At what age did you introduce sippy bottles etc

Darlene - posted on 09/05/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I've been reading here and notice some of the children are still on bottles at 20 months (baby bottles that is), I introduce my son to a sippy cup at 6 months while I was still breastfeeding and by 7 months(went on to formula, milk dried up) was drinking from a sippy cup, I also had stop night feeds too and since than sleeps 12hrs right through night, he can drink from a thin straw and also from those pop up top drinks which comes in handy when out. Our new challenge will be to drink from a cup. Also because Noah was breastfeed the first 7 months of his life is it normal for a bf baby not to want a dummy, I tried 3 times after that gave up. Please tell me your feedback.

I have 2 great nieces( yep I was a great aunt before my son was born, I have a sister who's 15 years older) who r 2 and 3 and my niece still gives them a bottle for bed at wake up during the night

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Avril - posted on 09/22/2010

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all my 6 kids started on a sippy cup at 4mnths and i beastfeed em all by the time they were 9mnths they were of the bottle my youngest is only 10mnths and he like his bed time milk in a sippy cup as he can sit on the floor and watch tv while he drinks its plus he use to av to lay on the floor to get the last 2 oz out of the bottle coz he cudnt c tv while drink coz he had to lift his head rite bk its better for there teeth if u can get em on a sippy cup befor they r 1yr

Mallory - posted on 09/19/2010

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My pediatrician told me that around 7 or 8 months to introduce the sippy cup to my daughter, so I did. Since then she wanted NOTHING to do with the bottle. We even had to put her formula in sippy cup until she was one and we weaned to milk. However, she did have a binky and we were not able to break her of that until around 21 months or so. She still drinks from a sippy cup or a cup with a straw. She is only allowed regular cups during mealtimes because she likes to walk around the house with her sippy cup and tends to spill from a reg cup.

Ingy - posted on 09/19/2010

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my daughter (22 mnths) drinks frm sippy cups n even normal cups. Except for her milk, She wouldn't take it except in her bottle. No way!! I think she'll get over it gradually. I'm not in a rush :)

Elizabeth - posted on 09/18/2010

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My daughter has been drinking from a cup/straw and sippy cup with straw since 10 months. She went off of bottles cold turkey at 20 months. She sleeps so much better, although she has definitely taken to a pacifier more than just for naps.

Jocelyn - posted on 09/17/2010

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my daughter is 22 months old now. She started drinking from a sippy cup at 6 months. She still uses them to go out especially and come in handy to leave them around and just graps it when she's thirsty. But she started drinking from a big girl cup at 16 months. She was watching us eating and drinking from the glass so she wanted to do like us. Also she wanted to be like her cousins who are 4 and 8 !!! Guess the trick is to show them other children drinking from the cup!

Danica - posted on 09/17/2010

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I BF until 19 month. I started my son on a sippy cup from 6 month, by 12 month he could drink from a cup and staw. I never gave him a bottle. even though he can drink from a cup, i still perfer him to drink from a sippy cup, to reduce the spills, he has a habit of tipping his drinks out when I don't look.



No need for dummy (never like them) or for cup/bottle in bed :) since i never got him into that habit.

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010

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my 22 month old son WILL NOT drink m,ilk from anything but a bottle no matter what type of cup it's it. i honestly think i have every cup ever made and i can't find one he likes for milk. now juice he will drink out of anything.

Angela - posted on 09/16/2010

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I could not BF my oldest she was too premature and I BF my youngest until age 9 months.

I took the peds advice with my oldest and took her bottles away by age one and sippy cup starting at age 6 months. She wanted her bottle but I did not give in. She started to suck her thumb and I could not take a thumb away. I feel it was too early for her to be forced from a bottle and thus why the thumb, It took years to get her off the thumb.

So with my now 22 month old I introduced a cup around age 6 months, not a sippy cup or if it was a sippy I took the spill proof plug out of it so she could learn to really drink not suck from a cup. She used a cup at every meal but was allowed a bottle anytime she wanted and only had water in a bottle at night time to prevent any tooth decay.

She can now drink from a cup, no straw, just normal cup and does not need a sippy cup. She is allowed a bottle anytime she wants again but over the past months she likes to be a BIG girl and drink from a cup but still likes her bottle at night with water and naps and if she is feeling blue, sick etc. I don't force the issue.

I have never seen a 5 year old with a bottle so why worry but I have seen plenty of thumb suckers well into later years.

Jeanine - posted on 09/15/2010

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My DD never took a bottle. I nursed her until 18 months and she drank water, then juice and eventually milk from a sippy cup since about 5 months. By 1 year she could drink from a cup but unless I am right there beside her, I usually use the sippy just so I don't have as many messes to clean up. LOL She is fine with either. She has used a pacifier since about 3 months and still loves it. I try during the day to keep it away from her unless she is really tired. Am going to try soon to just leave it in the crib. I promise it will be gone altogether by 3! LOL It's getting easier and easier to remove it...just going with the flow. My first never took a paci, so it wasn't an issue. I think we will have more luck once she starts REALLY talking...she's communicating and just starting to talk (Ped not concerned) but once communication is totally there...

Kasey - posted on 09/15/2010

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My daughter was super easy with the cup... i started giving her one around 4 months because she could already hold it herself... I would only give it to her twice a day and she still had all of her formula from a bottle... she only took water, apple juice (half water) or Karo syrup and water (doctor recommended for constipation) out of the cup... and by 6 months she only had a bottle when she woke up in the morning because she was relaxed and wanted a slower flow... but the rest of the day she used a cup... and by 7 months the bottle was completely gone... she has never missed it... now I have a 4 month old and my oldest is eager to help feed her little sister and never once has she tried to drink her bottle... its great...

Cherie - posted on 09/15/2010

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we started a sippy cup around 6-7 months, but my daughter still gets a bottle of milk in the morning and at night before bed...she sleeps all night, it's just part of our routine...the dr suggested we start weening her off of the bottle, however, she will NOT drink from any cup other then the kind w/the straw...& she drinks her milk warm...it's just easier out of a bottle...

Stephanie - posted on 09/15/2010

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my son was off his bottle at 6 or 7 months cuz he would chew the nipples off or pull them out with his teeth

Jai - posted on 09/15/2010

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My Daughter began using a sippy cup at age one. It was quite a struggle because I waited so late to give it to her

Tine - posted on 09/15/2010

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I'm still breastfeeding my daughter at 22months, and she never wanted a dummy, or anything other than boob! She's been drinking water (mainly) and juice froma straw or from just a normal cup since about 9 months. Its normal for babies to havea strong sucking urge for the first 3 or so years of life,as they would naturally be breastfeeding for about that long. Non breastfed babies usually need something else tosuck, andif you take away one thing (bottle, for eg,) they will suck something else - dummy, thumb, whatever they can.
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Deanna - posted on 09/14/2010

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I breastfed for 19 months. She got a bottle (when she did get a bottle) until 13 months while I was trying to ween her off nighttime feedings. Shes been using a sippy cup for water since 6 months old and still uses them when we are out and about. At home she uses an open cup and does wonderfully with it. As for a soother she was off it by 10 months. Babies/Toddlers no longer need to suck past a year, using one any later then a year is just a habit. I would stop using it asap especially since it is bad for their teeth. She'll be 2 November 2

Kelly - posted on 09/14/2010

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I did my son at 6 months, he drank form anycup, i use amadaeus cups that don't have a teat or anything, so to encourage drinking anywhere on the cup, and he at 22 months can drink out of a mormal cup really well,he bit too independant, and has dummy at sleep time only. I think father christmas taking them for pressies lol

Amorette - posted on 09/13/2010

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I breastfed and bottles the first five months. He's been using sippy cups since about 7 months and he uses a regular cup on and off. His only issues is he likes to walk around with the cup and then he spills it. I can't seem to get him to just sit and drink and that is when I give him sippy cups. Other than that he drinks really well now with a regular cup.

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my twin girls were on bottles for a LONG time. I can't even tell you when we switched to sippies. I know that I tried when they were a year old, but they didn't want anything to do with it. They have been on sippies for snack time and meal time for a couple of months now - but had a bottle before bedtime up until this past August and now they are on sippies before bed. I find nothing wrong with giving a bottle before bedtime - you should be brushing their teeth before they go to bed anyways. It is the bottle that you give them to take to bed with them that they are not suppose to be having. I have never given my girls any food or drink in their cribs.

As for a pacifier - one never wanted one from the time she was born and the other one at about 4 months just stopped taking it. My sister got my niece off a pacifier by telling her that in such and such a day (name an amount of days that she is going to understand) the paci's are going bye-bye and when that day came she took a scissors and cut the nipple off where it joins to the plastic. Another of my friends said that the pacifier (or whatever you happen to use in your house) fairey had come and taken all the pacifiers away...because they are big girls and boys now.

Good Luck!

Amanda - posted on 09/13/2010

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My son was Breastfed until 21 months and had a sippy cup at 5 months, he was never really interested in the soother too much so got rid of it by 8 months old. He can drink from a cup now BUT only when sitting haven't had the time (single full time working mom) to tackle that one yet! I guess it's all about you and baby and what's right for you, and what works. They are little sponges though and will learn what you do...monkey see ....monkey do!

Melissa - posted on 09/12/2010

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my little guy was off the bottle at 6 months and we went right to a sippy cup then . he's been drinking out of a cup since he was 12months. they usually decide themselves when they are ready. maybe just try with a small amount in a plastic cup and see how that goes

Smita - posted on 09/12/2010

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My son who is 22 months uses a bottles at night, my dentist, his paed. all are worried and have asked me to stop his bottle right away. He has no issues using a glass, knows really well how to manage a proper glass too but wants his milk only from a bottle. I am trying to get him off this habit. Any suggestion would really help me :)

Marianne - posted on 09/12/2010

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My son started a sippy at 6 months. Completely off the bottle by 12 months. He could drink from a straw at 13 months and a regular cup by 15 months with spills. But by about 18 or 19 months he can drink from a regular cup just fine unless its too full then he will dribble a bit :) we do still give him sippy cups on the go like in the car and stroller and anytime he wants to run around with his drinks. He never really took a pacifier we just always put him down with his blanket. He has been sleeping through the night that way since about 4 or 5 months.

Tracy - posted on 09/12/2010

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Our daughter started a sippy cup at 6 months. We stopped her bottles at 1 year.

Tash - posted on 09/11/2010

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My daughter went onto a sippy cup at 8months straight away, then just slowly faded out the bottles. And soon as she started teething which was around the same time she didn't want her dummy, but about 7 months later she's had the dummy back, nightmare trying to get rid of it now! Also sometimes when I have a drink she's always wanting to sip from my cup, been doing it for ages now but drops it all down her top when she's on her own, manages fine sipping milk from her breakfast bowl, don't know who she gets that from :)

Bridget - posted on 09/11/2010

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We decided t take the bottle and paci at one year and my daughter didn't mind the change. She now drinks from a regular cup but still uses a sippy cup at daycare.

Natalie - posted on 09/09/2010

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My child was on a sippy cup by 5 months I tried breastfeeding but did not make milk so she was on a bottle from 2 months to 5 months. The transition was smooth for her but I have friends who have 2 year olds still on a bottle. I worry about the effects it has on there teeth but I try not to judge because things were easy with my daughter she has always wanted to advance and has not held on to anything but her "BANKY"lol no matter what I do to get her to leave it she must have it. LOL but some parents would rather just let there kids do things that may not be the best because they do not want to deal with the tantrums. No excuse but the truth. In reality you just have to worry about the things you do for your child because every parent is differnt. But I think children should be on a sippy after their 1st birthday. Like my child almost 2 rarely uses a sippy cup at all unless we are in the car she uses a big girl cup. I think kids want to advance but dont know how and if their parents never MAKE them they are just content.

Marcy - posted on 09/08/2010

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When my daughter was a baby, we were on WIC. We had to go to monthly classes and such, and they had me start giving her a sippy cup at like 11 mos! They said to get them used to a sippy cup and not give them a bottle in bed because it could lead to bottle rot on their teeth. It took a little while, but she she never really had a problem with it.

Sarah - posted on 09/07/2010

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I breast fed for 14 months. We introduced sippy cup at around 6 months too and by 14 months she never used a bottle.
My son was breastfed for 14 months as well and he sorta took a binky for a few months but at 6-8 months i put one in his mouth and he spit it out and never took it again.

Now my daughter on the other hand is still on her binky.

Cathy - posted on 09/07/2010

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My daughter hasn't had a bottle since she turned one. She was drinking from a sippy cup starting at 10 months and from a cup with a straw at 15 months. Next up is an actual cup. My daughter is a thumb sucker so never took a pacifier.

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