19 months and still loving the bottle!! How old is too old for the bottle?

Valerie - posted on 03/01/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what age is considered the "norm" for taking away the bottle. My daugther, at 19 months, loves it and asks for it often. She has her sippy cup with her meals but before a nap, bedtime and often a little break... she asks for the bottle! I have tried to give her the sippy cup instead but she cries and throws it at me! What do I do and is she considered too old for this?

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Mrs. - posted on 05/04/2011

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Hey no one is grading your paper in parenthood, unless you let them. If your kid loves the bottle before naps, let her. If someone tells you, you are "supposed" to have her off it by one, I'd ask them who made that rule universal and are they going to come enforce it?

Seriously, she won't be on it forever. My daughter does exactly the same thing. She just takes them before nap and bed. She isn't two yet...I'm going to let her have her bottle for as long as she wants. She'll dump it when she's ready...not when someone who doesn't know her or know me says she should.

Charity - posted on 07/12/2013

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My twins still get 1-2 bottles a day. No, the don't fall asleep with their bottles. That is really the only issue with tooth decay and bottles if you let them have it all day and while they go so sleep without brushing their teeth then yes it can contribute to tooth decay. If my kid's hadn't weened from the boob by themselves before a year I would still be nursing them and in many places plenty of toddlers nurse past 2 years old. SO I don't think that taking every bottle away at age 1 it necessary for everyone. With the twins being my second I learned you don't have to follow every word the Dr. says to a T. You are the mom and if it feels ok for now then wait to ween them off till a few more months. Nope, my kids won't be having bottles past 2.5 but at 19 months they are still babies and few bottles is perfectly fine and normal.

Mary L - posted on 03/06/2013

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After reading many of the posts I had to ask myself um milk is calcium which makes teeth and bones strong. Milk doesn't cause tooth decay not even given in a bottle. Now orange juice, apple juice and soda are acidic mix this with the sugar content (natural or not) can cause tooth decay no matter what container you use. Now as an informed and knowledgeable parent you can decide what is best for your child....

Ann - posted on 04/15/2011

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My son is 20 months old and loves his bottle, he drinks from cups and sippy cups but when it comes to his milk, he has to have his in a bottle. I'm not going to bother weening him off until at least 2 1/2 years old. Nowadays I think parents push our kids to grow up so fast but I want him to stay a baby as long as possible, so when he is ready then it'll be time. I'm enjoying this stage and loving it! Plus I think he is weening himself off without my pushing, just 2 weeks ago he had to have at least 5 bottles and now he is down to 2 (his choice too!). Just enjoy your baby and not worry about when she is too old for anything, just know she'll be grown one day and you'll miss those "bottle" days.

Dora - posted on 03/28/2011

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We are trying with the sippy cup, but very often it gets thrown at us. Addicted to his bottle! Im not stressed, his older brother, who is now 12 also was, and he doesnt have any developmental delays. In fact, he is in all honors!Im certain your little girl will not be packing her ba ba when leaving for college, so just..do not stress!

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Tara - posted on 10/30/2011

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My little guy stopped with the bottle at 12 months. as soon as we started with whole milk, he got the sippy.

A friend of mine recently had issues with her DD not wanting to take the sippy or the cup, finally at 20 months, the pediatrician said to just give her the soft tipped sippy, if she gets thirsty enough, she will take it.

Jill - posted on 10/27/2011

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according to speech pathologists, it's best to get your baby off the bottle as close to one year old as possible. mostly for speech issues. but dont fret. it's not that big of a deal that she still takes a bottle, especially if she is willing to drink from a sippy cup. so it sounds like more of a pacifier type thing for her to fall asleep. try telling her no more bottle at nap time, but allow her to have it for a night or two at night. then tell her no more bottle at night. dont even offer a sippy cup. she can have a sip of milk before nap/bed time but not to take it with her to bed. that way, you know she cant be thirsty b/c she just had a sip of milk and she will learn that bottles and sippy cups are no longer allowed in bed. and remember, she may cry, she may throw something at you but she will survive the little temper tantrum. there's nothing wrong with letting her cry, as she will get over it, and hang in there. it's a habit she's used to so it will take a little time for her to get used to something new. good luck!

Leanne - posted on 10/22/2011

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She kind of is, abit. Mostly concern you need to be worried about is her teeth when she's on the bottle at night because it can easily discolour. My son cut himself off on bottle around 8 months old. I haven't had any breaking to do because he's been doing it on his own.

Alyssa - posted on 10/20/2011

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I had my son off of a bottle/pacifier by 10 months. Nothing against ANYONE I just really don't like the way it looks it bugged me seeing him walk around with a bottle. (he walked by 9 months) I did the same as the lady above I just threw them away and he would get a sippy cup it took about a week for him to fully understand there was no more bottles. I can understand it's hard my good friend had a hard time with her son with the bottle she waited to long though and my god son has alot of issues with his teeth now. I seen what she went through and it did not look easy that's why I did it as early as possible. Now when he sees my friends children with bottles (my son) picks it up and bites at it he has no clue what to do to it lol thank god for dishwashers lol

Heather - posted on 10/15/2011

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I am trying to get my 22 month old off the bottle, with no such luck. Now his big brother was off @ 6mos, started trying then with #2 but he is just so stubborn. He can drink out of any cup, straw, sippy or whatever but insists on bottle for bed and naps. Or even when feeling a bit sick. Throws the cup at me when that is not what he wants. Really want him to be off it before 2 years, especially since we are having another boy at the end of Feb. 2012. Guess this goes to show you that what works for one kid doesn't necessarily work for another:)

Misty - posted on 05/15/2011

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I think that the best advice I ever received before having my daughter was to get them off of the bottle young. My Pediatrician told us to try regular milk at 11 months and to start trying with a sippy cup. We figured since we are trying something new why not do it all at once. We sat her on the kitchen floor (in case she couldn't tolerate the whole milk) with her sippy cup and it worked. She was off of the bottle a little over 11 months. She helped me gather all of her bottles and we put them in a box and gave them to a shelter. We explained to her that she is a big girl etc.. and we didn't have a problem with it. I started out with the soft tip spouts and then went to the older cups. I know that it will be hard, but sometimes we need to just say no and make the switch. It may be a rough week..or month, but they will be fine. But also all children are different and it does take more time, but if it is encouraged and you constantly explain to them how much of a big boy/girl they are with a big cup and they see others drinking from cups at their age it will catch on. Fortunately we didnt have problems here. we are now working on potty training and that is difinitely going to take much patience lol! just be careful with the teeth and don't pressure your children if they arent ready!! good luck and have fun with them! it goes by so so so fast!

Christine - posted on 04/10/2011

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One more thing, my kiddo has been sick on and off for months,and he really lost his appetite. The pediatrician said that he was fine, and that his appetite will return. While not eathing too much, we encouraged milk when ever possible, so he had his bottle a lot.

Lo and behold, he is starting to eat more! YAY! Two canine teeth came in this week, and he is getting back to his old self. I think the loss of appetite was from those stupid teeth (that took MONTHS to come in), and his cold/cough we could not get rid off.

And of course, even though he would not eat too mch, he still gained weight!!

Christine - posted on 04/10/2011

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My son is 21 months and he still likes his bottle. In the morning he prefers a bottle, but during the day he will drink from a glass, sippy cup, bottle, or juice box. At night, some nightw he wants a bottle, or times he doesn't care. I am expecting another kiddo in just under 2 months, so I won't fight the bottle right now. His whole world will be changed drastically once the new baby arrives, so we will deal with this when it becomes an issue.

Melissa - posted on 04/03/2011

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I'm not sure what the "norm" is for kids to be off the bottle, but my son went off it when he was 12months old. When he was 10months old, I introduced the sippy cup to him, but I got the ones where the nipple was soft, just shaped like a sippy. That seemed to work great for him. He still got the bottle for meal times (he has never fallen asleep with a bottle) but other times during the day, I would give him the sippy. At first, of course he was resistant, but I kept being persistant and it worked for us. When his birthday came around, it was no more bottles for us. He'll be 20months on the 5th.

Kim - posted on 04/03/2011

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Usually Pediatricians recommend weaning at one year of age but it is hard when they are attached to it. My son was 18 months old and bedtime was the worst. If you get rid of all the bottles they eventually get over it but the 1st week is the worst. it is better for them to be off because the bottle can cause tooth decay especially when given during sleep times. I feel your pain they do pitch a fit which makes it hard.

Jessica - posted on 03/30/2011

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We have gotten the bottle routine down to just her morning milk. For whatever reason she will not drink her milk out of a sippy cup. We've tried several times to get her to drink milk out of a cup and she'll usually just shake her head no at it. Sometimes she'll take it and take a sip and we think that she's moved on from the bottle, but after that first sip she puts it down or throws it and starts to whine. We just keep trying though, figuring that at some point she'll outgrow it.

Janet - posted on 03/19/2011

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We just stopped with the last bottle, her before bed bottle, just last week. We noticed that she started asking for it and we realized that if we didn't do it soon, we would have a much harder time later on. We replaced it with a sippy of milk, which she takes willingly all day, and a new lamp in her room which we now read stories with. We have always read to her before naptime and now we read to her before bedtime too. Now when she mentions a bottle after her bath we say "remember you get a sippy of milk and stories now". She now says "lamp, lamp??" and we say yes your new lamp and milk and stories. The transition went suprisingly smooth considering we now have her 2.5 week old baby brother in the house too.

Laura - posted on 03/16/2011

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My daughters used the bottle until they were 2 years old, both of them have had few teeth pulled after that I don't know if the bottle was the full reason, but I just didn't have it in me to take it away. Now with my boy I actually did not give up and took it away 3 months ago when he was around 17 months old. I hope to see if taking the bottle away does help.The first few weeks of giving the sippy cup he stared at that thing like saying, "why you giving me that thing for". And would just toss it on the floor.

Katlynn - posted on 03/12/2011

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The day my daughter turned one, I threw all her bottles out explained to her the best I could that she is a big girl now and big girls don't use bottles and she helped me throw them in the garbage... When her sippy was the only option she took to it very quickly... Now she is twenty months old now and only gets her sippy at nap / bed time and uses a regular drinking glass the rest of the day (however we do get some spills still). I did the same with her soother and it was very successful!!

Julia - posted on 03/09/2011

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I wouldn't worry about it. My 20 month old doesn't drink from a cup or a sippy, he will sip on a juice box (straw) and everything else he drinks from a bottle. I'm expecting my second child in about a month and I know my toddler will want a bottle when he sees his new sissy taking a bottle too, so why fight it for now :-)

Christina - posted on 03/06/2011

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My daughter is 19 months as well and still is on a bottle but only twice a day. She has her morning bottle when she wakes up and one right before she goes to bed. Her daycare actually helped me get her off the bottle during the day before she was to nap. I find it very hard to get her off the bottle and have tried giving her a sippy instead but she wont take it. It is a hard process...

Kelly - posted on 03/05/2011

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my daughter is nearly 20 months and she still has a bottle, she never really had a dummy or blanket so this is her comfort. my eldest daughter was 2 and a half when i took her bottle off her and this to was her comfort. i will probably do the same with her and wait till she is 2 and a half.

Stevie - posted on 03/03/2011

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my son is 17 months and I am expecting my second any day now. I asked the pediatrician about Jax (my oldest) being weaned off the bottle. he said not to bother that when he sees the new baby eating from a bottle he will want one as well. He told me the way he weaned HIS kids was before they went to sleep he would give them a sippy cup and tell them this was a big kid cup. somehow it worked. I tried it with my son and it didn't work maybe it will for you

Crystal - posted on 03/02/2011

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They are supposed to be off the bottle by 12 months. But my daughter is almost 20 months and still very much addicted to her bottle. She will drink out of cups a lot too, but when she is in the mood for her bottle there is no changing her mind.They are too old for the bottle, it is bad for thier teeth. my daughter has chewed up all but two of her bottles so they are a choking hazard at this age too.

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