When did you stop using a bottle ?

Melanie - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 212 moms have responded )

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Emily is now down to 2 bottles a day( both 8 oz but some breakfast one used in her weetabix ), one at breakfast and one at bedtime, at what age should i stop using a bottle and transfer to a cup instead, she drinks from a cup no probs during day but dont want to confuse her...??

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Sharon - posted on 06/22/2010

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My doctor asked me " will they be on a bottle when they are in university?" Obviously not, so stopped worrying! My son had his bottle until he was 4. One in the morning and one before bed. We had no teeth issues and he is perfectly fine, healthy and normal. I think sometimes we over think these things. What does your docotor say?

Ellen - posted on 06/22/2010

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Lets see, I let my kids (5 daughters) have a bottle till they were like 3 yrs. old. Don't stress, you won't confuse them. It's just another form of taking in liquids. I found them convenient, cleaner (no spills), and easy to travel with. Giving them liquids is more important than what they're drinking out of. Don't stress mom....there are worse things out there than a bottle :)

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2010

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Oh my goodness, my daughter is 2 1/2 and still gets a bedtime bottle. Lately, she has reverted to a babyish stage where she won't even use the sippy half the time. She even wakes up in the middle of the night still wanting a bottle. Did all your babies fight you or did they even notice? I know it is time she gets off the bottle.

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I have a 4 year old and 2 year old both are drinking milk from a bottle in the morning and evening. It's a comfort thing for both of them and I have no problem with it. My 4 year old has perfect teeth and drinks from an open cup at all other times but likes a snuggle and a bottle. He is going to stop at 5, as we both realise he should really stop, problem is, he will not have that morning or evening drink in anything else which is a real shame. I don't see the hurry, he cleans his teeth after having his bottle and it's gone in about a minute, I don't see how this can cause any damage to his teeth and it has not caused a problem with either of them speaking. They were both early talkers. Hope this helps a bit x

Traci - posted on 06/22/2010

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@Amanda - My daughter didn't leave her night time bottle until around 2 years and 2 months. I used to hear all kinds of crap about it but I just wouldn't give it to her unless she asked. And then one night she didn't ask and didn't get one. Then one week it was two nights she didn't ask and then eventually she just didn't ask anymore. And I always put them where she would not see them to remind her and I made sure that her baby brothers bottles looked totally different. I also switched her to water only in the bottles.. I had to do that by watering milk down a little more each night HTH

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Stacy - posted on 06/23/2010

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I think you should do what is best for you and your child. We read what others had to say and saw (like you will no doubt) that it varies widely.

Babies and children have sucking reflex present (and a comfort need of it) until ages 6 - 8 in many cases. Some children don't mind the switch. We were having our 2nd when our first was still having 2 a day (2 years old). We didn't force it but rather started slowly and painlessly transitioning. I refuse to take what another needs for comfort away because of anyone's opinion. I know I'd flip if anyone took away my comfort measures before I was ready to give them up.

Eryn - posted on 06/23/2010

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my son was off the bottle at 9 months and to make the switch easier i used the nubey sippies... soft spouted more like a bottle. However my son had most of his teeth minus 4 by that age and was carrying bottles around with his teeth, chewing them etc. I am a big believer in the longer you wait the harder it will be on them. Just stick to your guns and involve them in picking out cups etc. Plus there are some cups that are amazing and kids love them and others that arent so good so just follow your childs ques

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I STOP USING BOTTLES WHEN HE WAS 10 MONTHS THEN HE STARTED USING CUPS ALLAH IS GREAT SO JUST BE PATIENCE WITH HIM

Kristie - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son is now 13 months and 2 weeks before his birthday i stoped giving him a bottle all together. and one week befor his first birthday i stoped his soother. he did awsome both times.
now all he uses are his sippy cups. and now were starting straws.

Nancy - posted on 06/23/2010

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Don't give in to the bottle demands! You have to last longer than them or they will rule the roost. My son is 20 months and does the sippy cup since maybe 10-12 months, with bottles at nap and bedtime, but now only at bedtime if he's inconsolable. But it's not about the bottle, it's about being tired. He gets a small one with warm milk to help him sleep. Usually, he will fall asleep on me or his dad then we move him to bed without a bottle. So, the naptime bottle, we went cold turkey and he never noticed. We just gave him a sippy with water. He was fine.

Nikki - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son has never used a bottle but at 4 months we introduced him to the sippy cup and he uses that for his formula and water. He still is breastfeed throughout the day though.

Kelly - posted on 06/23/2010

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mine were between 1 and 1 1/2. they took to them very well. my little girl transitioned with bottle in morn and bedtime. my boy just gave it up to be like his sister. but all kids are different.

Ann - posted on 06/23/2010

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I found that with my daughter lynzi that when she started using the non spill cups i didnt have to give her the bottle provided she gets her last cup when going to bed, she stayed overnight at my sisters when i hadnt brought a bottle and used the non spill cup without a problem so before she came back the bottles where gone

Kari - posted on 06/23/2010

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All three of my kids were off the bottle by 9 months. I didn't even let them have a bottle at bedtime because I didn't want them to still be hooked on them. But every child and parent are different. I just don't like seeing 3 year olds still with a bottle in their mouths.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son liked his bottle at bedtime and would not drink milk from a cup. He would drink juice and water in a cup, but refused milk. Until I found a Nuby cup that had a soft plastic sippy part. I got rid of the bottles and only offered him cups. It only took a couple of nights of crying but he did ok. We stopped bottles just before his 2nd birthday. Good luck. : )

Sherri - posted on 06/23/2010

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my son is almost 3 and still using a bottle. it's shameful, i know. he's my 2nd boy, and to be honest, i just don't have the heart to take it away from him. i guess i feel like i have bigger fish to fry at this point in my life...

Kristin - posted on 06/23/2010

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Doctors say in && around 12 mos. My son started using a cup at 9 months. For me it was easier to take it away completely. I see a lot of people saying they just gave a bottle every once in a while, but I agree that is too confusing. In my opinion, you have to be consistent as a parent no matter what it is about. It's not easy..for three days my son drank maybe 12 oz/day (he was still very chunky so that was nothing compared to the 28 he usually drank)..but it was just because he didn't want a cup. After those three days he never drank from a bottle again. He loved his cup. Sometimes you just have to out will them. If they think they can wait you out, they will. lol.

Stacey - posted on 06/23/2010

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I introduced sippy cups around 10 months of age & cut down to the bedtime bottle/nursing only when my girls were a year. I would say that by the time they were 13 months, they were completely done. I truly don't remember it being a stressful time for them, all went smoothly.

Amy - posted on 06/23/2010

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We had 4 kids, the first 3 were girls and they were on sippy cups by one year of age.
Our last was a boy, and he took a bottle at bedtime until age 3 years. Ha Ha

Malinda - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter is 2. I still give her a bottle at bedtime. My doctor said I should get her off by her 3rd birthday. I would have dropped it sooner but she refuses to drink milk from a sippy. Hope this helps :)

Catherine - posted on 06/23/2010

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In our house you get your last bottle on your first birthday. It's a nice "graduation" from infantcy. :) we introduce sippy cups at 6 months, but formula is always given in a bottle (it's the only thing given in a bottle). Since we stop formula at a year, bottles stop at a year, too. :)

Kendle - posted on 06/23/2010

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how old is she? ericson is really big oral gratification. i breast fed and went straight to sippy cups. make sure u are giving water and brushing teeth after milk at bedtime to cut down on ear infections.

Deanna - posted on 06/23/2010

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15 Months is what the doc told me. Both my girls were weened by then. Don't worry she's not going to get confused, but if she's using the cup perfectly fine, you should just try to nix the bottle all together.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son only had a a bottle at night until he was 1 and a half, the rest were cut out when he was one. Munchcin had a sippy cup i liked that didnt leak and had a soft spout, nubby had a similar one but it leaked. I went through about 40 dollars in sippy cups before i found one he would take. I used the straw ones for a while but he would walk around with them in his mouth and the straws would break at the ends from his teeth and i would have to throw them out due to a choking risk. He also go really stuck on the ones with the straw and would only take those. The only place i could find the replacement straws were on line and by the time you paid for the straws and shipping i could have bought more sippy cups for the same price. NOT worth it. I just started to phase out the straws when they would break and not replace them. He is on the sippy cup and regular cup and those sports bottle type water bottles.

Alicia Rose - posted on 06/23/2010

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Whatever u decide don't just take it away from her, gradually wean her off the bottle. I think that is so cruel to do that to a baby.

NaVisa - posted on 06/23/2010

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Getting rid of the bottle is essential for healthy teeth, especially if you are putting sugary drinks such as juice or whole milk in them. I took both my son and daughter off of the bottle a little before they turned 1 year old. It may seem difficult at first (especially if they are having the bottle at bedtime) but my children were both over the bottle after about 6 days of not having it. Hope this helps.

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When my babies turned 1 year. I stopped the bottle because they no longer needed formula. They transitioned to sippy cups and then to regular cups just fine. The main benefit to the sippy cup is the non spill factor. Once they're coordinated enought to not spill I got rid of the sippy cups. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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All my children were introduced to sippy cups at 6 months and nothing but BM or Formula came in a bottle. My now 14yo was broke of the bottle at exactly a year due to getting tubes in his ears the next day and had no problems. My now 9yo decided at a year that cows milk didn't belong in a bottle and broke herself. And the 17 month old was down to just pre-nap and bedtime for bottles when at 11 months we decided to see if he would drop them cold turkey and he did, no fuss at all.

Allison - posted on 06/23/2010

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I stopped for all 3 of my children the day they turned 1. Cold turkey, per my pediatrician. They had been using a sippy cup twice a day for a month or two along with a bottle before their first birthday. Bottles were gone and sippy cup was the only thing they could drink out of. All three transitioned will with only a day or two of not wanting to drink out of the sippy cup

Chantel - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter stopped using a bedtime bottle at about 2.5 years old. It wasn't that she wouldn't drink out of a cup, it was more a anti-mess/save my sanity thing. She hated the spill-proof sippy cups (too much suction required for drinking) and it was hard to find non-spill-proof sippy cups that she liked, and the open/non-sippy cups wreaked havok on my sanity. We're trying to sell our house but I'm a single mom during the week, working full-time away from home, running a farm by myself and raising a toddler by myself. So I'm also trying to keep the house spotless by myself. So one too many spilled cups of milk or juice and I'm the one who reverted back to the bottle...for my own sanity. But I recently found the disposable sippy cups that we both love so bye bye bottle...and I'm still semi-sane.

Danielle - posted on 06/23/2010

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with my daughter I did the same thing offered her a bottle in the morning and at night time and a cup during the day and then one day she just kept refusing the bottles. So I took every bottle that I owned and threw them all in the garbage. Then when she asked for a baba (bottle) I just said "baba went bye bye" and she got the picture and didn't really care much! Just throw them away, never look back, and do your best to explain to your daughter that it's now gone and she's a big girl!

Sheilla - posted on 06/23/2010

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I stopped the bottle at 18 months, she was only having one in the morning and one at night, after 12 months..but it was our bonding time and she loved them......

Vicky - posted on 06/23/2010

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My little Girl will be 3 in October and she still takes a bottle before bed time - im not going to try to cut this out for a little bit longer is she is happy I have been told by other mum's not to panic about it yet.

Tawnya - posted on 06/23/2010

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Depends if this is your frst child or not. The first child usually keeps their bottles longer. Id just wait until their ready. Dont be in a hurry. You dont have to go by the books just watch and tell them that they are big boy or girl and just incourage them. Never just take it away.

Tammi - posted on 06/23/2010

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all 4 of my kids were completely off the bottle by 18mths 2 of my sons were off by time they turned one....my daughter was a lil harder and was 18mths b4 i got her off as was my youngest son..... had probs for about a week or so after taking them off but that was it

Amy - posted on 06/23/2010

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That's pretty much how we started to wean Bodie off the bottle. We introduced the sippy cup at around one year. The true test was when we went on a little weekend vacation. We brought regular bottle with (just in case) but he was so busy with investigating the hotel room and having fun with things during the day, he never pitched a fit at all! So I can say, Bodie was done with the bottle at 15 months. I kept one bottle, as a back up for if he got sick or hurt and needed that little extra support but ended up throwing them all out !

Heather - posted on 06/23/2010

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This might sound strange but I never used bottles for either of my kids. They were both breastfed from birth and then weaned onto a sippy cup with handles. This was so easy compared to preparing bottles. I chose to be a stay-at-home mom for the first 3 years and for some reason, I was never able to pump my milk but I loved nursing and the closeness it brought between me and my babies so it was never a problem.

Sande - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter may be 32 years old, but we stopped using the bottle when she was ready to give up the bottle on her own. reccomend this simply I feel the child has no trauna in his or her life as a a result. To me it sounds like you are having a lot of pressure put on you because ou are not doing a
what other people want you to do. However my f amily doctot tol me she would give the bottle when she was damn good and ready,he also wentw on to inform m,e that taking the bottle away from her could jepordize her health.becauise she needed the juice and water to prevent dehydration,as well as if she wasn't a healthy eater how else is she supose to get her necessary nutrient Value for the day, my daughter got severe enimia when it tok the bottle away from herwhich required her to be hospitalizde for quite a while. So my dear please ckck with your family doctor and don't listen to anyone else.and follow your instincts , you will have a very happy child then.
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Natasha - posted on 06/23/2010

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well these days you can buy cups with the sipper lids for 9 months and up. i stopped my boy at about 12 months as i had to keep him on bottle a little longer cause was on formula still for lactose intolerant. cups are very good for them to have and give them there bed time drinks in. i would say between 9 and 12 months id you are worried about starting her to young

Carrie Brie - posted on 06/23/2010

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You know before I had kids I swore I would take the bottle away at 2, but I had my second child before my first one was 2. Needless to say my children now are 1 and 3 (almost 2 and 4)and they both still drink a bottle. I dont think it is a big deal unless they are sleeping with it. I love to sit and cuddle with my boys on the couch before bedtime with their bottles. For me it is bonding and cuddle time with my boys!!

Shirley - posted on 06/23/2010

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We started playing with sippy cups around 6 months old. They were really good even with those that had a straw. But, my twins didn't stop the bottle until 18 months. The doctor suggested 15 months. We stopped the day after we went to our 18 month appt and he said we really needed to stop. I think most doctors and people go for 12 months. You can also consult www.aap.org/ We went cold turkey - took them away and hid them out of site. It took almost a week for them to be normal without whining.

Liz - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son turned 1 on June 15th and was still drinking 1 bottle in the morning and 1 bottle at night and sippy cups during the day. As of 2 days ago I cut out the bottles completely and now just give sippy cups only. He didn't even notice.

Joselyn - posted on 06/23/2010

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Oh my gosh! Why are we all so in a hurry to get rid of bottles before a baby is 1? ...they are still babies!!! My daughter had a nap and bedtime bottle until she was 2 years old, then we cut them pretty much cold turkey. My 21 month old son still gets nap & bedtime bottles. I want to cut them out by his 2nd birthday also. Both children's teetch are fine. Flat & Straw sippy cups can damage teeth if used too much with too much chewing but that is rare. I say let babies be babies and do what's best for your family. No one ever walks into a Kindergarten class and can point out which kid was drinking from cups at 11 months or 2 years!

Fiona - posted on 06/23/2010

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Got rid of bottles by first birthday and went to non spill sippy cups. Not just turned 2 and getting rid of the morning one and giving all day time drinks out of a normal cup, only milk before bed is still in sippy cup before brushing teeth and heading to bed.

Janet - posted on 06/23/2010

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I got rid of all bottles after 1 year. If they were no longer drinking formula then it all went into the sippy cup.

Heather - posted on 06/23/2010

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At six months old, our daughter was using both. We were usuing the sippy cups with the 2 handles - I think it is called a Nubby. Then at her 8 month check up, our pediatricians said that it is time to beginning wheening her off the bottle and using a sippy cup all the time. Since she was using both, I just took her off the bottle completely. She transitioned well with it.

Susan - posted on 06/23/2010

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How old is your daughter? I think my doctor and dentist, who are both men, insisted on eliminating the bottle by 1 year and the sippy by 18 months. The reason they insisted had to do with bite development and the prevention of cavities. I'm pretty sure we were off the bottle by 1 year, but it may have taken a little longer to get off the sippy. They make mealtime so much less messy. I think a sippy is ok after 18 months so long as you just give give water or milk at mealtimes. I don't let my son have any juice, the dentist again. But, he's a lot older now. Hope this information is helpful.

Tracy - posted on 06/23/2010

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We introduced the sippy cup at about 6 months old and completely quit the bottle cold turkey at 1 yr. I think it was harder for us to quit than our little guy. Out of site, out of mind.

Leischen - posted on 06/23/2010

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All of ours off bottles when they were 11 or 11 1/2 months old, completely off by their first birthdays.

Pam - posted on 06/23/2010

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I had a great neice that would not eat with her family at meal times - she only wanted snacks - sweets. Her pediatrician told her mother not to allow her any snacks between meals - that she would not starve herself and when she got hungry she would eat a real meal, but as long as she was allowed the snacks that was all she was going to eat. It only took two days for her to decide the regular meal was really good and she has eaten normally since then.

My pediatrician told us that sucking on a bottle causes ear infections in a lot of children, and children who walk around sucking air from a bottle have even more ear infections.

Kerstin - posted on 06/23/2010

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i took him off the bottle with 8 month. nd he not missing it one bit... but he also off formula since he is 8 month.. he just didnt wanted it no more.. what i do still is lettin him drink outta the straw cups. but mostly he drinking outta a reg cup

Pam - posted on 06/23/2010

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A child should be off all bottles by 18 months max. The extended use of bottles cause ear infections and problems with their teeth. Once a baby is sitting up by themselves and able to hold the cups you should start eliminationg bottles. As long as they are getting enough formula/milk from a cup it is never too early to take a bottle away.

Marcia - posted on 06/23/2010

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At one year transfer totally to a sippy cup...it is a big milestone, but many kids adapt quickly!

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