what age should i take the bottle away?
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Carrie - posted on 09/23/2013
My step daughter is 29 months old and still takes the bottle at night and doesnt want to be potty trained. This is kind of a hard/awkward subject to bring up because i am step mom but i feel she needs to be potty trained and stop using her bottle. We only have her one night a week but it seems like her mom/grandparents arent really working with her on this. She will have 2-3 bottles a night. What do I do!! Is she just not ready?
Elizabeth - posted on 05/12/2010
I am very thankful to hear other moms out there that will agree that it is dependent on the child and what they are comfortable with. There is no reason to force a little one to adhere to a specific age for specific things. When a bottle is able to bring about a feeling of comfort and security, why not let them drink. They are still little!!
Amanda - posted on 06/12/2013
Funny how I read that some parents try to take the bottle away but they throw a fit and they give it back. That only makes it worse when you really have to take it away for the health of their teeth. If they have their front teeth on the top time to take it away. It pushes the teeth forward. It is going to be hard but put out a sippy cup and if they are thirsty they will use it. My cousin finally listen to me by just getting rid of his bottles and putting out a sippy cup. IT WORKED. If they cry so be it. Thats part of being a kid. They are use to the bottle to sooth them but they don't need it. My son's bottle was taken away at one. We went cold turkey and it worked.
Amy - posted on 05/13/2010
When he started being able to hold his bottle upright by himself with no help to get it into his mouth is when I started to introduce a sippy cup. I didn't "take" away his bottle. A child will naturally tell you when they are done taking a bottle. My son was about 14 months when he stopped taking the bottle. He just up and didn't want to use it anymore. Your child will give you the cues that he doesn't want to use the bottle anymore.
Shelly - posted on 12/31/2012
My son will be 2 in February and he still takes a bottle at bedtime....I have tried numerous times to take it away but he throws a fit....it took me forever to find a sippy that he would use.
I finally got the bottle away during the day but he likes it at night and then will wake up 2 or 3 times through the night wanting more usually I put a ounce of water and he goes back to sleep but I am dreading it so bad I just want to get it over with....How do I do it.....Help
Helena - posted on 08/17/2011
I have noticed with kids in the class that still have the bottle at a late age (and I'm talking 4 years old), have speech problems. Bottles are for babies and not toddlers and it does seem to have a negative effect on the development of speech from what I've seen.
It might not be easy to get her/him to give it up but not everything is easy and will be worth it in the end.... good luck!!
Lynette - posted on 08/14/2011
I was really surpirsed to see mothers barely taking away bottles at 2yrs. To me personally that's just too old and I always get the feeling that those childern always get what they want since they still have a bottle in their mouths. I took my son off a bottle at 13 months and now at 18 months he sleeps with nothing at nap time or bed time. I know he feels more grown up and now he wants to drink from a cup like us. So I say the sooner the better, if you wait too long your child will be set in their ways and all hell breaks lose when you try and change something on them.
Vanessa - posted on 08/11/2011
Probably by now, the bottle has been taken away since this post is rather old, but I let my son tell me when he was ready. If you let them choose, it is a more successful transtion. My son was a year old, when he threw his bottle in the trash and that is where it stayed.
Tamika - posted on 05/16/2010
I took the bottle away at 1 as well; my sister told me that on the 1st bday you should let your child help with throwing away all the bottles and present the new sippy as a gift. this makes them feel like using a big girl/boy cup is apart of growing up but it also feels like it's a privledge.
Victoria - posted on 05/14/2010
You really needs to take the bottle away thats really not healthy or good. If you hv a sippy cup make her take it. Mom, u can not give it to her. She's only doing what you allow her to do. You must explain to her that she is a big girl now and that only babies need the bottle. She's gonna scream and hollow for the bottle but you must remember its time for her to let go. take it first thing in the morning and than make sure you throw it away somewhere other than home. so not go get one ,so its best to first do this a night you do not hv to go to work the next day. If you do this and stick with it you will be just fine. hold her and give her more table food,that will help her to be fuller on real food instead of liquid. Mom, is ok to feed her a good meal.
Catherine - posted on 05/14/2010
My daughter is 16 months old and is still on the bottle! She has a sippy cup but she prefers the bottle, she doesnt sleep through the night either so any tips please feel free! And she will not sleep without her bottle! I have tried to take it away but she just screams for it, i have tried to persevere with her but she falls asleep with the bottle then wakes at around 4am for another bottle!!! pls help
Izelle - posted on 05/14/2010
How I feel like a bad mom right now.... My daughter is 2 yrs and 4 mnths and still drink her bottle at bedtime. She is using a sippy cup during the day since she was 9 mnths but doesn't want to leave the bottle. I think the reason for this is because she has the straw tipe cup and she likes to lay down and drink and falls asleep this way, and with the straw you can drink if its auside down. Oh and she refuse the bottel when she sleeps at her grandpa's.
I think it's time I took the bottel away. Lol :-)
Krissy - posted on 05/13/2010
-dianne. the difference between a sippy cup and bottle is that the bottle is slow flow and easy to suck, the sippy bottle is fast flow when it is pressured for the fluids, they aslo come in training soft nibed sippys and hard nibed sippys. i have given my girl the sippy because she kept on the bottle using it for a divice to fall asleep on. she doesnt like it but i dont want her to become used to the fact of falling aleep and becoming dependant on it for sleep. it think it is for the parent to decide when it is time just like the dummy i have seen many kids sucking on a bottle/dummy at the age of 4 and it looks rediculas.
Katharina - posted on 05/13/2010
my son is 17months, and he was breastfed. now he only drinks warm milk out of a bottle at night, but during the day he is soooo active that a bottle of water or very thin juice is the only way we can actually get enough liquid into him. he runs around with it most of the time and if he drops it it doesnt spill. he thinks a sippy cup is hilarious because you can tip it out and play with the liquid.
i worried about his teeth before but i didnt realise mums normally took a bottle away so early? hes learning drinking out of a cup when hes sitting down for a meal but he really doesnt drink enough this way. are most kids by one drinking from cups alone?
Dianne - posted on 05/11/2010
I totally agree by not putting an age to when the bottle should be taken away. The same goes for potty training. Your child will tell you when they are ready. Can't see the harm in a bottle. What's the difference between a sippy cup and bottle anyway? My daughter is 20 months old and refuse to drink her milk from anything else than a bottle. I'm definitely not going to force her to drink out of a cup if she doesn't want to.
Ashley - posted on 05/11/2010
when your child is ready ...... my youngest is a yr old and she just turned it on the 6th and is NO WHERE ready to have hers taken away and that is fine .. also my cousin's little guiy is 18 months old she has been to the doctors alot about this and her doctor has said and i qoutes lol " there is no harm in him having a bottle for his milk he is still a baby .." and then the dr went on to say that this child would let them know when he was ready .. he will not take a sippy at all and hes not a big eater so if this is the worse thing hes doing whats the big deal ... ? the dr then said as long as hes not going to preschool with it they are fine... now this baby doesnt get juice in his bottle only his milk or water .. and the same for my daughter some babies just arent ready at the yr mark..
Sarah - posted on 05/10/2010
I took my daughters when she was year and a half. BUT no doctor or parent or book should put a limit on when YOU take it! You know your child better than anyone. The problem that i had was when she got sick she would not take a sippy.
Jessica - posted on 05/10/2010
1 yr old is a great age ..that was the age my sons were when i took it away, at around seven months old i introduced the sippy cup.. i would put a little formula or juice in the sippy and give it to them a dinner or lunch and take a bottle away during the day and by the time they were 1 it was smooth transition and they didnt get attached to it. hope it helps.
Chelsey - posted on 05/09/2010
For both my daughters we introduced the sippy cup around 7 months but still had bottles at nap time and bed time (once they got the hang of the cup). By 11 months it was only bottles at bed time and by 13 months they were off bottles completely
When my son turned one year old the pediatrician told me to take the bottle away. He said it was important for him to drink for thirst and not for comfort. So, I gradually weaned him off the bottle and he was using only sippy cups by about 15 months.
Nicky - posted on 05/08/2010
It is so true what they say! I only took the bottle away a few months back, they now need to remove most of her teeth. Even if its hard, you have to try and do it at the earliest. This will only last a while and then she/he will forget about it. Good Luck!
Dora - posted on 05/07/2010
I took the bottle away from my son daytime only when he turned a year old. Then 3 months later I took the bottle away at night. I wanted to make it a smooth transition for him. It wasn't bad. He went with the flow. He is now turning 2yrs old next week and loves drinking out of a regular cup. We don't push that on him just whenever my husband and I are drinking he wants to try it and we just let him. He is becoming a pro at it.
Stevie - posted on 05/07/2010
i say the earlier the better my son had his first sippy cup at 3 months but we were jjust trying that we actually switched him at 6 months and worked out GREAT were hoping by age 2 hell be on a regular cup like we drink out of but ive heard of alot of moms who didnt start to take the bottle away until 1 or later and are having a hard time with it i think before they are able to say baba or something for it is great but i plan on 6 months with the rest of mine good luck
Sarah - posted on 05/07/2010
Doctors recommend at 1 yr. By this age they are able to hold and drink from a sippy cup. They are also getting more teeth and their mouth is forming, so to help teeth not rot and mouth to form properly 1 yr is also the recommended age. Sippy cups can also become an issue eith teeth and mouth structure if used like a bottle. By age 1 yr. the child should be eating table food and eating meals with you. I have a rule that if you want something to drink you must drink it at the table. This helps prevent the carrying around the sippy cup all day and drinking more liquid then what is needed in their diet.
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