Off the bottle??

Cathy - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Anyone's baby off the bottle yet?

My plan was to have Ethan off by a year old but I haven't even tried giving him 1 bottle in a sippy or just a cup yet -- especially since he doesn't really get how to use the sippy and the cup, he dribbles everywhere!!

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Debbie Thompson- - posted on 07/01/2009

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Our daughter is 16 months and is off the bottle completely! Yay! At first she had trouble getting the hang of the sippy cup. So I bought one of those cups with the straw attached. She got that right away. Now she uses the sippy cup like a champ. We started by substituting one sippy cup for a bottle and before we knew it she was only taking the bottle first thing in the morning and right before bed. After about a month we cut the bottle out completely. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son only takes Milk in his bottle and has been like this since he was 7 or 8 months old. He only has the bottle first thing in the morning and at nap and bed time. I am off for the summer so I am going to get him off the bottle completely then, I have to start with just giving him the bottle at bed time. For some reason he wont drink his milk from a cup.

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My Son only got bottles with water for him to have sometimes while he played during the day until just after 1. I ended up just doing away with all of the bottles all at once at 13 months because my Mother was CONSTANTLY giving him EVERYTHING in bottles!



Really as soon as he caught onto the sippy cup he wanted little to nothing to do with the bottles. HOWEVER he had trouble with the valved ones to start with because he wasn't used to sucking to get water that way. Overcomplicated ones with pictures, different textures, he treated more like toys.



Try a sippy cup like the Take & Toss that don't leak but don't have valves. They're light weight, simple, and don't require they suck too hard to get liquid. They have small 4 ounce ones with good grip grooves on the side.



Now and then as a special treat I gave him chocolate milk or juice which really got him into sippy cups!



He is now 15 months and he's almost done with sippy cups because he prefers straws, bottles, or little cups. Try something simple and don't worry about a drizzle here or there, it's how they all learn.

Courtney - posted on 06/13/2009

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My daughter has been bottle free for about a week now, I started her on sippy cups (different types at first, she was fussy) now she is drinking out of sippy cups and she also uses straws, but I bought her a straw sippy and she dont use it because she hasnt quite got the fact that you dont tip it, but if I give her a juice box with a straw she drinks it no problem.

Adéle - posted on 06/11/2009

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were not off the bottle yet eaither but i do give him his cup during the day. whats the rush i dont understand why the health visitors want to rush things.

Mary - posted on 06/08/2009

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I was stressed about getting my daughter off the bottle until my pediatrician told me to relax about it. She said that as a society we tend to take things away so quickly from our children and that it was okay for her to have the bottle until 2. We use sippy cups during the day and use a bottle before nap time and bed time. She loves her cup with a straw in it! I hear you on the dribbling every where! I actually think she enjoys feeling the water run down her mouth. haha.

Courtney - posted on 06/04/2009

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my daughters been off the bottle since 8 months! i gave her an empty sippy cup around 6/7 months to play with, and she immediately put it in her mouth trying to drink it. i would give her one a day in the cup by 8 months she didnt want the bottle anymore. i used the gerber kinds that go month by month. now she drinks from any kind of sippy cup and and cup with a straw.

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2009

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i'm trying to get my daughter dana off the bottle right now. she hass one in the morning and one at night and a cup during the day. she can go without the bottle in the morning but getting her off the one at night has been quite the struggle

Danielle - posted on 05/29/2009

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were not off the bottle yet n have got various cups with different spouts on! amy changes her mind everyday as to which cup she lyks, i left one on the floor and when she wanted to shed pick it up wen i wasnt looking and start drinking herself. amy tends to have a bottle before bedtime and when she wakes, at meal times i gve her a cup to get used to even if it doesnt have anything in because it gets her used to piking it up, try playing with cups putting things in them lyk rice to shke or small toys. gud luk!

Mary - posted on 05/29/2009

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My son is off the bottle but he was breastfed until 10 months (still taking a bottle at night) and by the time he started formula he only used a bottle for a month before I started milk in a sippy.
I started water in a sippy around 6 months and it took my son a while to get used to it. I used the silicone top ones. The hard plastic didn't work for my son - he still doesn't like them. Now he is on the to the Nuby brand with a straw (cheap at Wal-Mart).

Jaime - posted on 05/28/2009

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The sippy should have been introduced around 9 months! My children always play with them more than drink out of them for the first few months. At age one my DD was off the bottle. My DS seems to enjoy his evening bottle, so it's sippy all day and bubba at night. Every child is different and there are many cups out there to try. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009

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My son has been off the bottle since his birthday. Doing this we started him on the sippy cup at around 9 months. In the beggining he didn't want anything do with it. So i bought the brand Nuby and they have a transition bottle. It comes with the soft sippy cup nipple, a straw type nipple has well as the regular nipple. He still doesn't get the whole tip up the cup and drink so we got him used to the straw. How we did it was we used the straw nipple and gave him that and then once he was used to that nipple then we just got him the straw type sippy cup. That is what he uses all the time. I know alot of parents that had to start with the straw type as well. I hope this helps. :)

Alyn - posted on 02/25/2009

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Not even close to it yet. I give my son sippy cups but he seems to enjoy tossing and kicking it around more than drinking out of it. He wants to drink out of my cup instead.

Cindi - posted on 02/25/2009

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I wish!  We are still using bottles too.  So far the sippy cups havent' gone over too big.  I just keep trying!

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2009

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My babies still take bottles before nap time and bed time, but while they eat breakfest, lunch and dinner they ony get thier cups with water or 100% juice. I have tried 5 different types of sippy cups and they didn't like any of them so I bought little rubbermaid cups with a straw top and they really seem to enjoy that. They also will drink out of my cup but I have to help them because they end up spilling everywhere if I don't. I've read that a baby should be off the bottle by the time they are 15-17 months but I think it depends one the kid.

Jeanette - posted on 02/25/2009

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we're not off the bottle yet, but we are getting Keegan used to a sippy cup in preparation.  I found a great one that the spout was similar to a nipple instead of the hard plastic.  Once Keegan got the hang of that one he had no problem with the other sippy cups.  Good luck :)

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