When do i start taking the bottle away and how??

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My daughter will be a year on June 4th and my doctor said that i should start taking the bottle away at 1 yr..im not sure how to start the process any advice would be nice:) oh and when did you take the bottle away?

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Megan - posted on 05/26/2011

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doctors usually like to see it gone by 12 -15 months. I took it away at 18 months. just at night time maybe 2 bottle throughout the night . then i sat my own bio's up and let them take a drink of milk from a "straw sippy cup," it seemed to help! then my babies would lay right back down.

Medic - posted on 05/26/2011

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Just throw them away. With my oldest on his first bday we bagged up all the bottles and let him throw them in the dumpster. My youngest weaned herself at 6 months and just preferred her sippy cup. On my oldests second bday we threw out all sippy cups and plan to do the same with our girl.

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Medic - posted on 06/02/2011

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I never mixed milk and formula with either of my kids. I also never gave them regular milk in the bottle. Both preferred whole milk to formula.

Joanna - posted on 06/02/2011

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I did a mixture when introducing cows milk... Started with 1/3 milk 2/3 formula. Then a few days later 1/2 and 1/2, then 1/3 formula 2/3 milk, then all milk. However I did the transition in the bottle, since my daughter would not drink milk/formula from a sippy, only water/juice. Some kids are picky like that. But just try and maybe yours will take to it with no problem.

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So then i just give her milk in the sippy cup, is it just regular milk now or the formula still?

Joanna - posted on 05/26/2011

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My daughter stopped her daytime bottle at 15 months, but had one at night before teeth-brushing and bedtime until 22 months. It was her comfort object, so I didn't feel the need to take it away until she was ready. And at 22 months she weaned herself.

That being said, I don't think 1 has to be the magic age. You can start cutting back by using sippy cups for meals, and just slowly drop each feeding until finally you take away the most important 2, the morning and then bedtime. Age means nothing, just go with your gut as to what's best for your baby. If she's fine dropping them at 1, that's great! If not, you can just take it slowly.

Christy - posted on 05/26/2011

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One year is a great time to take the bottle away. If you need time to "wean" it's not too early and not too late! So, start with a sippy cup during the day. If you haven't found a sippy cup that baby likes, shop around and find one that has a tip somewhat similar to a bottle, kinda soft. Some babies like handles some don't. It may take awhile to find the right cup. But use regular milk in the daytime in the sippy cup and the bottle at night with the formula you've been using. Or, just milk at night in the bottle and other types of drinks during the day. I used yummy drinks in the sippy cup to encourage drinking out of it. Once baby is doing well in the daytime with the sippy cup, start giving the night time milk in the sippy cup, in the kitchen before bed. If you need to, you can transfer the contents into the bottle, but make it less than usual. Then start rotating more milk during the daytime or with dinner so that baby is still getting a good amount of calcium. It's okay if it's a long gradual process.

I'm sure there are a lot of other ideas out there. Find something that sounds good to you and then stick with it!

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