Have you started to wean from the bottle

Seana - posted on 12/28/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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My daughter only gets a bottle before bed.. but I was wondering when I should take it away all together...?

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Jen - posted on 12/31/2009

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Teri-
The June or July issue of Parent's Magazine had a very helpful article on how to get your child off the bottle. It may be very helpful for you. I know a mom whose son was 15 or 16 months, and was still on the bottle. A month or two later, after she read the article, he was completely off the bottle. It's worth a shot. Good Luck!

Seana - posted on 12/30/2009

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Well l decided it was time.. so I started only giving her water in her bottle and milk in her sippy. She lost interest in her bottle VERY quickly. She just went 24 hours with no bottle! YaY! She didn't even act like she missed it! Thanks for all of your help!

Liz - posted on 12/28/2009

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i couldnt tell ya when to take it away but we took my daughters bottle away when she turned a year old. she was still waking up once a night and on top of that was teething and had a fever and diaper rash. i decided to keep giving her that one bottle thru the night and thats it. right now that works for us and we are still awake @ midnight when she wakes up. eventually i will take that away but we are taking baby steps. i felt bad taking everything away from her on top of her having the fever, teething, and rash even tho my original plan was to take it away completely. i think its great that your daughter only has one @ night....its a good start.

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Clara - posted on 01/18/2010

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I agree, I always say, my little one is not a designer baby ! I follow my instincts and her re-action to things !

Clara - posted on 01/18/2010

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I agree, they grow up so quickly, why do people want their babies to grow up so quick ?? Everything in our society is according to some book etc ??

Jessica - posted on 01/15/2010

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I started alternating the bottle and sippy cup when my daughter was 10 months. It just worked well for us. I would use the sippy cup for juice and water and i used the bottle for formula. She never used a pacifier she absolutely would not take one for some reason! She kind of took her self off the bottle, she just started to not want it any more when i would give it to her. So by 11 months she was totally off the bottle and on to the sippy cup. So you kinda just do what works for you and your baby. Your the only one who knows whats best for your child.

Becky - posted on 01/06/2010

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I didn't have to take the bottle away from my son. He just decided that he was done with it shortly before his first birthday. He'd freak out if I tried to give it to him, so I just stopped. He'd been using a sippy cup since he was five months old anyway. Nick's just a little strange when it comes to things like that anyway...he likes to wean himself from everything (pacifier at 3 months, breastfeeding at 5.5 months, etc).

Louise - posted on 01/05/2010

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My little girl is 14 months. I have tried giving her milk out of a beaker but she wants nothing too do with it. She has 1 1st thing while i am making her breakfast and also one before bed. I am going to give it her for quite a while yet because it comforts her and dont disrupt our daily routine at all.

Kelsie - posted on 01/04/2010

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I only give my daughter a bottle when she's going down for a nap or bedtime... I haven't thought about taking it away yet... With her pacifier she just forgot about it one day and never wanted it back, so hopefully she will do it with her bottle... I think the best thing is to look at it in a different way... Is it bothering you that she's having it before bed? If so take it away, a week will go by and she'll forget about it.... It's not bothering me any, so i let her have it... She's not that kind of baby that has to have it 24/7... But what does it mean to you? I only put about 3 or 4 ounces in the bottle and put her in her crib and she falls right asleep.... If you really wanna get rid of the bottle, maybe you can try giving her smaller doses, give her and ounce or two less every week or so and get her used to having nothing... Just go with your instincts...

Rachel - posted on 01/03/2010

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well i'm guilty of trying to keep my baby a baby... :)
i still semi feed him, he still has bottles - he has cups and sippa bottles as well - but i'm in no hurry to get him off the bottle simply cause i don't want him to grow up :( i know he will and there's nothing i can do to stop him, and he's advanced in a whole lot of other ways that i can't stop - walking around 10 months, already starting to talk etc - knows numbers and the letters of his name. he'll come off the bottle when he's ready - or when i think he's ready. i don't see the harm in him having his bottle. he drinks a variety of liquids - the formula, some cows milk, some juice and water. so i'm happy with the status quo for now. it might change later.

Sharon - posted on 01/03/2010

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My daughter who will be 14 months on the 8th only gets a 4 oz bottle at her midday nap and bed time. The rest of the day she only takes her sippy cup. I'm going to be taking away the midday nap bottle this week and after she starts doing good with only getting a nighttime bottle ( could be about a month) then I'll be taking that away. I suggest that you take the clues from your son on when is the right time. My daughter let me know it was time to start taking the bottle away when she started dumping the milk on the floor instead of drinking from the bottle. Now she is throwing the bottle out of her bed at nap time so it's time to take the nap bottle away. Your son will give you clues as to when he is ready. Don't rush it for if you try to soon then you could deprive him of the nutreants he gets from the milk that he only drinks in his bottle. I know when I tryed to wean my lo to early she refused to drink milk or anything from her cup and started losing weight even though she was eating solids. Her doctor said it was because she still needed the milk and I needed to give her back the bottle and try again later which I did and within a month of her getting the bottle back she let me know she was ready for only the nap bottle and night bottle.

Fiona - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son is 14 months and still on his morning and night bottles, he also has one in the middle of the day for a sleep too. I was pressured to stop my daughters 'wake up' bottle when she was 2 (over 12 months ago now). It was actually a very easy transition, we gave her a couple of weeks warning (santa was going to take the bottle and leave her presents instead - easy) BUT in hindsight I regret doing it, I realise she had to stop sometime but she now refuses to drink milk, and as someone said earlier, it's not as if she was going to go to school with it.

Anisa - posted on 01/02/2010

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it's really up 2 u but they say we can start giving them a sippy at 6 moths so the sooner u start the better so at about 10 months old he didn't want the bottle any more doc also said at about 14 months 2 try a whole cup 2 protect the teeth

Kristi - posted on 01/02/2010

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Quoting Bexnjames:

I have to say I agree! Society is in such a hurry for children to grow up! Let face it-you never see 5 year olds at the school gate in nappies a dummy and wanting a bottle; all families are individual and all children grow up differently and at their own pace. My 3 year old still has a warm cup of milk at night and my 13 month old still has three bottles a day, he was breastfed till he was one and we weaned him onto a bottle for comfort, he doesn't use a dummy and it gives us some time together before bed which is just us. "they" are always saying wat to do and when but it is really important to remember that they are only guidelines and in fact over the years are changing all the time as new ideas become popular or in vogue. As parents we all need to be trusting our instincts about what is right for our children, reading information and taking the bits that we find fit our situation. Good luck, whatever you do will be right for you and your baby!


Thank goodness there are other's like my husband and I out there. While I help my son develop by tons of interaction and love, I also don't want to rush him into growing up!!! We get them only for so long!

J - posted on 01/02/2010

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I would alternate between sippy cup and bottle giving him the sippy cup more often than bottle I notice my son who is going to be 14 months old while he holds and drinks from sippy cup with no problem will still want a bottle especially at night. I still want to wean him off the bottle but know this isn't going to be no easy task.

Bexnjames - posted on 01/01/2010

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I have to say I agree! Society is in such a hurry for children to grow up! Let face it-you never see 5 year olds at the school gate in nappies a dummy and wanting a bottle; all families are individual and all children grow up differently and at their own pace. My 3 year old still has a warm cup of milk at night and my 13 month old still has three bottles a day, he was breastfed till he was one and we weaned him onto a bottle for comfort, he doesn't use a dummy and it gives us some time together before bed which is just us. "they" are always saying wat to do and when but it is really important to remember that they are only guidelines and in fact over the years are changing all the time as new ideas become popular or in vogue. As parents we all need to be trusting our instincts about what is right for our children, reading information and taking the bits that we find fit our situation. Good luck, whatever you do will be right for you and your baby!

Kristi - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Kathy:

24 months!


Hi Kathy,



 



Just noticed your two posts saying 2 years old :)  I am not in any rush to get my son off his two bottles per day, although he is starting to only drink about 1/2 his morning bottle now, but LOVES his nighttime bottle.



I am going to do some research on teeth and a bottle, because I have been thinking about it, and I don't really get how a bottle could hurt teeth.



 



I think our society is too quick to make our babies grow up - that will happen soon enough. I think we take things away too quickly!

Amanda - posted on 01/01/2010

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I tried to get my little girl onto a sippy cup but she wouldnt have a bar of it and went straight onto a straw cup. She's 13 months now and only has a milk bottle befor she goes to bed but i think thats more because her dad has troubles with her not being on the bottle, he's having problems with her growing up. I give her a cup of milk and shes happy with that. They get used to changes easier than we adults do so just do it when your comfortable they wont even know they are missing it after a week.

Jaime - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son has been bottle free since about 5 months.... we gradually started him on the Nuk soft sippy cups and the trans was quite smooth because the top is soft like a bottle. We trans him to the hard sippy cups just before his first birthday and that was a bit tougher but he got it :) Good luck!!

Jaime - posted on 12/31/2009

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My twins are 13 months old and are off the bottle entirely. At one year they were still taking a morning and night bottle, but within five weeks, I had them weaned off. My feeling is if they are proficient with using a sippy cup, there is no reason to keep them on a bottle. My twins took a little longer to get used to the sippy cup than my daughter did, so they had an extra month of the bottle. It was kind of a natural progression...the boys realized quickly that they could get milk out of the sippy cup without working as hard as they would have to for a bottle. They stopped drinking from the night bottle on their own. It's easier in the long run to get them off sooner rather than later, but it's different for every child of course! I would recommend offering a sippy cup whenever you would give a bottle...it worked well for us. Good luck!

Jen - posted on 12/31/2009

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Doctors say yes! I am still trying to ween my lil monster off of hers. She only has one at night before bed. So far it is only when she isn't feeling well (teething or cold). Just keep on it. You don't want them to hate sleeping! Mine actually SOMETIMES prefers her "strawed" sippy cup!
Good luck!

Jen - posted on 12/31/2009

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BTW- Especially if your child has teeth, it's really important for them to graduate to sippy cups, straws, or regular cups. Any dentist could tell you the adverse effects of a bottle, and or giving a child a bottle in bed all night.

Teri - posted on 12/31/2009

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I'm so jealous after reading many of these posts! My 13 month old absolutely refuses to drink anything but milk and refuses everything that isn't a bottle! I guess I could be firm and take away bottles all at once but that didn't work the first time. =(

Jen - posted on 12/31/2009

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We actually stopped my son (13.5mo) from having a bottle at night because he was waking up in the middle of the night soaking wet! He gets a sippy cup with every meal, but I still give him a bottle in the morning before breakfast, so I know he is getting a full serving of milk.

Emily - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son just turned 13 months and I have been gradually taking it away for a couple of weeks. He is now off of it completely and doing great.

Mickey - posted on 12/30/2009

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My daughter was on a NUK sippy cup completly by the time she was 7 months old. I gave her that in place of her bottle. She almost preffered it. I also used the sports sippy cups and now at 13 months she is fully are the hard topped tippy's. We had no problems with this transition but I introduced the sippy cups gradually starting at like 5 1/2 months. My pediatrican recommended me to do this just because at that age it makes the transition a little eaiser. On the hard top tippy's it took us two days for her to finally give in but they dont leak like the soft top ones do. However the Nuk is a great tippy and that is the only one that never leaked!!! Good luck with your baby on the next adventure in her life.

VICKI - posted on 12/30/2009

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i took mine away all together and put on a tomie tipee cup with silicone teet left my son on bottle til 2 and it was very hard to take it away so the earlier the better i think

Annie - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son will soon be 14 months and he still takes a bottle before his nap and one before bed during the week while at school. Although weekends he will occasionally just take the bottle before bed because e drinks enough of juice.milk from the sippy during the days

Brittany - posted on 12/30/2009

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Once I found out that my daughter can drink perfectly through a straw we stopped her bottle cold turkey. It was hard for her for awhile because I babysit my nephew's one who is only 5 months old. She use to try and steal his bottles off the coffee table when I was done feeding him. Now she gives him the bottle. She's use to it and she knows that big girls drink from sippy cups not bottles.

Mel - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son is 13 mths and he has the bottle morning (when he wakes) and night (before bed), his bottles are half formula and half cows milk. Will start weaning him off over the next couple of months. Not sure if its the right thing to do or not.

Kathy - posted on 12/29/2009

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It depends on the child. My daughter is 13 months and is off the bottle entirely!

Kristin - posted on 12/29/2009

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I say the earlier the better, when they're too young to fight you on it, and not wise enough to know that there may be bottles lying around the house. I was worried about weaning my 12 month old daughter, but just replaced each bottle feeding one at a time with a sippy of milk or water, and in a few days, the bottle was gone. She would get a little fussy, but I just gave her the sippy of milk and would add extra cuddling time. It's best for her teeth, and will be easier on you both in the long run. Think of taking a bottle away from a 13 month old, or from a 2 year old--which would you rather do? :)

Belinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son has milk from a sippy cup day and night. He has not used a bottle for nearly 3 weeks now which I am happy about. His older brother was 3 when we finally got him of the bottle. My 13 month old had stopped night feeds when he was 5 months old but then he got sick a couple of months ago and has started them again, he has one sippy cup that he drinks throughout the night, he is currently teething so i am hoping i can get rid of the night drink soon.

Laura - posted on 12/29/2009

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my son has a night bottle and a morning bottle. and if he not give in wen tired has one then. It's up to you doctors only recommend to wean off the bottle, its also better for the teeth but take it away when you feel ready. my brother loved his night bottle and was still on one til he was 2.
do what you feel is right :)

Chandra - posted on 12/29/2009

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OH - also, for about a week that nighttime bottle was more & more watered down & he didn't like it much at the end & wouldn't take it without complaining...that helped with the transition too!

Chandra - posted on 12/29/2009

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My little guy is 13mos. Doc said to get rid of the bottle at his year checkup. So we got rid of his daily ones in one week, got rid of his morning one, then finally got rid of his bedtime one last week. We replaced the nighttime bottle with a passy and this musical "thingy" that projects light images onto the ceiling with music. Has worked great!!

Jayme - posted on 12/29/2009

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My daughter is 13 months and she still takes one in the morning sometimes before nap and before bed. Then shes still waking up in the middle of the night wanting one. I just started to try to wean her off it. She took her nap good today without it. But I tried to give her milk in her sippy cup and lunch and she didn't want nothing to do with it. She drinks water out of it and juice but wants the milk in a bottle. So were trying but taking it slow I'm not real worried about it. She doesn't take a passi so this is her comfort

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Hi, my Son is 13 months and I still give one bottle in the morning and one before bed. Through the day he has water in a Nuby Bottle with a straw or sometimes drinks from a cup. I am going to keep going with his milk bottles for a while yet.

Amanda - posted on 12/29/2009

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I was advised to try weaning at 12 months. I gave up all bottles cold turkey, and it worked for my daughter. It may not work for your little one, though. Give taking the night feed away a go, and if that doesn't work, try offering the feed from a sippy cup instead of a bottle, then try taking away the night feed again. Remember that you can get all the advice you want, but only you know what will work for you and your little girl.
Good luck!

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