i wanna get my daugther off of her bottle and to sippy cup

Karma - posted on 08/12/2010 ( 79 moms have responded )

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my little girl is going to be turning 2 in September and i want her off the bottle when she turns two..i need help to know how to get her off the bottle.
people i have talked to say that i should just throw out the bottles, is that the thing i should do or should i take them away slowly. cause my daughter is still drinking bottles during the night and i have to get rid of that at the same time

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Destanie - posted on 08/13/2010

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i told my sons that we have to give the bottles to other babies that dont have any and that need them and they helped me pack them and donate them! there was times after that they cried for their bottle but you have to stay strong and say if you want milk then you have to drink out of this or you dont get anything! kinda harsh but it gets the job done! also let her pick out her own big girl cup! i hope this helps!

Carly - posted on 08/12/2010

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I threw them out the day my daughter turned a year old, I was so sick of washing them!! She fussed a bit at first but not too bad. It'd be more difficult to do it gradually because then you might be more likely to give in if she has a fit.

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Kathryn - posted on 08/21/2010

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When my twins were about 1 mos old, I took away all daytime bottles, replacing them with a straw sippy. The only one they had was at bedtime. On their 1st birthday, I was confident that they were getting enough milk via the sippy and so I just scraped the bottles altogether. Surprisingly, they didn't notice! I find it is used more as a comfort item... and once it wasn't being offered, they looked to other things to comfort themselves. Speach therapists say a straw sippy is better for oral development than the sip type cups. To get my guys to drink from a straw I held a straw upside down with blended fruit in it, covered the end with my thumb when I placed it in their mouths and let my thumb off, Once they realized there was yummy stuff in it they sucked away! They LOVE their straw cups. The ones I have had te best luck with are the Nuby ones. Playtex leaked everywhere, TommeeTippee were OK, but so far Nuby had spilled the least.

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

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There are 2 things that worked for my daughter who is now 15 months. 1. Put the milk in a regular sippy cup. Now my little girl still likes her warmed up. 2. If a regular sippy dosen't work try a sippy with a straw. There new and are built right into the lid. Since they are used to a sucking motion from the bottle, they usally pick up the straw fast. Hope I have helped a little. Good Luck.

Danielle - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son is 15 months old and won't even consider a sippy cup and he won't drink anything but milk from his bottle...so I am forced to water it down. When he's 2 years old we're going to throw them out together. Cold turkey isn't for every parent but I feel at 2 years old he'll understand well enough by then.

Debbie - posted on 08/19/2010

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my daughter had been on sippys sence she was 10 months i just took them away cause she was chewing the nipples. just take them and give her a sippy cup.my daughters now 3 and drinking out of regular cups.

Rhonda - posted on 08/19/2010

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I was determined to get my youngest daughter off the bottle by her second birthday and was worried on how she would deal with it because she was never interested in taking a sippy. I told her that we were going to have a "throwing away the bottle party" and talked about it with her all the time. On her second birthday we (me and her) gathered her bottles up and one by one threw them in the trash as she clapped and said, "I'm a big girl". After her birthday party (where she did receive a new sippy) we went to the store where she got to pick out her "Big Girl Cup". She never cried for her bottle after that and I was thankful for that.

Miranda - posted on 08/19/2010

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The day my daughter turned 1 the bottle was gone....right now she just turned 2 and we are trying to take the nuk away but with having a 6 month old it is difficult because they are still there. I sometimes think it is more difficult for the parents to do something because we think the little ones are going to not be able to deal with it being gone but the longer you wait the harder it is going to be!! You just have to do it and instead of the bottle during the day it can be a sippy cup!!!! Good Luck and you can do it and your daughter will do great!!!!!!

Samantha - posted on 08/19/2010

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My daughter turned three and i was sturggling to get her off the bottle as she drank it during the night. When she started day care this year i refused to send her with a bottel and let her use her sippy cups. She developed a habbit of bitting her bottels tits so i said to her no more tits its your last bottle. when she threw a tantrum her bottel cracked and started to leak. So i told her she cant drink out of it any longer and asked her to throw it away and she did. i gave her a big hand clap and she felt proud. i have also heard its best to just throw them away i know that at night is the hardest part as my daughter cried at night for hers. She now enjoys her sippy cup.

Jessica - posted on 08/19/2010

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My daughter was 9 months when she stopped bottles I just gave her the sippy cup with silicone nipples and bought others with pictures never heard about the bottle again. Was so easy and she never had pacifier either hoping my other kids are just as easy. But I'd just take them all away and put sippy cups in place. My daughter is two also and I'm about to wean her from sippy cups and working on the potty training to get ready for nursery school next august

Diana - posted on 08/18/2010

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my daughter is 11 months old. i have been giving her sippy cups since 6 months like the pediatrician recommends. she has been off of it for 2 weeks. i would either throw them out or gradually move her off.

Brittany - posted on 08/18/2010

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i jsut pretty much threw out the bottles and my son was only 10 months and he did awesome just get the transition sippy cups from walmart and then start introducing the other kinds

Leann - posted on 08/18/2010

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trading the bottle for sippy is no problem for me, but don't we want them off "something" at night too? Or is that fine? My son won't go to sleep and wakes up at night if he doesn't have the bottle/sippy...

do kids need some sort of cup through the night at an older age? Mine is 18months now.

Ashley - posted on 08/18/2010

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I just throw them away..After a few days to a week she wont even know...out of sight out of mind...i threw them away and gave them a sippy cup..

Ellen - posted on 08/18/2010

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Oh my god my son is 2 and a half and still drinking bottles at night...I have just gotten used to it, but its not cool...because he isn't a baby anymore (well to me he is, but you know) and I still don't sleep all night long! sometimes its every two hourse he wants the "baba" AAAA throw it away I say the sooner the better...I wish I wouldve done that with my son around 18 months and i know i sounds like a hypocrite but i share a room with him....there is no escaping the screaming from the baba withdrawals! I would say, take the bottles away, and just let her cry it out, it will be painful but quicker that way...i think

Charity - posted on 08/18/2010

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Ok, here's what I did with my older 2 kids, I let them go to bed one night with their bottle, then after they were asleep, I switched their bottle with a sippy cup, in the morning that's what they woke up to and they didn't see another bottle, cause I hid them in my cupboards, knowing I had another baby on the way, I saved them, but once they got the sippy cup, they didn't get a bottle again. She might inquire about it for a few days, or even throw a fit, but it'll pass especially when she realizes you are not giving in and giving her a bottle!! I hope it helps, Charity

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My boy is 18 months and also drinks a bottle at night. All day he's fine, but when he's sleeping he won't take anything but a bottle. He doesn't even really drink anything...but if its empty he won't have it! I tried a pacifier too, but he won't take that either....it's so weird. I would love advise as well! =)

Jennifer - posted on 08/18/2010

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ok my daughter would only drink milk from a bottle but everything else from a sippy cup.....i finally decided to go on a trip and i didn't take her bottles on purpose. Told her i forgot them. When we got home she asked for her bottle and i told her the bottle fairy came and took them all to a new baby who needed bottles. She bought it.

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i just gave my girl a sippy cup when she 1 during the day. and just gave her the bottle at night for bed for another years. she soon got used to it. but just before her 2 nd birthday i wanted to stop the bottle so i just gave her a cup before bed. u just have to be determined like and stick to your guns because they act up at first.

Krystle - posted on 08/18/2010

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What i've done is taken them away slowly i placed the sippy cup in front of them during the day and that was the only thing they got. They had there tantrums but u have to have control over the situation. Once u show them that they cannot have the bottle anymore and the sippy cup is there only option they will take it as a means of comfort. Its easier to mold them when they are younger. At night do not give her the bottle at all give her a cup she might throw it and get upset but lil lady will have to learn it helped me to take it away slowly than to just compeletly take it away some children go thru withdraw when u throw it away so its options just choose the right one for you. Good luck.

Sheelah - posted on 08/18/2010

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i just found sippy cups that were a sort of silicone part so it wasn't really a transition for my son.....buy a few different types of sippy cups there bound to like one and will start using it....i had no troubles switching to a cup....hope you get it

Jessica - posted on 08/18/2010

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I just stopped, said thats it im no longer cleaning six parts to a bottle he can get nutrition out of another much easier cup! He did great, I started with the silicone top of the sippy cup, so it feels like a bottle but it is definitly a sippy cup! Now hopefully she doesnt put a hole in it, but maybe start with those first for her to drink then like everyother cup make it hard top sippy cup then slowly start giving her all hard topped. Once she gets the hang out of drinking out of them (which she should have any problems doing) she wont care what she is getting her milk, juice whatever out of! good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 08/18/2010

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Be careful when you try to get rid of the bottles- or pacifiers for that matter. I was a hard-core pacifier kid, and when Mom said we were going to be getting rid of them I hid them all over the house, my grandparents, everywhere. The only thing that worked was only allowing the pacifier in bed. I think the same thing might work for bottles, but be careful- I've had friends whose kids found out the bottles were getting thrown out and hid bottles everywhere. And then they would drink them later, but the milk had soured, which made it a health hazard. They also used to steal bottles from any babies they happened to be around- at church, family gatherings, etc. What I would do is cut milk out of the bottles, only water in bottles. And then I would dip the nipples in vinegar or Tabasco sauce to make the bottle seem very unappealing and let them make the decision on their own that all the bottles must go. Or maybe I'm just really mean... or expecting my kids to be like me. That method would probably only work if you have kids that are extremely strong willed and independent. Hope this gives you some ideas!

Hilary - posted on 08/17/2010

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I tried gradually introducing my son to a sippy cup and still allowing him to have a bottle at night but my guess is that since he knew he'd eventually get a bottle he just didn't drink anything until bottle time came along. In the end, we threw out the bottles so we weren't tempted to give in just so he'd drink. Yes, he didn't fuss for a couple of days but eventually he realized the bottles just weren't coming back and now he's drinking from a cup.

Patience - posted on 08/17/2010

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Well i never believe just up and throwing the bottles away is the good way to go. I started slowly i just took them away during the day at first that was easy had no problem with that. after about a week i started putting milk in a sippy cup when i put her to bed after about an hour if she was still crying i just but it in a bottle after about 2 weeks she got used to the sippy cup at night and 1 day decided to not use a bottle anymore i hope this helps

Casey - posted on 08/17/2010

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i did cold turkey when my daughter was 11 months she would not take the bottle back. the same with the pacifier. we let her see us throw them away and that was it. cold turkey on a lot of things.

Joy - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son was13 months when he got off the bottle. If i was you i would let her have a bottle at night and only give her a sippy cup in the day for 2-3 months and then try to do it a night. and yes it is going to be hard it just take some time.

User - posted on 08/17/2010

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okay when my daughter was 1 yr old, she was afraid of bugs, so i put a burnt piece of paper in her bottle and thru the rest away. Every time she'd ask for her bottle i'd show her the bottle with the so called bug, lol. Needless to say, she didn't ask for it only but a few times, then hse wanted her sippy cup. It worked for us. As for my grandson we took it away when he turned a yr old with no problems whatsover, we introduced him to his sippy cup at 7 months so it was pretty easy as well.

Rachael - posted on 08/17/2010

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i removed the bottle from both my girl's sight durring the day and only gave them the option of sippy cup. when they wanted a drink thats all they got it in durring they day and i kept the bottle in the nightly routine.
then after they were used to getting the sippy i replaced the night bottle with the sippy.

Jayme - posted on 08/17/2010

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my son was the hard one put it worked out if u tried giving her the cup an shes not taking than tell her when its her birthday she cant have anymore bottles shes a big girl now also u can take her to the store an tell her shes a big girl now an its time for her to get her own cups an let her pic it out an dont pull her off the night time bottle intill shes about a month off them for the day r u can throw them out has they get bad u can also start by taking it away at meal times an say theres no babys here so no bottles she may chose not to drink it but the trick is she cant hav anything intill she drinks whats in the cup an when she does than give her her bottle so she sees its ok an give her newborn nipples so its harder to drink an if she bites hotes have her throw them out an tell her she broke it so it trash now dont worry one of these will work an dont take her bottle out only the cups she b ok if she dont drink anything all day an when u get home give her what she hates most to drink in her bottle an than offer her her cup with what she likes the most this how my baby learned bout soda

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My son is turning four this year and when he turned 1 we took all his bottle and pacifiers and threw them in the trash. We did it with him and he was a little cranky for the first day and then after that he was fine. They have to know that they are growing and although she might not understand it now try the best you can to explain it to her. the best thing for children is communication. He did very well on sippy cups and has been drinking from regular cups since before he was 3.

Karly - posted on 08/17/2010

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Nuby makes a great sipppy it's got a sport top it looks like a bottle it made the switch for my son easy I left all of his bottles a my moms said they were all gone and he cried a little but was easily convinced that it was ok he is 19 months and has been bottle free sicne he was 12 months old just have to do it

Charlene - posted on 08/17/2010

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My friends have let the "BOTTLE FAIRY" come and take the bottles and got them some sippy cups with cartoon characters on them

Kiara-marie - posted on 08/16/2010

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my son has had sippyy cup since 4 months old and he still has a bottle in the morning/for nap time and then for bed time too....only thing is his sister is on bottles and will be 4 months on friday so when she has a bottle he wants one too for night time or nap.....ive been giving him milk in the suppy cup he will drink it but will throw it too........i could just give him the sippy cup but coz his sister has bottles its still in his sight so

Shalaina - posted on 08/16/2010

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We started to give our son sippy cups when he was 7 months old, along with his bottles. Get ones that have a soft top to start out with, it is a good transition. We never had a problem with him though, he would drink out of any cup we gave him! Good luck!

Tasha - posted on 08/16/2010

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my son was easy. sorry. as soon as we introduced the sippy he stoped taking bottles except for nap and bed time. I slowly started working them in at nap time. he did throw tantrams and we just looked at him and said not going to work so get back up. it worked and he does not throw tantrams any more. well except every once in a while when he thinks it will work. I started taking out the bottles for sippys at 7 monthe but we started giving him a sippy at 4 months. hope this helps

Emma - posted on 08/16/2010

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I have the sae problem so ur not alone here.
My first son was only 10months old when he got rid of his bottle he wated a cup & that was fine with me but didnt get rid of his dummy til he was just over 2. Now my 18 month old, he will drink water from a sippy cup but wont give up his bottle 4 anything. he only had a dummy til just b4 1 & evey1 keeps telling me not 2 force the bottle issue cause its his comfort thing as he doesnt have a dummy. Clearly each child is different so i wouldnt force it ur child will get rid of the bottle when they r ready 2.

Alexis - posted on 08/16/2010

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with both my girls i quit the bottles completely worked out great but i also used trainer cups which looks like a regular sippy but has a soft spout and some even come with handles but i used the trainer ones for like 3 or 4 weeks then started giving them the regular sippys and both where off the bottle by 1 year old

Alecia - posted on 08/16/2010

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Starting a sippy cup earlier rather than later is usually the best way to go.
We started our daughter on sippys @ 7 months, at first I just had her using them for snack time then @ 9 months I started taking her bottle away during lunch time and had her use her sippy instead, then 10 months we took her bottle away with breakfast and substituted for a sippy, she will be 11 months tomorrow and next week we will begin substituting her bottle with dinner for a sippy cup as well so she will be completely off of bottles before her 1st birthday next month. Taking bottles away one meal @ a time worked great for our daughter, she hardly ever threw a fot about not having a bottle :)
As far as having a night time bottle, it depends on what you are putting in the bottle for her @ night. If you are giving her milk and juice @ night while she is bed it's really not good for her teeth, she could fall asleep with the bottle in her mouth and the sugar in the milk/juice will leak into her mouth and onto her teeth. I would recomend no night time bottle @ all, it's better to learn how to self soothe without needing to have a bottle, it will be a hard habit to break since she is so used to getting a bottle @ night but she will get through it.

Sabrina - posted on 08/16/2010

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my daughter was 11 months i thru them out and gave her sippy cups ...she did fine with that!.. and she gets s ippy cup of water for the night :)

Deonna - posted on 08/16/2010

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When I was weaned my grandma made me throw all my bottles in a bag because I didn't need them anymore. Another idea is have her give them to a younger friend who still needs them so she feels like the "big girl."

Brooke - posted on 08/16/2010

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Thats the route I am going with my daughter and her sippy at night. I dont mind her having it but no more milk, from now on I am filling it with water!

Amber - posted on 08/16/2010

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Hey! I did it cold turkey for my son, he was about 14 months old. We allowed him a sippy cup right before bed and if he woke up in the night I gave him a sippy cup of water. The cold turkey method has always worked best for our son... with everything (even potty training).

Neha Arora - posted on 08/16/2010

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Karma
Hi!!! My sons also gonna turn two in september..He left bottles three months back..My padae suggested me to just throw away bottles.It was very difficult in the begining to make him sleep n drink from a sippy cup.I bought a real nice one with mickey mouse on it.
At first he didn t drink much.It dropped from 600 ml a day to just 200 ml but gradually he started taking it.I also substituted curd for milk for sum time.I used to make him so tired in the eve hours that he used to sleep without milk at night.
Hope my suggestion turns useful.

Neha

Traci - posted on 08/15/2010

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Cold turkey worked for both of my children. They usually ask for it once or twice then never again. It was simple as that.

Amanda - posted on 08/15/2010

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my opinion is that you should have started earlier. i know its not much help this time but maybe for next time. when my daughter was about 6 months she would try to drink from anything handed to her so i switched her to a soft top sippy. then she just liked getting to use more and more big girl cups. try to get her excited about using a big girl cup or maybe a cup with a straw. just be prepared for spills as she gets used to a big girl cup. and yeah, if you take them away fast it might be traumatic at first, but if she gets thristy enough she will drink out of what you give her. i do that with foods my daughter claims she doesnt like but i know she will. wait long enough and they cave.

Terri - posted on 08/15/2010

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Well getting my son off the bottle was kinda simple. When he started teething, he began to bite holes in the nipples. So we bought NUBY cups with the soft silicone nipple. He didn't know the difference. Once he started biting holes in those, we got him PLAYTEX sippy cups...its an easy process if u commit....get rid of the bottle and replace with the cup...she will thank u later for it

Hanna - posted on 08/15/2010

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my son just loves the sippy cups and regular cups. one day i just said that enough is enough (he was around 14 months) and gave him a sippy cup and he figured it out almost right away (although we did get him a cup with the soft nozzle). then about 3 wks later, we were in a restaurant and we gave him water with a straw and he figured it out too so from then on, we've been using the cups that look like regular cups with a lid and a straw and he's been fine). he still gets a smoothie at night before bed and one in the morning. everything else is regular food, pretty much whatever we eat (steaks, tacos, pho, sushi, you name it, he eats it (except for raw fish and curries/spicy food, fast food & candy -- i give him some sweets but it's usually a bit of pie/cake or a piece of dark chocolate or a bit of icecream -- nothing that contains a ton of preservatives and food coloring). he's been eating our food since he was 8m old (with a few supplements of breast milk and then plain yogurt), so i think he was just ready to stop using the bottle.

Brooke - posted on 08/15/2010

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For the most part I use a soft tip sippy unless my daughter has a certain cup she has to have! I have put water in it and its a huge battle and she doesn't sleep and has a huge meltdown. Or even if i fill the cup up with a fourth of milk she freaks out because its not all the way full like daddy does it! Thanks everyone for the ideas, I'll be sure to try them!

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