How to wean from bottle to just a sippy cup??

Katie - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 11 months old and I am trying to wean him from a bottle to just a sippy cup but I have heard two different things on how to go about it
1st thing I have heard is only offer the sippy cup with water or juice than when you switch from formula to whole milk put the whole milk in the sippy and do away with the bottle
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2nd thing I have heard is to just offer everything in the sippy cup and do away with the bottle because he knows if I try to give him formula in a sippy cup that if he won't drink it from a sippy I always cave and put it in a bottle for him.
Want to hear your advice and experience on this,
Thanks

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Katie - posted on 02/10/2011

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I found a few sippy cups that he likes, he doesn't like the soft spouted ones becuz it is too much like a bottle but all he eats is finger foods, 3 times a day with snacks inbetween lol which I thought he would cut back on the milk but he hasn't. I think I need to just make him drink it out of a sippy like you said cuz he knows I cave in and if I don't then he will have to learn to like it lol

Andrea - posted on 02/10/2011

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I would think by 11 months the majority of his food is finger food. My daughter was a big solid food eater and not much of a formula drinker. I would just not give him a bottle, give him the sippy cup and if he doesn't drink it then he doesn't drink it. He will get more the next time. I am not sure how you feed your son, but my daughter only got formula 30 min after she ate solid food, and then she got more closer to bedtime. Of course this would be totally crazy if your son was younger but he is approaching one and at one they no longer get formula at all. Honestly, I would make sure I was offering sufficient amounts of solid food, and still give him his normal amounts of formula but only in the sippy cup. Maybe try all your different sippy cups and he might prefer one over the other and you might have more success. I know it will be really really hard and he might be more crabby for a few days, but if you give in and give him a bottle he will think if he puts up enough of a fuss you will always give in.

Katie - posted on 02/10/2011

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My son has been using a sippy since he was 6 months and we have a whole bunch of different ones. His problem is he will only take sips out of it and when I get him to try to drink a whole bottle out of it he refuses (he will only drink a few ounces when he normally will drink 80z of formula)
Do I just force him to drink it all out of the sippy and not cave in and give it to him in a bottle??

Andrea - posted on 02/10/2011

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I switched my daughter from bottle to sippy cup at 8 months. She was of course still on formula, just not a bottle. We used the soft top sippy cups too, I think it was also Nuby. My daughter never had a problem, I don't even think she noticed the difference, she never refused it. My daughter never drank juice and even at 3 still doesn't, she hates it. So we just decided to switch suddenly and had success. Good Luck and just do what you feel comfortable with and works best for all involved.

Alicia - posted on 02/10/2011

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i hate to say it but we did the first too. i wasnt gonna have a 4 yr old still on a bottle if i had a choice. her first birthday we tossed the bottle and formula at the same time. my husband was a little uneasy about doing it this way. the first week our daughter cried at night about 10 minutes before she would finally fall asleep. after about a week i almost caved, it breaks my heart to hear my daughter cry this was the first time we ever used a cry it out method and i was freaking out more than her finally. just as i was ready to cave my husband said we had to stay strong or we just wasted the last week basically. by about day/night 10 she was fine. til she was about 14 months we couldnt let a bottle even come into her sight or she cried for it. if she couldnt see it everyone was happy. now at 18 months does really well with her cup, and i barely remember the nights with bottle. :) im happier because of this. we use the playex cups with the twist and lock caps. they truly dont leak. we tried the soft nipple sippys but i felt it was too much like a bottle, plus she liked to push the nipple into the bottom of the cup and dump out the cup. and they seemed to leak a whole lot more. hope this helped!

Stephanie - posted on 02/09/2011

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For me, the 1st thing you've heard worked well for me. My son prefered soft spouted sippy cups (NUBY brand was his fave for the longest).

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