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Jasmine - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my son is 18 mos. and he does drink juice or water out of a sippy cup, but the only way I can get him to drink milk is from a bottle. any ideas on how can I get him to drink his milk from a cup too so we can get rid of the bottles?

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Ashley - posted on 07/08/2010

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At first I had to give a sippy cup of milk along with snacktime, and no juice or water. I did have to put a little bit of sugarfree strawberry syrup in it at first, like a few drops is all it takes. She got so excited for her sippy of strawberry milk she didnt want her plain milk in the bottle.

Keigh - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son is 18 months also, and he uses his bottle only at night! I dont see anything wrong with it! It's not affecting his teeth, plus it soothes him nightly. I get ragged on from several friends about him being on the bottle still. They dont have to deal with a whiney baby at night sooooo Do whatever you feel is necessary you know the answer better than anyone else. Ur the mom and Ur ALWAYS RIGHT!!! LOL

Tina - posted on 07/06/2010

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My daughter had her bottle until she was almost 3. She used to wake in the night asking for a bottle, & then i used to tell her if she woke up asking for a bottle, the garbage man was going to take it. Everynight she woke up & asked for 1, i got rid of the bottle, until there was none left, & then she was fine with that. Same thing with her pacifier, she threw it out when she was ready to lose it. I know 3 seems old for a bottle, but when its the only way you can get them to drink milk, you have to do whatever works. Hope this helps.

Mandy - posted on 07/04/2010

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my 18 month old girl still has a bottle of milk and I don't see any problems with it (unless a dentist has told you differently) she does drink water from a cup so it isn't a big deal as far as i would be concerned. I have also had comments from people but don't see the bottle as an issue. pick the battles you have with your kids and if you are happy with her having a bottle go for it!

Alanna - posted on 06/30/2010

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Dont worry about what anyone says!!! After having my third baby I dont listed to practially anything people tell me Im doing wrong! When I had my first I thought you were "supposed to" let babies "cry it out" and wow, I regret even thinking that was acceptable!!!! My third baby gets so many cuddles and so little cry time I sometimes wonder if he knows what crying is haha!!
Just go with your gut and if its in your best interest and its not harming them or making them uncomfortable then dont fret :)

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Charlotte - posted on 07/15/2010

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I denied my son a bottle around a year old. We gave him a soft top sippy, which he still takes, and he transfered nicely. It's up to you when to take it. But, his dentist and pediatrician told me to take him off the bottle around one because he had a slight cleft lip. But, my sister took her daughter off the bottle at 7 months. It's up to you. But, when you decide to wein him off the bottle, stick to your guns. They can smell weakness, I swear! lol

Michelle - posted on 07/14/2010

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Have you tried the sippy cups that have straws? That's what my daughter drinks from and they don't leak. Mine gave her bottles up on her own at 9 months, but I have a little boy that I watch who is 21 months old and will only drink from a bottle. The only other thing you can do is just keep offering, he'll drink from it if he's thirsty. Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 07/14/2010

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I wish my son who is now 19 mos would stop asking for his milk in a bottle. I have tried putting it in all of his other cups, sippy, regular cup, cup with a straw, and he won't drink it. Really the only reason I want him to give up the bottle is because I'm tired of washing them! I actually really enjoy the fact that in the morning and at night he wants his bottle of milk and wants to sit with me and drink it. I know I won't get that opportunity to snuggle with him soon!

Billie-Jo - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son won'tdrink white milk from a cup, but he will drink strwberry Milk to Go and Banana Milk to Go from a cup. It's just as good for him as white milk and I don't have bottles to clean. Also give him lots of yogurt and cheese to make sure he gets his daily milk products.

Summer - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is the same way drink everything else out of a cup and drink his teeth in a bottle and i dont have a problem with it.

Liz - posted on 07/11/2010

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Try buying a sippy cup that looks like a bottle (that is clear - so he can see the milk) with a flexible spout. Then shift to the kind with the hard spout. That's what we did with my 19 month old twins about 6 months ago and it worked well.

Robyn - posted on 07/10/2010

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My DD is 18mths as well. I've been thinking about working off of the bottles, but haven't been very proactive. It's easier to fall asleep to a bottle than a sippy cup, imo. She usually tosses it to the side when she's done and they're only for milk. The Dr hasn't asked and if he did... he doesn't have to take her home, he's working on medical info not parenting info.

My take on it is if you're weaning from the bottle do it the same way you've done everything else. When we teach our LO's to eat we let them try something (peas, carrots, apple sauce). If they don't like it, we wait about a week or so before offering it again. Same with milk in a cup. Maybe it has to be an open faced cup, maybe it has to be a Diego cup, maybe it has to be the right alignment of the moon and the sun... who knows =)

Beth - posted on 07/09/2010

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My oldest daughter took herself off a bottle at 11 months, but she was a lot smarter than most at her age. She is going to be 3 in November and is already about to start preschool...they grow so fast lol But with my youngest, I tried to get her off her bottle at a year because I assumed that if her sister was ready so would she...definitely not! I tried again at 15 months after her first dentist appt (she had cavities on her top two teeth) and she gave it up in 3 days. She wanted it at bedtime so I found a soft tipped sippy and she took right to it. She is 19 months and won't touch a bottle if there's one around. My nephew on the other hand, is ready to be off a bottle, he's 17 months, and his mom won't take him off of it because "she wants him to be little somehow" yeah! You'll know when they are ready, I say don't push them because they'll just want it even more.

Kristen - posted on 07/08/2010

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My son still uses a bottle. He can drink from a sippy cup but he is a really poor eater and drinks enfagrow rather than milk due to ezcema. I really think every child and everyone 's situation is different so don't feel bad for still using your bottles mama's. As far as being bad for there teeth bottles are really only bad if the child falls asleep with the bottle actually in their mouth and it sits there because the sugar in the drink causes. decay on their teeth.......Doctors don't always know what is best for YOUR child :)

Shalimar - posted on 07/08/2010

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This is amazing and sort of a relief that there are other mothers going through the same issue. My doctor has been pressing the issue of getting my 18 mo son off the bottle since he was 6 mo! Not happening... I've tried and tried but he doesn't want to part with it... still! However, he will drink his juice and sometimes water through a cup with a straw like some of your little ones but not with the milk. As soon as he taste the milk he will just waste it everytime.

So, the only way he will go to sleep at night is with the bottle and he will still cry for it a couple of times in the middle of the night... it can be very frusterating but this is the only way he will drink his milk right now. He also wants it for nap time sometimes. It's gotten to the point where I have to buy several nipples because he bites holes in them.... but still will not part from the bottle lol.

As a matter of fact, I threw all the bottles away like some people suggested and this lasted for 3 days... 3 days of HELL I tell you. Not only was he UPSET and cried constantly. He would not drink ANY milk AT ALL and he started refusing other food and juice. He lost a couple of pounds in result. Therefore, I bought more bottles and let him have what he wanted right now... and apparently... what he needed. Sorry Doc, but this seems like the right thing to do right now. Every child is different and I don't stress myself over it anymore. I try milk in a cup every once in a while but he'll let me know when he's ready as will yours ;-)

Kelli - posted on 07/08/2010

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Unfortunately I am in the same boat...I have 18 mo old twin girls and they HAVE to have their milk in a bottle once in the morning and once at night...everything else they will drink from their cups..the doctor wants me to get them off soon but I also have a 17 yr old and in her baby book I noticed that I didn't take her comletely off bottles until she was 2 so I am not forcing them right now..

Lacey - posted on 07/07/2010

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Wow, i have the same exact issue. Water and juice out of her straw cup but she'll only drink her milk warm and out of a bottle while i hold it for her...i tried only giving it to her out of a sippy and she went 4 days without milk before i cracked. I figure, eventually she'll grow outta it...hopefully...

Becky - posted on 07/07/2010

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My 18 month old is still on milk at night and naptime, but uses a sippy cup the rest of the time. I have never given her juice out of the bottle, only a sippy and she takes milk and water out of the sippy as well. We did the same with my oldest daughter and on her second birthday we told her no more bottle since she was a big girl now and it was a pretty easy transition. We started doing half milk and half water in the bottle and worked it down to a splash of milk and mostly water. The hard part was not having the comfort tool to go to bed with. I hope my 18 month old is as easy with the transition.

Gayna - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son is 18 months and just started drinking water out of a regular plastic cup (very pleased with himself even if half of it spills onto his top ha ha) He has been drinking water from a sippy cup since he was 8 months. I still give him warmed up milk in a bottle in the morning and at night. I love this bonding/cuddle time with him and will be very sad the day he no longer uses a bottle! I don't think it's a problem at this age.

Candyce - posted on 07/07/2010

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it will be hard for awhile but just take it away! when i took all my kids bubbas away i would put their milk in the sippy cup and warm it up a bit; itll be tough for a bit but worth it

Sarah - posted on 07/07/2010

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I still give mine a bottle in the morning, when we get home from work and before he goes to bed. The time he is at daycare he gets a cup, with milk. They will come off when they are ready. He is my number 4 and last child, I have come to determine, it doesnt matter how long they stay on a bottle they are only little for so long enjoy the time. If you really want him off the bottle try to find a cup at walmart that looks like a bottle, Hunter will only drink out of that kind and if your sweet boy wants his milk bad enough he will drink out of that cup.:)

Lucy - posted on 07/06/2010

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My daughter Tephy (18mths) is also struggling with a similar issue. all otherd drinks she can actually use a normal cup but when it comes to milk she only accepts specific bottles with nipples of tiny hole.the equivalent of babies who are less than 6months.Her doctor told me to leave her she will adjust after a while. this has become a reality...
so in the past two weeks we have noticed she has begn accepting milk in a cup. so i suggest you be patient and just keep trying...they eventually move on.Babies are different.My niece Keila(2yrs) refused to use bottles completely.

Bethany - posted on 07/06/2010

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I just wanted to say that it's nice to hear other moms saying it's not the end of the world for a child over one year old to still have a bottle! My little on is 18 months & he loves his bottle! I've never allowed him to carry it around or just suck on it out of boredom. He gets a bottle at naptime & a bottle at bedtime. If he gets especially cranky in the afternoons, I put him in the bed with half a bottle of milk & some toys & he gets the "time out" he needs without a lot of drama. Anyway, it's just nice to hear some other moms that didn't throw the bottle away on the 1st birthday because that's what the parenting magazine told them to do! All kids are different & should be treated that way!

Tina - posted on 07/06/2010

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Hi,
My son is exactly the same way. He did drink a bit of milk from his cup, & then leaves it & it ends up getting sour. He also still wakes everynight for a bottle, so not sure how & when we will get rid of the bottles. Lately i have put him to bed for his nap, in the daytime with a bottle too, its the only way to get him to drink milk, & he never seems to drink enough milk for his age. Some ideas on what to do, would be much appreciated?

Stevie - posted on 07/06/2010

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I started giving my son the gerber graduates smart sips. within a couple of days I bought a sippie cup that is more like a straw than anything else and he has been drinking his regular milk in that ever since. The skill he learned with that also helped him learn how to drink out of a water bottle & cups & everything! Good luck!!!

Lisa - posted on 07/06/2010

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I personally got rid of the bottles as soon as possible. I can't stand them in general (PITA IMO) and my kids only got them because they were in daycare. I have less of a problem with a 2 year old having a bottle before bed etc... than I do with a child with a pacifier at 4yo. But I am really not one to knock other people's choices unless they are endangering someone. Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 07/06/2010

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Let me preface this by saying that my 18 month old daughter still gets a bottle at naptime and bedtime, so I am guilty as well - she is my last child and I'M not ready to give up that cuddle time. That said, it is bad for their teeth whether YOUR dentist or pediatrician specifically says so or not. The other downside is that the longer they are on the bottle, the harder it is to get them off of it. Out of curiosity, do you still warm the milk in the bottle? If so, maybe warm it in the cup, too. I know my daughter wouldn't drink cold milk from her cup at first, maybe that's the key for you too? Good luck!

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We used soft sippy cups at first. Like Nuby. She hasn't had or wanted a bottle since she was a year and she's 19 mos now. Good luck :D I'm sure everything will be fine!

Abby - posted on 07/05/2010

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my nephew is 5 and is one of the smartest, sweetest, healthy, and intelligent kids I know...and guess what? He used a bottle til right before his 5th birthday! He also has very nice teeth by the way haha

Melkorka - posted on 07/05/2010

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hey, my little girl did the exact same thing, so i decided to let her choose her own cup and play with it(for milk drinking only) and it worked so now she has a cup for juice/water and a cup for milk :)

Jenna - posted on 07/04/2010

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My daughter was off the bottle by 8 months. Her choice. She is 18 months now and drinking from a regular cup. My son was a different story. I do believe that bottles are a comfort zone for most children. I don't think that you NEED to take it away unless you want to. Everyone raises their children differently. I wouldn't care what others think at all. When you do choose to remove the bottle from the scene I started with a bottle in the morning and at night but cups only during the day and at meal times...they will not not drink if they are thirsty....eventually no bottle at all. It was a battle with my son and he was just about 2 before I got him to only use sippy cups and almost 3 before I took the sippy cup away.

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I recently cut my son (18 mo) off bottles. Had to do it cold turkey. We tried to offer both for a while, but he just whined and cried until I gave him the bottle. I eventually just took the bottles away and gave him a cup with milk (the same type of cups that his big sister has). He didn't even cry. He didn't drink as much milk as normal in the first few days, but after that he just sits and drinks the whole cup of milk. I threw out the nipples for the bottle so that there was no option of giving in.
Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 07/04/2010

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I got both of my oldest off bottles at 7 months by not offering them. They are NOT going to stare themselves or make themselves get thirsty.

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My son had the same problem, but a friend recommended mixing the milk with some orange juice (we started about 2/3 milk to 1/3 juice) and gradually decrease the juice to milk ratio. I also introduced the straw cup with milk only. Both worked like a charm and my son has been bottle free since 13 months.

Jasmine - posted on 06/30/2010

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thanks, i was wondering because people keep making it seem like it's terrible that he still has a bottle, but maybe i'll let him keep it a little longer

Alanna - posted on 06/29/2010

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unless your dentist is worried about this (like if its effecting his teeth or anything) then dont worry about it...(unless you are sick of bottles haha).
My oldest were both off the bottle at 11 months, but it was their choice.
If your little one is say, 2.5 or so then maybe consider giving then cool little cups with characters on them, or neat colors! My son (18 months) LOVES the cups we bought for him...the only thing about them that is neat is that they are a clearish blue ha ha!!

Carri - posted on 06/29/2010

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Does it matter? My 18 month old has milk out of a bottle twice a day and I'm happy with this. Like you water and juice come from cups. The bottle time is a close cosy time as he always has it before sleep on my lap and I won't be trying to change that anytime soon. So if you don't think the bottle is a problem, don't worry about it :-)

Joy - posted on 06/29/2010

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First, if the botles are system ie *Avent*, slowly start by "loosing" teats (and therefore the option), when asked by the child about where's gone; a fairy that give them to the new little babies, is mostly happyly execpted. At this age, unless it's THE favorite toy, out of sight really is out of mind.

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