Did you stop bottles right at 1 year? I don't think we're ready.

Courtney - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 78 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 11 1/2 months old and she's just now learning table foods. It's been a slow process and she has a sensitive gag reflex. I'm scared if we take her off the bottle completely, she won't get the daily calories she needs. What did you do?

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Becky - posted on 05/13/2010

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There are lots of sippy cups out there that have softer spouts similar to bottles. I started my son on juice/water in them when he was 8 months old and he has been drinking everything out of a cup since he was 9 months old. I think as long as you ease them into it they will eventually make the transition easily.

Ashleigh - posted on 05/13/2010

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My girl has just turned one 2days ago. She has been eating a good range of foods for around 3months now.(She's my lil chubba chub =D) I am satisfied that she is getting everything she needs from her meals which are 3 baby mains and 2-4 baby snacks. She still has one bottle at night for bed, I started with watered down milk (half and half) warmed up(she would refuse cold milk straight out) and gradually moved to whole milk (this was after i was confident on her food intake). She has a sippy cup she has during the day (with water) so she gets used to it though same situation as Cassandra she won't have milk in it lol,

At the end of the day baby's all develop at there own rate, take everything you hear with a grain of salt and take the info that works for you and your family.. I have been working on this for nearly four months, I would not remove the bottle if i was not certain my daughter will have a balanced diet to make up for it though.

The idea from Courtney of mixing formula and cows milk may work for you to keep the nutrition up and do the change from formula to milk gradually and increase the table foods at the same time.

Good luck =D

Rebekah - posted on 05/13/2010

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We started transitioning my son from bottle to sippy cup when he was 12 months old, BUT I didn't eliminate the bottle entirely until he was almost 15 months old. No need to make the transition too quick. We made sure he was drinking whole milk or formula pretty good from a cup, then slowly replaced one bottle a day with a cup. I've found that if you make transitions slowly kids adjust easier.

Cassandra - posted on 05/13/2010

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My kid has only one tooth as well. He may not like eating baby food anymore, but he does. He eats a lot of food that we eat, at least snack type foods, fruits and yogurt. She is old enough, you can put her on the formula that is made for older babies/toddlers. My son mostly gets cow's milk, but when we are out shopping or just to mix things up, he gets the formula made for older babies.

Cassandra - posted on 05/13/2010

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I never mixed cow's milk and formula, but my friend did with her little girl. I just started out giving my son one, 4 oz bottle of cow's milk a day, for a month. He would only drink it warm, like formula, and still only drinks his milk warm. I'm hoping he will begin to drink it cold, once we are back in the hot GA weather.

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i dont think that my daughter is ready yet either. Well she does drink her water during the day through sippy cup but wont go 2 sleep at night without her bottle (which is still formula), i feel more confident that she is getting the nutrients she needs from the formula... somedays she will be a fussy eater and i give her a bottle so i know that she has the nutrients she needs... Tho i do want to try stop the bottle completly but when i put her milk in cup at nights she wont drink it... took me a long time 2 get her 2 drink from cup (from 4 months till 8) she just didnt like it.. but i have bought the ones with the soft spout which i think are really good when trying to get them of bottle. good luck everyone

Clare - posted on 05/28/2010

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From 10 months we dropped our sons bottles from 4 to 2 a day - one in the morning and one before bed.During the day he drank juice or water from a sippy cup.
Then at one we stopped the bottles all together and he has a drink of warm cows milk before bedtime (warm cows milk is a little bit sweeter than when it is cold!). He continues to drink juice and water during the day from a sippy cup.
He has eaten finger foods since 6 months and is now eating the same diet as the rest of the family. He has cows milk on his cereal and always has done, which i think helped to get him used to the taste from early on.
The transition was a lot less painful than I was anticipating and he doesn't seem to miss the bottle at all - I think it was more difficult for us to see him leaving that baby stage behind!
I wouldn't be too concerned if your child doesn't drink masses of milk, if they are eating other dairy stuff. I also found that his appetite is much better now that he isn't drinking a lot of formula - think about it, if we as adults were drinking gallons of milk every day we wouldn't be very hungry either!
The longer you delay weaning them off the bottle, the harder it will be for your child as the older they get the more attached to it they become. Hope this helps :)

Michelle - posted on 05/27/2010

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my lil guy just turned one on the 25th, for anout 3 months he only has a bottle at bedtime and morning time, sippy cup during the day, i started to interduce cows milk a few weeks ago, but he will not, nor has he ever, take anykind of milk/formula from a sippy cup, he will take a few sipps from a strw cup but simply refuses to drink the white stuff from anything but a bottle, we are trying and i am sure he will get the hang of it. as of right now we mix the formula and the milk, cause he doesn't seem to like the milk so much.

Katie - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son turned 1 on the 15th and the day after his first birthday I took the bottles away completely! I washed them all and stuck them in a box and put them away so he can't even see them. It was a little difficult the first day because he used the bottles to go to sleep. But now he is doing so good with the cup! He will take anything and everything in it and acts like he's never had a bottle. It was the easiest transition ever!

Kristie - posted on 05/26/2010

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me son just turned one on the 21st it was really wasy to get him of the bottle, i just got a sippy cup with a soft top he loves then, then we got some with straws he uses the ones with straws for juice and water and the other ones for milk , do you babys still use a soother, we just took ours away 5 days ago now, well we lost it so he had to go without and hes doing great now. im so happy lol

Julia - posted on 05/26/2010

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Wow....I am seriously boggled right now...why in the WORLD would you give your child chocolate milk? People who give their children chocolate and candy and sweets and junk that they shouldn't have at an early age are the first ones to say my child has ADD or ADHD and medicate your kid to crap... wonderful...how about not feeding your child crap bet once you stop the sugar and chocolate milk bet your kid doesn't act up as much...

Shatha - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son is now 12 months, and we started table food for few months earlier and we cut the bottle feeding from five times a day to 3 times a day now as he seem to enjoy solid food more, I guess cus he have to chew esp. at this stage as he's still teething

Dory - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son will be 3 in june and i just got him off the bottle at night a few months ago!! but my daughter was one on the 18th and i started giving her sippys at 6 months.. and a week before her bday i started mixing 6oz of formula with 2 oz milk.. then ran out of formula and threw the bottles away and shes been fine without both for a week now. she doesnt like the whole milk tho!

Amanda - posted on 05/25/2010

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my lil man is breastfed 5-8 times a day n he gets a bottle if i am not home or doing something else from grandparents or daddy, but i am having the hardest time getting him to drink cows milk! he wont take it mixed unless i use chocolate or strawberry but i refuse to give it to him. he will sip on a sippy cup but still doesnt like them very much but has had them since he was months old. but with his bottle i just threw all of them away but 2. my other two kids were super hard to get off the bottle because i let them stay on as long as they wanted. i think they were like 26 months and 19 months so this time i am ending it sooner. it ruins thier teeth and gums. he does eat every kind of food there is also. just hates milk, and cheese but loves everything!

Julia - posted on 05/25/2010

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wow...babies are supposed to have whole milk their first year...why because they need the fat in it. Any Doc will tell you that.

My 2nd girl loved her baba...she doesn't miss it though

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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commenting on my last post. My baby drinks milk, 2%, eats table food like it's going out of style...but she likes her bottle to much to take away from her. You do what you feel is best. It's your "motherly instict" (what my mom always said to me)

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010

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my baby girl turned a year on the 11th of May. I have tried with taking the bottle away, but she doesn't like it when I do that. Considering she is my last child, I refuse to rush things with her. She'll come off the bottle when she's ready!!!!

Julia - posted on 05/25/2010

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wow does anyone know the meaning of the word "WEAN"?

wean definition
Pronunciation: /ˈwēn/
Function: vt
1 : to accustom (as a child) to take food otherwise than by nursing
2 : to detach usually gradually from a cause of dependence or form of treatment


I want to emphasize the word GRADUALLY!!! Shit people, the way you are supposed to wean a child from formula to milk is to SLOWLY put less formula and more milk into their bottles. I did it weekly 2 ozs at a time.

Also when I took away all bottles once my daughter was off of formula. Actually BOTH of my daughters got ALL bottles taken away at 1 year. There is NO need for a HEALTHY child to still have a bottle after a year.

Oh and for you moms who are talking about not eating table foods because of only having one or two teeth...my oldest daughter didn't have her first tooth until she was 15 months old AND it was a MOLAR! She ate table foods just fine...and was off of the bottle and formula.

Cesiah - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son turned 1 on may 11, I began to give a little bit of cows milk in his cup at 11 months at first he didnt like it but i just kept on giving it to him (i did put in his bottle a couple of times) after a 2 wks i guess he realize that that was the new way n before he turned 1 he was completely weaned of the bottle n formula. He has also bn eating table food since he was about 8-9 months. also it might be easier for her if you get her the sippy cups with soft tops I personally like the nuby brand.

Julia - posted on 05/25/2010

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I did mix the 2 but you don't have to. The only reason I did was my daughter was 7 months and starting cow's milk. We kept formula in the mix until 9 months old.. give it a try and see if it works.

Lisa - posted on 05/24/2010

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My daughter has a sensitive gag reflex too. We are still on purees except for cheerios, teething biscuits, pancakes, yogurt and fresh mozzarella cheese (which is soft and not rubbery). My doc said it just takes more time with some babies so keep trying. It's quite frustrating at times though - especially when she spits up all the food i worked hard to get her to eat!!

Good luck!

Tamia - posted on 05/24/2010

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My son stopped bottles at 10 months and we went to sippy cups only. He's doing great with table foods. We just let him have at it and didn't worry about the mess. He still eats with his fingers but likes to pretend he can use a spoon. Only problem we have is he will not eat baby food. Won't touch it at all...I finally gave up and just feed him what we eat. If it's burgers he eats burgers, if its broccoli he eats broccoli, if it's ribs, he eats ribs. I'm sure the doctor won't be happy but I'm tired of trying to shove baby food down his throat and then throwing away a full jar cause he won't take it.

Marsha - posted on 05/23/2010

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I would keep her on the bottle, and keep introducing solids slowly. Don't feel pressured. Every baby is different. My oldest was okay at 6 months to eat solids, whereas my youngest took a little longer not to gag on food. I jus thickend up her cereal a bit, to help her get used to the texture of thicker foods.

Natalie - posted on 05/23/2010

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My son just turned one on the 21st of May. At about 11 months, I started slowly breaking him of the bottle. He has now been off the bottle for about 2 weeks and seems to be doing great. He uses a sippy-cup at night and for his naps. During the day he uses a big boy cup, which is a little messy but he is learning.

Ashley - posted on 05/22/2010

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Introduce a sippy cup and let that b incorperated threwout the day for a week or so and slowly have the sippy offered more than the bottle. Eventually, stop the bottle and babies are not stupid :) they will drink when they know the bottle is gone but you gotta stick with it and not give in or she'll think she can cry long enough and get the bottle back...same with the pacifier. You can read up on how bad it is to keep giving the binkie and bottle to your kid passed a year (ie. speach delays, dental issues) Hope that helps...im going threw this now bc my daught just turned one saturday but she is my 3rd so im pretty confident ive learned what i need to help her be sucsesful in her transition!

Jocelyn - posted on 05/22/2010

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My daughter turned one on the 8th an she loves her bottle. I just bought a sippy cup that comes ith 3 different lids one with a bottle nipple, and 2 regular sippy cup lids I am givin her the sippy cup with the bottle nipple at nap time and bed time and then he same cup with the regular sippy cup lid during the day. My doctor has also recommened putting only water in the bottle if you are having a hard time after the baby is about 15 months to get them off the bottle and only milk/juice in sippy cup that way they will want the sippy cup over the bottle.

TaWanda - posted on 05/22/2010

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I have read these post and some of them just make me laugh LOL...The best advice is to trust your mother intuition. Every baby is different, every mother does things differently according to their children. I have 4 children, my youngest will be 1 on May 29th; she is the only girl and everyone said I would spoil her rotten. But I have done everything the same way I did my boys. She has not had a bottle since she was 9months old and there were no problems...She didn't get sick as someone stated, she took the same amount of formula as she would have in a bottle and it wasn't as difficult as some people have stated. I am also a home day care provider and the children that I care for are weaned off the bottle before their 1st Birthday. YOU have to trust yourself; you and your baby will be fine

Erin - posted on 05/22/2010

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I went to the doctor yesterday for a 1 year check up. The doctor said that as long as you wipe the teeth off after a bottle continue feeding cows milk in it. She said the reason people say to drop the bottle is because people often forget to think of it as a meal, and don't clean baby's teeth after, and the sugar in cow's milk causes rot when just sitting on teeth.

Nikki - posted on 05/20/2010

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The best bet is go slow. She is only little once, and while I dont thing babies need bottles while there 2 and 3, I also dont believe it is a problem with them getting off of it by 18 months. My daughter was one yesterday and she likes milk, but not in her bottle. The doctor said to mix the milk and the formula to help transition her, and then slowly she will get off the bottle. It takes time and patience, but eventually it all works out!

Beckie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Tiffany, my daughter eats anything and everything basically. All finger foods and has been for around 6 months. Just a little more picky when it comes to meats though as she has only just got her first tooth.

Lynette - posted on 05/19/2010

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Why would anyone want to stop their child from having cows milk? Am I missing something here? Obviously I am by the last comment. My daughters are healthy, they drink plenty of milk and I will encourage them to do so for many years to come. Cow's milk is full of vitamin D which promotes healthy bones. And does it really matter whether it's in a cup or a bottle? As long as they're drinking it I don't see a problem

Lynette - posted on 05/19/2010

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My Daughter has just turned one and I have no plans atall to take her off her cows milk. She enjoys it and it's good for her, she needs it to grow, simple as that. In fact my 3 year old will still have warm milk at bedtime, what's wrong with that? There are so many rules out there, who knows what's right and wrong? It's not doing my 3 year old any harm.

Christina - posted on 05/19/2010

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my daughter is almost 1yr, shes off bottles almost shes down to 1 bottle a day, I buy smart sips they are the same as formula they got strawberry and vanilla, try that see if it works, it did for me and also try gerber juice

Amanda - posted on 05/19/2010

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its fine my lil girl is still on the battle as well but what im trying to do is get her on toa sippy cup fully with the milk its going to be a slow prosess but i beleave ull get it:)

Stefanie - posted on 05/19/2010

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Today is my baby girls birthday. We decided the 1st of this month she would be through wit formula and the bottle. We stuck to it and she wasn't even phased. Now she knows hat when we hand her a cup, there's something good in there and she likes it. No trouble at all. It's harder for us (the parents) than it is for them. Set a date and stick to it. They will understand and relate the cup to drink... good luck!

Dayna - posted on 05/19/2010

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my daughter turned 1 on the 6th and she's been off the bottle for about 2 months. She had formula from a sippy-cup until she turned 1; now, she's on cow's milk & drinks about 2 8oz. cups a day. She loves it...my suggestion is to slowly wean her off the bottle to a sippy-cup. She'll get the hang of it.

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2010

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to start my daughter on vitamin d milk, i would mix 3 ounces of formula with water, then add about 3-4 ounces of vit d milk. and then slowly shorten the formuls everytime, she seems to take to the cows milk, but there are times where she snubs her bottle. she also drinks apple juice diluted w/ water.
Have you started her on any finger foods?

Beckie - posted on 05/19/2010

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My daughter went from having 3 bottles a day to having milk in a cup 2 to 3 times a day. I was lucky she didn't rely on the bottle at night to go to sleep. Shes not a huge fan of milk now she can give or take it, she loves her food too much. She was off the bottle altogether by about 11months. Alot easier then i thought it was going to be.

Kristen - posted on 05/18/2010

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My son turned 1 on May 4th and I have been giving him just 2 bottles a day (morning and night) and the rest of the day he gets milk in a sippy cup cold (I figure if I don't start with warming it he will not want it that way). He sometimes drinks about 10 oz and other days maybe 4 oz. The doc said not to worry too much about how much milk he is drinking if he gets other dairy (like cheeses or yogurt - both of which my son LOVES). I figure I'm going to cut out the night bottle next week and then in a week or two cut out the morning bottle. I figure there is no big rush. My hope is to have him off the bottle by 14 months. We shall see!



If you are concerned about her food intake and that she is getting adequate nutrition, Similac makes a line of formula called Go & Grow. It is specifically for older babies. It says you can just give them an 8 oz sippy cup of that and it will help fill in any nutrients she may not be getting if she doesn't eat enough (or a good variety) of solids. Good luck!

Nakita - posted on 05/18/2010

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Our girl turned 1 on may 1st and she hasn't had a bottle since, She has only been having formula at her midday nap and the once a night she wakes for a while now so it was only a matter of her getting used to having the formula in a sippy cup instead of bottle, shes done very well considering I took her dummy away at the same time.

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My daughter is one year old and drinks from a sippy cup. We started her on that when she was 6 months old. I breastfed so i really didn't use bottles much at all. She has taken to the sippy cup very well and drinks her water juice and cows milk out of the cup. I mixed cows milk and breastmilk for in her cup in the beginning, that way it wasn't something totally new. Then i slowly cut out the breastmilk. Good luck to you!

Elsa - posted on 05/18/2010

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My son's almost one and he drinks from both.. he didn't like regular cows milk so I started giving him either Lactaid (Lactose free milk which is sweeter then regular milk) and he loved it.. he also enjoyed vanilla soy milk. I would just slowly wean.. some kids have bottles up to 2 years old so I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Sammie - posted on 05/17/2010

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its ok to pass a lil after one year. i have 2 boys and my youngest is turning one on the 20th of this month andhe is still on the bottle my oldest had a gag reflex too but he never ate baby food... you should have started your baby on baby food and when they get their teeth is when you start feeding them off the table but lil porchons. and make sure the table food is chopped up real good maybe try to put it in a food procesor to blind it and then after that go to the next step leave chunks of food in it next time until they get the habbit of chewing... thats what i dont with my kids...

Rebecca - posted on 05/17/2010

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My son is the same way. He just turned 1 on the 6th. He is slow to take the table foods and we do have him on regular milk but from his bottle. We were going to try to wean him, but have decided that until he has mastered the table foods we are going to let him continue with his bottle. He is in a better mood when he has had his bottle versus us trying to make him drink milk out of a sippy cup. He hate's the sippy cup for anything but water. Don't be in a rush. Each child is different.

Paris - posted on 05/17/2010

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ps> the sooner you do it the better!! the older they get the more stuck in their ways of the "bubba" they become and it will not be easy to get her off lol.

Paris - posted on 05/17/2010

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My son has been off bottles since he was 7 months old. He had a problem keeping the formula down so my husband and I decided to take him off formula. The doctor says to take them off bottles/binkys by 1 because it can cause buck teeth and other issues with their teeth. So in my opinion I think it's time at a year old to take the bottle away. As for calories just make sure that her meals are well rounded. My son gets every serving of fruits/veggies/grains/dairy that he needs in a day. I'll give u an example for breakfast sometimes I'll give him the eggo mini pancakes because their small and great finger food for him, fruit (whether jarred or actual fruit just cut up is your choice), and then a sippy of milk OR I'll give him oatmeal (not the baby oatmeal either, usually peaches n cream, or blueberrys n cream..something fruit n cream) some yogurt and a sippy of water....lunch is pretty easy too, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, a sandwhich, ravioli's no matter what i give him he gets his fruit and a veggie with it and always a sippy of milk. Around my house dinner is very fend for yourself so for him we buy him the gerber graduate meals they're very kid friendly all are very healthy and come with a serving of veggies so alls you have to do is throw a fruit in...Sorry if I'm dragging this on, just trying to give you some food for thought (haha).. Oh and the enfamil vitamin drops are great because they'll help insure that she's getting all the vitamins and what not she needs to be getting! =)

Heather - posted on 05/16/2010

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My son will be 1 in 12 days. At 11 months I started mixing formula and milk in his bottles. He's down to 2 bottles a day, one in the morning and one before bed. The other 2 he stopped on his own. So I give him formula/milk in a sippy cup at lunch and dinner and he usually drinks 6 oz between both of those meals, plus the 16 oz he has from his 2 bottles.

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Expert Answers
The BabyCenter Editorial Team
You can start weaning your baby off his bedtime bottle between the ages of 6 and 9 months. "Six months is when many babies stop needing that before-bed feeding. Certainly by 9 months it's not a necessity," says Bradley Bradford, a pediatrician in Delray Beach, Florida, and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Babies are good at self-regulating their feedings, so your baby may "tell" you when he's ready to drop that last bottle of the day by turning his head away or consistently not finishing it.

If your baby was premature, though, or has other health considerations such as digestive problems or failure to thrive, be sure to discuss his feeding schedule with his doctor before making any changes.

If the bedtime bottle seems harmless to you, consider that prolonging this habit can affect your baby's ability to learn to fall asleep on his own. The longer you offer the bedtime bottle, the more attached your baby will become to it, and he won't be able to fall asleep without it.

And once your baby has teeth, bedtime bottles of milk can also lead to tooth decay. Milk tends to pool in the mouths of sleeping babies, creating ample time for the natural sugars in the milk to attack your baby's teeth.

Eleanor - posted on 05/16/2010

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I wont be stopping the morning bottle until nearer 18 months and will still have my baby (12 months) on the evening bottle for as long as he wants it, (around 2) the rest of the time he gets a sippy cup for juice and water!! I am in no hurry to stop his bottles as he is the youngest of 3 and my last so I am in no hurray to loose that nice feeling of feeding the bottle!!!! It goes so fast!!

Misty - posted on 05/16/2010

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I feel fortunate that my daughter had no problem with going from the breast to the cup at almost 10 months with no pacies or bottles to wean from! We intro. table foods with breast at 5 months and she now feeds with fingers and her spoon. She will still allow me to feed her some foods that are pureed.

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my son about the same age and for breakfast i try different stuff like oatmeal & cereal with milk if your child doesnt like the cows milk you can try a different type of milk or give a few because its a change. Also with the sippy cup i try to let him use it whenever were having a meal but for bedtime he gets a night time bottles and sometimes with breakfast....its hard to shift them off of it when there so use to it.

Kristi - posted on 05/16/2010

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My little girl just turned 1 and she still has her bottle and probably will for awhile longer. It just depends on the kiddo!!! I think you should just use your best judgment!!! Best of luck!!!

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My son was a year old on 5/2. He gets two bottles a day. One in the AM and one before bed. When he was 11 1/2 months old I started weaning him from formula to cows milk. I did it gradually. I would mix the two 1/4 formula, 3/4 cows milk for a couple days and then gradually it became all cows milk. I do still warm it for him. He does not like it cold or in a cup. He drinks water from a sippy cup with straw all day.



My doctor says he needs to be off the bottle but I am afraid to do it for the same reason as you. He is not a good eater. I am going to start by removing the AM bottle. I am afraid he won't sleep through the night if he gets the night time bottle taken away.

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