Bottles?

Caryn - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son will be one in two weeks - and still won't drink milk/formula out of a sippy cup. Our doctor recommended dropping the bottles by age 1 - any suggestions on an easy transition?

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Keara - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi dont stress my daughter weaned herself at 16 months when her little brother went onto bottles. she just came up one day and gave me the bottle and said "bubbys bottle" and that was it no more bottle!  My son is one and i am not worried about weaning him off the bottle untill about the same time. He will take a cup for water or juce but throws it across the room if it has milk in it. Ithink it is more  important for them to keep drinking enough milk at this age.

Keara - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi dont stress my daughter weaned herself at 16 months when her little brother went onto bottles. she just came up one day and gave me the bottle and said "bubbys bottle" and that was it no more bottle!  My son is one and i am not worried about weaning him off the bottle untill about the same time. He will take a cup for water or juce but throws it across the room if it has milk in it. Ithink it is more  important for them to keep drinking enough milk at this age.

Keara - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hi dont stress my daughter weaned herself at 16 months when her little brother went onto bottles. she just came up one day and gave me the bottle and said "bubbys bottle" and that was it no more bottle!  My son is one and i am not worried about weaning him off the bottle untill about the same time. He will take a cup for water or juce but throws it across the room if it has milk in it. Ithink it is more  important for them to keep drinking enough milk at this age.

Edna - posted on 01/12/2009

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My daughter will be one on Friday and is now being introduced to drinking formula from the sippy cup and she doesn't want it. I believe you should go with your gut. If your son is willing to drink milk from the bottle, then let him. Sometimes doing what the doctor says costs the baby in the long run. My mother listened to the hype of having to take the bottle from my brother by age of one and that was the last time he drank milk, she could never get him to drink it again. My oldest daughter (16) drank from the bottle until she was almost 2. She would drink a bottle in the morning and one at night. When I took her to the dentist, he had a talk with her about how drinking from the bottle gives you sugar bugs and she gave up the bottle on her own. Sometimes you just have to try different tricks and sometimes you just have to roll with it.

Amelia - posted on 01/09/2009

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I tried lots of different more expensive sippy cups, but my daughter really likes the inexpensive First Years ones the best. She won't drink out of her advent or nuby ones at all, but loves The First Year ones, so maybe you could try that.



She is not quite on to a sippy cup all the time yet, but drinks water and then formula or breast milk at meal times from the sippy cup just fine.



My plan is to gradually increase the sippy cups and decrease the bottles, but I am fine with her continuing to use a bottle for a while. I think as long as you are introducing the sippy cup it's fine.

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Daniella, I have to ask? Why are you putting cereal in your lo's formula??? Has a DR suggested that?

Becky - posted on 01/09/2009

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Both my boys did better with straw cups instead of the sippy cup. Nuby has a spill-proof straw cup that I like with 2 handles. I also started with putting water in the cup at about 11 months. Dylan just turned 1 this week and am starting to put milk in the cup this week. Don't stress about the 1 year "deadline". Just keep offering the cup and eventually he'll like it.

Daniela - posted on 01/09/2009

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Sorry...i just read my post and it is very unclear...my son is in my lap so I am rushing....let me clarify...give regular bottles in the moring and night (but not in bed) and give sippy cups with homo milk during the day with all other meals and in between.  And the Nuby cups are the best!

Daniela - posted on 01/09/2009

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I have had some trouble with this topic as well.  I have spoken to DR's who say that at a year babies should stop drinking their bottles and Naturopaths and other mom's who say that you should continue with bottles but cut them down to morning and night only.  I met them all in the middle.  I started to introduce homo milk to my son in a sippy cup throughout the day...it was hard at first but he eventually got the hang of it...and this schedule:



Wake up-full bottle with formula and cereal in it



1.5 hours +-breakfast (yogurt, fruit, pancakes...whatever) with sippy cup



nap time then lunch (veggies, fruit and some baby mum mums)



just before last nap, bottle with homo milk in it



dinner (chick/beef/or turkey with veggies or whatever meal is heavier than just veggies)



30min before bed full bottle with rice in it



It's important not to give baby the bottle in bed anymore i think, it kinda makes it easier for them to ween off of it.



Hope this helps

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Erick uses a straw cup really easily. We give him a sippy/straw cup with water at meals and it is making the adjustment easier, but still wants his bottle for bedtime meals.

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2009

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Avent makes different nips for different ages in their sippy cups.  I started  my daughter on a sippy cup at 6 months with the Avent 6 month nip (just water in the cup), it has worked well.  In fact she'll drink out of a bottle, a sippy cup or even a regular cup.  The flow rate on some of the sippy cups can be much faster than they are used to so you have to watch that they don't choke, other sippy cups are really hard for them to sip out of (test it yourself, you'll see)



Good luck and Happy 1st Birthday to all the Jan 2008 babies!

Caryn - posted on 01/06/2009

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So far the nubby sippy cup is working - we've eliminated the afternoon bottle. I figure the rest will just come with time.

Kara - posted on 01/06/2009

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I love the nubby sippy cups!! I spout is soft so it makes it easier on the babies!! Don't worry too much about having him off the bottle!! Every baby is different and they do things all on their own time!! Good Luck!!

Sandy - posted on 01/04/2009

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I know some doctors recommend to get rid of the bottle promptly at 1 year, but if your son does not like his milk from it just give him some more time. My daughter was the same way, would drink water all day long out of any cup, but no way would she take milk out of a sippy. I then decided to do the switch from formula to milk first and talkled the bottle a good 6 month later. When doing it cold turkey worked the best for me. I just stuck with the bottle longer because I found it more important for her to continue drinking milk.

Jamie - posted on 01/04/2009

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HAVE YOU TRIED A TRANSITION NUBY CUP THATS THE ONLY WAY BOTH OF MY DAUGHTERS WOULD DRINK MILK OR FORMULA

Robyn - posted on 01/01/2009

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I'm having the same problem with Jack. He will be 1 on January 7th. He has been drinking out of sippy cups since he was 7 months...but will only drink water or juice from them. I tried again to put formula in it today, and he looks at it and throws it on the floor and walks away! Silly boy.



I use the Nuby sippy cups...I just bought him the one with the sport straw and he loves it...but still won't take formula from it.



I am nervous that the same thing is going to happen when we switch him to milk.



I'm not too worried about him taking the bottle after the age of 1. When he is ready, he'll give it up (I hope!).

Nutthinee - posted on 01/01/2009

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I have the same problem with my daughter. I don't feel bad that she is still on the bottle though. She is going to be one years old in 18 hours. I have the playtex sippy cup and I wonder if I have to take out the rubber, plastic like drip guard that is on the inside of the cup? it helps to make the flow slower. My daughter absolutely would not take the sippy cup if the guard is in place, but if I give it to her without it, the milk comes out too fast and she basically drips it all over herself for the most part.

Missy - posted on 01/01/2009

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I tried giving my daughter the sippy cup when she was 10 months old and she would throw them across the room. When she was in a good mood, I would put her in my lap and feed her the sippy cup, like I did when she was a baby. It took two days and she hasn't had a bottle since. I use the sippy cups that have the soft nipples, now she will drink out of all sippy cups. Good luck.

Sandra - posted on 12/31/2008

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My second son had difficulty giving up the bottle - I simply let him keep it until he self-weaned, right around 18 months.



Remember - the doctor is only there for medical advice, he has no say whatsoever in how you parent. If your son is fine with a bottle, then there is nothing to worry about!

Mistyn - posted on 12/30/2008

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I'm having a lot of trouble with this too. We tried the hard spouted type and he hates that. Then I bought a straw type sippy cup and he's doing better with that but he doesn't down it like he does a bottle. He tends to do better if I put watered down juice in it but I don't want him getting used to that either. I guess that isn't much help but I feel better that I'm not the only one!

Heather - posted on 12/29/2008

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If you can find Nuby bottles that include the soft sippy spout you can try that or see if he will drink through a straw.

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