Still using a bottle

Erika - posted on 10/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok so my daughter is still using a bottle and I have tried endlessly to wean her off but it is so hard I dont know what to do anymore.

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Clare - posted on 12/06/2009

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I let my daughter pick out the cup she wanted and I filled it with milk, she sucked it down. I think she enjoyed having some different to drink out of with a fun design. It might be hard the first day or so but she will drink when she gets thirsty, stay strong.

Melissa - posted on 11/29/2009

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My son was a horribly picky eater and we still have the most difficult time with him. We ended up finding out at 20 months of age that he has "high functioning" autism, and are still trying to get him off of his bottles. But this affecs everything else with him as well. He does not eat food of certain textures, tastes and smells. However the diagnosis was a blessing because then we knew where to start from and developed a diet that was acceptable to him to get the nutrients he needs daily. Maybe by finding a type offood exture she likes you can work around that much of the same way we did and that may help. I don't know what to do about the bottle part my little one still clings to his and with the autism I feel like if I take it away I will be denying him one of the few things hat acually provide him a source of security and comfort. I know with my 3 older ones we had a sippy cup party and wrappedup their sippies like birthday gifts and gave to them. They all reacted very well to that.

Amanda - posted on 11/28/2009

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i just bought the sippy cups that have kind of like a nipple but there not then just kind of add in differnt kinds is waht i did at 12 months. i didn't have a problem but my daughter also suckers her thumb alot, so that is kind of her comforting thing.. they have the soft tips i believe it was nubby, but i have a hard time getting her to eat things as well, i started giving her the flintstone vitamins at 22 months. she does great with them!

Laurie - posted on 11/24/2009

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My daughter took to a sippy cup right away when she was about 1, and she was using pacifiers at nap and bedtime. She seemed pretty into those and all of sudden, she started using her bottle instead of the pacifier when she's tired. She doesn't necessarily want to drink out of it, but just have it sit there in her mouth as a comfort thing. I really didn't like that idea but I asked our pediatrician about it and he said not to worry, that he thinks she'll get off it on her own soon enough. He didn't want her falling asleep drinking anything out of it, especially if it was something other than water since that stuff can just sit around the gums and cause tooth decay. My daughter just likes the silly thing empty and will fall asleep with it in her mouth like a pacifier. She won't keep it in her mouth all night, thankfully. I think if she doesn't stop by 2, we'll have to go cold turkey, but I've already noticed that she likes it less and less. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but I was happy to know her doctor didn't seem to think it was a big deal.

Chantel - posted on 11/23/2009

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Hi Robin,

I just want to ask, did your kids understand you at age of 10 months? My daughter is 20 months and not really talking yet, I get the idea almost everyday that she does not fully understand me yet and I think it's because she isn't talking yet. Anyhow, she is still on the bottle, I give her 3 bottles a day, Nestle Nido, 1 in the morning when she wakes up, 1 for her afternoon nap and 1 when she goes to bed at night. She is still on 3 bottles of Nido because she doesn't want to eat, it's been a battle from 6 months with her, she refused solids from day 1! Started eating a little bit just after she started walking, but she wont eat ANY veggies, just bread, rice, pasta, sausages, cheese. I have her on the Nido because I am worried that if I take her off she wont get all her nutrients. The last 3 days she is refusing to take her bottles, could this be a sign from her that she is ready to wean? But what about her bad eating habbits?

Mona - posted on 11/23/2009

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We tried several times to remove the bottles from our twins. One week ago today I decided to give all our bottles away and only use the Playtex sippy cups. One twin took surprisingly well to the cup and the other took a few days to get used to it. I didn't make it about the 'bottle to sippy cup' switch, I instead asked them what color cup they wanted and if they wanted strawberry or chocolate milk. They ended up sticking with plain! Good luck, it will work, just need consistency and don't give in!

Robin - posted on 11/22/2009

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When ours (and this goes for all 3) we told them to throw their bottles away and they did and no longer used them and we did this at around 10 months

Katie - posted on 10/26/2009

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I did it cold turkey. My son needed to get off the bottle for medical reasons, so I just put them all away. He screamed and would barely eat anything for three days I thought I was going to lose my mind and just when I was about to give in he took the cup and now as a great time with it. His therapists wanted him on a straw cup it is better for them than a sippy cup so you might want to try those and see if she likes them.

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