How many bottles a day does ur toddler have?

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My daughter, Roxanne, will be 18 months tomorrow! About 3 weeks ago she was sick with a cold/flu and refused her bedtime bottle.......consequently she hasn't had one since! Normal? Not normal? Where are you at with bottles?

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Vanessa - posted on 03/12/2010

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Amanda|Kelli|Susan We are just coming down from bottles, our doctor did and has recommended taking our son of earlier (he's just turning 18), but wanted to offer some sense of relief- as mother's we tend to think we might know it all, and I feel frustrated at the criticisms and the one-up of certain chats. We all think we are doing the best, and at the end of the day what matters most is that we give ourselves a pat on the back for TRYING to be good parents, because no one is a perfect parent! We're talking about 18 month olds, not 5 year olds! Ease up, moms! We all develop differently- let's focus on advice, and not criticize. I assume every mommy chatting about their babies would probably take their child to a pediatrician to discuss issues, and if we chat about them online...hmmm probably would chat about it with our doctors. I don't think we guide ourselves strictly on blogging advice!
P.S. Straw cups are highly recommended by pediatrics, sippy cups are just as close to bottles as you can get...the suction in the straw cups offers muscle development in the mouth to help with speech development. Shocking! I thought all moms that are in the know would follow this.

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Just to point out that thumb/finger sucking can be just as detrimental as a pacifier and harder to break the habit because it is attached.
I know this because my Mom had a h*ll of a time breaking my sister and I from the habit and we both ended up with braces.
My brother sucked his first two fingers and he too needed braces.
My point? If kids want to suck on something they will, be it a pacifier or a part of their body.
It sucks (literally and figuratively), but a fact of life.
My son just self weaned himself from his sucky (pacifier) this week at almost 18 months of age (he's officially 18 months on the 20th). I wanted it gone sooner, but we only succeeded in cutting it down to nap and bedtime. Now I also know that once he was sound asleep he spit the thing out. But still given how crappy my tooth enamel is I worry (My parents brushed are teeth/gums from the get go, even did supplemental brushing when we hit 4 or 5 and we still ended up with cavities. And no we were not fed a lot of sweet things as children. I think we were 5 or 6 -whenever we started Kindergarten, before we realized that crackers were not cookies). Sweet things were treats that were very very rare and generally at one of grandparents place.

So I have a question now. How old should a child be before they go see the dentist for the first time?
Also how do you get a toddler to let you floss? Given the grief we have lately to even get our son to let us brush his teeth we haven't even bothered to even introduce the concept of flossing.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/16/2010

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As far as juice is concerned, my daughter gets juice once in a while and I dilute it (25% juice, 75% water). Apple and cranberry juice are her favorites. The only juices I don't dilute are citrus juices and she only gets a small amount of that very rarely. She usually drinks milk at mealtimes and water the rest of the day.



Oh, and just because sugar isn't added to a juice doesn't mean it isn't full of sugar!

Lindsay - posted on 03/16/2010

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I use the V8 V Fusion it is the 100% juice version. The V8 Splash has added sugars in it. I don't dilute it when I give it to her because I only give it to her if I feel she hasn't had enough fruit or veggies that day and nly one sippy of it.

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Koren - posted on 04/02/2010

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That's great! My son stopped his naptime bottle at 12 months & his bedtime bottle at 18 months. We are happy he is done with bottles and it was easy. We just took it away and he didn't care. He still has his milk but from a cup or with hot & cold cereal. It's a good thing for you because many kids seem to have trouble letting go of the bottle.

Jasmine - posted on 04/02/2010

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but my son also drinks from cups durring the day.. the only time he gets a sippy cup is when he goes to bed. which is at about 7:30pm

Jasmine - posted on 04/02/2010

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i honestly think that is the way to go anyways.... then they dont have a mouth full of milk or anything you give your child still on their teeth . my son tho he will not go to bed without a bottle... its how he falls asleep.

Truly - posted on 04/02/2010

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V8 juice i find is very harsh even to me when i drink it! I personally would rather buy the toddler formula with everything they need in it and give that to them instead! S26 has vanilla flavour! :D

Truly - posted on 04/02/2010

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Normal! I find the opposite when my son gets sick he wants the bottle cause he wont eat anything, which i dont mind as i know hes gettin some kind of nutrition.

If she doesnt want it take this as the chance to get rid of them all together. The longer there on the bottle the harder it is to get rid of :D So i wouldnt be concerned at all :D

Thing is everyone is different, if you have your toddlers on bottles still its not "wrong" and if you take a bottle of them early its not "wrong" either! :D

Gemika - posted on 04/02/2010

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Interesting... My ds is 19 months. He is still nursing. I plan to nurse until I fall pregnant if I no longer can, or until he is 2.5 - 3 years old or if he wants to stop earlier. Breastmilk is still a major part of his diet and it provides about 70% of his dietary needs, vitamins etc at this age if he has about 475mls (not that you can measure it) and he suckles to sleep. I don't worry too much about the milk on his teeth coz the nipple goes right down the back of his throat so the milk isn't sitting on his teeth. He drinks water or occasionally juice from a normal cup or a straw during the day :)

Stacy - posted on 04/01/2010

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Well for me, my doctor told me he would like Liam off of the bottle by 18 months, so I was in no hurry to get him off of the bottle. However, our time is up and now our problem stems from the fact that he will not drink milk from a cup, I have about 20 different types of sippy cups in my attemps to switch him over over the last few months, but he turns his nose up and throws out his hand like I am crazy to suggest such a thing. I have even tried no sugar added strawberry syrup in the milk to try and trick him, but that doesn't work either. We have a problem with Cow's milk and constipation and so we are on Goat's milk as it is easier on digestion and so he isn't able to get the dairy he needs any other way. I however am not concerned about him still being on the bottle, and for you others that are still on the bottle as well, don't be concerned either and don't let anyone bully you or make you feel bad because you still give them a bottle here or there. It is your child, do what works best for the two of you, not what everyone else thinks or says you should be doing. I will be happy if we are off the bottle by two years old.

Emily - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son stop himself off the bottles. l have the bottles ready he is teeting and some times does not want to eat so l have it but he does not want it. give him time you do what works for you

Amy - posted on 03/27/2010

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Thats so good, my son was breastfed up untill 9 months 3weeks when he did not want it anymore. So I tried formula in a bottle for a couple weekes but he hated the bottle and the formula. At 10 month I said screw the fight! I put my daughter, now 3 on whole milk out of sippy at 10 months, so thats what I did with my son. So I introduced Whole milk at 10 months in a sippy cup and he was happy again. I think its a matter of the chil'd preference. Roxanne, to me sounds like she wants to be indepentant from the bottle. She is like "hey I am a BIG girl now, give me a cup!" Is'nt it great that we have kids that will do what they need to? Its as if they are telling us, hey my milestone is coming up, let me just get on that okay?

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That's awesome! YAY! for self weaning lil' babies......or toddlers I guess in our case!? I still want her to be a baby! They grow up sooo fast!

Angela - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 18 month old was exclusive breast fed. Getting him to not want when he woke up in the morning and right before bed. Was the hardest. But he too got sick for a few days sleeping several hours at a time and only wanting water and juice which I taught him to use a straw for, I was able to get completely off.

Katie - posted on 03/27/2010

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if she wont drink it at night id give her a cup of milk during the day to make up for it

Summer - posted on 03/21/2010

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Let's all do what works best for our families. =)
No one is perfect and we all want what is best for our little ones.

Lori - posted on 03/20/2010

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If you take the valves off of the sippy cups then it won't hurt their speech development. The valves are what makes the child have to suck in order to get the milk.

Amy - posted on 03/20/2010

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my son stopped taking bottle at 11 months does no harm he is happy and thats the most important thing if your child was not happy would soon let u know

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Just for the record, we've been done with bottles completely since I originally posted this thread! She dropped her bedtime bottle about 3 weeks ago now but prior to that she was already drinking out of a cup during the day.......the bedtime bottle was the last of her bottles so we're DONE! YAY! Thanks everyone!

Lindaura - posted on 03/20/2010

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My son is 18 months now and i too had this issue a little while ago. But because he is a good eater he has been off the morning and afternoon bottles for a while and has the milk in the cereal and during the day has the yogurts and cheese's and b4 bedtime will have a small cup of milk with his 2 sisters around him doing the same. family nurse says the early u eliminate the bottle the better and so no more bottles completely - this is very normal for around this age

Kylie - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son gave up his bottles when he was 15mths, we thought the bedtime one would be the hardest but he too got really sick with a virus and wasnt interested in his two daytime bottles so we took advantage of this. With his bedtime bottle I asked him to choose a sippy cup out of the cupboard for his milk and he loved it and never looked back.

Lisa - posted on 03/19/2010

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congrats.. my youngest is 18mth and i'm trying to get him off boob.. he's only started liking botttles in the last few months but he keeps going back.. lol.. when they finish bottles on their own its great.. my eldest didn't drop his til he was almost 3.. an everyone kept hasselling me over it.. but when we found the right bottle cup ( as we call it) he gave up his bottle.. we went through lots of cups trying to find the right one.. and now he's 4 and hasn't had a bottle cup for a few months..

Samantha - posted on 03/18/2010

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I made my son throw his bottles away at 13 months. He was very happy about it and when he went to bed he did not want his bottle or anything. He loves to use his big boy cuppy

Maria - posted on 03/18/2010

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We also haven't given Gabby, 18 months in a few days, a bottle since she was about 13 months. We use sippy cups and have removed the plug so that she will learn the concept of tipping the cup better. Next step is a cup with two handles, no lid, but I'm having trouble finding one.

We don't give her anything before bed besides water and it seems to work fine but we try not to make dinner to far away from bed time.

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Nicole: I've found that depending on who you speak to and what you can afford will help determine when ur child first visits the dentist! I had read somewhere that children should see a dentist by 1 year to ensure that everything is ok BUT a close family friend of ours is a dentist and when I asked him about scheduling an appointment for my ( at the time 15 month old ) daughter, he told me unless I had concerns it wasn't necessary until the age of 3! After calling another pediatric dentist I was told basically the same thing......they said, " it won't hurt to bring her in early but MOST people schedule their children's first visit around 3 years! "



Flossing : OMG! Funny story......I just got home from lunch with my mom and I was telling her how, " It's so cute! Roxanne runs into my bedroom, finds the dental floss

and brings it to show me...........then she lays down on the ground for me to floss her teeth! "



My daughter has had a couple sleep overs with my nieces, 6 and 3 and up until then she wouldn't let me anywhere near her mouth with a toothbrush, let alone the floss! LOL! After watching them go thru the motions a few times she's all excited! Guess I'm lucky! That being said, I wouldn't worry too much about the flossing at this age!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/18/2010

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Both of my boys (ages 3 1/2 and 18 months) came off the bottle between 11 and 12 months...never had a problem...they both get milk cups at night before brushing teeth and bedtime.

Monica - posted on 03/18/2010

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She was having 3 bottles a day which was about 24oz total. But now its around 2 @ 8oz each.

Monica - posted on 03/17/2010

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My baby Kimora got sick as well and stop taking her bottles altogether, but slowly started drinking 1 with her morning breakfast and before bedtime. Now, she has a cough & it was making her throw up her morning milk, so we just give her 1 at night and she gets yogurt/cheese during the day. She WILL NOT drink her milk from a cup like juice/water but I need to ween her from that late bottle. Since she refuses it, I guess she won't do milk for awhile...or at least when she realizes I'm not gonna give it.

Titia - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son refuses to drink milk from a cup. He will taste it to see what is in it and if its not juice he will throw the cut down. I don't not want him to have milk but i really want him off the bottle.

Susan - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter is 19 months and she doesn't take a bottle at all. She uses a sippie cup and usaully won't drink anything for about 20 minutes before she goes to bed.

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P.S. I just want to say that Roxanne has always slept thru the night and has NEVER had a bottle in bed unsupervised!

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Loni, her bedtime bottle was the last of her bottles so YAY! We're done! LOL! She hadn't had daytime bottles since she was 12 months but stupid me, I still gave her a bottle about an hour before bed.......she'd have the bottle, then her bath, storytime, brush teeth and then off to bed! Thinking back, I'm not sure why I did it?! I just never really thought about taking it away so I just followed her lead......my doctor never mentioned takin it away so I have to plead ignorance on this one! I guess that's why I asked the question in the first place!

Thanks EVERYONE!

Loni - posted on 03/16/2010

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She may just be ready to be done with bottles before bed, especially if it makes sleeping uncomfortable. Imagine drinking a bunch before bed, I'd definitely have a hard time sleeping =0)
we weaned bottles when she switched to milk. mine drink so much during the day, we brush teeth and put them to bed and no one complains or wakes during the night.

Lisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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my daughter has two milk bottles.one in he morning with breakfast and one at night before bed.well if roxanne is sleeping the whole night without a bottle i wouldnt worry but it.

Cassandra - posted on 03/16/2010

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Sammy is 18 months and has been off bottles for a long while now. He gets a 4 oz cup milk for breakfast, 4 oz juice for lunch, 4 oz milk for dinner. Any other time he has water.

Karin - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter Amelia just turned 18 months last week, but she hasn't had a bottle in a month or two and it just kind of happened suddenly. One night before bed instead of sitting and rocking her with a bottle, she wanted nothing but bed. So lately that's our new routine. I make sure her sippicup is full with either (extremely) watered down juice, or water and at dinner time milk. I know that she is getting enough liquid and she eats the same food we do at dinner but a much smaller portion so I know she isn't going hungry.
I'd say if your daughter doesn't want one, you're fine. If her diapers are wet and she's drinking fine from a sippicup then I'd say you're ok. It's a nice feeling to pack up the bottles until baby #2 is ready to come.
Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 03/16/2010

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my son is 18 months and hes been off a bottle since 12 months. He drinks out of a sippy cup sometimes but most of the time he just drinks from a normal cup. He does'nt need anything to drink to go to bed.

Patty - posted on 03/16/2010

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My pediatrician told me the exact same thing that Elizabeth mentioned above! Anything with a nipple (bottle or sippy cup or paci) is bad for teeth and will most likely cause the need for braces later in life. I was told to switch my daughter to a regular cup (or straw) as soon as she would take it!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/16/2010

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Dana,

It's not only tooth decay you have to worry about, it is tooth development as well. It can affect the way teeth come in. It is the same reason why the American Dental Association recommends cups with straws over sippy cups and why it also recommends weaning from pacifiers around a year old. You don't have to worry as much about teeth coming in crooked with breastfeeding as with a bottle.

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P.S. My daughter was breastfed until she was 6 months........she would often fall asleep while feeding and I would have to wake her and clean her gums. I ALWAYS cleaned my daughter's gums even while she was breastfed! I guess my point is, as long as ur taking proper care of ur children's teeth what harm does a bottle have?

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Elizabeth, I have a question for you?! I get the importance of proper oral care right from birth even and have always cleaned my daughters mouth after any milk or food.....bottle or otherwise! Why do you feel that bottles need to be weaned at 12 months but you obviously agree with long-term breastfeeding? Breast feeding can cause just as much harm to a babies teeth as bottle feeding!??

Elizabeth - posted on 03/16/2010

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This reply is to Holly...my daughter just recently self-weaned. Off the breast at 17 months. If you don't mind continuing to breastfeed, then do so. Otherwise, maybe try not to offer the breast and see if your child asks for it. That's how I did it. She stopped asking; I stopped nursing. And it was a little at a time. At 12 months she was nursing four times a day. I noticed she wasn't really interested in the mid-morning feeding. I stopped offering. She didn't even notice. Then she lost interest in the afternoon feeding (13 months). Then the bedtime feeding (15 months). She ran straight to get her teeth brushed instead of to mommy. Last was the first thing in the morning feeding. I think she liked the cuddling more than the nursing because last month she stopped asking to be nursed, but still wants to sit with me in the morning. I can oblige.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/16/2010

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My daughter hasn't had a bottle since she was 10 months old. She's 18 months old.

She was breastfed and would get expressed milk in a bottle while I was at work. When I lost my job she became exculsively breastfed and started refusing the bottle when I was away. That's okay. We started on a sippy cup and now use a cup with a straw.

She's telling you she wants to be weaned off the bottle. Not only that, it is best to wean off the bottle around a year old because of dental issues.

Kathy - posted on 03/16/2010

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My son is 18mths and he drinks out of sippy cups. I started at 10mths introducing the sippy cup he adjusted well and then at a year old he was on the sippy cup full time. He gets two cups of milk a day one at breakfast and the other at dinner. Then a cup of juice at lunch and another at snack time. His doctor recommended the V8 juices cuz its 100% juice no sugar and junk added. Its a juice that gives him 1 serving of each fruit and veggie. I water down the juice 1/3 of water the rest juice. Its also a great juice for those kids that won't eat their fruits and veggies.

April - posted on 03/16/2010

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I have a son who is 18 months old and we changed his formula milk to full fat cows milk at 12 months put in a bottle for a couple of weeks then into a cup he didnt mind as long as he was still getting it! he has had a cup for water since about 4 months so is used to drinking from it! he drinks from most sports bottles now and normal straws and normal cups with a little help holding it! he has milk first thing and at the mo before bed but im gonna stop the bedtime one soon and just give him water! I brush his teeth after breakfast and before bed and it helps with him watching me brush mine! My son love smoothies so he has them now and again and a tiny bit of squash once in a while but while he is happy drinking water im happy to let him!

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