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?
Dana - posted on 04/04/2009
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.
Elena - posted on 03/31/2009
My daughter does the same thing. I keep offering her milk out of a sippy cup but she just won't drink it. We only give her a bottle of milk before bed (brush her teeth after). I've been told not to worry, as long as she is eating other forms of dairy ie cheese, yogart etc. The bottle before bed is just routine. We see the doctor tomorrow for her 18 month check-up. I'll see if she has any advice.
Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2009
i went and bought the born free sippy cup and she wouldn't take the milk in it at all so then i bought the nipple that went with it and she still won't take it. I'm thinking maybe if i bought something that looks similar to her bottle but is really a sippy cup. I don't know i'm just going insane! I honestly thought i was the only one having this problem. I don't think it does any harm to them. Although when i was watching the doctors on tv the other day the pediatrician said that kids who drink from a bottle after 12 months might end up getting braces and that just freaked me out!
Sue - posted on 03/31/2009
My little girls still has a bottle, but only at home. I don't mind as I do not think it does them any harm to have milk or water in a bottle. Although, she loves drinking out of a normal cup, I started by putting a tiny amount in until she got used to it and now she sits at the table and has a cup of milk like her big sisters.
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