The Bottle

Misti - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son Gabriel still takes the bottle before naps and bed at night. should I Stop giving it to him. all of my other children were off the bottle at around a year old.

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Misti - posted on 11/02/2009

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i agree with Kimberly the longer you wait the more attached he gets my daughter started drinking from sippy cups at 6 months and at 10 months she only had a bottle to go to sleep at nap time and at night. she was born on jan 14th 2008 and her last bottle was on jan 13 2009 i found it very easy to take it away the way i did it and she never missed it or anything but she does still like her sippy cup to go to sleep. but its your child and whatever you are comfortable with.

Darcia - posted on 10/28/2009

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My son is twenty two months old and still uses the bottle at nap and bed time. During the day he drink out of a glass or sippy cup. But at these times of the day he will only take the bottle. Lots of people tell him that he should be off the bottle. But I am following his lead. Over the last few months bottle use has decreased and hopefully it will continue.

Donna - posted on 10/19/2009

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is there something else to wean him off of the bottles besides the sippy cup? I hate those they leak all over.

Amanda - posted on 10/09/2009

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my 20 monthold alysa is also still on her bottle. i don't believe its a developmental issue cuz she dinkr from a regular cup most of the day she has let go of hher bedtime bottle ans her nap bottle its that one first thing in the morning that is a problem for us she will not go on and sart the rest of her day without it. the rest of my kids were broke before a year but i'm struggling with her. she talks well above her age level and everything else is above what is expected but idk what to do about the bottle thing. shes still on formuls do to milk allergies and we added little tristan to the family this last year who is on the bottle so i'm stuck.

Marinda - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter still wants a bottle in the middle of the night. All day long she doesn't ask for it. She's been drinking from a sippy cup since 6 months and now will even drink well out of a little spring water bottle or a regular cup. She wakes up about 2-3 times in the middle of the night asking for her " ba ba" and If I don't give it to her she will not stop crying till she gets it so in the interest of both of us getting some sleep I let her have it. I've tried putting water in it but she will ask for milk and cry till she gets it. I tried giving her a sippy cup and she cries for the bottle. I really don't know how to break her of this. I have school and work and can't afford even a few nights of no sleep. Do you think she'll eventually grow out of wanting a bottle >

Kimberly - posted on 10/07/2009

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my kid were off the bottle by 13 months. they say its a hard change no matter how old they are. but the longr you wait the harder it may be to take awaya. i started te swich with a cup that has asoft spout. then took that awaya. and went to a cup with a hard spout. now she is 20 months and on the cups with a hard spout that it really wide and round to get use to the feel of that. so she can be done with sippy cups all to gether hopefuly very soon.

Kat - posted on 10/04/2009

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I agree with Cherilyn. You want to do follow your instincts and child. My daughter would not let the bottle go until just these past 2 weeks. She would mostly want it at naps and bedtime. To make sure she did not let tooth decay happen I would let her have the bottle then brush her teeth. But most times she fell asleep with the bottle before I could. I think you could try water in the bottle if you are concerned though. Or try switching to a soft spout cup? Dr's say not to let them but not all kids are the same as long as they aren't past 2, I don't think it's a big deal. There are much bigger things to worry about in the world. Fortunately my daughter just stopped asking out of nowhere for the "baba." I never would speak the word again and then she took to the cup all the time.

Cherilyn - posted on 10/03/2009

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My health visitor told me not to give my Son a bottle at all as he was breastfeed & could go straight to a cup but, (personally) aside from breastfeeding, there is nothing nicer than curling up with him having his bottle. Im still breast feeding him last thing before bed but he has a bottle before his nap or if im out at bedtime. As long as he only has milk (or water) out of the bottle & it is only before sleeping i really carnt see why it would hurt. One of my pet hates though is seeing toddlers running round with a bottle held between their teeth (especially containing squash or tea!). If you really don't want him to have the bottle just see if he will take it from a soft spout cup instead. Follow your instincts with it, your bound to do it right that way x

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