My 17 month old will only drink milk from her bottle. I tried giving her the milk in a sippy cup so many times even tried to put milk in a glass with a straw but she just won't take it! Any advice?

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Iensauf - posted on 10/08/2009

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my son also was only drinking milk from his bottle and juice from a sippy cup, and we then got the spout for the avent bottle, you use it instead of the teet, it looked kind of funny to him in the beginning but it worked coz it was still his bottle but the teet changed and he took to it eventually.

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Josee - posted on 11/04/2009

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I didn't have that problem with mine...one day one of his nipples was torn so I showed him and said oh oh...broken put it in the garbage and made him say bye bye to the bottle. He only required the bottle at night time or naps to fall asleep though. So when came time for naps, I gave him a sippy cup with water and when he cried for the bottle I reminded him that it was broken. He cried for a while but after 2 nights, he went to sleep without it. Haven't had a problem since. He's been drinking out of a cup now. Some kids are more attached then others though.

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My son will only drink from a bottle at home. He will drink from a cup if I ask him to, but I'm not very worried about it because at school he drinks from a cup without a lid. I feel like he will give this up in his own time just like he did with his pacifier when he was 6 months old. Each child moves at their own pace... if your daughter wants a bottle, then I say give her what she wants! Good Luck!

Cassandra - posted on 11/02/2009

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BOTH OF MY KIDS WERE OFF THE BOTTLE BY THE TIME THEY WERE ONE. THEY HAVE CUPS OUT THERE CALL THREE IN ONE. THE CUP COMES WITH 3 DIFFERENT TOPS. ONE WITH A NIPPLE KINDA LIKE A BOTTLE , A SIPPY CUP THEN A STRAM TRY THAT. ALSO TRY GETTIN A CUP WITH HER FAVORITE CHARACTER ONE IT. ALSO KNOW THAT WHEN THEY ARE THRISTY ENOUGH THEY WILL DRINK OUT OF WHAT EVER YOU GIVE THEM. TRY WAITIN UNTILL SHE ID REALLY THIRSTY. ALSO SHE IS ONLY 17 MONTHS SHE MIGHT JUST NOT BE READY FOR IT. KIDS HAVE THERE OWN SCHEDULE JUS T DO WHAT BEST FOR YOUR BABY

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well i hope this helps my son was the same way that is until i found this cup from wal-mart,its a cup but has like a nipple top its super cheap!see the diffrence between this cup and others is that it has a soft spout!!give it a try they are only a dollar at wal-mart!

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OK...I'm coming out of the closet...I was beginning to think I am the only one with a child who will only drink milk out of a bottle. Thank goodness there are more of you! Switching to sippy cups was never the issue. She did that rather early and she welcomed the challenge of learning to drink from a straw. However, when I put milk in anything but her bottle...regardless of warm, cold, or flavoring, she would actually gag and act like I'd given her poison. I have no idea what happens when babies have this problem, but it's not something I'm imagining. At her first year check up, the pediatrician recommended putting her BACK on the bottle, which she took herself off of at 11 months. With the bottle she also gave up drinking milk and was not gaining enough weight. We started back with 4 milk bottles a day, morning, noon, snack and evening. Over time, we began to withdraw one bottle at a time. Yesterday, she turned 2 years old and she was still taking an evening bottle (make sure you brush their teeth after evening bottles). But, tonight, when it was time to get ready for bed, she said, "No bottle!" So, there you have it...nothing works, only in their own time. I am glad she had the extra year of milk, but after all that, she still gags when I trick her into taking a drink of milk, and on occassion has vomited, so we focus on other dairy products, which she loves! Go figure.

Kelli - posted on 10/21/2009

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With our son Dakota, We tried different sippy cups until we found the one he likes the most. Afterwards, we just stated giving him only the sippy cup and he didn't want the bottle any more. Also, each time he drinks from the sippy, we congratulated him constantly and told everyone. That way they could recognize him. Which served as a big confidence booster. Try that method, it might just work for your daughter Jennifer.

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2009

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the only way you are going to get her off the bottle is to just throw it away and tell her its gone she is a big girl now or you could tell her that there are other babies that need it now that she has grown up

Wendy - posted on 08/17/2009

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I got scolded when my son was 17 or 18 months old by the doctor because he was still using a bottle. I went through 2 days of hell transitioning him over and now he loves his sippy cup.
One thing that I did which I THINK helped was I took him to the store and let him pick from a few sippy cups that I approved which one would be his. I made a big deal about it. Told him that was his cup and let him carry it everywhere. Then I stopped giving him the bottle. Told him that he needed to start drinking from the sippy cup. He didn't like it at first, and for the first day he wouldn't take it. He would take a little sip if he got really thirsty and then just throw it. After 2 days he got the point that I wasn't going to give him his bottle back. I took all of the bottles out of the house so that he didn't see them. (He was climbing up on the kitchen table to reach the sink so that he could grab a dirty bottle and would try drinking from that, YUCK!) So I made sure there were none to be seen.
It was hard, and difficult but it was worth it, he drinks just fine from a sippy cup now.

Karen - posted on 08/17/2009

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If she'll drink milk flavored, I would try that, then try to wean off the chocolate.....My girl wouldn't even drink it flavored

Karen - posted on 08/17/2009

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My daughter wouldn't drink milk out of anything but a bottle either, and even then she was hardley drinking any.....we ended up just giving her calcium and vitamin D fortified orange juice in a cup instead. My pediatrician prefered that to the bottle. Some kids just don't like milk..... I know I didn't when I was a kid

Emma - posted on 08/17/2009

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What worked for us was going cold turkey. Bottle wasnt an option. She eventually learned to accept the new drinking methord and we have not looked back since.

Kristyn - posted on 08/15/2009

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I tried something today...I gave her chocolate milk in the sippy cup, and she drank that. So do u think if I gradually put less and less chocolate in here, she can drink it that way??

Michele - posted on 08/11/2009

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The other problem I found is that a lot of them have the "safety valves" and my daughter just could not get anything out of them. I tried them and some brands I couldn't even get a drink! So I basically broke the valves ormade the sippy part bigger with sissors (depending on the type of cup) it made a big mess, but really helped her get a drink. I think alot of it is frustration that the milk is not flowing easily like in the bottle

Michele - posted on 08/11/2009

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we had the same problem, what we ended up doing is buying the "sport advent bottles" that are the bottle with a sippy head instead of a nipple and introduced her to them. It took about a week until she accepted them and I was able to completely get rid of nipples. Now she will use any sippy cup and even straws. Good Luck!!

Kristyn - posted on 08/09/2009

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Ok, good...it's not just me! LOL Well when I took my 22-month-old daughter to her doctors appt back when she was 18-months and he basicaly told me the only way to get her to drink milk from cups s to throw all bottles away. That way she doesn't have options. I haven't had the heart to do it yet (maybe its that mommy in me that wants her to stay a baby), but i have given her cups a lot more than bottles. She wil dirink milk from cups if she is away from home, but we still have to work on it while shes home. I've gradually thrown bottles away so hopefully by two we will be at full-blown sippy cups

Megan - posted on 08/08/2009

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Throw the bottles away. I know it sounds harsh but if its not there they can't have it and within a week they will forget about it, thats what is grat about babies. My daughter did the same thing and they might fuss a while but keep giving them the sippy and they will eventually warm up to it.

Mary - posted on 08/07/2009

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I had the same problem. What I did was found a sippy cup that had a round top similar to a bottle and that worked fine for my daughter. Good luck!!

Debbie - posted on 07/27/2009

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I had to give some tough love and only offered milk in the sippy cup. I use the Avent and Nuby sippers. He cried at first, but I didn't give in and he eventually drank from the sippy cup. After a few days, he was fine with the sippy cups. I had his grandmother, who watches him, do the same thing. At night, I won't fill the cup all the way with milk, only about halfway. I just tell him there isn't anymore if he asks for more. But, he is stuck to the pacifier, so that's my next challenge!

Janice - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi..dont know if this will help but what I did with all three of mine was to slowly start replacing some of the milk with water in the bottle and offering a cup of plain milk at the same time, eventually he started hating the watery mix and went to the cup.

Casey - posted on 07/20/2009

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Have you tried any of the transitional "sippy cups" that have a flexible, clear silicone spout offset from the center (sort of halfway between a bottle and a sippy cup)? They have alll of the shape of a sippy cup for learning how to tip a cup to drink, but the material is squishy like the nipple of a bottle for familiarity. I believe Nuby is one of the companies that makes them... and they're very inexpensive, so if it doesn't work, you're not wasting much cash!

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Hello, I'm Rachel, I have a 21 month old little girl and she was the same way before she turned one is when I weaned her off the whole milk in the bottle, what I did was give her, her bottle w/ only water and if she really wanted her milk she would drink out of her sippy, nuk sippy cup w/ the soft lid. It's kinda forcing it upon them but it's better in the long run. Still today she drinks a whole lot of water, only in her sippy and juice in her straw cup, munchkin.

Annette - posted on 07/16/2009

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My grandson was just like this. I had to use a soft nipple sippy cup with him. He would not use a hard nipple one. I started giving him a hard sippy cup and finally got him on a regular sippy cup......it was quite a task.

Lisa - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son started around 17 18 months, a child is ready when he/she is ready to start. But I belive when they are around other children that are use a sippy cup they follow. That is how my son started. He is in daycare and that seems to help alot.

Danielle - posted on 07/07/2009

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Thanks and yes, pacifiers will ruin their alignment because its pushing against their teeth. If I was you I would just throw it out. I don't think pacifiers are a bad thing but if the bottle is already gone, then why have the pacifier sticking around, a pacifier is meant to soothe a baby, if he can go to sleep without having to have it in his mouth then just put it in the trash and forget about it.. Thats my opinion. Too many moms let their 3 and 4 year olds run around with pacifiers in their mouths and the children take them out to talk and put them back in. Its just an easy get away for MOST parents good luck!

Erin - posted on 07/07/2009

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he sleeps all through the night, he goes to bed AT 830 and doesn't get up until 830 or 900. he knows how to self soothe, he doesn't always need it but it's there if he does, all im saying is that it is not that big of a deal if he has it until he is two, did you talk to a dentist about this? i'm not trying to sound mean but alot of people on these chats don't know what they are talking about. alot of them just shoot of at the mouth with nothing to back it up with, you know? have a good day, and good luck with the new baby:))

Danielle - posted on 07/07/2009

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it is bad for the teeth, messes up the alignment, once the bottle is gone, the pacifer should be gone too.. The pacifer at nap time and bed time is helping him get to sleep and stay asleep so he isn't learning to self soothe, when he needs to fall asleep and when and if he does wake up in the night, all i can say is good luck when you take it away, my son never had one, he wouldn't take it, and I'm currently pregnant right now, have 5 weeks left, and if she takes a pacifer that is fine, but 6 months its going to be gone.

Erin - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Danielle:

a bottle at this age is a horrible idea, it is horrible for their teeth, be tough and put all the bottles nipples and pacifers away. they are almost two, too old of any of that stuff, put milk or water or juice in a sippy and give it to them, they will drink it when they are thirsty enough, you can't keep giving in. thats why they are being so stubborn cause they know you will eventually give in and give it back to them



my son still has a pacifer at naptimes and bedtime (he's 21 months), i don't think there is anything wrong with it. i will try to take it away at 2 years, no sooner.

Danielle - posted on 07/07/2009

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a bottle at this age is a horrible idea, it is horrible for their teeth, be tough and put all the bottles nipples and pacifers away. they are almost two, too old of any of that stuff, put milk or water or juice in a sippy and give it to them, they will drink it when they are thirsty enough, you can't keep giving in. thats why they are being so stubborn cause they know you will eventually give in and give it back to them

Erin - posted on 07/03/2009

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take all the bottles away and her there are no more bottles, give her a cup and walk away. she will eventually take it, she won't let herself die of thirst. best of luck!!

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diapers.com has the NUK learner cup ( I think Walmart might carry it too). It is the only reason my daughter will drink any milk at all. Check it out. Let me know if it works!

Melanie - posted on 06/30/2009

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Relax, they will let go when they are good and ready, trust me. Forsing it though will just make them insecure.

Jennifer - posted on 06/27/2009

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Maybe try making a "milkshake" in the cup so it tastes even better than what is in the bottle. We use just a spoonful of vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast. After she is good with the cup, start cutting back the amount of flavoring.

Natasha - posted on 06/26/2009

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Avent bottles have an attachment to change the bottle teat to a sippy cup, while keeping the bottle. you can akso get little handles and everything.

Melissa - posted on 06/19/2009

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Alot of us are in the same boat. My 19 month old won't drink out of anything other then a bottle for the most part. She drinks out of a sippy cup sometimes when she sees someone else drinking out of one. I also have a 6 month old and when she sees her drinking out of a bottle that's when the issue starts!! With my oldest I just only gave him sippy cups and completely took the bottles away. If they are really thirsty they will drink out of whatever is available to them.

Toni - posted on 06/17/2009

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there is a nuby bottle out there. that comes with 3 different nipples.. the reg bottle nipple. one not so normal bottle nipple. and then a sippy cup lit. they are all soft.. she using the playtex drop in bottles.. so even switching her to the nuby was a joy. it took her a day to get used to that one. and then we did the first nipple for a couple weeks.. switched it to the not so norm nipple. did that one a little longer. then the sippy cup one.. did that for a week or so. then switched out the bottle totally for just a sippy cup with the soft spout.. shes fine with taking the sippy cup now for her milk.. she had been using a sippy cup for water long before that.. its just milk HAD to be in a bottle.. i am soo glad it doesnt anymore.

Megan - posted on 06/11/2009

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I bought the Nuby three stage training cup. My daughter would NEVER drink anything out of a cup until she was about 15 months old. I bought that cup, used to bottle nipple with the cup for about 3 weeks and then just swapped the lid... She never noticed the difference! Shes been drinking out of a cup since then!!!

Danielle - posted on 06/09/2009

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Just don't let her have it, it sounds mean but if you guys keep giving into your children and letting them have that bottle they are never going to take the cup, it's rough but just don't give in.. These babies are too old to have bottles anyways, gonna mess up their teeth. at twelve months the bottle went buh bye, and my son never saw it again, nap time and bedtime was a little rough for a few days but he got over it and accepted the sippy cup, he got thirsty enough and took it, he figured out I wasn't going to give in. Good luck. (i know it sounds awful but its the only way to do it)

Shelly - posted on 06/03/2009

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What I did for my son was put only water in his bottle. And milk or juice or whatever else in his sippy cup. After a while he got tired of drinking water all the time. I had him off the bottle by 13 months, and that was his pacifier.

Ridhima - posted on 05/28/2009

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hey..................even iam facing thhe same prob and even i want to seek help.can anyone help me out...............plzzzzzzz.believe me i tried a lot for last eight months abot no luck so far.finally i gave up.

Joanne - posted on 05/18/2009

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My son came off the bottle at 10 months, we started introducing it to him a little at a time, holding it, seeing it. At 9 months, we took the top off and helped him bring it to his mouth to get the idea, with very little water in it. Once he realized something was in it, he was interested in it. By 10 months we took the bottle away completly and we had him go sippy cup from then on out. He did not give too much of a problem, once he realized there was no more bottle, he took the cup.

Sussie - posted on 04/27/2009

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I JUST got my son of the bottle in these past two weeks.. Mainly because he has had alot of ear infections and the whole laying back and drinking warm milk from a bottle was apparently hurting his ears... But I basically just bought a sippy cup with a soft tip (not hard).. And so far he has been using that cup for milk at night.. and he doesnt even lay back.. he will just sit up. Maybe you've already tried that... but this is what has helped my son so far. He hasnt drank from a bottle in over a week now... I will give him some more time and then transition him to a hard tip sippy cup...

Dawn - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hello. i just now got my son off the night time bottle of milk. i was such a struggle and many moms bashed me about it. what i did was start letting him pick a cup or bottle at night. about 3 nights into it. he picked the cup and we have been bottle free ever since. so just give it some time she will when she is ready! Hunter has been Ba free for about 2 months now :) and he is now 18 months old

Andrea - posted on 04/24/2009

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I bought EVERY type of sippy cup out there and my son STILL would not try it. He now drinks from a straw (unfortunately not the spill proof kind) but the only way I got him to learn that was to give him sips of chocolate milk from juice box type container. It only took a couple drops of chocolate milk before he realized he wanted more and began to use the straw. Now he drinks just fine from a straw (ie if he doesn't pull it out first). We do still give him a bottle just before bed though and I think that's more out of routine and concern about getting enough milk in a day. And... if he's a good boy, he gets chocolate milk as a special treat. Maybe give chocolate milk from a straw a try (or any other favorite beverage).

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My son was the same way. I switched to sippy cup for meals and only gave him a bottle before his nap and as part of his bedtime routine to help him relax and calm down. Then we eased off the bottle before his nap, but he still gets a bottle before bed. They're supposed to be off the bottle by age 2 because of pooling liquid causing tooth decay. There's no connection between bottle use and braces at an older age because that's a totally different set of teeth. I didn't start weening off the bottle until around 15 months. He doesn't wander with his bottle. I always confined him to his chair or the couch whenever he drank from it, so I wasn't in a big hurry. I'm hesitant to cut out the bedtime bottle just yet because I want to be sure that he's getting enough milk. He doesn't drink nearly as much as he did when he got bottles instead of sippy cups. Where he used to drink 4-6 ounces, he now stops cold at around 2 ounces.

Kristen - posted on 04/16/2009

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My daughter is the same way! She'll drink anything else out of a sippy cup no problem..But put milk in it and she makes the weirdest face..She'll drink it fine from a bottle tho

MELANIE - posted on 04/05/2009

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TRY WARM MILK IN THE CUP THAT MIGHT HELP AND YOU TRANSITION IT TO COLD MILK ONCE THEY HAVE THE CUP WITH MILK DOWN PAT :-)

MELANIE - posted on 04/05/2009

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EVEN IF IT IS WARM?? MAYBE THAT IS WHAT IT IS. IT HAS TO BE WARM, THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH MY SON IT HAS TO BE WARM OR HE DOESN'T WANT IT.

Kelli - posted on 04/05/2009

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Have you tired the Nuby brand...Walmart sales them for around a dollar to 1.99. The spout is pliable and they can bite it to get the milk started and then suck on it to get the milk. It helped my 17 month old.

Dana - posted on 04/04/2009

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Just thought of something else. My neice had an even harder time, so my sister in law bought a sippy cup that had transitional lids on it. It had a nipple like a bottle and then you can change that to put on a soft sippy cup nipple and then when they get used to that, you can change that to the hard sippy cup lid. I think Evenflo makes it, but I'm not sure.

Dana - posted on 04/04/2009

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My daughter was the same way, but daycare forced it out of her. They wanted her off the bottle at 12 months so she could move to the toddler room. Her bottle was her securtiy blanket though and she would refuse to drink out of a cup. I know this is going to sound awful, but I refused to give in with my daughter. I gave her a cup and told her that's what she gets. It only took her being stubborn about two days when she gave in. When they get thirsty enough, they will give in. Now, I did keep her on the bottle at bedtime ONLY until she was 14 months old. That gave her two extra months to have a bottle at bedtime. By then, she had a cup at every meal though so she was used to it and it didn't take but one night to transition to a sippy cup at bedtime. Breaking the bedtime sippy cup is going to be tough... :( I haven't gotten there yet. Good luck! I know the crying drives us batty, but it won't be long before they give in. Just remember...you are tough and you can do it! If your child is in daycare, ask them to help.

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