any suggestions on getting rid of the bottle?

Kimberly - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 68 moms have responded )

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Mt child is 21 months and willnot drik milk out of a sippie cup.

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Andrea - posted on 05/25/2010

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At 21 months my son wouldnt stop using the bottle for milk either and out of sight out of mind worked. Just got rid of them & reminded him the bottles were all gone, didnt take long, he forgot about them in 2 days. I also removed the valves from the sippy cups, he seemed to prefer that much better...made the transition easier, it was comforting for him to tip the cup & not suck as hard.

Jennifer - posted on 05/25/2010

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my son did the same thing... i talked to his dr. and she had said to get rid of all bottles! he gets thirsty enough, he will drink out of a sippie! It worked!!! he just had the visual of a bottle and wouldn't drink from a sippie. once bottles were out of sight...it worked perfect!

Andrea - posted on 05/25/2010

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my daughter was 3 in january and still drinks milk out of her bottle but she only as a bottle in the morning and one at night. juices and water she drinks out of a normal cup i dont see the problem in this at all althou i do make a point of saying that it is a baby bottle but long as she is happy thats all that matters

Kathy - posted on 05/24/2010

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We had the same problem with our daughter because she had bottles in bed till after she was two. She used to wake up at least a dozen times a night to have a drink. (I think she was part camel) my pediatrician suggested if it was just water to give her bottles in bed so we could get some sleep. But it was a very hard habbit to break. We used good old fashion bribery! We talked to her about it set a date and told her when and counted down to when the "bobby fairy" was coming and when she would leave her a present. she accepted it because at her age you can actually talk to them a little and make them feel like their are having a part in the decision.

Judy - posted on 05/24/2010

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my daughter is 21 months old and will not drink her milk from a sippy cup but will drink her juice from the sippy cup

I've tried to give her the milk in the cup, but she'll spit the milk out

any suggestions for this?

Heidi - posted on 05/24/2010

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Cold turkey my friend you just take it away and throw away every bottle in the house and they will start drinking out of a sippy cup. At just past 2 years they should be starting to hold a regular cup. So all I can say is to just take it away. It will not be pleasant but most things that are the right thing to do raising kids isn't, it is all part of teaching them what they need to do. If you let them have a bottle they are going to cry for a bottle, if they cry for that bottle and they get a sippy cup everytime and the bottle does not return they will adapt it is human nature:)
Best wishes,
Heidi

Khadijah - posted on 05/23/2010

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I took my girls bottles away when they turned a year old. I actually introduced the sippie cup to them when they were 6months old. I would give them their water in the sippie and their milk in the bottle. That gave me an advantage because when they turned 1yr I started putting the milk in the cup and they haven't looked back.

Tania - posted on 05/23/2010

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Just do it girl. Give him the sippie cup and he will learn to like it. It may not happen straight away and he might get a bit noisy, but he will learn to like. Maybe put his favourite drink in it to get him use to it. Dont let him see his bottle - show him that you are putting it away.

Tracy - posted on 05/23/2010

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HI, It really only take a few days to break them from the bottle. Once you make up your mind, just don't give your child a bottle. After about 3 days all will be well.

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I will try that cold turkey technique. My 3 yo won't leave the bottle because he wants to feel like the 1 yo who still drinks bottle. He started drinking out of the sippy cup a little more often now, but he still will not completely leave the bottle. I;ve tried ALL the sippy cups I can buy!

Marina - posted on 05/23/2010

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remove bottles out of sight when they realise there is nothing else available he will drink out of the cup , when they do give lots of praise and recognition what they have achieved , or ask them to pick a cup they would like

Letitia - posted on 05/22/2010

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Transition from one sitty cup and out one bottle at a time. He will get thirsty enough to take it. My son likes the ones with the soft spouts. Daycare if he goes are great at helping with that transition because they almost have to do just what you tell them to.

Nikki - posted on 05/22/2010

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Sippy cups with straws are a good idea or the sippy cups with the rubbery tops are good also. Once you take the bottle away you got to stick to it no matter how much of a fuss your child throws your way. That'll be a trying time.

Terri-Anne - posted on 05/22/2010

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Can he use a straw? Maybe try the types of cups that use straws. My son pushed his formula away at 10months of age and I just gave him a Tommee Tippee cup with a hard spout after that, as I believe bottles are only for formula and didnt want to encourage him to drink everything out of one. He will eventually drink out of a cup when he is thirsty enough. The problem is usually with us mums, not wanting to persist or listen to the crying

Amy - posted on 05/18/2010

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My sons issue with the sippy cup was most of them have hard spouts and the bottles don't it hurt his teeth I think try using the softer spouts like the one nubby puts out slowly work them into the routine and take the bottles out it only took us a month on this kind of system. One sippy today two tomorrow kind of deal.

Morgan - posted on 05/18/2010

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I work at a daycare in a state that does not allow us to give bottles to any child after they turn 1. Most things in life at these ages are easiest using the cold-turkey technique. Kids are quick to realize that they will still get what they want (in this case the bottle) if they refuse long enough to use what you are offering (sippy cup). You might want to try just the kid cups with a spouted lid but no one-way valve. When the spout is harder, as on a sippy cup, it is challenging to figure out how to get the suction right with the valve. It is also more difficult for a child to detect that there is something to drink in there. At almost 2 years old, your child should be able to develop liquid portion control and swallowing without sucking. We use open cups or cups with lids and no valves for everyone over 12 months old. I would suggest offering the cups only when the child is in the kitchen over an easily cleaned floor or when sitting at the table. This will also help enforce the idea that food and drink belong only in certain places as well as make the inevitable spills easier to clean up.

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