getting rid of bottle

Joy - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 81 moms have responded )

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Is anyone else trying to get rid of the bottle? And if so does your lil one refuse to drink milk out of a cup? How did you get them to get rid of the bottle?

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Shelly - posted on 02/07/2010

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i had my daughter on the nuk bottles and i gave her a nuk sippy cup and she went straight to it i think it is just trying to find what they want

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Angela - posted on 03/09/2010

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When I started giving him the sippy cup I offered both at the same time. At his meals I gave him water in his bottle and diluted juice in his sippy cup. He never liked the ones with the handles maybe because his bottle didn't have a handle. After a week or two I only offered the sippy cup during the day and I had it available alllll the time. I only give him a bottle for naps and bedtime, which is another topic, because he sooo attached to it then, I have noooo idea how to get him off of it. He never took to a pacifier.

Ashley - posted on 03/07/2010

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at first my daughter hated the sippy cups, every time i went to the store i got a different one. she'd use it for a day, and never again. so i went to the store to buy juicy juice and ended up buying the juice boxes (apple & eve i think its called 100% juice) anyway, id hold the juice box for her and shed take a sip. but dont let your child hold it b/c they'll squeeze it to hard and you'll have a mess, but if you have luck with the straws, get the straw sippy cup. my daughter loves it. and it works upside down and right side up. with no leaks.

Leslie - posted on 03/03/2010

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hey joy im having the same problem right now with my 13 monthd old daughter she doesnt drink nothing from a cup every time i give her a cup she just throws it on the floor

Joy - posted on 03/03/2010

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She has been bottle free for a few weeks now. I had to make an additional cut in the vavle to make the milk come out faster and it worked. Just try a tiny slit until she will drink from it, they still dont leak either. Now she drinks milk and juice from the same cup.

Sal - posted on 03/03/2010

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my son only got his teeth at 11 months old but was teethin from 3 months so refused to drink from anything except a bottle.once his teeth came thru however i bought him a cup with a latex top (not the same shape as a teat) for 1.30 from home bargains.he has an orange one for juice and a blue one for milk.once he got used to it we threw all but 1 of the bottles away.we left the blue cup in the car the other day so i tried to give him the milk in the bottle so he could go to bed but he didnt have a clue what to do with it!! also i tried many different sippy cups,and it did get expensive but just keep tryin an im sure u'll fine one ur LO will love! :) ps the dearest cups arent always the best!

Zoey - posted on 03/02/2010

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My daughter won't drink out of a cup that I give to her, but she will take her brother's (that has the same thing in it) and drink that. I've got her down to just a bottle before bed.

JENNIFER - posted on 03/02/2010

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My son is will be 14 months on friday and he wouldn't take a sippy cup for the longest, but then I realized that he doesn't like the cups with the hard top/nipple. He will, however, take the ones with the silicone top/nipple. He drinks from those all day, the only time he takes a bottle is at bedtime, but I'm going to try and wean him from that next month.

Jessica - posted on 03/02/2010

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about 2 weeks ago my daughter started refusing her bedtime bottles. then she started refusing all bottles, unless she was absolutly starving. otherwise she actually cries and pushes them away when i try to give her one. She loves her sippy cup. and i just didnt offer anything at all except formula in her sippy until she started drinking the formula from it. I'm a big believer that when a child is hungry or thirsty enough they will drink whats infront of them. and it only took her 2 hours before she caught on that she needs to drink her formula from a sippy. and she drank it cold like milk, right off the bat. so yesterday afternoon i just put away all but 2 very small bottles, (because shes been sick and the odd time she'll take about 5 oz from a bottle)

Sandra - posted on 03/02/2010

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very good question!!am going thru the same my 13mth old son just won't use a cup for milk but for juice and water he'll gladly do so.any help pple???

Andria - posted on 02/25/2010

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My husband gives him a bottle during the day before nap time. (He is a say at home dad while I work) Most of the time he is drinking whole milk out of his sippy cup. I give him a bottle before bed. He (Myles) is 13 months old. I am to the point I am just going to take it away because we need to start on getting rid of the "pacy" next.

Melody - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter refused a sippy cup for a good while. Not too sure why, but I gave her the opportunity before every bottle. Or would have a sippy of water sitting around so she could "play" with it while she wasn't too hungry or thirsty. Out of no where she started using a cup like a champ. She was off the bottle by 11 1/2 months.

Carmen - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son refuses to drink anything but formula and will only drink it from a bottle. He will take one or two sips of juice from a sippy cup but then refuses it and the same with a cup.
Help!!!!!!!!

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2010

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well when Adorabli started drinking whole milk that's when i gave her a cup but the only way she would drink it is if we heat it up and now she drink from a cup all the time

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2010

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Well i just jumped right into taking the bottle from Adorabli because i got tide of her laying the bottle down every where so we gave her a cup 4or5 day's before her birthday and she has been drinking from a cup every since

Robin - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter is a little over 1. I started giving her juice at meal time in a sippy cup when she was 6 months old. She loved her bottle and toted it around every where. When she turned 1, I took all bottles away. It took about 3 days of her crying and fussing to finally understand that the bottle wasn't coming back. She is very stubborn and doesn't drink much milk from the sippy cup, but I am confident that she'll do better soon.

Cierra - posted on 02/23/2010

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try a cup that has the nipple like a bottle start like that and slowly change it up i have a one year that im trying to break right now and its hard let me tell u but it does get better!!

Brandie - posted on 02/21/2010

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my son used the playtex nurser bottles with the bags in them and he refused to hold his bottle up since you have to push the air out of the bags he had no need. so we tried fivedifferent types of sippies until we came across the nuk ones with the straws he loves that he doesn't have to hold them up and only took a day or two for him to forget about the bottle

Dena - posted on 02/21/2010

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My daughter was about 10 1/2 months when we weaned her to one bottle a day at bedtime. She loved her sippy cup but did not want to drink milk or formula from the sippy. I waited until she was one year old to wean the bedtime bottle. When I finally weaned her fron her bedtime bottle and gave her a bedtime sippy of milk, she didn't fuss at all. Then she did much better about drinking milk from her sippy throughout the day. Try replacing the bottles of milk with a sippy of milk and continue to hold your baby like you would if they were eating abottle.

Shawna - posted on 02/21/2010

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Last doctors visit I was told that my little girl should be coming of the bottle by 14 months, so i have been working at it. Hopefully she will continue letting go of the bottle by the time my new little one arrives in May. Natalie is just now 13 months, she usually only has 2 bottles a day. One in the morning when she first wakes and one right before bedtime. When milk is in the bottle it has to be warm or she will not drink it, when it is in the cup she will drink it cold.

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2010

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My little boy loves his milk out of a bottle and he is on cows milk but when it comes to eating hes hard work, I cook my own foods for him and really try not to feewd him jars if i cant help it the problem is his favourate foods are fruit too, my health visitor has told me to give it to him and as he gets older he will try different foods, i know how you feel but we cant force them to eat but keep trying new things and hope for the best.

Rebecca - posted on 02/21/2010

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My son has a bottle in the night if he wakes up or in the morning if he goes all night and a bottle at bedtime, i to have tried to give milk in beaker but he wont drink it, he gets frastrated.I really am not worried and now intend on giving it to him for proberly another 6-12 months just like i did my daughter, especially the night time feed which i love cuddling up with him beofore bedtime and its a comfort thing for him too, he doesnt have a dummy so i'm not to worried yet about removing the bottle.

Anna - posted on 02/21/2010

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Well I took the bottle away last month because she kept breaking the nipples. So I use sippie cups and she doesn't give me a problem.

Syprine - posted on 02/21/2010

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I started to mixed bottle and cup as soon as my twins could hold them by themselves, first just for fun with water and at times juices,And they like it, and i am pretty sure i should not have a problem getting rid of the bottle. But i feel they still need it their bottle , no pressure yet.

Tobi - posted on 02/20/2010

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Aadyn took to a sippy cup very easily. She only gets bottles when its nap time or bed time. She has no problem with drinking milk from a cup. She prefers to drink from your cup though. Shes getting better at holding an adult cup. Still needs lots of help though.

Tiffany - posted on 02/20/2010

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I actually just took away the bottles from my group. We started by taking the afternoon and night bottle away. We did that for about 2 weeks. They didn't put up much of a fuss. I was a little surprised by that and surely thought that giving up the morning bottle would be hard. But we just recently took that away, too. Everyone seems to be doing well with their sippy cups. My little girl isn't too fond of drinking milk out of the sippy cup. We offer it to her plenty of times throughout the day, succeeding every so often. Since she's not too fond of it we make sure we give her plenty of yogurt and cheese at every meal and snack time. That seems to work for us. Now we gotta work on getting rid of the pacifiers. LOL. I'm thinking this is going to be a lot harder then giving up the bottles.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2010

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My daughter is turning 13 months in a few days. I've got her down to 1 bottle a day, her night time bottle. It took her about 3 or 4 weeks to drink any milk out of a sippy cup, but now she does OK with it. Definetly would not get all the milk she needs without her bottle at night though. I'm not too worried about the night time bottle just yet. I'll give her a while for that one.

Kimberly - posted on 02/20/2010

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omg my lil one goes thru 5 -7oz bottles everyday! She will drink from a sippy cup but only water and my ped said to switch over to milk but she is not having it nor will she eat solids unless its fruit or something sweet. Im going nuts right now cuz if i dont give her formula she will not eat...shes stubborn no doubt but shes already underweight a bit so im not taking her formula completely away...i need to keep her healthy. Any suggestions?

Rebecca - posted on 02/20/2010

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I skipped the traditional sippy cup for my 13 month old (back when he was about 10 months old) and got him a baby cup with a straw! They love that it's not quite as much work as a sippy cup can be, so give it a try. And sometimes you just have to take a few days & gradually not offer the bottle every day until they no longer need it. Just set & date as the "bottle throw away day" and work up to it. You'll be surprised a how quickly it can be accomplished with a little patience :)

Clare - posted on 02/20/2010

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I'm having the same problem... My daughter is 13 months and has 2 bottles of formula milk everyday...i've tried to give her juice and milk in cups/beakers but no luck..she will have a few sips but refuses to drink from them....i'll keep trying ..i must have 4 different types of beaker..lol

Liz - posted on 02/17/2010

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my son was ok with a beaker for water or juice but when it came to using it for milk he refused so we've spent many months searching for a beaker he will drink milk from and have finally found one for milk in the day but he still refuses to have it for his bedtime milk.

Patricia - posted on 02/16/2010

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We did it gradually with our son. When we started him on cow's milk (around 11 months), he drank it from a bottle and the sippy cup was only for water. A few days later, I starting giving breakfast and dinner sippy cup with milk. At the same time,
he started drinking less milk, so the lunch bottle was also replaced by a sippy cup (7oz capacity) since he sometimes would drink as little as 3oz of milk with his food. The bedtime bottle is the one I feared the most, and so we waited until his need of 8oz decreased to about 5-6 oz max. Our sippy cups are the 7oz ones with the 2 handles. I tried the bigger one but he does like it yet. He prefers the handle on the other one, and for capacity it doesn't matter. He takes 4-6oz at a time (he's 13 months old now). I have Playtex (great) and the Gerber Graduates sippy cups (but these must be closed really tight otherwise they leak). Once we did the switch, we never went back, even if he drank a little less at first (that didn't last long anyways).

Mary - posted on 02/16/2010

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My almost 13 month old son too, will not drink milk from a sippy cup. He has about 2 1/2 bottles a day. I want to take the mid day bottle away, but then I feel like he will be thirsty (he doesn't really drink juice or water from the sippy cup either) I am still in the stage of mixing formula and whole milk in his bottle. I have tried every kind of cup out there, my cabinet is overflowing with them! I even give my almost 5 year old a empty cup so he can "copy" her, but so far it hasn't worked. This is my 3rd baby and my first 2 were took to the cup right away and we had no problems, I feel like I am failing at this!
Adriana~~you have a good point though and made me relax about getting him off the bottle. What is the rush, they are only little for a little while! ♥♥
I am going to switch him over to an all milk bottle this week and will try giving him milk with a straw out of a regular cup next.

Tabatha - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son is almost 13 months old and drinks juice from a sippy cup just fine, but he wont touch the milk when its in it. He is on whole milk and will drink it out of a bottle with no problem. I have tried every kind of sippy I can think of, and we have been at this since 8 months. How do I get him to drink everything out of a sippy?

Jennifer - posted on 02/16/2010

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my daughters 13 month old and she just walks around and picks up every1s drink she prefers drinkin from are cups than her bottles, so i tryed her with hr cups an she jus tips them all over the floor haha so jus try leaving 1 lyin around wit drink in and see if baby goes for it.

Kim - posted on 02/16/2010

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I switched Hudson to a sippy cup around 10 months and he took right to it. Born Free makes a great sippy cup with a soft top that might resemble a bottle - make sure to get the 6+mo, not the 9mo. The 9mo one has a hard top and can be harder for them if they are already having issues taking to it. Good luck!

Nicola - posted on 02/16/2010

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Yeah I'm trying to get rid of the bottle. He doesn't like to drink out of his beaker tho. Tried with a bottle that had teat more like the cup but it comes out too fast

Adriana - posted on 02/15/2010

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To Sarah who asked about amounts of formula vs. cow milk- I always assumed the amount was the same.
I already eliminated the mid-morning bottle and replaced with a yogurt, cheerios with milk (this way he did like milk) or fruit. I also accompany meals sometimes with a couple of ounces of milk mixed with baby smoothie in his sippy cup- he likes it once he tastes it (sometimes I pour some in a spoon first while he is watching so that he will taste it and realize its good). But i am not worried about replacing the amount of milk he used to drink in his bottle at this time. He still gets about 18 oz. a day plus a 4 oz. yogurt.

I say- what is the rush? I think drinking a bottle or two of milk a day is fine for a bit longer. I am not too worried- doctors put too many dates on everything as if it were that easy. What child over 3 have you seem still taking a bottle? It's like kids who crawl or walk late- who of us did not learn to walk? Eventually everything will sort itself out. I say relax and start by cutting out the day bottles and give your babies something else to eat instead. I think it's better not to make a big deal out of it- it may take away the enjoyment from eating and tasting new food and therefore develop good eating habits.

Christine - posted on 02/15/2010

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This is my second baby. With my first getting rid of bottles just happened on its own. We never had to "force" it away. He was taking a sippy cup really well. We just replaced a bottle feeding with a meal and it happened on its own. Instead of a night time bottle, we gave him a sippy of milk and a snack and put the bottles away. My daugher is sick right now, so we are going to get past that and then try to get her to take the sippy of milk rather than the bottle. My doctor said to try to wean from the bottle around 15 months. I think my son was around 18 months, it happened on its own. I think it is better for everyone when it happens that way.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2010

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One more thing, My son didn't like cows milk as he was breast fed but loved goats milk.

Jennifer - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son didn't want to give up the bottle and hated the teats on cups. Bought 5 different types but he wouldn't have any of them.
So I poured myself a glass of milk and shared it with him. only had to do that a couple of times.
After that he had his milk in a plastic plastic cup.
A couple of weeks later we tried him on a feeding cup again, he loved it and is now happy feeding himself.
We kept him on the night time bottle for a little over a month, but then found he would rather have the right feeding cup at night time too.
I would recommend getting a cup with a long spout as my son didn't like the short spout and handles on the tommee tippee cups, But not all babies are the same.
I got a really nice one from Morrisons around £2.00 that's just right for him to hold.

Julie - posted on 02/14/2010

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My pediatrician (who's been practicing for 30+ yrs) stated that no more than 24oz per day should be given-otherwise your child will develop an iron deficiency

Alisha - posted on 02/14/2010

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My baby was breastfed and could drink out of a regular cup with me holding it but could not get the hang of sippy cups. Then I took out the filter thingy and that did the trick. She made a big mess because there was no stopping the flow of milk but it helped her figure it out. Within 3 weeks I was able to put the filter/stopper back in and she has no problem ever since. She did refuse to drink cows milk so I gave her chocolate milk one day, the next time 1/2 and 1/2 chocolate and white and then 80% white and then totally white. She now loves her cow milk and I have never given her chocolate milk again.

Jenn - posted on 02/14/2010

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try the NUK cups with handles it has a soft nipple on it so they still think it is a bottle but it is shaped like a cup, my son took to if pretty well he was 6 months old when i started to give it to him, he is still on the bottle and he is 1 now but he only gets his bottle at nap and bed time and I'm slowly trying to take the bottle away. hope I could help.

Tricia - posted on 02/13/2010

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thow them all way.... they will fight it at frist but they will drink out of it that how i got my son to use cups....

Chrissy - posted on 02/13/2010

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i've found the easiest thing to do was to not put cows milk in a bottle. my son has a formula bottle before bedtime and thats it - i dont 'force' him to drink out of the cups, i just leave them out for him, when he wants a drink he'll have it. i have one with water in and one with milk in, try not to mix them up so they then get to understand which cup is for what drink. i'm a first time mum too and i found that just removing the bottles in the day was the easiest way to do this and not to slowly remove them. take the plunge and as long as there is a drink available they'll get the hang of it on their own :) my health visitor said i ws to stop bottles all together now (even with only one at night) but i find that's his signal for bedtime and its our time to snuggle together...a little calming time for the two of us :) good luck all.

Shaneen - posted on 02/13/2010

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So far we are still on the bottle, my daugher just turned one at the end of Jan. She won't drink milk from a sippy and the Dr said that was ok and that we could take the bottle away later, just as long as she was getting the milk. She also won't drink the milk cold so i have to warm it.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/13/2010

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Wal-mart has sippy cups that have a silacone tops if that dosent work try the ones that the straws I know when I wasgitting reid of my 2year olds bottle she descovered she could drink out of a straw and she wouldn't use anyrhing else

Rebecca - posted on 02/12/2010

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An easy way to get rid of the bottle is to get sippy cups with straws! They have great ones now that are for babies & you'll be surprised how quick they get the hang of it.

Margaret - posted on 02/12/2010

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We are working to eliminate the bottle also, and have got down to 2 times per day. My son has one bottle when he wakes up and a evening bottle to prepare him for bed. We have started offering the cup throughout the day with water and also at his morning snack with drinkable whole milk yogurt. As far as the milk cup goes, he is not as interested in it at this point. I am also a first time Mommy, and would love any tips that have been successful. Thanks =)

Nichole - posted on 02/12/2010

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My 1 year old gets a bottle when he first wakes up and to go down at night. I try to get him to use a sippy cup during the day. I have a sippy/training cup that I got offline after seeing someone else use it. It is a think baby cup. Has a soft nipple like a bottle. He has taken to it for the most part. But he still doesn't know how to drink from other cups. But I am working on it with him. Just have to get his father to follow in the same steps.

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