longest time and she's three years old because they never gave her water when she was younger. Water is a number one in everyones diet and it's much healthier for your child than the sugary juices, natural or not!
Tiffany - posted on 07/12/2010
thanks for the responds , my daughter hasn't had a bottle since yesterday morning :) she great with the sippy , she loves the soft than the hard nipple . she get plenty of formula and im not trying the half and half w/ juice lol going by her pediatrictians rules lol but she getting plenty of nutriton 6months and 20 lbs :) i love my fluffy baby :)
Susan - posted on 07/12/2010
If you want to to give her a sippy and she takes it I think that"s cool even if you do it once in awhile because eventually it does get hard to get rid of them as they get older but I would get a sippy with a soft nipple insted of the hard plastic.and make sure they are still getting plenty of formula
Julie - posted on 07/12/2010
I don't believe that she is saying that she is planning on stopping formula just that she wants to stop using a bottle. I see nothing wrong with giving a 6 month old formula from a sippy cup if they are drinking an appropriate amount. My 6 month old hasn't figured out the sippy cup yet so he still gets his formula in bottles but if he liked the sippy better, I would be totally comfortable with letting him drink his formula out of it!
Megan - posted on 07/11/2010
most pediatrictians recommend giving your baby a bottle with formula in it until they are a year old. My daughter drinks out of a sippy cup, too but she gets an oz of water or 2 oz of juice (half water half juice...) but NEVER gets her formula in the sippy cup. You definatly should still be giving her formula, formula should be her main source of nutrition until she is a year old with solids too.
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