gettin 16 month old off a bottle..

Ta'Quisha - posted on 02/26/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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im tryin to get my 16 month old off a bottle, i have tons of sippy cups and he willnot drink out of them. i bought him the sippy cup that has the nipple on there kinda similar to the bottle, but its lik he knows the difference between them. his doctor has told me ways to get him off, but its not working. so what should i do?

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Rhonda - posted on 02/28/2010

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I'm going through a similiar problem but it is worse when he wakes up at night and is wanting his bottle. However during the day my son will drink from a sippy cup as well. If you do come up with some good responses let me know

Angela - posted on 02/28/2010

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My son's pediatrician also insisted on weening my son off a bottle by 15 months. He's 18 months now and he still uses a bottle. I tried several types of sippy cups and I had trouble sucking any liquid out of them so I gave up. I just don't think it's such a huge deal. I've read quite a few articles and it seems the only reasons for weening are to prevent tooth decay and to avoid social issues if he uses a bottle too long. I've never allowed my son to go to bed or to walk around with a bottle. His dentist also said his teeth look wonderful. As for social reasons, at 18 months I hardly think that's an issue. He enjoys drinking out of a cup as long as I hold on to it for him, so I really think he'll go off the bottle when he's ready.

Mandi - posted on 02/28/2010

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Did you try the Dr. Brown sippy? My son will drink out of the sippy cup all day now but still wants a bottle first thing in the morning and before bed. I'm taking another bottle away this week. Hopefully he will be done with them in the next couple wks. I think he'll be ready by then!

Anna - posted on 02/28/2010

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try starting with the ones that have the stage nipple. its more expensive but for the die hard bottle baby thats what id try... my daughter didnt really want the bottle any more by the time she was a year old so at 12mos we introduced the sippy (the nuby ones) and then once she finished off her formula there was no more issue really except at night for the first week. but she had a pacifier so yeah...

Melissa - posted on 02/28/2010

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A friend told me to only offer sippy cups, and eventually they will get thirsty enough and use it, and she was right. It took a day or two where he didn't drink much, but he finally just started using it and it was an easier transition than I thought.

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Denise - posted on 04/03/2010

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I was trippin on this bottle thing and then I read a some posts from Baby center.com and I stopped tripping. My son is 17 months and is changing so much every day! He is not going to be a baby for much longer. If he is comforted by his bottle, allow him to be comforted by his bottle. I have an array of sippy cups that he does not like as much as the bottle. So be it. I will let him drink as long as this last baby bottle can stand it. Once it is done, it will be gone and I will not buy any new baby bottles. So, I will let him enjoy

Yashica - posted on 03/26/2010

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my son is 17 months as of march 22 i put him on a sippy cup i was scared that if i didnt do so his teeth would grow in crooket so you should slowly bring the sippy cup out your baby would love just to hold it and look at it and maybe you should show him how to drink out of it they really like it once they know what it do good luck

Cinda - posted on 03/26/2010

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Again, I don't understand the urgency in getting your child off of a bottle. In fact, I especially do not understand a doctor telling someone at one year old that they should. Babies need that sucking motion. It helps in the development of their brain. Two years old is plenty old enough to take them off of the bottle, and drinking from a bottle is MUCH preferable than a binky.

User - posted on 03/20/2010

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When my son was 1 my doc told me to start to get him off. so i just took them all away at once and put them where he couldnt see then. you just have to not give in. they might not like it for a wile but after a day or a few they wont even know.

if anyone has a kid once they turn 1 just take them away that day and u wont hve any problems.

thats what i did

Nkanyezi - posted on 03/20/2010

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Have you tried to put milk on the nipple of the sippy cup to encourage him to drink. I think it may also give him a hint on what is in the cup, also try letting him drink from a straw. I hope that helps and good luck. Keep trying consistency and positive reinforcement is key will introducing new items to your son or any child.

Denise - posted on 03/18/2010

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mine refuses to drink from sippy cups too! he always wants a bottle!! i only offer him straw cups and he uses them! but if he finds an empty bottle he tries to use it.

Bianca - posted on 03/16/2010

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I thought i was gonna have a problem weening my daughter, she did drink out of sippy cups but always wanted a bottle. I finally got these sippy cups from wal mart the have the hard drinking part but my daughter never drank out of bottle again and I even have a son 5 month old son in the house my daughter is now 17 months old and hasnt had a bottle in almost 2 months.

Helen - posted on 03/12/2010

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Stop worrying. He will stop using a bottle when he is ready. The other option is to try holding a plastic beaker to his mouth and see if that works. My 17 month old will drink from her older siblings bottles with pop up lips. Anything is worth trying - including relaxing and ignoring other people's advice. Not this bit, of course!!!

Cassandra - posted on 03/10/2010

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I would like to know too. My 17 month old drinks juice and everything else out of a cup but she will not drink milk from anything but a bottle. She only takes the bottle at night but the doctor told us the same thing that she needs to be off completely.

Claire - posted on 03/10/2010

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i had the same problem with my first child that is a boy he refused to drink from them unless i held them so one day i put the sippy cup on the coffee table and he would nto touch it for like an hour and he picked it up and drank it just stick with it my niece is 2 and still drinks from a bottle cause her parents are lazy and wont give her the sippy cups i bought her for her b-day and what makes it worse is hte doc has told them a millions times to gt her off the bottle

my daughter was off a bottle at 10 1/2 months old.

Cynthia - posted on 03/10/2010

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I have a 16 month old daughter and she has been drinking out of sippy cups since she turned 1. We tried giving her a regular sippy cup but she didnt like it. When her dad took her out to eat he would let her drink out of his straw and she loved it. We tried using sippy cups that have straws in the so she doesnt have to tip up the cup. She loves them. You could try that. She felt like a big girl because she had her own cup :)

Angie - posted on 03/09/2010

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I agree 100% with Deidre!!! Don't feel pressured to do something just because they're a certain age. If it's not affecting them developmentally or emotionally, why rush? I introduced the sippy cup when my daughter was 6mths but did not take the bottle away. To me it was so important to make sure she drank her milk (nutrition wise) that I just couldn't see myself taking it away completely as she wouldn't drink her milk from the sippy. Now, she drinks one bottle before bedtime and that's the only time she sees her bottle. I also never let her walk around with her bottle and I think that helped in knowing that if the bottle wasn't in her mouth, then she needed to find her sippy cup. Transition has been the key for us.

Deidre - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son is 16 months as well. He drinks water & juice from a sippy cup, but ONLY drinks milk from a bottle!!! He refuses to drink milk from a sippy cup. It's like he thinks it tastes different. LOL! But I know eventually he will drink milk from a sippy cup as well. I won't rush him, he will give up the bottle soon enough, my older son did. Don't let people pressure you or stress you out about it.

Shannon - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter was 12 months old when I took her off the bottle and formula. All I did was take it away and have her watch me throw the bottle in the trash. I explained to her that she is a big girl now and big girls don't use bottles. I didn't have any problems with her asking for a bottle after that. It's ok to let the child throw a fit if they ask for it, just don't give in, be strong about taking it from them, and they will get over it.

Deta - posted on 03/08/2010

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Don't know if this helps, but I'm currently in the middle of getting my son (17 mo) off the bottle, we've had to go cold turkey and it's been hard. We tried the sippy nipple that attahces to the born Free Bottles, We tried Straw cups, Sippy cups,...you name it we tried it and he wanted nothing to do with it!! in fact he didn't drink milk for 3 days straight!! On Saturday my husband asked if he could try an experiment,...I was willing to try anything! he took one of the straw cups that we have and filled it with milk, then he got the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup from the refrigerator. he put a tiny drop of chocolate on my sons finger and he tasted it,...naturally he wanted more. So he gave him more,...then he showed my son that he was squeezing the choc syrup into the milk in the cup (just a drop). he took a spoon and mixed it up in the cup,...all the while my son was watching. he then put a drop of chocolate on the tip of the straw, and handed it to my son. he sucked it down just like that!!!!! Today is Monday,...and my son has been drinking chocolate milk from a straw cup since Saturday,...and loving it!! he has forgotten all about the bottle because we made drinking milk "fun". i don't know about you,...but I'd rather my kid drink chocolate milk, than no milk at all. next week we'll try to wean him from the chocolate. but for now,...Happy baby Equals Happy Mom!!!

Cristina - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter is 16 months as well. I just give her sippy cups all day long. You need to find one that they like using. So maybe buying a few different ones. She still takes a bottle to go to sleep so I'm still working on that and the pacifier. I guess I'll just have to throw them out.

Minna - posted on 03/08/2010

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Don't force it just keep trying. My son wouldn't drink out of a sippy cup for ages but I just kept trying without being pushy. I'd give it to him with his lunch everyday or his afternoon tea. He soon got used to it. I think they just have to get used to the different sucking motion and also the faster milk flow. I changed him to 4 holed teats and that seemed to help him get used to the sippy cup. Hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 03/08/2010

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Just do it gradually and try all the different spouts avail. My little one is finally able to use a straw spout but prefered the hard spout to start with. I also left one lying around for her to play with wheneva she wanted. Does ur bub try to drink out of ur glass? Mayb try that grradually too? Good luck. xxx

Kimberley - posted on 03/08/2010

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my little one will only use the nuby however i've seen diody cup which is supposed to be good

Olajumoke - posted on 03/07/2010

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i have a seventeen month old baby and he drinks frm a sippy cup.wen he was fifteen month l found a cup @babies r us or burlinghtonmthe one @burlinghton has two teeths inside of it.one for the food and the other for juice.so try the one for juice first and frm there hed avance to the other teeth.i hope this helps

Lauren - posted on 03/07/2010

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I am definitely not the best person to give advice on this, since my daughter never drank from a bottle (went right from the breast to a sippy cup), but I would think that if a sippy cup is all you offer him, he'll eventually figure it out and start using it. I would buy a few different kinds (i.e., one with a straw, if he can drink from one) and fill them all with milk or water or his favorite juice and tell him that if he wants a drink, there it is. He should be able to understand what you're telling him and even if he refuses at first, I would think when he's thirsty enough, he'll do it. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 03/07/2010

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I started my son really early (about 5 months) on a sippy cup, just to try it out so that we could find one he liked before we ditched the bottles... He wouldn't have anything to do with one, until we found the Nuby. It was the only one he would drink out of for the longest time. When he turned one we tossed all the bottles, and he had no choice but to drink from the sippy cup. Slowly we have switched sippy cups, and now he will drink out of any sippy cup (course at one point it also meant taking away all the Nubys he had, since he started biting them).

Kelsey - posted on 03/06/2010

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My daughter loves drinking out of straw so i got one of those spill proof cups with the straw in it and she loves it. and i showed my daughter how to drink out of the sippy cup i put it up to my mouth and drank a little bit as she watched and then when i gave it to her she was all for it.

Krystal - posted on 03/05/2010

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Another thing that works on my son is if I pretend to drink from the sippy cup and then offer it to him. He usually takes a couple of sips from it at that point and is getting used to it containing milk.

Francheska - posted on 03/05/2010

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Honestly this might sound mean but throw away all the bottles. Sometimes its hard for the mother to see their child want a bottle or a pacifier. I had the same issue tryin to break my daughter off the pacifier I used to hate when she cried so one day i threw every pacifier away she cried the 1st day or so but then she forgot all about it. Just take their mind away from it helps

Hannah - posted on 03/05/2010

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when i use juice i buy the motts for totts... we brush her teeth regularly, she does drink water... she usually has one glass of juice a day, and the rest is usually water... she doesn't caer for chocolate milk, go figure!

Crystal - posted on 03/05/2010

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I see others have found that only the Nubby Brand works the best.
I have a few concerns with the chocolate milk in the cup to bribe the kid (did you know chocolate milk has 6 Teaspoons of sugar in a 8oz glass) and the juice even if it's watered down is not a good idea. The doctors and dietitians have all said only Milk and Water juice is full of sugar, even natural and it can cause tooth decay and obesity just to let people know. I mean I'm sure once in a blue moon isn't going to hurt but I worry that someone will read this and take the advice at face value (which is something my step sons mother would do which in the case of juice had the oldest son peeing blood when he was under 2 years old cuz it messes you up that bad) Just to let you know.

Hannah - posted on 03/05/2010

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Ava is about to be 17mts. and she drinks out of sippy cups all day, but ONLY nuby brand, she LOVES those, won't touch the others... but for nap and night time, she wants her bottle with milk. She won't drink milk out of her sippy cups. She has also not taken a pacifier since she was 6mts. she isn't attached to anything, it's her bottle. So my doctor did say since she doesn't take a pacifier and isn't attached to anything it will be harder. The way I look at it is, she will take it to school ONCE and never again! LOL... I know some of you may think i'm a horrible mom, how could I she is too old.... but she is going to be my ONLY child, and I'm not stressed... she was born preemie... so when she's 2 i will really put a stop to the bottle.

Juliette - posted on 03/05/2010

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Me daughter is the same way. I bought her some cups with spill proof straws because she will drink out of a straw but doesn't like the sippy cups. She is down to about only 1 or 2 bottles a day because she likes the straws.

Krystal - posted on 03/05/2010

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We have a 17 month old and have been working on weaning the bottle for about a month and a half. It's taking time but we're making progress. We have sippy cups, I think they are First Years Take-A-Long brand, and pretty much from noon on I have a sippy cup of water availalbe for him to pick up and drink himself. I've also put watered down orange juice, watered down grape juice, and watered down Minute Maid Berry Juice in the sippy cup and he has no problem drinking them. Recently I've been putting a couple of ounces of milk in a sippy cup and he's getting better and better at drinking milk that way. He still gets a bottle first thing in the morning, at noon time nap, and at bed time but the other day he went to sleep on me snacking on dry Froot Loops and drinking water from his sippy cup. I just keep the bottle out of sight unless it's a normal morning, noon or night situation. Hope that helps!

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I have a slightly different problem. My 16 month-old daughter will drink from sippy cups and even regular cups. Just not her milk. That she wants in a bottle. She pushes the sippy cup/regular cup away if it has milk in it. Any advice? What has your doctor said to do?

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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he'll drink when he's thirsty, i swear it. try a sippy with a softer nipple on it...and you can try taking out the valve that makes it harder to suck until he gets the hang of it.

Teresa - posted on 03/04/2010

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hey my son is 16months old and the way to get them to drink out of a sippy cup is just stop the bottle's and use the cup only that is what i did with my son and it worked or a bottle only during nap time and before bed time and that worked now my son is drinking out of a cup and using a straw like a big boy i hope that helps you

Lois - posted on 03/04/2010

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Have you tried putting chocolate milk in the sippy cup? My son wouldn't drink out of one until he was 15 months old and we had to put chocolate milk in one to get him to accept it.

Kristina - posted on 03/04/2010

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I just got my son off the bottle. We had the exact same issue with the sippie cup thing. The other night my husband said go get some cups and we will try again. I found this "next step" sippie cup in with the bottles at target. It has handles on both sides and a longer mouthpiece. It worked......we have not went back to the bottle!!!

Crystal - posted on 03/03/2010

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BOTH my daughters went from breast to sippy cup, I never did the bottle thing so not to have this problem at all. I found with my first daughter she wouldn't drink from a bottle or some sippy cups, she only wanted the boob. I swear I bought every sippy cup at WalMart before I found one she liked. When I had my second daughter I only gave her this sippy cup and she was fine. It's a Nubby sippy cup with handles, straw like and they drink it straight up and down like a regular cup. I swear by those ones only. Try it, you have nothing to lose!

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2010

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I got my daughter off the bottle by 12 months the way I did it was gradually decrease the bottle. THe only sippy cup I got her to like is the one that she can bite on to make the fluid come out.

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Mine has been off the bottle since she was 9 months, we took all of them and hid them as I was expecting again shortly after her first birthday, but she took to the sippy cup with a lot of trial and tribulation, basically she only got her sippy cup during the day, then at night she would get her milk in a bottle like cup, now she uses sippy cups, straw cup which we also introduced with the sippy, She always wanted to copy my husband and I when we were drinking something, even to the point where she wanted the same water bottle as my husband. Worked beautifully, basically hid all the bottles where your child can't see nor find them and just give them no choice.

Jessica - posted on 03/03/2010

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I introduced the sippy cup to my son early and he didn't like it. I tried the soft silicone nipple ones. One day we were at a restaurant and I let him drink out of a straw. He enjoyed doing that. I found some "throw and toss" cups with lids and hard straws at Target. He really enjoys using those. I'm not trying to get my 16 month old off of the bottle yet though because he has been through so much since he was born and was diagnosed failure to thrive...he NEEDS his bottle to get his nutrition. He doesn't eat enough table food to get what he needs, and he's allergic to milk. His dr put him on Pediasure. I have found these bottles made by Nuby at Burlington though. They are a regular bottle, and they come with a sippy-cup spout so when you are ready to go to the sippy cup you don't have to go out and buy new bottles. They also have handles that you can put on or leave off. My son finally started holding his own bottle when I bought these. They have several different sizes. The bottle is $3.99 for the bottle, handle, bottle nipple, and sippy-cup spout.

Kayla - posted on 03/03/2010

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I think a lot of it is finding a cup that your child likes. I have a ton of sippy cups from my first child and my second doesn't like any of them. So I bought a couple different kinds one at a time until we finally found one that he likes. He still gets one bottle before bedtime. But it took a long time for him to get used to them. It is a slow process sometimes but they get there.

Jennifer - posted on 03/03/2010

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I agree with many of the other posts. The key is to take them out of the house so you cannot give in when the crying starts! It is sooooo tempting! Leave the sippy's around the house with your child's favourite drinks in them for now until he starts to drink from them. He may go a day without it but he will eventually drink from them!

Paige - posted on 03/03/2010

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My oldest was like that I bought cups with soft straws and had no problems after that.

Asia - posted on 03/02/2010

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I'm having same problem. My son does drink out of sippy cups, even frm water bottles or cups if I hold them for him or through a straw. But when he gets tires he wants that bottle.

Mandi - posted on 03/02/2010

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I got my Dr. Brown cup at Babies r us. But I think they have them at Target and maybe Walmart. It was just easier for my son to drink out of this one at first. Now he can drink out of any of them. AJ is down to one bottle this wk! Fading the bottles away had worked for us. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! I know how fustrating it is.

Mia - posted on 03/02/2010

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It's gonna be rough, but you are probably gonna have to just throw the bottles away. I started training my youngest daughter to drink from a straw pretty early so I didn't have a hard time with the cup, but my oldest was not so easy. I had the same dilemma trying every cup in the world. Eventually I had to just throw the bottles away. Since he's probably eating more during the day, he shouldn't need things to drink as often. I would still allow him to have a bottle at night though until he gets used to the cup a little bit more. The bottle is reallly only providing comfort, because the milk tastes the same no matter what it's in. If you can find something that my act as a comforter it may help. Also, really encourage the drinking from a straw. Once he gets the hang of it you should be able to transition a sippy cup with a straw.Most of them are labled for older babies but 16mth old drinks from that one better than all of the other ones. Good luck!

Cinda - posted on 03/02/2010

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Really? I have been reading posts and it's the pediatricians telling you to wean from the bottle this young? Why? I am still breastfeeding my 16 month old as I did his older brothers until they were a 1 1/2 old. Our first son never took a bottle, so he learned from a sip cup by 6 months. Our second son took a bottle until he was two. Our first son went through braces, but our second son has perfectly straight teeth, if that is the issue. I suggest not taking him off of the bottle. Try introducing the sippy cup with water throughout the day, having it available where he can access it. As he gets more used to it, you can gradually fade out the bottle. Don't make it a battle. Act like it is no big deal to you.

Jan - posted on 03/01/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, I promise he wont take it with him to kindergarten. With my first I Just started offering him his first morning bottle in a sippy cup instead, when he wouldn't take it I made a big long production out of washing a bottle and putting the milk in the bottle and then gave him the bottle. Eventually he got tired of waiting for his milk and just took the sippy cup, he was around 20 months, but had only weaned himself from the breast a couple of months earlier and he needed the transition time. My 17 month old still has her bottle, since I'm expecting another in June, my breast milk dried up and so she got cut off early and she wasn't ready to wean yet. I'm not worried about it hopefully she will go back on the breast after this baby is born since she still wants to suckle and I was ready to tandom feed them anyway.

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