When and how to wean off bottle?

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Heather - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter has now not had a bottle for 3 days! She drinks her milk and juice from a sippy cup, still workin on the straw!
Thanks for all the tips!

Chantelle - posted on 03/12/2010

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I had a hard time taking my son off the bottle. He just got off the bottle and he is 18 months old and he's only been off the bottle for about a month. But what I did was I tried to give him a cup through out the day, and at night I would give him half of a bottle, and then the next night I would give him a cup. I just switched it up every night from cup to bottle. and eventually I just continued to give him the cup every night and now he doesn't even go to bed with either of them. So maybe try that. I tried to get my son off the bottle at about 8 months but it was very difficult. It takes patince and you got to keep it as a routine. Don't give up :)

Heather - posted on 03/10/2010

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those are all great tips! my 9 month old drinks out of a sippy cup fine i put juice in it n she drinks it whenever she wants. i give her a bottle right b4 each nap while i'm rocking her and right b4 bed when im rocking her.
i guess i should be more specific.
with her being like this when and how should i wean the bottle?

Sharon - posted on 03/10/2010

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1 yr old, pay attention to her cues. sippy at meals. maybe just a bottle at bedtime. then slowly wean that. just make sure the bottles are out of the house.. my hubby kept giving them after he was weaned and on all cups 'cause it was easy.

LaCi - posted on 03/10/2010

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We waited until our son was a year old before we did it, I know they suggest to have them totally weaned by a year but I look at guidelines as suggestions more than rules. He took to the sippy cup quickly at that age, there really wasn't any work involved, honestly. He just adapted to it, he only wanted a bottle when he saw one and when I threw them all away it was out of sight and out of mind.

Medic - posted on 03/09/2010

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I started my son on the sippy cup at 6 months and he was good at it by about 8-9 months I took the bottle away at meal times first then about one other bottle a week turned into a cup and it was easy by the time he was 11 months he would rather have a cup and on his 1st bday we threw the other bottles away and that was that. Just don't back down they will learn to live with the change.

Iysha - posted on 03/09/2010

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I have offered my 8 month old a sippy cup at 6 months. She looked like she knew what To do with it but the spout poured out too fast and she started choking. I still give it t her but it's like a toy to her. I'm going to buy her some age appropriate ones and just start giving her less fluids in her bottle once she gets the hang of the sippy or just not go the sippy cup route and instead do the straw or straight from the cup. We will see! Good luck

Abbie - posted on 03/09/2010

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we were told by our ped by a year.... pfft that didn't happen. So around 14 months we really pushed the sippy cups for daytime use. Only a bottle at nap and night time. Then at 16 months we got rid of nap time bottles. then around 17-18 months we started adding water to night time bottle, and kept adding more and more water, he hated that, so he gave up the night time bottle. My doc wanted him off the bottle at 12 months, our son had other ideas, he rather not drink then drink from a sippy. I wouldn't freak out as long as your child brushes their teeth.

Crystal - posted on 03/09/2010

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i would offer my son a sip at 6 months but here in tn the healht dep said by 12 months to have them weaned completely from the bottle

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