weening off bottle

Michelle - posted on 09/25/2010 ( 33 moms have responded )

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At what age should a child be completely weened off the bottle...my son was weened off at 18 months just because he kept throughing his bottle out of his bed. recently me and my husband have found out he has a older son. hes 21 months and still wants his bottle all day..i dont like giving him it cuz then my son wants it..is it normal for 21 month older to want his bottle all the time???

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Karina - posted on 10/04/2010

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My twins were two when I got them to throw the bottle out, it took a couple of days of asking for it but that's all it took.
My third son is 20 months old and he's still on the bottle, but he drinks from a cup at the table with meals. I don't believe that switching them from a bottle to a sippy cup espeically with one that has a soft nipple is any different...take the bottle away when you are ready and get them used to a plastic cup/glass as soon as they are old enough to hold one. I would say that by two they are old enough to understand that bottles are for babies and that they are a big kid now!

Alma - posted on 09/28/2010

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I have 5 kids and all of them were off the bottle by the time they were 7-8 months I find the longer they have it the more attatched they get to it and is harder to ween them from it.

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Shachar - posted on 10/11/2010

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My daughter is 20mo and we give her a bottle before bedtime and when she wakes up. for some reason she will drink only water from the sippy cup and a little bit of cold milk (usually sweeter soy/almond milk), but she hardly makes 20oz. daily. So, in order to get her to drink a good quantity it needs to be warm milk in bottle. I've tried to transition her to various sippy cups for milk, but she just won't take it seriously, and makes a mess! the pediatrician said it is important to keep the proper quantity until she's 2, so to keep the bottle if nothing else works. I suppose there just something really comforting about the bottle, it's not really harmful, so why stress about it? cheers!

Jennifer - posted on 10/10/2010

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I weened all of mine off the bottle at 12 months, just switched with the soft spouts on the sippy cups and threw all of the bottles out so there was no choice or the temptation to need it.

Jodi - posted on 10/08/2010

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Yes, it is perfectly normal for a child that hasn't been weaned to want his bottle all day. Much of what I have read encourages you to wean them away from the bottle (either to a sippy cup or regular cup) at 12 months so that is what I did with my daughter (although I nursed her until 14 months). At this point, perhaps you can treat the bottle as a meal and only allow it in the high chair. You could also try replacing one bottle at a time with a sippy or straw cup. Perhaps let him pick it out at the store? Milk should never be allowed in the crib with the baby. The son of a family friend lost all of his teeth that way due to bottle rot (keep in mind that baby teeth aren't completely replaced until kids are 12 years old). However, you may want to talk to the mom about consistency. If your stepson is not in your house much of the time, it may not make sense to wean him yourself.

Fabiola - posted on 10/08/2010

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i know the recommended age is 1 i took my daughter off her bottle when she was about 11 months. it was no problem at all. but i know alot of people that have had trouble switching so it is normal for them to have the attachment.

Camile - posted on 10/07/2010

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just weened my daughter at 18 months it was easier than i thought. I bought her a special sippy cup and reminded her it was for bedtime. now she takes a sippy of water to bed

Vanessa - posted on 10/07/2010

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You know what everyone says a year but my son went longer and wasn't completely off his bottle until 18months. At that time he was only having a bottle at nap time and bed time. Yeah maybe its a little late but you know what he's fine. we pretty much just stopped giving him his bottles cold turkey. One night we just put him to bed and didnt do the bottle and he didnt ask for it. It was basically keeping him distracted or giving him something else. We would make sure he had enough to eat and drink before hand so he wouldn't really be wanting anything by bed time.You can try and do this throughout the day before the times he normally expects a bottle. I know its hard but honestly if you discuss it with his mother and put up a united front then you can both agree not to give him the bottle. That way your both on the same page and he doesnt get confused.Maybe make a big deal and go buy him a fun big boy cup so he knows he's moving on.

Susan - posted on 10/06/2010

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Riley is 20 months and he still has his milk in a bottle at night . he has his sippy cups during the day, but he likes to cuddle with daddy on the couch with his bot before bed, this is their cuddly time because dads at work all day and i dont think using a bottle is really any problem. :)

Mary - posted on 10/06/2010

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Every kid is different. I knew a mother who gave her son a bottle until he was --maybe--28 months. He is a healthy well-adjusted 4 yr old now. So as much as it is pushed to get the kids off I think the concern is usually for dental health, not really because it is "normal" or whatever. That said my oldest was done at 11 months and my youngest- I chucked his bedtime bottle (which by then was just water) at 18 months. I'm sure you stepson is fine. He's just attached and having a hard time giving it up (no worse than a pacifier.) Just make sure that he's not getting much juice or milk in it and never anything but water at bedtime. I bet if you offer him the sippy with diluted juice and a bottle with water, he'll chuck the bottle real quick and then he'll forget about it shortly. Good luck!

Randi - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son still takes a bottle at bedtime and even quite often in the middle of the night. He is a terrible eater and I truly think he is hungry. After getting in trouble with the dr , i did attempt to wean with water in the bottle and we lasted 4 days. 4 days of MISERY! No one slept! So out of exhaustion I went back and plan to try again when we have better communication so at 2ish.

Kasey - posted on 10/05/2010

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My son is 19 mths & he still has his bottle! I have 3 others & as I have learned they all do things at different stages!! I'm NOT worried about it at all! He knows how to drink from a regular cup[not a sippy] he only likes his bottle when he's tired & he takes a few sips then throws it so I'm sure it will be gone soon enough!! I'm not in a rush for him to give it up personally!! :)

Mary - posted on 10/05/2010

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Mine has 2 bottles a day, before a nap and before bedtime, but wow, your husband has another son not that much older than yours? wow.

Jamela - posted on 10/04/2010

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my son is off the bottle now he is using a sippie cup and does not need that to got o bed stoped using it at 16 months or so

Mariska - posted on 10/04/2010

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I completely agree with you Karina. My daughter is 19 months and has a bottle before her afternoon sleep and before bed. And there would be no difference between a bottle and a sippy cup with a soft nipple on it. When my daughter is ready Ill take them away but until then we are all happy and thats all that matters.

Liz - posted on 10/04/2010

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i managed to get my lil one off a bottle at 11 months as she refused milk by then so was really easy but put her on a sippy cup from 4 months for water/juice as she wouldnt drink water lol.
good luck

Cynthia - posted on 10/03/2010

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Ashley my daughter was the exact same way. She would not drink milk out of a sippy but she loved it from a bottle. It took me 6 sippy cups before I found one that worked. It's by NUK and the spout is the same silicone as her bottles. Ever since I found this sippy she doesn't have bottles. She has been off the bottle for about 2 months now and still this is the only sippy she'll drink milk from.

Ashley - posted on 10/03/2010

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My son ia 19 months and also gets a bottle of warm milk when he wakes up first thing in the morning. Other then that he gets a sippy, but it is a battle trying to get him to take milk from a Sippy, he acts like he does not like it, but i know he does bc he will take it out of a bottle. He will drink Chocolate milk out of a sippy, but not regular, if he gets thirsty enough he will take a sip and then throw it. So he usually gets water or juicy juice/welches in his cup.

Claire - posted on 10/03/2010

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My 19 month old daughter has most of her drinks from sippy cups & can manage to drink with a straw but has her milk warmed & in a bottle first thing in the morning. I know experts recommend giving up bottles by the time they are a year but all kids are different so try not to stress about it too much, he'll do it when he's ready :0) BTW my oldest daughter gave up her bottle at a year but at times it's a battle to get her to drink anything while the little one will always drink whatever is on offer!!!

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The dr. said by 1 year. My son didn't take many bottles because I nursed. I started giving him sippy cups at 6 months. I tried different brands. By 12 months he had a preferred cup and was drinking well out of them. Having a bottle beyond a year can affect their teeth and cause tooth decay.

Stephanie - posted on 10/02/2010

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my daughter stopped using a bottle almost completely by 6 mos, but she has always been very ambitious trying to keep up with her older brother who is 18 mos. her senior.

Cynthia - posted on 10/01/2010

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I think taking away the bottle away too early is kinda mean but waiting to long is hard on both of you. I took my daughter off at 17 months and I think I should have done it earlier like 13 or 14 months.

Stephanie - posted on 10/01/2010

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American Association of Pediatrics recommends getting rid of the bottle starting age one and definitely by 18 months.

Ginger - posted on 10/01/2010

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My daughter is 19 mnths and I only give her the bottle b4 bed. I slowly did it. first one in morning and one b4 bed and now just at bed time. With kids out of sight out of mind worked for me.

Nicole - posted on 10/01/2010

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well my daughter was 18mon when I took her off the bottle act. the beginning of September...Everytime I would g to wic they would say oh she shouldnt be drinking out of the bottle u should stop giving it to her so I told my mom and she was insisting she wasn't ready that she would give it up on her own...but I figured that she would have to do it any way so that day I just stopped giving her the bottle while my mom was giving it to her but eventually she stopped idk how happy she was about it but it had to be done now sippy's is all she uses mostly the soft nipple 1's

Angie - posted on 09/30/2010

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i wouldnt think so but some children use it as a security issue, i would try to give him something else for a lovie and a nuk soft spout sippy cup to see if you can ween him off of the bottle.then gradually change to a hard spout sippy cup, best wishes and good luck.

Ellen - posted on 09/30/2010

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My daughter is 20 months. She is still on the bottle. BUT she never had a paci. I dunno what to do I work 40 hours a week and have a demanding 5 year old, sometimes i just want to giver her the bottle cause I am just tired. she is gonna be in a toddler bed before I can rid her of the bottle ugh Im stuck too!

Annette - posted on 09/30/2010

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My daughter was also off the bottle by 8 months. I would say that when he is at your house give him a sippy cup.

Amber - posted on 09/30/2010

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We just took our daughter off at 18 months, but I wish I would have done it at 1. When they are older they understand more and have a harder time giving it up. We just took it completely away from our daughter and it took her 2 days to drink her milk from a sippy cup!!!!!!!!! She still doesnt like the milk in the sippy, but it had to be done. Good luck

Crystal - posted on 09/28/2010

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My son had the bottle until he was about 17 months old. It is normal for any kid to want something that has been with them since birth but I first I started putting water in it instead of milk and gave him sippy cups as much as possible.
He got mad and wanted it less and less. Then I had him throw them away and there is no going back. Buy him some really cool sippy cups!

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Yinni - posted on 09/28/2010

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i took the bottles away when my son turned 1. he wasnt a pro at using sippy cups at that point since i introduced him to them pretty late (around 9 mo.) but he learned quickly when he had no bottle to go back to. if he happens to find one hidden in the kitchen, he will play with it but doesnt associate it with food/drink anymore.

Amanda - posted on 09/27/2010

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i took my son off on his 1st birthday.. i used a cup that had 3stages first one was like a bottle.. it helped...

Dawn - posted on 09/26/2010

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It is recommended at 1 year. I feel it is normal for him to want the bottle if he has developed an attachment to it and has never been shown otherwise. Talk with the mother and see if she will begin to wean him with you...consistancy is needed.

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