help....10 Month old chewing on bottles, and doesnt want to drink them

Kerry - posted on 11/20/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old son will not drink his bottles. He will not drink any in the day, and at night he chews on them but cries if i take it away. The odd time he will drink 1 at night. I have tried changing his formula, but he still wont drink them. I thought kids were suppose to loved their bottles and want 1 anytime of day. My doctor said i can give him homo milk when he is 1 year old, but im thinking of giving it to him now. does any1 else have this problem?? or is any1 already giving their child homo milk at 10 months?? plz help, thanks!!!

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Camille - posted on 12/23/2009

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Try giving him his formula in a sippy cup. The only thing mine will take is a sippy cup with a built in straw.

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my recommendation is if your child is refusing to drink milk and is eating baby food or table food and staying full with that, i suggest mixing the formula in with some of his food, that way he is still getting the nutrients and vitamins he needs from the formula. also, try a different bottle or a sippy cup if you are wanting him to actually drink the milk, my son has been drinking out of a sippy cup since 6 months, sometimes it helps.

Megan - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter is only 2 days into being 11 months old. But when she was flat out in the 10 month range, she used to do that alot. Between 9 months and 10 months 4 teeth came in. I think partially it is the teething. I have started to give her the sippy cup a lot more just in case with the 8 teeth she has, she doesn't bite a nipple apart and formula goes everywhere. She is becoming more accustomed to the sippy cup as well. I've not put formula in it yet, only her juice and a little water. My baby drinks about 4 sometimes 5 bottles a day ranging from 4-8 ounces depending on what solid foods she has eaten. I don't want her to get overfull but she doesn't starve either.

Rebecca - posted on 12/23/2009

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Your little one sounds like he is teething! Have you tried rusks? My little one has a sipper with full cream milk with her dinner at night and she is still having 2-3 bottles per day (all formula). Maybe he is not hungry or maybe he is just not interested in the bottle during the day. Try feeding him more solids, remember every baby is different. I hope this helps. Good luck.

Toni - posted on 12/13/2009

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my son kept chewing his bottles so everytime he did this i would firmly say no n give him a teething ring from the fridge n put some abesol on his gums if his only drinkin at night only give him a bottle at night but try to give hm juice in a becker or even try to give him his milk in his becker, my sons is 11 months old n his on the yr plus milk theres been no problems since i changed him ova, just urself if u think he needs to go up then try it if it makes him a lil poorly take him off it i hope this helps

Paige - posted on 12/09/2009

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my son has been weened off the bottle since 10 months. he was refusing the bottle so i tried it in sippy cups and voila!! it worked. he pretty much decided to ween himself off. i started my son on whole milk at 10 months. not all whole milk just some. i plan to have it completely on whole milk when he is one.

Ashley - posted on 11/23/2009

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try a sippy cup with a hard top. My daughter will not hold her bottle on her own yet but if she finds her brothers sippy cup she will hold it properly and drink out of it. 1% milk is alright for a child his age even though doctors don't encourage it. Try 5ounces of milk and 3 water. Not all babies stick to formula. It may give him a little diarhea at first but watch going from that to formula going back and forth makes their tummies hurt. let me know if the sippy cup works

Patty - posted on 11/23/2009

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sorry, i am such a tard! in my post i meant to give him a teether instead of a bottle when he seems to normally chew them the most and move his bottle times if your not ready to wean. and that chewed nipples pose a large CHOKING hazzard

Patty - posted on 11/23/2009

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put his formula in a sippy cup and do away w/ the bottles give him a teether instead of a cup. chewed nipples pose a large chocking hazzard.

Beth - posted on 11/23/2009

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Hi, I didn't read any other responses, but have you tried a sippy cup instead of a bottle??

Marcia - posted on 11/22/2009

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Sounds like classic teeting to me. He's probably not all that thirsty and it's normal for babies of our kids ages, to start falling back on their milk. He's enjoying rubbing his gums with the gums as it's soothing him.



Our son's down to one bottle of milk during the day while at daycare, and just has boiled water or diluted organic friut juice (10parts water 1-2 parts juice), then on breast milk at home and in the morning before going to the childminder. He used to have a bottle at 11am ond one at 2pm, but now he was a small amount mixed in his porridge for breakfast or cereal, and a bottle at 3pm and he's happy with that now.



Last week while brushing his teeth he cried when I took it off him, and that's a silicon brush, so swapped it for his teething dummy and he smiled and clapped. Might not be that he's off that type of milk, it's just a natural step from 8 months onwards and he has his water and in a sippy cup, and sometime in his Doidy cup, but trying to get him to have milk like that, but he isn't ready. He had 100mls and pored some into his cup, and he drank about 20mls if that, so I pored it back into his bottle he drank the whole lot, yet he'll happily drink any other drink from a sippy or doidy cup



Try giving him his milk at diff times in the day logging what he'll drink and when over a week, and you'll see what he now requires. They are their own lil person at this stage and don't have the same 'baby' needs, and more having toddler needs insteard.



Good luck, try not to worry about it :-)

Mary - posted on 11/22/2009

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My son was the same way. My doctor said as long as he was getting 3 8 ounce bottles a day (and was growing) we could let him try drinking from a cup and giving him a sippy cup. My son loves the sippy cups. He drinks a little from it, but then bites of the spout. He LOVES drinking from a cup and tries to hold in on his own. A friend told me that now that Joseph has teeth he may need something harder to gnaw on, which the sippy cup works well with. Some times it takes 30 minutes for him to drink a whole bottle, but he eventually will finish it.
As for regular milk, my doctor said I could give Joseph some milk, but it should not take the place of his formula.

Ange - posted on 11/22/2009

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My bub is only on a bottle 1st thing in the morning and last thing before bedtime.
She's a really good eater so she's having cheese and yoghurt etc... to make up for the daytime bottles she used to have. Have you tried giving the milk in a sippy cup? Less chewy! Good luck :)

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2009

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Quoting Megan:

My daughter is 10 months and I was having the same problem the doctors said that I could go ahead and put her on a sippy cup so I give her a sippy cup through the day and a bottle only at night and nap time and it works for us.



thats a good idea.



my little boys had a cup since the start of weaning (4month) for water/diluted baby juice.



he's got the hang of it though still pours it all over the table so he can wipe his hands in it.

Megan - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter is 10 months and I was having the same problem the doctors said that I could go ahead and put her on a sippy cup so I give her a sippy cup through the day and a bottle only at night and nap time and it works for us.

Sarah - posted on 11/20/2009

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i think quite a lot of babies get like that at 10 months .. i know my little boy (hes 10month on the 28th) chews on his bottle especially his bedtime one. recently he's been only drinking a little bit of it .. (think he's had 4oz tonight) ..

have you tried giving him a dummy? he might just want something to suck on.

however i wouldn't worry too much because at this age they need a minimum of 15oz a day! but even if they aren't reaching that .. don't worry just add lots of milk to their food .. (i put 4oz in olivers cereal) and feed them plenty of dairy so you are sure they are getting their daily calcium intake (oliver has yogurt every day and i use milk roll bread for him .. that has calcium in it)

how about just giving him a drink of water and milk in his food? i know some babies go off milk completely but he may just want a drink of anything (remember formula milk is classed as food really so he may not find it as thirst quenching as water)

i know one girl who seriously struggled when her 13month old daughter was this age as she wouldn't drink ANYTHING! and she's lactose intolerant so it wasn't like she could have dairy .. i seriously hope your not as unlucky as her!

however my son from the age of 7months had 3 7oz bottles a day .. recently though he's become uninterested in his 2pm bottle so i've cut that right out (i'll make it if he really wants it though) and i'll give him a snack (baby biscuits or something) and a drink of water or diluted baby juice. so now he's only having 2 bottles a day.

i hope that some what helps.

Ashley - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son is 10 months old, and has also started doing this a little. Most of the time now, he won't even drink a whole bottle. He is eating a lot of solid (table) foods, and it's probably keeping him full longer. My son may drink 4 bottles a day. Is your son teething? I think he chews on his bottle sometimes because of his teething. Is your son drinking out of a sippy? Try putting some formula in a sippy cup. I do think it's too soon for whole milk. At my sons 9 month appt his doctor told me I could go ahead & start weaning him off of the bottle, but I thought it was a little soon; and plus, I don't think I'll have any trouble weaning my son. Some babies wean themselves, he may be trying to do that...just as long as he's getting his proper nutrition and he's growing fine, I wouldn't worry about it too much. He will definitely let you know when he's hungry!

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