Bottles and binkys?

Anne - posted on 08/09/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Are any of you still using bottles and binkys? My kids still get a bottle when they get up, before both naps, and before bed so 4 a day. We also use binkys in the car, stroller, and in bed. I am feeling guilty about not giving them up when they turned 1 and now that they are almost 14 months it seems like they are used to them. I'm not sure if I"M ready to give them up though. It does make them happy. They use sippy cups at meals but don't drink alot out of them. They still don't like drinking their milk out of them. Suggestions for the switch? Anyone else still using bottles and binkys?

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Brandi - posted on 01/14/2011

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I was feeling the same way about giving my daughter her bottle, it wasn't till about a month ago we gave them up. She is almost 19 months..I was trying to work on giving them up around 15 months and she got very sick and wouldn't eat anything except her bottles so I stopped trying ..but it only took my daughter two days to kick them when she was ready. She gets her sippy cup in the morning and a night full of milk and does wonderful. Goodluck!

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2011

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I think i really didnt wanna try to give them up before because it makes it seem so much more real that she is getting big so fast...I miss when she was a baby:-( I almost cryed the other day when I came across her blankets from the hospital and her NB outfits lol

Amanda - posted on 01/13/2011

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Im still using the binky at night time and for naps but that is it unless we are in the car and i know she is gonna fall asleep...I was using bottles up until last night when i was reading this lol. Last night for bedtime i told her she is a big girl now and no more ba-ba's she was gonna use her cup. So when she went to sleep i gave her her cup and even though she didnt really drink anything out of it she went right to sleep without the bottle, i was really surprised. I hope it will be that easy the next couple days and that i didnt just get lucky last night!

Toni - posted on 01/06/2011

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I give him a bottle in the morning and before bed in the night, the rest of the time he drinks out of a cup quite happily. I will only put plain milk in his bottles any other drink like tea, hot chocolate, juice etc. he will always have in a beaker.
He hasn't got any problem using either of them and will happily use a beaker so i don't see any immediate reason to get rid of his bottles in the morning and evening. it is easier and more soothing when they are so tired to have a bottle. if they can use normal cups for the rest of the day then i guess its ok :)

Renee - posted on 01/04/2011

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My little guy likes his bottle still. He will not give it up, he only gets 3 a day but will not drink milk from sippy cup and really just likes to chew on sippy cups not drink a lot. He gave up his paci just before his first birthday all on his own. I don't know what to do about this bottle thing.

Margaret-Ann - posted on 01/03/2011

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My LO was still using a bottle at 14 months. I has tried several different types of cup and came across one shaped like a sippy cup but was made of silicone (same material as bottle teats). She drank out of that at mealtimes, nap and bed times. After only 2 months she then moved onto the hard plastic type sippy cups and now drinks out of cups recommended for her age. As for a binky I don't know what that is, I can only presume it's a dummy or soother. My little one still uses one but mainly only at nap and bed time

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2010

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My son is 18 months.. He weened himself off the bottle around 12 months, he never really liked the bottle. He didnt really like milk at first so I heated it up in his sippy and he took it fine. He still takes a paci during nap ad bedtime. It stays in his crib and he is fine with that. He has LOVED his paci since he was born so I thought it wld be tough when I took it away during the day but he doesnt seem 2 care. He doesnt like a blanket or stuffed animal so his paci is his soother when he sleeps.

Kandace - posted on 12/18/2010

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i had a hard time with my oldest son, used bottles till he was 2 and a soother till he was 2 and a half .... i took him shopping and let him pic out big boy bottles ( sippy cup with winnie the pooh) i used that ALL day and then when he was used to that i used it for bed time too .... but get a non drip cup to avoid messes! .... for the soother i finally just too it and hid it and then we spent an hour before bed looking for it and he accepted that it was lost and went to bed without it. but if u do that then hide them good or throw them out he found his a few weeks later and we had to go through it all over again! .... with my youngest i avoided the soother and he gets his bottle at night but i bought a cup that the daycare suggested and he LOVES it .. its a soft top and has handles ... he uses that most of the time but i have been introducing him to a cup i buy them at the dollar store 3/1$ and i put a small amount like 2mm at the bottom .... he is learning fast! .... good luck!

Amanda - posted on 12/17/2010

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my daughter weened herself from the bottle around 10mths, so i'm no help to you there. my daughter is now 18mths old and still uses her binky, she doesnt have it in her mouth 24/7. mostly just for car rides/nap time/bed time, but its always available to her, she uses it more when she is teething. im not in a huge rush to take it away, it really helps calm her down and its not affecting her speech or her teeth development. once she has all of her teeth then i will slowly start diminishing the amount of time she is allowed to have it.

Amanda - posted on 11/30/2010

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my daughter is 17 months old today and she gets a bottle for nap time and bed time thats it. during the day she drinks out of her sippy cup, but wont drink milk out of it. As for the binky she only has it in the car when she gets fussy and when shes going to sleep. lately though she has been having it all the time because were living with my inlaws until feb. and they give it to her all the time when she does not even care if she dont have it but I put a stop to that as of this morning and i am keeping them all upstairs in my room so no one can give it to her. I felt really bad about not taking them away at 1 too but then i seen how many other people dont and it helped.

Kelly - posted on 09/06/2010

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My daughter is almost 16 months old. I still use a bottle 3 times a day once when she wakes up, at noon, and before bed the rest of the time she's using a straw. Shes been using a straw since she was 6 months. I just don't continue it because I don't think she she will drink enough milk from a straw. She still use her binky and I'm not sure when to stop

Tiffany - posted on 09/01/2010

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My son had no idea how to use the sippy cup and and usually just tossed it to the side. And I do admit to it actually being harder for me to make the switch so he knew if the sippy didn't work I'd give into the bottle. Finally one day I was at my parents' and my mom just said she would forget the bottles and give him solely a sippy cup, so that's what I did. From that day on he's been a pro at the sippy cup and the bottles are gone. The binky I can't help you with since my son isn't exactly what I'd call attached but when he is REALLY fussy and I'm tired that's when I remember that it's there even but I do really believe that it's probably harder for the mom to actually give it up than the baby themselves. If you just store it away and forget about it it's so much easier. Good luck!! :)

Kat - posted on 08/13/2010

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my son uses his paci when he takes a nap or sleeps at night. but he hasnt used one other than that since he was like 8 months old (he never took one til 5 months old tho). and he stopped his bottle when he was 12 months.

what i did with my son was put the yummy stuff (kool aid, juice, strawberry milk) in his cup and plain water (which he hates) in his bottle. it took like 3 days to break him of his bottle. it might not work if your kid likes water tho.

for his paci, he just broke himself of the daytime paci. i'm dreading taking away the nighttime paci tho

CHERYL - posted on 08/13/2010

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my twins are nearly 14ms and have 3 bottles 8am,3pm,7pm i feel guilty that they still have them but they still want and always finish it.i give juice and water in sippy cups but thet dont drink alot.only 1 has a dummy and he loves it.i keep getting told to give the 3pm bottle just dont no wher to start!

Shellini - posted on 08/11/2010

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My LO never took to binki.. but they all love their bottles. Will only drink milk in them and nothing else. Although they use straw cups during the day, heaven help you if you give him milk in anything other than his beloved bottle. Honestly, my kids always did things early, so I let them have their night time bottle until they were 2-3. But only milk and only for the bed time bottle. I see no harm in letting them have it. No need to take it away right at one year. kwim? Oh and my DS is 14 months. :-)

Your - posted on 08/11/2010

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My son is 14months and he still have 4 bottles at 6am, 11am, 3am and 8pm… this week I spoke to the daycare to see if we can introduce the Sippy cup instead of one of the mornings bottle today was the second day and he only drank 3oz from his 7oz bottle both days, the rest she put it back in the bottle. I guess it is a progress…, no? Today I bought a new Sippy cup one with the soft silicone spout, and he seen like it better we will see.

About binky… he does not use it during the day only when he takes naps or goes to sleep. That is much easier to control I guess…

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2010

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We are down to 1 bottle in the morning and 1 before bed. My son gave up his paci at about 5 months, so I didn't have to go through that trauma. My day care provider said that if you can get them off both by 18mo, it will be easier than if you wait. Not sure about that myself, but I am going to start removing the morning bottle now. I hope the beditme bottle will be gone by mid-Sept.

Karen - posted on 08/11/2010

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Yes my daughter still has hers in the morning and before bed, sometimes during the day, she has cups but doesnt like them, she would rather have a normal drink with a top like the fruit shoots have. She still has her dummy when shes tired but i would hope i can get her off it soon.

Allison - posted on 08/11/2010

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We always put the bottles and pacifiers away at 1. It seemed to work o.k. for our children. It was a little bit of a transition for our son when it came to milk in the sippy cup. We just heated it up like we did with the bottle and he took it fine. Then we just slowly introduced the milk a little colder at a time and he hasn't had any problems with that part. I think it all depends on the child. But I won't lie...the first few days of transitioning are rough. You just have to do what's best for you and your child.

Anne - posted on 08/10/2010

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Thanks for your advice everyone. I think we will just stick with both. I think since I have twins its just easier to stick with what they are used to for now. Maybe this Fall we will see if they are ready to slowly phase the bottles out. I think I will just keep binkys around until the binky fairy takes it away before they are 2. Since its just at night and in the car no one else needs to know they still use it right?! LOL Thanks!

Samara - posted on 08/09/2010

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I still give my daughter 2 or 3 bottles a day. Most days she only gets 2. 1 at nap time and 1 at bedtime. If she wakes up really early in the morning like before 6 she gets a bottle and then goes back to sleep and then we have breakfast! And my daughter still takes a binky. I am ready to give up the bottles, but i just dont think she is ready. If she doesnt have something before she takes a nap and bed, she will not sleep for very long. but she wont eat food if she is tired or out of a sippy cup!! I am not ready to give up the binky yet, its her soother. She does not like to cuddle with a blanket or stuffed animal she falls asleep sprawled out so the binky is what helps soothe her to sleep! I know eventually she will give it up! she doesnt use it during the day unless she is riding in the car for a pretty long time. She normally only has it to fall asleep! I am not worried about her having either of them for now!

Brenda - posted on 08/09/2010

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We still use the bottle 3 times a day. I did feel bad about it but than I figured with all long days out and weekend trips of the summer months, why rock the boat? In a couple weeks we will be back to a normal schedule and will work on giving up bottles then.

Lady Heather - posted on 08/09/2010

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I give one bottle at night and the rest are sippys. She still gets her soother for nap and bedtime, but I'm going to start removing it when we get back from our holiday at the end of August. I figure I will probably want it for the plane ride!

Melissa - posted on 08/09/2010

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I just slowly started giving him his milk in his cup.. then one day I didn't have any problems! I am the same way as you I don't think I was ready to give up the bottle but when you think about it your just causing problems for them. So after only letting him have bottles in the morning and one right before bed we eliminated the morning to a cup and finally have eliminated the bedtime one as well. This just happened a week or so ago and he is 14 months 1 week! Good Luck.. I say take it one day at a time.. no reason for cold turkey-ing it! :)

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