How can I break my 1yr old from the bottle??

Jeanette - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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She DOES drink from sippy cup but I would like her to not take the bottle at all. I dont want to give it to her anymore. She has a lot of teeth and I dont want them to get messed up because she wants a bottle. She drinks milk about 3 times a day sometimes in a cup but in a bottle before a nap. I have put water in the bottle hoping she wouldn't want it and that didn't work she didn't care that it had water and not milk.. I noticed sometimes she just wants it to bite on and just suck on and not even drink from it, kinda like a comfort...She doesn't take a pacifier she hasn't wanted one since she was like 2 months old. I dont put juice in the bottle only milk or water. Sometimes she will take milk in a cup but when shes tired she wants it in a bottle and wont even drink from a cup. And she throws a fit! ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2010

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I have slowly been weaning my son away from bottles. Each feeding, I just transitioned from bottle to sippy. I'd say you still have time to transition, but go slowly. And like some previous posters have said, comfort in other ways before a nap.

Erin - posted on 04/16/2010

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hmmm...i don't really agree. I think you have more than just 12 mos to get a bottle. Some babies need a little longer. You can start by trying to soothe her in diff ways prior to a nap. A transitional object like a teddy bear can help. Soft music or loud music and some rocking or dancing can help put her to sleep w/out a bottle. She won't take a bottle forever and 3 bottles a day won't hurt her teeth as much as juice from a sippy cup will. I'd try taking one bottle away a day..or least half a bottle..then more and more till she's secure enuf and happy enuf to sleep w/out one. It's all about easy transition and a happy child right? Some days will go better than others just like everyone else in this world. Keep with it and I'm sure in a few mos she won't really need a bottle every day. A child's need for a soothing bottle is ok...you just have to find the right time..not every baby is ready to go cold turkey at 12 mos...and it's not necesary. Good luck...and try giving less and less next to a favorite 'lovey'...I hope it works :)

Lady - posted on 04/13/2010

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Unfortunatley there is really no easy answer. You just have to take them away. Give her cups and don't give in even if she thows a fit. If you are worried about her not getting enough milk just give her cereal with milk before bed and yogurts and cheese and milk pudding during the day. She will soon forget all about bottles and be happy with her sippy cup there may be just a little drama first but it won't last long.Good luck!

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Jill - posted on 06/12/2010

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I am glad this was posted, my son still gets two bottles, one at nap and one at bed. I have wondered how to ween, event tried putting water in it,but he doesn't care. It's comfort for him, he has even chewed on the nipple by itself with no bottle attached. He doesn't have a paci or suck his thumb. I was getting worried that he would have trouble transitioning and he is almost 15 mos.

Sha-En - posted on 06/11/2010

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OMG I am so thankful to find this conversation. I thought that weaning her off wouldn't be painful... we just weaned her paci a few weeks ago and we did it the harsh way (not that we planned it that way) and surprisingly, she took only 2 days to sleep normally!

I wonder if it will be the same with the bottle? I tried to give her soft sippys, hard sippys, straws, drink from a cup, drink from a water bottle (like ours) but still she refused. The moment she tasted it was milk, out it came. Other liquids are all ok. What is with this bottle attachment?

Btw, my baby is 15 months. I really want her to take her time but it is much better for her teeth to get off the bottle soon.

Patricia - posted on 05/15/2010

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Is her sippy the hard or soft ones? I found haveing some soft sippys for sleep time help in kicking the bottle. I also has luck with putting liquids my daughter didnt like in the bottle helped too. Dont give in, if you want the bottle gone dont give it back. Some times it will be really hard. It took my daughter a couple days to realize she wasnt getting the bottle back and stopped throwing her sippy out. Now she just does it when its empty

Courtney - posted on 05/05/2010

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my son was very easy to break..but i was also determine the day he turned a year old i said he was no longer going to have a bottle and it did just that..when he turned one when he laid down that nite i gave him a slightly warm/room temp sippy of milk and laid him in his crib..he drank it threw it lol then to sleep he went..On this one in my opinion you the mom have to be determined..just take it away im sure in some cases its not going to be as easy as what it was with my son but if he wouldnt have been so easy i still would have stuck with my decision..hope i helped..

Ivy - posted on 05/05/2010

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My daughter hated her sippy cup and would only drink from her bottle. Then we got a new cup and she would drink from that, but then it started leaking on her. So we got her another cup that has a straw and she loves that. She is a bit of a lazy when it comes to drinking. She could hold her bottle herself at an early age, but refused to do it with my husband and me. Then she refused to drink from her cup. So I took her bottle away and when she was thristy, I offered her cup. If she didn't drink, then that was her choice. I made sure she had plenty of fruit and she would drink water from my glass. Also she is still breastfed so I know she gets enough. My daughter also likes drinking out of a plastic cup with no lid. She only recently did that as she has more confidence in her ability to feed herself now that I don't allow myself to help her as much.

Kristin - posted on 05/04/2010

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I don't really get this obsession with yanking the bottle away the second your baby hits 12 months. They are little for such a short period of time....Personally, I sit in my rocking chair and love every minute of the pre-bed bottle because I know the day is coming when she's not going to want to sit and cuddle with mom. I have yet to meet a college student who can't go to bed without a bottle. She's transitioned herself just fine so far and I haven't needed to "break" her of anything. Let your baby go at his or her own pace.

Adrienne - posted on 04/23/2010

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I still give my 1 year old a bottle before his bedtime. I am about to have another baby in a couple weeks and after the new baby comes, I wanted to see how he would do seeing his brother get a bottle. So then we can decide what to do. My Dr said that as long as he is off a bottle by 18 months, it should be fine. He drinks from a sippy cup the rest of the day, it's just that night time bottle that has him hooked.

Deloris - posted on 04/23/2010

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the way we got our son started on a sippy cup. it was like we had no choice but to start him early on a cup because of all his teeth grown in so early so he was on a cup and a bottle at 6mos so that kinda made it easier for the transition to a full use of a cup at 12mos, so maybe if ya tried to give her cup every otrher feeding and slowly ween her off of it may take a few mos. but she'll get there:) good luck!

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We are having the same issue. My daughter is 13months. I want her off the bottle completely but she's still very keen on her bottle. LOL

She happily drinks water throughout the day from her sippy cup (and has done so for a few months) but when I try to give her milk from a sippy cup she rejects it and cries. :/

Samantha - posted on 04/22/2010

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Pediatricians suggest working on having the bottle removed from the routine by 16 months.. This is a guideline, not a rule...you have time and sounds like she needs something to soothe her and maybe some swollen gums! Good luck, but don't rush her, she will get rid of it eventually!

Andrea - posted on 04/22/2010

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I would just throw ALL of the bottles away so you don't get the temptation to use them especially if she does know how to drink out of a sippy cup. We had to do that to my daughter.

Amber - posted on 04/19/2010

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For our 1 year old I wanted him to totally be off the bottle so I stopped giving him milk in his bottle before bed and a nap as a means of comfort. This worked well, a few times he tossed his sippy cup but eventually when he learned there was no bottle coming he learned to take his milk in a sippy cup!

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The way I took my daughter off of the bottle, I bought the sippy cup that have that white valve inside and let it drip in her mouth then put the valve in so sh knew she has to suck on it, she learned pretty well this was at 10 months and she wont take the botttle at all anymore, she is strictly sippy cup

Heather - posted on 04/18/2010

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I had the same problem with my oldest son. I had tried every single cup out there But then i had went to Walmart, and tried one with a straw. I am pretty sure it's Nubby, and they dont leak at all. I hope this helps !

Cindy - posted on 04/18/2010

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my son will not drink from a sippy cup..
I bought the kinds with the soft silicone lid and he drinks from one side and the rest of the liquid trikles all over and makes a mess . and I bought the kind with the hard lid and he can't figure out how to suck on it for anything to come out he just chews on it.

Katherine - posted on 04/18/2010

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Sounds like my daughter, Jeanette. She does the exact same thing. I don't know what to do either. I don't want to take it away cold turkey, but I also want her off of it. Quite a conundrum eh?

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