Off the bottle???

Karen - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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At what age should you take the bottle?

Any tips for making it easier?

My daughter is 13 mons and will take a cup but screams for a bottle when its close to bed/nap time.

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Jennifer - posted on 03/11/2009

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I started to only give my daughter a bottle at nap/bedtime at 12 months. At 14 months, I packed the bottles into storage and never brought them out again. There were a few rough nights, but it was the best decision for us. I personally think that children should never be on the bottle past 2 years old.

April - posted on 03/11/2009

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I use the Nuby cups. They have a soft silicon top. My daughter gave up the bottle one week before her first birthday. I think those cups have a great deal to do with how easy it was for her to switch. I started her on juice with those cups at around 6 months.

Rosa - posted on 03/11/2009

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My daughter doesn't drink milk anymore, except in her cereal in the morning. She has always been ahead of the "timelines". At our last maternal health appointment, at 12 months, she was only having her bedtime bottle. They suggested to cut out the bottle and give her a sippy cup, which i did for a couple of weeks, but while we were away on holiday, she refused to take milk at all. I think as long as she is wanting it, i would give it to her, i guess. I don't know what other advice i can give. Sorry

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Karen,
I strongly feel that it's all a matter of preference, but I'm not expert. I have two boys of my own, and that's all I can account for. My oldest son (now 3) had a very difficult time transitioning from the bottle to a sippy cup, but I found that I was enabling him a great deal by giving in some times. At 14 months, I threw the bottles in the trash so that even I could not be tempted to give it to him 'one more time'. It took a few nights of crying himself to sleep to finally realize that I wasn't giving in, but it was the best thing we could have done for him.

On the other hand...my younger son (the Feb 08 baby) had never wanted anything to do with a sippy cup and we haven't forced it on him (although I've seen him drinking from his sippy cup LOTS of times when I walk away and he thinks I can't see him). I feel that when he is ready, he'll transition. Obviously there will come a point (I'm going to say 18 months) where the bottle just HAS to go, but as for now....no rush. We stopped the bottle at bedtime so that the milk doesn't sit on his teeth all night. He is offered a sippy cup with every meal, and only gets a bottle twice a day.

So I suppose what I'm getting at is that unless there's a problem with you daughter's teeth from the bottle, or you are really ready for bottles to just be done with, I'd allow your daughter some more time. That night time bottle is a comfort to her, and it's probably a scary time for her being that it's all dark and lonely in her room. I think the best way to go is to initially phase the bottle out, then once you are ready to just get it over with so to speak...take away one bottle a day at a time for about a week until she's completely weened. Or, if you want the transition to go quickly, replace the bottle with the sippy- THROW THE BOTTLES AWAY- and hang on tight. You have to do what you think is best for you and your baby!! Hang in there. :)

I hope this helped...

Kelli - posted on 03/11/2009

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well I've been through this twice recently and the second time proved most effective.  My son is 13 months also and he's completely off the bottle and has been using his cup since he was 11 months.  With my daughter I tried the sippy cup w/ the soft tip and it was harder to get her off that than the bottle!  So w/ that said I tried the regular tip sippy cup w/ my son at about 9 1/2 months gradually until he was used to it.  Then I just started slowly giving him less bottles until he was comfortable w/ just the cup.  A lot of times kids will drink everything out of their cup except milk so that's the one u may want to practice w/ the most.  I didn't really like the cold turkey approach where u take it away and kinda force the cup on them.

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at my son's 1 year checkup last week, my doctor said he wanted my son off the bottle by 15 months. Just recently he finally started taking juice from a sippy cup. I bought him the Gerber no spill cut with the flexible spout...he likes chewing on that! I've tried putting milk in the cup but he won't take it. So the doctor just said keep offering it as much as possible and don't offer the alternative when they fuss....that only shows them that they will win the battle for what they want. However, because my son still isn't 100% receptive to table food yet, he needs the bottle of milk before bed and regardless of the doctors I will not stop giving him the bedtime bottle until I know he's eating enough regular food. hope this helps!

Shanada - posted on 03/09/2009

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Well I am not sure but my son Deshon took himself off of the bottle but his is still breastfeeding and he is one. So I guess he went from one to the other!

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2009

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as hard as this may seem. it really is simple. If you want them off they bottle they should be. I am a mom of 4 and none of my  kids have still been on the bottle past 12 months of age. At 10 month we transitioned to half milk half formula but always offered a cup at 4-5months. With water/ and waterdowned juice( just a few drops of juice) then at the 10 month mark gave MILK in the cup. ( never have we given juice in the bottle!!! NEVER) Just recently (2-22) my baby turned 1 and with her being my last IT IS MY PROBLEM that she was still on the bottle! I wasn't ready to let her off the bottle. To me the bottle still shows me that she is a BABY!!! My husband left for a two week school on march 1 and she was still on the bottle! I had no idea how I would get her off. and finally realizing it was my issue not hers... I made sure I fed her WELL about 30-45 minutes before bed time and then put her to bed with a cup in her bed. ( water mostly but some times milk but just until she falls a sleep) If she woke up and found her cup she would go back to sleep! Well we are now on day 5 with no bottle and she has been a totally different baby!!! She hasn't even flenched at it! as it has been sitting on the counter!  WE THE PARENTS ARE THE ISSUE WE GIVE IN B/C WE DON"T WANT TO HEAR THE CRIES... let them cry for a while. there isn't any harm in it.. ( unless it's excessive) be strong and your baby will thank you!!

Mindy - posted on 03/05/2009

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I know it is so hard.  My daughter will drink water and juice from a sippy cup, but when I put her milk in the cup she spits it out.  :(

Jessica R - posted on 03/05/2009

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My pediatrician suggested switching to cups at 6 months for during the day. I tried the Nuby brand from Walmart and it was an easy transition. At nap/bed time she said it's best to have them off the bottle by 18months so we've been slowly working on that. When she has a nap we use the Nuby cup and at bedtime we use the bottle. It's working so far.

Siobhan - posted on 03/04/2009

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My son is also 13 months. He will drink water all day long from a cup (we live in a very humid climate) but he refuses to take his milk from a cup so I only give him milk in the morning and the evening now (I do still offer it to him from a cup during the day but he generally refuses) and from a bottle and I've decided that I'm not going to worry until he's older. Both my niece and nephew weaned themselves from a bottle around the age of 2-3. he loves the bottle and night and to be honest I do too!

Angela - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hi in ans to ure question if ure baby is taking a cup during the day and wanting a bottle a bed and nap time i wudnt worry .

the experts say u sud take babies off the bottle at 6 mths but ive got four children and my other 3 was still having a bottle till they were 4 or 5 yrs of age at bedtime .

the only tip i can offer if u really want to get rid of the bottle is to throw then all away in the bin and dont buy any-more

hope this is of some help

good luck angela

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