Any advice for weaning off of the bottle??

Catherine - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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Hi,
My little guy (19 mos) is still drinking a bottle 3 times a day. He has one in the am when he gets up and one before his nap and one at bedtime. I let him stay on the bottle so long because he was such a terrible eater at around a year, that I was glad that he would at least drink the darn milk. Now he is eating a little better and I know it is time to get rid of the bottle. I am thinking of going cold turkey versus going slowly, but I am open to ideas! So far if I offer him his milk in a sippy cup he takes a few sips and then just sets it down. But I am thinking if there are no other alternatives (no bottles left in the cupboard) then he may get the idea. Any one else have any ideas? Thanks!
Cat

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Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son was on bottles until 14 months. I tried EVERY sippy cup there was out there and he just wouldn't take them before so I started slowly getting him off of them. I would ONLY give him cups during the day and I got it down to where he got a bottle at nap time and bed time. Then I knocked it down to only bed time and then I took them away all together. It may take a while and he's going to throw a fit because he wants his bottle but you have to stick to it, that is the only way you are going to wean him off of the bottle.

Melinda - posted on 02/01/2010

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I think cold turkey might be a bit intense, especially when your child is old enough to throw a major fit but maybe not old enough to talk about how he feels.

When I weaned my son off of bottles, I started by switching to sippy cups with a silicon nipple top. So the nipple was the same, but the bottle was different. Then I switched to the same sippy cup with a sippy-type nipple, but still the texture of a bottle nipple. And last, but certainly not least, I switched all together to a different sippy, My son loves straws so I went in that direction. It worked very well and he never noticed what I was doing since it was a smooth transition.

I think Nuby has great options for you in all types of Sippy's.

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2010

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i started watering down the milk or just put water in the bottle eventually my 22 month old didnt like what she was drinking so i stopped cold turkey now she just drinks from a sippy cup or out of my cup.they will be unhappy for awhile just liike we are when we have to cut out a bad habit.

Dana - posted on 03/04/2010

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On February 16th, I went cold turkey with my daughter (20 mos.) on both the bottle and pacifier. She was already using her sippy cup for water and juice from the beginning; the only thing she used her bottle for was milk after I stopped breastfeeding her. To get her to drink milk from her sippy cup I have to add a little of the Nesquik strawberry powder. The first few nights and nap time were a bit tough but I gave her additional comfort, rocking her to sleep and holding her for a while after she was asleep. Less than a month later she is doing great.

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Lori - posted on 04/18/2010

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COLD TURKEY LADY!! LOL...I just did it two days ago. Yes, I was up until 5am with a ranting and begging baby. BUT HER TEETH MEAN MORE TO ME THAN A BOTTLE. Do it...I know you can MOM!

Shannon - posted on 04/18/2010

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I used to work for a speech therapists office, and with their advice, I had my daughter off of a bottle when she was 10 months old. She went from a bottle to drinking from a straw (no sippy cups needed). The best way to go about it, from my experience, is to get one of those honey bears (that you buy at the grocery store) and when it's empty, go get rubber tubing (to make it into a straw). Insert it into the honey bear and use that as a cup. That way, you can aid your child in drinking from it by simply squeezing the bear and then they will start sucking from it. It took my baby about a week and she had it down. It was great! :) (and it's better for them orthodonically too!)

Amy - posted on 04/17/2010

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I went cold turkey with both of my girls. They had a rough time for maybe a cople of days, but it wasn't that bad. I put everything in a sippy cup and if they didn't want that then they didn't drink. They cried, but eventually drank out of the cup.

I tried those cups with the silicone/rubber tops but they didn't really like them much.

Sonia - posted on 04/05/2010

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i am having the same problem we have got it down to 2 bottles a day morning and night but he wont give them up even tho he is nearly 21mths ive tried at least 10 kinds of cups, staws, and even proper cups that we have with his toddler formlua in but no sucsess he would rather go with out he will take any other liquid out of any of the cups tho, but im so worried about his intake i have to give him his milk in his bottle as he is a fussy eater and wont eat any thing unless its dry, r meat, he wont touch veg r gravy r any thing that is slimey (ie veg) r in a sauce even though he was so easy to wean n would eat any thing so i could do with some advise too x

Jolayne - posted on 04/05/2010

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Around Christmas time my daughter (then 18 months ) litterly bit off the nipple from her bottle .
She then went cold turkey that night except for a sippy cup before bed (which lasted 2 months).
If you want to start weaning her off then start snipping the nipple gradually then that will most likely turn them off.

Caroline let her cry for a couple nights believe me I understand how difficult it is to listen so expect a rough week it does get better but just remember to be consistent (it's usually harder on the parent than it is for the child)which is why you must be CONSISTANT do not give in otherwise it's going to be ten times harder to break this habit .


Good Luck Ladies

Cindy - posted on 04/05/2010

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I love the idea of a special day - party - for getting rid of the bottle. My 21 month old son is still drinking milk from a bottle. He will not drink milk from a sippy cup. He takes water and juice from a sippy cup but not milk. He currently has around 5 bottles a day - he has always been a very picky eater so I won't take his bottle away just yet until he starts to eat better. He needs his nutrition from something and right now the bottle is it. I wish I had a better suggestion for you.

Cherie - posted on 04/04/2010

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I don't have much advice on how to give up the bottle since my daughter had no problems giving it up at 7 months, but I thought it might help to tell you about my experience in getting my daughter to be a better eater. She wasn't gaining weight fast enough and would only eat certain things, like cheese and drink lots of milk. Finally, her Dr. said to cut back on how much milk and cheese I gave her. I would just feed her breakfast and then when she remembered to ask for her milk half way through, I would give it to her. Then she wouldn't get anymore milk until before bedtime. She's started eating a lot better and she's good about eating a variety of foods now. In fact, she's gained 3lbs in less than 2 months, after being stuck at 22lbs for more than 6 months! Cutting back on the milk REALLY helped. I know every child is different so it might not be that easy for you, but I hope it is! Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/27/2010

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We did the cold turkey method :) that way there was no confusion... now, when he sees a bottle, he thinks they're for the baby at daycare. He points and goes "Emma bottle!"

My son seriously got to the point, where he knew, if he didn't drink out of the sippy, he was going to go thirsty! It's all about being consistent! Once you make the choice of weaning, stick with it...

Brenda - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 21 month old daughter still has two 200ml bottles. When she gets up she has breaky, then before her day sleep (around 10.30 am) she has morning tea and a bottle. When she wakes about 2.30 pm she has lunch. Because she has such a late lunch she doesnt really have afternoon tea. and then about 6 pm she has dinner and then at about 7 pm she has a bottle and goes to bed.
She has always been a great eater though. We just stopped the 3rd bottle cold turkey though I understand this is sometimes hard. Its just that she didnt care so it was easy at our house.
I did try and cut her bottles down to 150 ml but some how she knows and cries when she has finished them. Give her another 50 ml and shes happy. lol
The next bottle to go in our house will be the bottle before her morning sleep. Not sure how I will do that but probably just by giving her more for morning tea and less of a bottle till she has none.
Also she wont drink milk from a cup so thats another reason I have not been to fast to get rid of the morning bottle. She drinks loads of water from a sipper cup but if I put milk in it she spits it out.
Hugs
xxx

Jesse - posted on 03/27/2010

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I agree with you. I'm not taking away his security blanket because people think it's weird. Screw people. I'm just worried about his teeth. That is where the bottle can effect him long term.

Jesse - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hey,
My Boston (21 months old) still drinks a bottle at the same time as yours and for the same reasons. He doesn't eat much and sometimes he needs the extra belly filler. I'm having the same problem. If he doesn't get a bottle, how do i put him to sleep? He will only fall asleep on his own if he has his bottle. If you figure out what to do, let me know. Hopefully before he's in school! LOL!

Heather - posted on 03/27/2010

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When my son was 6 months old we started introducinga sippy cup to get him used to it (just for ater). When he mastered it a month later we would substitute the sippy cup for one of his bottles little by little. At eight months he was taking a sippy cup no problem. I was still breastfeeding in the morning and before bed so I am not sure if that made it easier...

Shannon - posted on 03/26/2010

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My son hasn't had his bottle since he was 9 months old. I introduced a sippy cup at about 7 months with water which he took during the day with his meals and he would still use his bottle for his formula. At 9 months I replaced all the bottles with the Nuby cups that have the silicone spout. No problems at all. Once he was used to that I switched him to regular sippy cups. Mostly because the Nuby silicone spout cups wear out fast and I was tired of replacing them even though they are inexpensive. Also and I do not say this to offend ppl because it is just my opinion but I tend to wonder if the kids who are having a problem eating are just drinking too much milk in a day that they are simply not hungry? Once again just a thought. Good luck everyone with the switch! Hope you find an answer that works for you.

Natalie - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son i still takig a bottle everyday when he wakes up in the morning, before a nap, before bed and when he gets hurt. I feel like he's not ready to come off the bottle yet because its like his comfort thing. I know people look at me like im crazy but im not gonna pull my hair out and make him go thru all the drama because of a bottle. I feel he will get off the botte when he is ready!

Renee - posted on 03/08/2010

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I was told kids will eat when they are ready! You can try to get them to eat right but they will only eat what they want! Eventually they get hungry enough to eat what you put in front of them! I don't know! My daughter eats everything, soo good luck with that!

Renee - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter has been off the bottle since she was 1. She wanted a cup, so I let her. However, she would still want a bottle, but I just refused to give it to her! If you just take it away from him, he will work through it! He might cry, and throw a fit, but don't give in! He will eventually take the cup!

DeeDee - posted on 03/06/2010

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Some people say to add strawberry or chocolate to the milk to make it more appealing, but my DD had never had such things before (desserts, sweets, candies, etc..) at 12 months when we stopped the bottle and would have hated that even more. She is only now, at 21 months occasionally having choc. milk.

DeeDee - posted on 03/06/2010

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The day after my DD turned 1, I went cold turkey. Except a bedtime bottle. I wanted her to get the hang of the cup, but yet needed to be reassured that she was gettin in her milk for the day. I made sure she got cheese and yogurt each day to make up her 5 servings of dairy. IT took her almost 6 weeks and about 5 different sippy cups until we found one she really took to and then milk drinking took off. I kept her bedtime bottle for almost a month afterwards tho, as it was habit. She ended up weaning herself off the bedtime bottle at about 14 months or so.

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2010

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we introduced the sippy cup at meal-time when we switched him to regular milk. we cut out all the bottles during the day and he only had his bedtime bottle. we did that until the formula was gone and that was that with bottles. it might be easier than you think... just give it a few days and he may surprise you!

Stefanie - posted on 03/04/2010

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my son never had an issue with the bottle because I breast fed him until he was 13 months old and introduced the sippy cup to him around 6 months. However, he did like his binky and I told myself he was not going to have a binky after 1 yr so I cut it down to only nap and bed time and then once he turned 1 I threw them all away. Luckily he didn't seem to care at all. I would say go cold turkey...but if you just cant stand all the crying then maybe just cut it down. First take nap time bottle away...then morning...and last night. Or my other suggestion would be to try different sippy cups. My son will only drink milk out of 2 different sippy cups...the one with the straw and the take and toss ones.

Oh yea! I almost forgot! In the beginning when I was weaning him off breastmilk I gave him pediasure to entice him to drink it better! Then a nutritionist told me to give him Carnation instant breakfast instead because it is basically the same thing but has more protein and is WAY cheaper! Try that!

Tiffany - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter was the same until about 2 months or so ago. I'd give her a bottle in the morning, before her nap, and before bedtime. It was surprisingly easy for me to completely stop using bottles with her, especially since I have a 5 month old who has a bottle every few hours! I think what made it so easy for my daughter was that I started giving her juice in her sippy cup, never in a bottle. I think she caught on that the good stuff was in the sippy cups! Also, we only use the sippy cups with the straws, and I guess she thought it was like adult drinks (coke or sweet tea). We would give her a few sips of our drinks and she loved it of course. When trying to cut out bottles, I first switched the milk before her nap to a straw cup with milk, then maybe a week or so later, I switched the bottle before bed, and last I did the morning bottle. I hope this helps a little!

Angela - posted on 02/20/2010

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We experimented with sippy cups. Once you find the one you child responds to (it totally makes a difference around here) the weaning is easier. Good luck

ANNA - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi,
My son has not been on the bottle for about 4 mths now and only has his suckie at nap and bedtime. This is my third child and it is not easy at first to wean them. You just have to suck it up and be the parent. I dont think it is good for them to be on a bottle that long. The tears are hard to take but they will get over it. My daughter was the hardest one to get off the bottle. But after a few nights of tears she was just fine and used a sippy with no problems. One thing I realized if they see or think their is a bottle around they will keep on asking .It might sound mean just throug the bottles away and let them see you do it and tell them they are all gone they understand more than we think they do and will get over it. If you want them to have healthy teeth its a must to get rid of it. Sometimes its harder on us than it is on them. It is easier to give in to what they want than to give them what is necessary. Anna

Nina - posted on 02/09/2010

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my son is 20 months old and has sippy cups and glass with starw during the day but he still wonts his bottle at nap time and bed time and you no if he wonts it i give it too im not even trying to taKE his bottle away till he is 2 there only babys once dont rush it

Laarni - posted on 02/08/2010

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I am on the same boat - my daughter is almost 20 months and still on bottles. I weaned her off her pacifier first and now the hardest part is the bottles. She won't take her milk on her sippy cup. I think I will go cold turkey with her when she turns 2 but I will try to see if she would take milk from glass with straws... thanks for the tips everyone!

Naseema - posted on 02/08/2010

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ok all of u should thank your lucky stars that your baby drinks milk from a bottle.my little dolly is 19 months and im still breastfeeding.she only drinks water from a straw cup.if we put anything else in it she wont touch it.and she wakes up every 1 to 2 hours to drink at night.she only eats when we force feed her which means every breakfast lunch and supper is now known as terror time :)

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hi there.

My son has been using a sippy cup at daycare for about 2 months now, and the past couple weeks he has been drinking from a regular cup (although it has gotten very messy). At home I only started him on the sippy cup about 3 weeks ago. He didn't like it at first, and like your son, he would take a few sips, the put it down. I eventually only gave him the bottle at night, and within a week, he was only using the sippy cup. Today he drinks everything from the sippy cup, and sometimes we decide to find some humor in him drinking from a regular cup.

My advice is to ween him off, but have him on the sippy cup only within a months time. You may have a problem of him not drinking all his milk at night, but do not give in, even if it means keeping him up a little later to drink most of his milk. My son, Matthew, eventually learned that if he wanted to stop being hassled about drinking all his milk, he would drink it.

May I ask if you have started your son on whole milk yet?

Janice - posted on 02/07/2010

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well my baby chloe who is also 19months has been off of a bottle since she was about 13 months. what i did with her is i bought those nuby(sp) sippy cups. they have the silicone top so theyre squishy vs having the hard top of a sippy cup which gives them more of the bottle feel. since my daughter decided one day that she was going to bite the nipple off of all her bottles i figured that the nuby cups would be the best idea. the good thing is theyre cheap :) hope it helps!

Diane - posted on 02/06/2010

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I too am trying to break from the bottle! my son wont sleep for me without on. i have tried sippy cups with milk,and he wont take them. he drinks everything else from a cup.i have taken them away and he screams for what seems like forever, i dont get it, because at his daycare he doesnt have a bottle and he goes down for a nap with no problem. I dont get it.

Briana - posted on 02/06/2010

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and after you throw the bottle away you wont be so tempted to give in and give the bottle to him

Briana - posted on 02/06/2010

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I just recently weaned my 20 month old son off the bottle this is how I did it maybe it will help you out as well.. I gave him his bottle but filled it with water and had a sippy out with a lil water and juice or some warm milk in the day thime and he would chose the sippy after awhile.. at nite i would give him a bottle of milk for bed but after that i would fill it with water and have a sippy with a little bit of milk right there in his reach.. he eventually got the point. Now he is drinking out of a sippy only and calls it his mama jus like he called his bottle lol so it worked for me hope you find something thats works for you.. Good luck.!

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We did Emma cold turkey at 14 months and she didn't even care. Nap time was the only time she had an issue. Try the sippy cups that have the pop up straw - it's better for kids teeth and he still has that sucking without the bottle. It'll be a battle ... Emma would put down the sippy cup at 1st too and whine, but we just gave it back to her and told her that this is what we drink out of now. It didn;t take long, but she was younger. Just stick with it and everything will be fine!!

Good luck!!!

Renee - posted on 02/05/2010

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hey im havin the same problem.....but i cant wean my baby of the breast!he is 19 months old ive tried to offer bottles with milk but to no avail.......help

Ifung - posted on 02/05/2010

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Liz,
Mine does exactly the same thing. She'll take other cups without any complain if water is in it. But as soon as she tastes the milk in it, she'll push it away or throw it away. After the incident she didn't take any milk for two days, now she wants to hold the bottle and see me pouring the milk to the bottle everytime she wants her milk. Otherwise, she won't take it. Sometimes I'm just wondering, how they get this smart in this young age. She doesn't wanna be fooled no more, that's why she make sure she gets the right bottle and milk inside, not water.

Liz - posted on 02/05/2010

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My twins are the exact same way. I got them down to three bottles a day, one for each of their naps, and one for bed. Especally with my son it's hard because he's really attached to his bottle, and we've tried giving them sippy cups for naps but my son thinks it's a joke and my daughter refuses it. They take their sippy cups if water is in it, but for some reason wont if milk is in it.

Ifung - posted on 02/05/2010

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Alright, I have 19 months old girl who doesn't wanna give up her bottle too. My older girls didn't have this problem before. But, with my third one, so far is the hardest one. I tried all kind of sippy cups, cups, straw and none of them works. I tried the cold turkey and she prefered not to have milk at all. We did it for two days until I finally give in, cause she didn't drink milk at all for two days. The third day when I gave back her bottle, she didn't wanna take it at all. I thought, I'm in a big trouble cause now she's not going to drink milk at all until at the end of the day, she decided to take her bottle back. So, not sure what else could I do to wean her from her bottle.

Vanessa - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hello!!
I've heard it can be very difficult to rid the bottle..but sometimes it's all in how you approach it! Just as a tip, you could try what I tried (and it worked). What I did was gave him an empty bottle in one hand..and in his other hand I gave him his "cuppy" with his milk in it. Once he realized that his milk came from his cup, he wanted nothing to do with the bottle. Now, some babies have their bottles as a sercurity object which may make it a little harder to make that transition..and in that case, cold turkey might be difficult for both you and baby.
It's worth a try!!! and good luck!!! :)

Kelli - posted on 02/04/2010

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Can I ask why you feel it necessary to not give him bottles? If he's a fussy eater and doesn't seem to want to take milk from a sippy cup then I'd be keeping him on the bottle till he's happy to make the change. We did that with our daughter and our 19mth old son still has the bottle as he doesn't eat much too. I know that they got/are getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals without having to force them, which makes for a more calm me & happy child.

Megan - posted on 02/03/2010

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i took the bottles away the day before his first bday.. he was too young to realize or even get attached.. i would just do it cold turkey

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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That is kind of hard then. She will get there, it may just take her some time. As long as she is growing at the rate that she should be then I wouldn't worry about too much. She will grow out of it.

Deanna - posted on 02/03/2010

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yeah, she still eats some baby food but is getting tired of it and it doesn't satisfy her appetite. the biggest problem with her is texture. she won't eat anything slimy which eliminates pasta and cooked vegies. thanks for your support :)

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010

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My oldest son was the same way with not eating many solids. He would eat baby food though and he wanted to be fed. I would try that. They have the toddler meals out there that you could try with her and see if that works. I know they are a little pricey but if it gets her to eat then I guess it's worth it. She will eventually grow out of it, but it may take her some time.

Deanna - posted on 02/03/2010

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put milk in a sippy or a cup and just put water in a bottle. I got lucky with my daughter, we put formula in bottles once a day and did milk in a sippy every other time. when I tried to put formula in the sippy she wouldn't drink it, so it was bye bye bottle. it helps to have it out of sight too. if she sees someone else drinking a bottle she sometimes tries to take it, but will stop when I give her her own cup. good luck!

we have a food issue too. my daughter doesn't eat a lot of solids (other than crackers and cereal). at first everyone was telling me I needed to try harder, but now they are telling me that that is how most toddlers are.

Jillian - posted on 02/03/2010

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My son is also 19 months and I got him off of the bottle as soon as he could hold it himself (7 or 8 months). I just took them away and introduced the sippy cups with the soft tops (he didnt like the nuby cuz it was too hard). He would whine and cry a little at first but once he realized that was the only way he was going to be able to get his formula he took it. Then after a while I switched to the regular hard top sippys and he does great!

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Sorta glad to hear I'm not the only one. = )



My 19-month old daughter still wants a bottle for her liquids. I do have sippy cups for her at home and tell her that she's needs to use it since there are no "clean" bottles. But there are times when she just demands the bottle and I give in because I don't want to take it away completely without a "battle" plan. At daycare, she has sippy cups only.



My additonal problem is she still feeds at night (every 3 hours). I was also having a solid food feeding problem with her. When she went on solids, she wasn't eating enough to satisfy her (and me). I still give her toddler formula to help with the nutrition.



I keep telling my husband that we're gonna have to go cold turkey but he hates to see her cry (esp. at night). I really see no other way around it. I believe she just wants the bottle as comfort support and not really thirsty or hungry.



My plan: have her off the bottle completely by the age of two. I might just make it a special day of it. Sort of a party for a "big" girl and have her just toss the bottle herself. Again, just trying to get a game plan going.



Good luck to you.

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