At what age should I take my 1 year old off the bottle?
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As soon as possible. At this age you want them to learn to drink for thirst and not for comfort. I had to work at it but my son was finally off the bottle at around 15 months. The night time bottle is the hardest to part with. I bought some soft nipple sippy cups made by Nuby and that helped with the transition.
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Ann - posted on 09/14/2012
Our baby just turned 1 year old, we weaned him from the bottle like the doctor said. now, 3 weeks later,we have noticed that he is turning to his thumb to go to sleep. I would rather not have a thumb sucker on my hands. Does this mean that he still needs a bottle for now at times as a comfort or should we try to keep the little guy from sucking his thumb some how?
Annette - posted on 05/21/2009
ok thanks for that I will stop with the bottle tonight.
I just put water in the sippy cup and some times I put juice and water together in the sippy. I don't want her to have my teeth so I'm doing my best with all the things I give her.
Lori - posted on 05/21/2009
Stop now. Giving a toddler a bottle significantly increases their risk of severe tooth decay. I am a dental hygienist and I have seen kids in severe pain because they are on a bottle for too long. Sippy cups can be dangerous as well. When you give your toddler the sippy don't give them juice or milk to just carry around all day. It is best to give it to them with their meals and if they want to carry the cup put water in it to reduce the risk of decay.
Jacqueline - posted on 05/21/2009
I guess I should clarify: Maddie uses big girl cups, and drinks out of juice boxes. She only uses a bottle before bed, it's her comfort, kind of like sucking her thumb or insisting on a specific blanket to sleep with. Therefore, she only has a bottle about 2-3 times a day. I am asking whether taking her comfort away at this age is apporpriate, or if I should wait a little longer. I took my son off at 1, but he was never attatched to the bottle, probably because he sucked his thumb which gave him comfort (a habit that I also got him to give up!). So, question rephrased, when should I take my daughter's comfort-bottle away?
Becky - posted on 05/17/2009
My pediatrician said 12 months to be weened completely from the bottle and no later than 18 months for the binkie. Try to find sippy cups with the soft tips at first to remind them of the bottle. I went through so many sippy cups until I found a soft tip one, then he transitioned like a pro. Good luck!
Dawn - posted on 05/17/2009
Our Dr told us to stop the bottle before they turned 1, and to introduce the sippy cup without the stopper until they get used to it and then add the stopper so that you will not be spending all your time cleaning up messes!!! Hope this helps!!!
Torrie - posted on 05/17/2009
NOW, i took ours off at 11 months nad my inlaws gave it back to him when i was sick we didnt get him off till almost 2 bc it became such an attachment. he wouldnt even drink out of it sometimes, he just waned comfort. it was horrd ill tell you. introduce sippy cups bc i its new they wont really care too much for the old?!!
Lindsay - posted on 05/17/2009
I took both of my kids off the bottle on their first birthday. It was not a hard transition for either of my kids. They did both have a fit the first time they thought it was time for another bottle but after that first night all was well. They never asked for it again! I would say that the longer you wait, the harder it will be because they get more attached to it as they get older. I have also heard that it's bad for their teeth if they are left on the bottle. Good luck and you will both be fine without it!
Jessica - posted on 05/17/2009
I would take her off now. My son was a little over a year when he started throwing his bottles across the room and I knew it was time to take them away b/c he would still have most of his drink in the bottle but tell me he was thirsty.
Heather - posted on 05/17/2009
NOW! As soon as both my girls turned one...the bottle was gone and they got a "big girl cup". They may complain for a little while...but it's worth it to have them off of the bottle. Then you'll be wondering where all your sippy cups went..lol!!
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