When did you get your baby/toddler off the bottle?

Suzanne - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 390 moms have responded )

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I am trying to get my 18 month old off the bottle as his doctor suggests, but he will not take milk out of a sippy (although we have tried for months) and gets VERY upset when it's bottle time and we don't offer it to him. Throws a major tantrum. Right now he is getting it morning, afternoon, and before bed. Any suggestions for the best way to do this, or not to do it at all?
Thanks!

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Kris - posted on 05/09/2010

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This is very minor reason why our babies/toddlers should be BREASTFED EXCLUSIVELY. This wouldn't be an issue.
Bottles are full of nasty chemicals & are bad for your child emotionally as well. BREASTFEED your babies & let THEM decide when they're done!

Linda - posted on 04/25/2010

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Hi Suzanne,

My boy is two and we still give him the bottle for when he needs naps; life is too short to be spent fighting and arguing with your small boy! don't stress he is still small!

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2010

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Hi, My son (almost 5) loves his bottle. I made him give up his dummy at 3 years so cant bring myself to make him give this up. I figure if you follow these rules it cant hurt. In fact it is great they are drinking milk so easily.
1: Never give milk to go to sleep with (bad for teeth). So I always brush teeth or ensure a big rinse with water if he has his bottle close to sleep time.
2: Always give nutritious meal first so they aren't filling up on milk and aren't able to eat solids.

That's it, simple. I was very strict about the no milk before sleep and just so you know, my almost 5 year old had first dental appointment this week and he has perfect beautiful teeth! And he still loves his bottle, although he tells me he is going to give it up when he turns 5 and have it from a cup then. :-) I think with a lot of these things they tell you to do, you need to understand why and if you can manage the 'why', then your addressing the issue.

Joanna - posted on 05/10/2010

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My daughter was on a bottle only before bed until she was almost 2. It wasn't tough to wean her, we just "lost" the bottles so we took her to the store and she picked out some "big girl" sippy cups, and she never even mentioned bottles again.

Rosetta - posted on 05/08/2010

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when they are sick with an ear infection is the best time to get him off the bottle...my son always had ear infections and so we took him off the bottle and he didnt get them as much...from being on the bottle he has to suck harder to get the milk out which keeps the ear infection around longer so try giving him his favorite drink in a sippy cup and he should take to it easily...it will be rough the first couple of nigts and if he cries you just have to let him cry himself to sleep

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CRYSTAL - posted on 05/12/2010

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we took our daughter off right at 12 months, but started introducing a sippy cup at around 9 months so it was a smooth transition. we just took all the bottles in the house and packed them away so she couldnt have one even if she wanted to. at first she threw a few tantrums but when she realized we werent giving in and there were no bottles to be seen she was fine....we also took the pacifier (except at bedtime) away at 12 months.

Maryam - posted on 05/11/2010

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everyone always told me that once your baby is over 1 yr than its going to get harder and harder to get them off the bottle, so once my son reached one i got him off the bottle, i just throw out all the bottles so that when i get weak i don't go back giving him the bottle, and and he cried for 3 days and that was it. the first night he didnt have milk before bedtime, the second night was the same and the third night he tried just a little. He than started to except the sippy cup, twice a day once in the morning and once at night. but i did all this in a weekend, coz i knew its going to be hard for me to get any sleep:),, i hope this helps:)

Leah - posted on 05/10/2010

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i started giving my 20 month old a sippy cup when he started on baby juice (10 months) i'd give him juice in his cup.( i got him one with the soft tip like a bottle) once he got use to drinking the jucie from the cup i put milk in it. now he is slowly weening himslef from a sippy cup. I did the same thing with my 3yr old. the hard part with my 3yr old was weening him from a sippy cup.

Amanda - posted on 05/09/2010

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My son just turned 13 Months & he's still on the bottle..I've gave him a sippy cup since he was 7 Months old he took right to it so I just give him the sippy during the day the only time I give him the bottle is when he takes his naps & at bedtime I've tried putting him to sleep with just a sippy and he screamed so i don't know how to break him neither...Good Luck

Sheri - posted on 05/09/2010

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My daughter will be 2 on May 31st and is still taking a 4 oz bottle at night and naps but will drink out of a sippy during the day as well just wont take it in her bed. She also only gets water in her bottle no milk or pure juice ( I put a shot of juice in her bottle just cause she wont drink water plain). She only gets milk in a sippy cup as well and she does get water in sippy/straw cups during the day. Try this as it is what our health nurse suggested we do at her 18 month needles the other option is have him throw one of his bottles out just hide the others when he is sleeping so he doesn't see them. My sister did the throwing one out with her oldest and it worked, I can't do that now as we have 7 wk old son now too so it would confuse her as he is bottle fed.

Also, we use nuby nipples in her bottles that have the bumps to massage her gums to help with the teething so I think its just that she likes the nipples when she is teething as she hasn't got her 2 yr molars in yet so I wil probably end up waiting till those come in then she will be off the bottle.



Hope this helps

Jennifer - posted on 05/09/2010

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Both my boys were 12- 13 months. I started offering a cup at 6 months with juice in it. they just got the hang of it. I know at times they got upset but you got to be the parent and deal with there tantrum. It's hard but be strong, its for their own good!

Lorin - posted on 05/09/2010

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When both of my daughters turned one, I took all the bottles, threw them away and only gave them sippy cups. They learned real quick to drink from the cup because they had no choice.

Donna - posted on 05/08/2010

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Kimmie was 14 months when she went off of the bottle...actually she just suddenly refused to take it...She was with my mom in virginia when it happened, and i fell out of my chair when she told me...so i really didnt have to do anything...and it looks that way for potty training...shell just do it...wont need help at all!

Rosetta - posted on 05/08/2010

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i had my son off the bottle by 6 months...wut i did was i gave him a nuby sippy cup with the rubber top and he thought it was a bottle and took to it right away...then once he started chewing on it i changed him to the hard topped sippy cups and he did great with them...right now u are doing the right thing by giving him it in the morning, afternoon and at night but wut i also did was i took all the bottles and threw them out right in front of him as he was watching and when he tried to pull them out of the trash can i told him no they were yucky and he left them alone and from that point on he was on a sippy cup

Liz - posted on 05/07/2010

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I am in the same situation with my 18 month old. I was almost to the point of weaning him from the bottle when he got sick & refused the sippy cup at night. I am too tired at night to fight it. He has continued to be sick, one thing after another. So we are stuck. Right now he is on antibiotics still recovering from the latest illness (ear infection).

What I heard & somewhat helped with my 4 yr old is that you water down the milk in the bottle & not in the sippy cup. This will make them not want the bottle. I've kind of tried it this time around but of course every child is different.

Good luck!

Marie - posted on 05/07/2010

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My son was off the bottle & pacifier both at 11 months. My goal was to take them both away BEFORE he could ask for them & it worked like a charm. I began by giving him his sippy cup at every meal & snacktime, this way it became a routine & he learned to master the use of it. Once he mastered it, away went the bottle & paci on the very same day! He never asked for them once. He just seemed to accept the change. About a month later he found an old paci under the couch & put it in his mouth, I promptly took it out & he looked at me like I was a little crazy, but did not protest. I used the Gerber sippys w/ soft spout, they have side handles & kind of tilt. He loves them & still continues to drink his milk from them. He has a special sippy for milk & a special sippy for juice. I also do not allow him to take them to bed, he knows that it is not allowed & if he must have something, them he gets water in a sippy. Good luck! Not all kids are alike & I know I got lucky w/ mine. Now my 5 week old daughter, I'm sure will be another story!!!

Zubeida - posted on 05/06/2010

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This is very difficult to do as they are always dependent on the bottle. It took two weeks to ween my son. I substituted the milk bottle for a juice sippy cup. He did not want to drink milk from the sippy cup. I gave him more solid dairy products instead of the milk. Then I hid the bottle - out of sight out of mind. It worked. He has asked for the bottle but I said that someone must have taken it. that was 6 months ago. He has not asked for it again. Just persevere. Good luck MOM. You're doing great!

Sarah - posted on 05/05/2010

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What I did was when my kids were 18 months old I limited their bottles to before naps and bed times, and always if they were not feeling well. Then when they were 2 they usually had already stopped using the bottles on their own. I never even talked about it, just did it. That way it wasn't a big deal. My youngest pretty much took herself off the bottle because she watched her big brothers.

Lisa - posted on 05/05/2010

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WHAT I DID, IT MIGHT SOUND HARSH BUT IT WORKED WITH BOTH MY BOY'S. THE DAY THEY TURNED 1 YEAR OLD WAS THE LAST TIME THEY GOT A BOTTLE JUST WENT STRAIGHT TO THE SIPPIE CUP(WITHOUT INTRODUCING THE CUP BEFORE HAND). WELL WITH MY FIRST SON WENT TO THE SIPPIE CUP BUT MY SECOND SON WENT STRAIGHT TO THE STRAW CUP(BETTER FOR SPEECH).

Amanda - posted on 05/05/2010

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My two kids were not really picky over the cups. My son only liked one kind of suckie but my Daughter kind not really care it was just something for her.

Alecia - posted on 05/04/2010

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i had to add sugar free chocolate syrup to her sippy cup to make chocolate milk; and basically told her it's drink out of sippy cup or no choc choc milk at all. it was tough the 1st couple of times; but block out the tantrum, as if it doesnt bother you. they will finalyl give up the tantrums and realize oh ok so it's this or nothing at all. thier smarter than you think. give it a try and good luck.

Malinda - posted on 05/04/2010

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i started my daughter with sips of water from cup when i had a drink so when mum had a drink she wanted one, she was only having them for bed then i just cut them out all together, offered her milk in a sippy cup and just told her she has no more bottles. i thought it was going to be hard as she has a 6mth old sister but she has done really well occassionally she will ask for one but i just tell her she doesnt have bottles anymore and give her a sippy cup and she always gives in in the end.

Camille - posted on 05/04/2010

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my daughter is 2yrs and will not drink milk in anything but her bottle..she looks at me as if I'm crazy..been trying unsuccessful, I even made her pick out a cup I currently have alot of cups in my cupboard..yes the doctor and dentist wants her of the bottle but I'm not about to take away her bottle because someone says that it has to be so we brush her teeth twice a day she ask for her toothbrush every-time we enter the bathroom...it's all about your child..I know that she will give it up...but when she is confident and secure..

Sheleena - posted on 05/04/2010

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Any good doctor actually encourages breast feeding till at least 1yr old if not 2yrs old. My daughter was 16mths old when i stopped breast feeding. She went straight to having formula in a bottle only at bed time. She turned 2 in feb an is still having that night time bottle, sometimes formula an sometimes water depending how full she is from dinner. If they are having normal milk before bed then just make sure they brush their teeth after.

Cindy - posted on 05/04/2010

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Try a few different brands.. our toddler likes one over the others. It has a longer mouthpiece so it's more similar to a bottle. I think it's called Tommy Tipover or something like that. Babies R Us.

Cindy - posted on 05/04/2010

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Try a few different brands.. our toddler likes one over the others. It has a longer mouthpiece so it's more similar to a bottle. I think it's called Tommy Tipover or something like that. Babies R Us.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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That is what I did. It was easy for him. I just refused to give him the bottle after the 3rd pack of bottle nipples in less then two weeks. That gets pricey after a while.

Rhiannon - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son was about 13 months old when we took him off the bottle. He was also in daycare and they wouldn't allow them to have a bottle after 14 months to comply with state issues. And the way that we did it was just to get a sippy that had handles and let him decide when he was ready to drink. It was pretty much cold turkey for him, and it worked pretty well. Sometimes it may seem like it's torture for them but if you switch between cups and bottles it'll confuse them more as to which one they are supposed to use all the time.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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It worked out for me with no stress neither. It was just knowing when he was ready. It was really easy getting him off the bottle once he realized that i was not giving him a bottle any more.

Joanne - posted on 05/04/2010

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2 and a half!!!! and it happened naturally at that age, him wanting to be independant and like mommy and daddy....he insists now on a normal cup and won't even take a sippy cup...... I give him a sippy cup which comes with a straw sometimes and sometimes I give him a cup, let him have a drink and then put it up so he can't spill it. It wasn't a matter at that age of having to wean him, he just didn't want a bottle any more. Don't stress, your baby is still pretty young.... I never cared what anyone thought or expected, and it worked out well with no stress whatsoever. Good luck!!! XXX

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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It will be hard for a day or two. The bottle is easier to give yes but can cause problems. Once ur daughter gets to now that you r not giving her a bottle any more she will give up on it. Give her the bottle at bed time and her cup during the day. My daughter does not have her suckie or even a bottle any more and she is two. If the two girls spend time together that helps to cause if one sees the other one doing something then the other will want it to. That is how my daughter let go of her bottle cause her brother did not have one. She wanted a cup and that was it. Once ur niece has a cup then ur daughter will want one to.Maybe not right away but it will happen. Just watch cause they might fight over the cup so you just might want to make sure you have a cup for your daughter as well.

Erin - posted on 05/04/2010

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my 2 1/2 yr old daughter and niece still drink from bottles!It seems so much easier and they like it i know they have to give it up but r the dr. always right bc i dont agree with my daughter dr at all!my daughter has been given a cup since 4 m but nothing on a regular basis or anything and with my daughter its not that she wont drink from a cup bc she does and a sm open-mouth cup too!my daughter goes to school for a speech delay and her teacher tells me she needs too be off the bottle and should only have sippy cups with straws otherwise its just like a bottle esp if its a soft nipple than there is no difference the bottle!she said it will be tough on me and esp her for a day-1 week and than she will be ok!my daughter has a paci too but mostly only given if she is really upset or for bed(she doesnt always sleep threw the night she did more as an infant than as a toddler)!my niece on the other hands loves her bottles and doesnt wnat to give them up she tells us and my sister who is a single mom who works full time just gives her the bottle always!she has tried the bottle and so have i and other family memebers but know wants to listen her scream about her bottles and unlike my daughter my niece language is at the level of a 5yr her dr told my sister the last dr.appt my niece said so i dont buy it interfers wth there speech!my sister tells the dr my niece gave up the bottle which is not true!I read some else comment that her almost 5 yr old still uses a bottle now that seems extremebut i think and hope that my niece who will turn 3 in July and my daughter turns 3 in October will give up there bottles by the time my niece turns 3 in july bc they spend alot of time 2gether it will be hard on one if the other still has a bottle that they give it up together thats the plan!my only concern is taht they drink so much mostly juice from a bottle that it has interefeared with there eating and they dont eat like they should that is what worries me about the bottle!I just want her and my niece to want to eat more!I would definely keep the night bottle the longest i think its comforting tfor them!we never allow r girls 2 go to bed or lay down with a bottle!so I dont know if mine helps u or not but there is so much wrong in this world already why just not let them have a bottle:)!

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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Marissa took till she was about 1 1/5 by the time she lost her sucky. She relied on it a lot. It was kinda nice cause it helped take the bottle away at the same time.

Gillian - posted on 05/04/2010

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My daughter was just over 1 when she refused the bottle.Found it hard 2 get a sippy cup she liked thou.Ended up with a hard one.She prefered it & so did i.Used to bite throu the other ones.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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He was ready for the cup. He was getting teeth at a month old already and I was not going to keep buying nipples when he was chewing them all the time. He is drinking 3% milk now as well as his sister. He did it on his once he realized that I was not fighting with him. I was also not buying more bottles cause he was hiding them with milk in them. Also when e throws his bottle when it is empty or full that is also another sign that he was done with the bottle.

Lexann - posted on 05/04/2010

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Wow! I didn't read all of these posts, but of those I read, so many of them stated what sounds like way too early to get rid of the bottle to me. I was fortunate, both my boys were breast fed, and weaned themselves from breast to bottle at 9 mo & 12 mo respectively. Then they both weaned themselves from the bottle around 2. Anytime before 2 seems a little young to me. If he still needs the comfort of a bottle, (crying when you take it away) I would give it to him. There is no physiological reason to deny it, and psychologically, denying it could be unhealthy. Plus, you are still supplementing his diet with formula and/or whole milk at this age. They need the fat & calories for their rapidly growing bodies & brains. I would give him until age 2 and then see if he'll accept a sippy on his own. If you encourage him positively, and don't make it a power struggle or a withholding issue, I bet he will give it up on his own when he is ready. Like everything else, all babies pass milestones at different ages, including bottle weaning. Your son will do the same -- don't force him.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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I gave him milk in the bottle to and in his cup. Like I said before he was chewing the nipples off the bottles and hiding them. I gave him water in his bottle before I even started to take it away from him. He was off formula by the time he was 8-9 months because it was just not enough for him. He was drinking 6+ bottles a day of formula. It might of even been sooner that I took formula away. He was a big boy and still is.

Valeri - posted on 05/04/2010

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12 months, 2 days. The pediatric dentist told us to have him off the bottle by 12 months. I started the transition 2 weeks before his birthday. I began giving him whole milk in the sippy cup and kept the formula in bottles. We gradually increased the milk and decreased the formula. This method worked well for us but at 18 months you are probably offering whole milk in the bottle. You don't say if he is drinking water or juice out of a sippy cup. We used the born free drinking cups with a hard spout in the begining and moved to playtex insulated straw cups by 13 months. We also use the thermos insulated straw cup to keep milk and water cold when we are out and about.

Savannah - posted on 05/04/2010

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it was pretty easy for me to switch from bottle. my son was 10 months almost 11. But he bit the nipple off his bottle and that was the end of the bottles. Just remember all kids are different. It may take longer for other kids to transition into the next step. I wouldn't rush it. just keep trying and like Shelby said, the soft tipped sippy cups work really nice for learning the transition.

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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My lil girl was a little harder to take off the bottle at first but once she seen her brother drinking out of a plastic cup she did not want the bottle at all. She would throw it at you. She did not even really use a sippy cup unless we were going some where. Like they say monkey see monkey do. She was a little harder to take off her suckie though.

Denise - posted on 05/04/2010

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Both of mine were off bottle by 10months. They wanted sippy, more then bottle.

Mandy - posted on 05/04/2010

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I bought a snippy cup that the top was clear silicon like a bottle and my last three kids transitioned well. I got it at Walmart and they didn't really know the difference

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son gets plenty of milk. If he wanted a drink I would give him his cup but he did not want it he wanted a bottle instead. I just put the cup on the table and when he got really thirsty he would take his cup. He started having a drink before he went to bed and that is what helped take the cup away at night. I was told that I got it easy with him cause he was not a big one on having to many fits. He is now 5 and healthy.

Adrianna - posted on 05/04/2010

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I took my son off the bottle at 12 months, however the last time he drank milk was in his last bottle he drank. He wont drink any milk at all whatsoever unless in cereal. He will not drink regular milk, chocolate milk or strawberry milk in a cup. Some children associate milk with the bottle and will not drink it otherwise. My mother said this is how I was as a baby and I still to this day do not drink milk. But be sure your child is getting enough dairy in other ways. My son eats at least 2-3 cheese sticks a day as well as cereal for breakfast and yogurt for snacks and his pediatrician says thats just as good as him drinking milk. As far as nights go, thats the hardest part, my son threw about a 15 -20 minute tantrum every night for about 3 days and then was fine. I would also suggest not shoving the sippy cup in his face when hes crying for a bottle because my son began using his sippy cup as a bottle all the time, wanting to sleep with it at night and that was a nightmare. Hope some of that helps....

Amanda - posted on 05/04/2010

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I took the bottle away from my son when he was like 8-9 months because ha had a mouth full of teeth and was biting the nipples off.He was also hiding them. I gave him sippy cups during the day and bottle at night to put him to sleep. I did not tell him nothing at all. I was just tired of buying nipples and smelling rotten milk. It took about 2 weeks before he was off the bottle all together. I just kept taking the bottle away at night little by little. He would then have a drink before bed and that was it. The bottles were gone.

Sheri - posted on 05/04/2010

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I got both my kids off the bottle around 10 months. Whenever they could start holding the cup by him or herself. Yes they cried but eventually he will get thirsty enought to drink from the sippy.

Angie - posted on 05/04/2010

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I didnt rush my daughter off the bottle I think she was over 2 when she came off the bottle and I think in a way it probably made it harder to get her off the bottle because I waited and it was a rough couple days when her bottles were picked up by a bottle fairy lol but then dad took her to the store and let her pic out sippy cups and that helped alot too. You cant go by what the Dr says on some things you just have to go with what you think is best for your child Drs base ideas on stats and each kid is different

Alisha - posted on 05/04/2010

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well i got lucky with my oldest he was 10 months old and he didnt want his bottle no more so what i did was i would mix his formula in with his cereal for a few moths intill he turned a year old,but u will have to be in charge tell him over and over that he's a big boy now and only babies have bottles and if he throws a fit just ignore it and keep offering the cup and let him see you try it and then offer him a drink out of it and sooner or later he will relize that if mommy and daddy's doing it then i should be too, u know. i mean you dont gotta take my advice but i thought i was pretty good advice my friends have taken it and they said it works so i dunno.

Hayley - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son was about 20-22 months old when we took him off the bottle. he was biting the nipple off the bottle and it would leak everywhere. so we went out and got sippy cups and handed him one and he was drinking from it and once he notice he was unable to bit the tip off he threw it down and threw a fit. I never gave in. I told him if wanted to eat he would have to learn to be a big boy and ever since then he has been on the sippy cup. Im my own thoughts If you feel that your baby is not ready then wait until you think he is. My sons dr. told us he should be off the bottle by 18 months i did not feel we where ready. so i kept him on the bottle until we thought he was ready and once we where done buying new nipples for the bottle. Good luck.Oh and Never give bottle and sippy and then bottle again it confusses them.

Brittni - posted on 05/04/2010

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My daughter was about 17-18 months when we did. The only way she would drink milk was from the bottle and after trying to and trying, we figured out that for one, she will only drink milk if its chocolate or strawberry she will not drink plain milk. So, we still just give her the flavored milk too.. But she was really into Dora, so we let her pick out some Dora sippy cups and she right away started drinking it out of the cup!

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