No more bottle?!??

Kimberly - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I'm not wondering when to take my daughter's bottles away--sounds like most people say a year..my daughter is 14 mo. and I'm not seeing a problem with her having a bottle before bed and naps still. She likes them, and I'm not seeing the harm--I have weaned her off of having them as often as she used to. She drinks out of a sippie throughout the day and does just fine. I'm wondering if anyone else has let their child have a bottle past the age of one, and if it created any major problems I should know about! Thanks!!! :)

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Meghan - posted on 03/16/2010

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I think they say by the lastest 16 months a kid should be off a bottle. my son is 17 months and still has one in the morning and before bed...and he asked maybe 50 times during the day for one (which he doesn't get) I had a g/f that cut the nipple when her daughter was 2 1/2 and told her it was broken and that was that! I am planning on doing this within the next month but I think the reason I haven't pushed it is because this is kind of the last baby thing he does...soon we will be potty training, then kindergarten, then high school lol. Don't worry too much and do it when you feel you and your babe are ready!

Sharon - posted on 03/16/2010

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my son jonah is 2 in april and my daughter nyah is 3 in april, i only took there bottles from them both 3 weeks ago, i didnt c the harm, if i took them out i always had one for jonah with me and didnt care what people thought, nyah only wanted hers at night, there teeth are perfect, they eventually wanted them less and less so i just took them away, so if ur happy with ur daughter having it and shes happy, what more can u ask 4, she will eventually decide she dont want it anymore, big girl time,

Adriane - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son used his bottle before bed until he was two.... used a sippy cup the rest of the day. It was the best way to get him to settle down before bed. When we were ready to completely take it away, we talked to him about for a couple weeks and then one night, after he finished his bedtime bottle, we asked him to throw it away and he did. He asked for it for a couple nights, but that was it. Good luck

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My daughter just self weaned her final bottle at 18 months.......she was sick a couple weeks ago and refused her bottle at bedtime.....after a couple nights she started feeling better but hasn't seemed to miss her bottle so I guess we're done! I don't see anything wrong with ur daughter still having a bottle at 14 months. Good luck, do what's best for you! With anything in life there are pros and cons so I've attached a couple links about the pros and cons!



http://www.babyzone.com/baby/nurturing/a...



http://www.babyzone.com/baby/nurturing/a...

Sarah - posted on 03/14/2010

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One thing that can cause harm is their teeth. If they are having milk or juice in their bottle and you don't brush teeth after they finish the bottle then the milk or juice sits on their teeth while they sleep and causes tooth decay. The longer this goes the worse the decay gets. I work in adoption and in orphanges this is a BIG problem. Many kids will have decay so bad that they have lost some of their teeth. So I guess my suggestion to you would be to just brush their teeth after bottle if you are doing something besides water in the bottle.

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Chey - posted on 03/19/2010

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Yup he took formula out of his sippie, until a year then we switched to milk. His doctor gave me a high five and said way to go.

Kerri - posted on 03/17/2010

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stopping a bottle at 6months?...that is weird!...you did still give them milk?..

Kerri - posted on 03/17/2010

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My son is two and half and still sometimes has a bottle of milk...finally broke the dummy a few months ago...i don't see the problem with them having a bottle of warm milk...it something to help comfort them if they are ill etc and makes it easier to settle them if they are acting up...if your worried about them damaging their teeth you could just swap the bottle for a cup

Megan - posted on 03/17/2010

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Both of my boys were off the bottle around a year. I was really pushing this for my oldest as my boys are only 13 months apart and I didn't want him to think that since the baby had one so could he. I slowly started weening them off around 10 months and had no problems. The doctor and WIC push for 12 months, but as long as teeth are developing normal and you brush well, I would slowly start weening and let her decide for herself that she doesn't need it.

Chey - posted on 03/16/2010

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I agree. My son had his first "training" cup at 4 months old. The day he turned 6 months old I washed and put them all away and never looked back. He never missed them. Did the same thing with his pacifier at 10 months. Now he'll be 2 in May, and I have no problems with his teeth or him wanting these things from his younger brother. He has no memory of using them and knows they're for the baby. I plan to do the same thing again. The earlier you start, the easier it is to get them to let go.

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By the age of 1 my son didn't want any day bottles, by 18 months he decided to get rid of the morning bottle. Now my son is 2years 2months and it was only in the last month that he decided for himself that he didn't want his bottle to be part of his bed time routine anymore (maybe he thought it might get him out of brushing his teeth, haha wasn't he fooled!) In a way he weaned myself & his father off the bottle because it was the only part of babyhood we had left *Sniff* lol. I really don't think we have caused any great harm to him by doing this and having no screaming matches over the end of the bottle was fabulous!! There are some people who will raise an eyebrow at how long it took us but hey last time I checked he is our son and we will raise him how we see fit, as long as we are not putting him in harms way, they can just deal.

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I totally agree Kimberly! We need to pick and choose our battles.......and whether my child has a bottle or not is not on the top of my priority list! This is just one of many topics that people are sensitive about and I'm not sure why?! You may not agree with it but it's certainly not life threatening! Not like putting cereal in ur babies bottle! ;)

Kimberly - posted on 03/16/2010

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People act like allowing a bottle over the age of one is like feeding them rat poison! Thanks to everyone who had encouraging words...I think Hope will keep her bottles for a little bit yet. I'm sure her teeth will be just fine...if not, I'll buy her some really nice fake ones :) There are many more important things to worry about!

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My daughter was drinking from a straw sippy cup extremely well by 9 months but I also started my daughter on a regular sippy cup at 6 months when I stopped breastfeeding! Nothing strange about that; no harm in introducing it as long as it's not forced!

Angela - posted on 03/16/2010

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My oldest son wanted nothing to do with a day bottle at 6 months of age and only had a morning bottle and evening bottle. He was completely done with a bottle before he turned 1 and that was completely on his own. He wanted nothing to do with it at all by than. He used a sippy cup full time by than and switched to a regular cup by the time he was 3. Im hoping my younger son does the same thing. I dont think its necessary for any child over 1 to have a bottle. They usually are no longer on formula by than and that seems to coincide. It is also bad for their teeth because of the nipple and hygiene. I would say the lastest would be 18 months. Im sure most people would think Im nuts but Ive already introduced my 6 month old son to a sippy cup. They actually have sippy cups out there for 6-7 month old babies. I put water in the sippy cup and he already knows how to suck on it to get the water out. Hes even able to hold the cup himself. I got the idea when I rcvd info from gerber about it and decided to try it. He likes to hold the cup and he's teething so he likes to chew on it and take occasional sips.

Jessica - posted on 03/16/2010

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by the age of 2 i would give my now 3yr old a CUP of milk b4 she brushed her teeth then bed......

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2010

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i stoped my girls at almost 16 months and that was cuz they kept leeking it didnt do anything to them and i still but them to bed with a sippy and they r going to b 2 in 2 days so just make sure u brush her teeth when she wakes up thats the biggy

Brittany - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter is 19 months old and only takes a bottle before bed. I too need to be better about brushing her teeth, but I figure she'll quick the bottle when she's ready. What's the harm?

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LOL!

Sarah: That's what I thought; I didn't wanna stare but I was tryin to figure out if there was a reason for all of it! I hope so....

Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2010

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Oh, and I do take a bottle along when we have to go to the store, in case she gets really crabby while I'm still shopping!!! Bad mom, bad mom!!! ;)

Kimberly - posted on 03/15/2010

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Ok, so here's another question...why would drinking any liquid from a bottle be worse for their teeth than drinking out of a sippie??? Sounds like it would be important to brush her teeth before bed no matter what she's drinking from. I might add that we are terrible at religiously brushing her teeth :< My husband said last night--"at least she will lose these teeth eventually..." lol I'm going to try to get better at it though!! Hope is definitely requiring a bottle less and less, and am hoping she will wean herself off!! :)

Sarah - posted on 03/15/2010

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In response to Dana's post.....Yes I would think that is strange, but there might be a medical issue why the child was in a diaper and with a bottle. Both my kids are healthy kids, so often times I will see other children and think they should be at the same level as my kids developmentally and often times emotionally. I forget that sometimes there might be a reason why they are acting or doing something a certain way. Not to say there are not those strange people out there that do some strange things.

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Kinda off topic but I was goin for a cat scan at my local hospital ( BC, Canada ) and there was this person ( looked to me like a grandma but maybe a mother? ) and she had a lil' girl on her lap ( must have been AT LEAST 4, but I'm guessing 5, maybe even 6 years old ) who was wearing a diaper and drinkin out of a bottle! I wanted to question the lady but figured it might not be appropriate! Strange?

Vicky - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter is 2 & still gets a bottle when she wakes in the morning. She just stopped taking the one before bed herself a while back - so no you are not creating issues for yourself & she will eventually not look for them. Its not a big thing, its not like she is out in the shops with a bottle in her mouth, she only has a bottle at home!

Brenna - posted on 03/14/2010

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I don't see a problem. Buy my pediatrician was very upset that she was still using a bottle at 15 months. I was lucky when I switched to sippy's and she never complained. As long as you're brushing their teeth, I think that's all that matters.

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