how do I get my son to give up the bottle

Tanesha - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my son will only drink from a bottle. I try putting his favorite liquids in the sippy cup and he still refuse. instead he walks around with it and will play with it all day

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Tania - posted on 09/13/2009

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My daughter refuses to drink milk out of the zippy cup, she only drinks water and juice from the zippy cup. I hope to find some advice in here.

Laura - posted on 09/12/2009

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I would try to eliminate it during the day and just use it in the morning and when its bed time, thats what we are doing iwth lily right now, she is just not ready to gfive up her bottle yet. Its ok till about 18 months for them to use a bottle. I think for babies at this age its pretty much a comfort thing just like a pacifier would be to another baby. I say go gradual, thats what ive done with all my kids, worked so far. good luck

Angela - posted on 09/11/2009

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take the bottle away! that's all you can do. it will be an exhausting few days for you though so be prepared. you can do it=]

Angela - posted on 09/11/2009

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As you've already heard...just take it away. The sooner the better. It will seem like heck for a few days, but your son will come around and drink the sippy cup. My son came off of his bottle a week before his 1st birthday. I then threw away all the bottles with him watching. He was fussy for a few days, but he eventually came around to using the cup. It's hard work...you can do it. Just start now =]

Lynette - posted on 09/11/2009

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i have a cup with a straw rather than sippy cup now for Nate he drinks happily from it it took 5 min to get him to learn to suck through the straw and in one go i eliminated the need for bottles and they got put away. we have a couple of sippy cups around still the nuby cup is similar idea to a bottle and easy enough for them to get the liquid out of rather than the hard spout ones but my son will now drink from a normal sports cap bottle ( like a fruitshoot ) without spilling and he has smoothies out of normal cups but i dont give him milk or juice or water out of one yet without holding the bottom of it as its to runny and would go down his front in his rush to drink

Colleen - posted on 09/10/2009

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I just didn't bother with the sippy cups. Both my kids used them as chew toys and i didn't want to take the time to teach them otherwise when ultimatelly I wanted them to use a regular cup any way. So instead of weaning from bottle, to sippy cup, to regular cup, I just eliminated the middle man and taught them to drink from a regular cup. Rocco is 15 months old and has been drinking from a regular cup since he was 11 months old.

Nikki - posted on 09/10/2009

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Simple. Take it away. He's old enough now that you can get rid of the sippy cup idea. Try a regular cup or a cup with a lid and a straw. He shouldn't carry it around with him because its not a toy, but I keep DD's on the coffee table and she'll get a drink when she's thirsty and then put it back.

Chanequa - posted on 09/05/2009

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My son does the same. I tried the cold-turkey method once and it was awful. I felt so much pressure to get him on the sippy cup. But I talked to a pediatric nurse who said that since he still only has 4 teeth and doesn't go to sleep with the bottle, it's okay to let him hold on to his bottle.

About a month ago I finally found a cup he liked. We managed to get him to drink his juice and water out of it (he was still drinking milk from his bottle). But then he got sick and had a hard time breathing and drinking from the sippy at the same time. Once he got well, we started to re-introduce the sippy. And of course, last week he caught a cold. One day we'll get it!

Fern - posted on 09/04/2009

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My son had trouble too at first. I went and got the sippy cups that have the soft spout and it helped. I then took the bottles away completely and within a couple of days no problem.

Tramika - posted on 09/03/2009

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just keep giving him the sippy cup and no bottle and soon he will take it when he see that you wont give him the bottle that how i did my son

Carrie - posted on 09/03/2009

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Only give him a sippy cup during the day with meals and snack time. Try only giving him the bottle before naps and bedtime. he will eventually start to use it if he is thirsty enough

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