How can I get my daughter away from the bottle?

Tera - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My daughter Autum is 15 months old, and will not give the bottle up! I feel like a bad mom cuz I always give in. PLZ HELP! How can I get her to a sippy?

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Ariel - posted on 12/02/2009

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I just read on babycenter.com that it's not the biggest deal to have toddlers still drinking the bottle, at least a couple times a day, as long as they don't have it in their crib and use it to calm themselves to sleep.

Mommy - posted on 12/01/2009

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Not a bad mom at all, I encouraged my 1st child to take a straw with a fruit box at 12 months, introduced her to the especially designed baby sippy cups work wonders, I have my daughter who is the same age as yours on toddler asippy straw cup all the time now and at 12 months she had some trouble with the toddler sippy straws but not the mcdonalds straw cups.



ROFL to my son Locke he was just 8 months old and still on the bottle when he decided he aint feeling left out, when everybody had wendy's milkshakes, and he latched his mouth onto muy straw and drank down most of my milkshake, silly little treasure hunter!

Denise - posted on 11/24/2009

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I am fighting this battle as we speak. SHe still takes a bottle before her nap and at night before bed, but that's it. The rest of the day she drinkd from a sippy cup with a straw. My problem is she refuses to drink milk out of her sippy cup! I can only give her water in them.

Ariel - posted on 11/23/2009

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I got an extra sippy cup with the plastic straw and my husband and I will drink from it and when we do my daughter likes to drink from hers too although I still haven't gotten her away from a morning bottle without a big cry.

Elisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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I had a hard time. I stopped him cold turkey when he turned a year old. I couldn't take the crying anymore so I gave it back to him. Then six weeks later he just stopped taking the bottle and wanted his sippy. I'm not much help because he did it by himself. I just kept offering him his sippy.

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Sarah - posted on 01/04/2010

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Honestly I see nothing wrong with her having a bottle. Really overall a bottle and a sippy are the same thing. Now once shes old enough that she should be drinking from a regular cup thats when I would get rid of the bottles. Let her have the bottle! People are so strict these days, I believe alot of things should go based off your child if shes not ready, shes not ready! My daughter is 17 months old and she has her sippy during the day and her bottle at night and in the morning.

Laurel - posted on 01/02/2010

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Well I was a mean mom... we went cold turkey! One day I just gave him a sippy and there was no looking back. He didn't take it at first, but then he got the idea when I refused to give him bottles. He even learned how to drink through a straw and a regular cup in the process because he was so anti-sippy at first. But now it's fine. My thought is if you really want off the bottle and your baby doesn't want to give it up, just go cold turkey.

Nichole - posted on 01/02/2010

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When i took my son off the bottle at 10 months I just took it away cold turkey. Try to give her the bottle only at night for awhile and see what happens. The rest of the time try a nuby sippy cup. It has the soft tip like a bottle tip.

Magen - posted on 01/01/2010

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I used the nubby for my daughter I took away all her bottles and that was the only one she used and she dig great with it. When she started squirting out the liquid is when I switched to a traditional sippy cup, she also likes to use straws (been drinking out of my husbands water glass with a straw since she was about 13months) so she also has a sippy that has a straw with it. Also maybe if your child has a favorite character buy a cup with them on it. I know my daughter loves Elmo. That might help.

Tonya - posted on 12/31/2009

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Try transitioning between a sippy cup and the bottle until she is used to drinking entirely from the sippy cup. Be sure to get the slow flow sippy cup to lessen the risk of choking. Every child doesn't transition at the same time. I started this process early at 8 months, and he was completely relying on the cup by 9 months. You're not a bad mom, because she'll be on the cup before you know it. Good luck to you...

Arianna - posted on 12/23/2009

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What I did when my daughter didnt want to give up her bottle was.... I let her have her bottle until just before bedtime... at bedtime i threw away all of her bottles and took out her sippys... It was a hard week or so because i had always put her to bed with a bottle... If she is really thirsty and wants something to drink she will take the cup... it helps alot if you dont have a bottle in the house when you do this because then you "cant" give in to her

Evelyn - posted on 12/22/2009

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My 17 month old son still expects his bottle right before his afternoon nap and before he goes to bed at night. I haven't pushed the issue of kicking this because I just gave birth to our second son 8 wks ago. And that was the sure-fire way to get him to bed whith all the other craziness around. But the time has come now. I'm going to try using the "nuby technique".

Adrianna - posted on 11/18/2009

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I also did the nuby sippy cups even though sometimes they are not spill proof. I took away her bottle a week from her 1st birthday. She hasn't missed it since. My advice try to throw them away. Out of sight out of mind. Like everything else she will cry for a few days, but will eventually get better.

Ellie - posted on 11/18/2009

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Yes! The nuby sippy cup is by far the best to get your child off the bottle. I am glad it helped you

Andria - posted on 11/14/2009

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Matteo loves to drink from a cup and straw with animated pictures on it. The straw has an elephant on it and his cup has Disney characters on. He much prefers it to his sippy cup because of the animals. They are usually quite adaptable still, if you make a decision and stick to it, I'm sure she's go along with that.

Margaret - posted on 11/13/2009

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As soon as my son started holding his own bottles, (6-7 months old) I would give him his formula in a Nuby (soft spout sippy without handles) during the day and a bottle at night. After a couple of weeks I replaced his bottle at night with a cup also. My son is now 16 months old and wants nothing but his big boy cup.

Bev - posted on 11/13/2009

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I posted this to another mom who asked the same question. I hope it will help. :)

I broke my son from the bottle at about a year (he's 16 months now) and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I did it in two stages. I replaced all of his daytime bottles with a Nuby (soft spout sippy without handles) and only gave him a night bottle for about two weeks. I then replaced the night bottle with a soft spout sippy and it never bothered him one bit. Maybe I'm lucky? I'm not sure. It worked for my son, so it may be worth a try. Good luck!

Ellie - posted on 11/13/2009

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Try the nuby sippy cups, I did that with my son when he was 11 months old and he took to it. They have a soft tip like a nipple so they are more comfortable with it. My freidn got her 7 month old to take to it so it definantly works

Allyssa - posted on 11/11/2009

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what i did was, i have the AVENT bottles.. and it has a teat that is like a sippy cup spout, i started using them during the day, normal teats at night. took awhile for him to get used to it. but he is now drinking from sippy cups more than bottles. maybe try and find diffent teats for the bottle that you are using. most do have the sippy spout one



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