Bottles

Allyson - posted on 03/09/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 22 months and is still wanting a bottle at least three times a day. For some reason she will not drink milk in a sippy cup at all. Any suggestions as to what to do?

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Megan - posted on 03/30/2010

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My son is going to be 23 months in a few days and he still uses the bottle. Ive bought about 4 or 5 different sipper cups and he will sip his juice and put it down. He hates juice and will only drink milk and tea. Im not in a hurry to get him off the bottle. He will tell me when he's ready. And I give my son Formula milk designed for toddlers 1 - 3 years.

Cathy - posted on 04/04/2010

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They have some sippys that are more like sports bottls. They look like they have a nipple on the end. She may drink out of those. I would say that if you really want her off the bottle just be strict and just take them away. She will eventuallly drink from a cup when she realizes that it is her only option. If you arent really ready then she wont be ready eaither. I know that when I took my son off the bottle I was more worried about it and kept putting it off. Whenn I was finally ready I just took them all and put them away. He didnt msis them at all. It turned out to be so easy that I had wished that I would have done it months before. Otherwise, if it doesnt matter to you just let her have the bottle. There is nothing wrong with her still having one, There is no medical reason, and nthe bottle is not harming her. I thikn that some people just are worried about what everyone else will thingk if thier two ear old is still ona bottle. You just have to do what is best for you and your daughter . Good luck!

Ene - posted on 04/02/2010

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Hi Allyson, did you just start giving your daughter drink from a cup? That might be the problem. My daughter is 23 months and I started spoon feeding her from as early as 6 months even though I was still breast feeding. I began using training cup early too so before she was even a year old, she knew how to drink from a cup all by herself. notwithstanding, she still uses bottle at bedtime because during the day, she eats adult meals and I give her bottle at night so she could get the essential nutrients and calcium from taking baby food. Your daughter is very much like my baby brother. You'd have to use tough love to wean her. start by buying cups that come with nipples and handles. but in the end, you might have to hide the bottles and let her whine until she adjusts. it is for the best.

Christina - posted on 03/29/2010

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So does mine and I give it to her :-) I don't think it's a problem as long as there's enough teeth brushing involved :-) As long as she has the urge to suck and pacify herself I won't take it away from her.

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We just weaned our son off the bottle in January (at 20 months). Some people suggest having your child throw the bottles in the garbage so they know they're gone. I knew that my son would drink milk out of one particular type of sippy cup because he's only ever used sippys at daycare for milk. So, one day I just put all the bottles away. He fussed really badly for 3 days and would barely drink anything, but after a week he wasn't asking for the bottle anymore. (I told him they were broken.) He's still picky about which cups he drinks out of, but the pain of weaning off the bottle only lasted that one week. If you keep the bottles, you have to hide them. And you'll be tempted to pull them out when your daughter screams for them, but don't give in.



If she doesn't drink milk from a sippy, you can also try using a cup with a straw or have her drink straight from a cup. She'll want milk one way or another, so maybe she'll give that a try. After she realizes the bottles are all gone, maybe she'll also use a sippy cup. My son's favourite sippy cup is made by Gerber, so you may have to figure out what she likes best as well.

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Norliza - posted on 04/09/2010

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my daughter is almost 2 yr and still wanting a bottle but she always want tea not milk after she stop my breastfeed.. any suggestions what can i do for that??

Amanda - posted on 04/09/2010

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The best way to do it is to throw the bottles away that way you are not tempted to give it to them. Both my children were off the bottle within a week after there first birthdays!

Melissa - posted on 04/09/2010

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I have the same problem. My daughter takes her milk only from bottles and only when she goes to sleep the rest of the time she uses sippies. I am letting her wean herself she has a habit of bitting holees in the nipples of her bottles and every time she does it I tell her that the bottle has to go to the trash and show her I threw it way. So far that has worked she is down 4 bottles and only has 2 more to go. I did the same thing with my 3 yr old son and now he is doing great on his cups.

Marna - posted on 04/09/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter, wanting her milk in her bottel, she is now 23 months ,and I only got her now for the last 2 weeks to drink her milk from a sippy cup without anny fuss, I just kept on giving her the sippy cup if she did not want it I put the teet back on the bottle, I beleeve she will change when she is comfortable with change, and now she drinks her milk from the sippy cup, without a problem or anny tumtrums

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I just wanted to add that drinking from a bottle at bed and nap times as well as drinking them when they are well over a year can rot your babies teeth. I have seen it.

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My daughter has not had a bottle since the day after her first birthday. I just put them all away and gave her only sippies. She was very upset about it at first but when she wanted a drink bad enough she used the sippy. Getting her to drink the milk compared to the formula was the hard part. I put just a little bit of Nesquik in her milk and slowly just put less and less in till she was drinking plain milk. You could do that with any kind of sweetener. Formula just has a much sweeter taste than cows milk does. Just make sure you aren't giving her too much sweet in it and are cutting out some of her sweeter foods during the day till she doesn't have to have the sweetener. I'm saying all this because the taste of the milk may be her issue. Good luck. And not to knock on any parents, but it is easier to ween them of the bottle and pacifier when they are young.

Lisa - posted on 04/08/2010

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Well my son will be 2 May 28 and my daughter will be 3 May 11. They are both still drinking out of bottles. They have their bottle during nap and bed time but for most of the day they drink out of a regular cup. I might just try tonight not to give them anything and just let them cry. I will let you know how that goes.

TANIS - posted on 04/08/2010

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Chocolate or Strawberry milk in the sippy...My son is being weaned from his bottle now. He was born May 12, 2008. He's aloud a bottle at night. He drinks from cups during the day only.

Traci - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son was the same way and what you need to do...It may be difficult for a little while but be tough......just stash the bottles somewhere she cannot reach them and if she is thirsty she'll drink out of whatever cut you give her. It took my son a week to adjust and then everything was fine. Just find something that is easy for her to old and drink out of so she doesn't get frustrated.

Theresa - posted on 04/05/2010

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I got my son off the bottle before he was one by using the Take and Toss sippy cups. Wal-mart sells them pretty cheap. They have no leak lids as well as lids with straws. Ever since I did that, he hasn't wanted a bottle since. If you try it, I hope it helps.

Heather - posted on 04/04/2010

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My May Baby is my third... so I have a different perspective. He still wants the bottle and I don't stress over it! By three, I think he will be more interested in cups than bottles. Right now he uses it to sooth himself!

Tabitha - posted on 04/04/2010

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i have no prob with using a bottle...my son (22 mnths) normally drinks from a pop top, but when he goes to bed he has a bottle, only because it means less mess...he doesn't sleep with his bottle, our dentist asked if he had bottles, when i said yes, he was amazed because his teeth are fine...it was the same with my sister who i helped raise, (6yr) she had her bottle till she went to pre-school at 3yrs n 8 months, her teeth are fine as well...so for me i say if you want to wean her...go for it but don't be too worried about it, its normal for them to want some form of comforter.

Lauren - posted on 04/04/2010

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Nycole,
Bottles cause "pooling" in the mouth, cups don't do this. Sippy cups are even frowned upon. I'm not saying one thing or another, my son takes a (water) bottle which isn't good either.It has nothing to do with oral hygiene. I'm just passing along some medical information.

Nycole - posted on 04/04/2010

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Lauren Piotroski,

That's only true when you are putting them to bed with a bottle, or they are getting a bottle right before bed and not getting their teeth brushed. Its not any different then them getting it in the sippy IF you DON'T brush their teeth.

Lauren - posted on 04/03/2010

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After reading all the posts I'm at least happy that my son only drinks water from his bottle. Our pediatric dentist couldn't stress enough how HORRIBLE it is to give your kids a bottle but to put anything but water in is destroys the enamel on their teeth causing cavities and tooth decay, this includes milk, with apple juice being the worst!

Nycole - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter has been off the bottle for 1 week now. She's 23 months old. She went cold turkey, but I got her new sippy cups and stressed how they were "Big Girl cups" She's really into being a big girl, they are the playtex stage 4 thermal sippies and I think it helps that my thermal mugs look very similar. Good Luck

Caz - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter the same age and still has to have one in the morning.... wont drink milk from a cup either but will drink water and juice from cup... I vary the cups and she doesn't ask for milk during day. I cant really quit the morning one yet as she has a 6 month old sister which leaves it harder as she is on 5 a day!

Bobbie Jo - posted on 04/02/2010

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I just weaned my daughter off the bottle about 2 weeks ago. I took her to the store and told her that she could pick out new big girl bottles. I think that calling them big girl bottles not cups helped the transition. So she picked out Dora sippy cups. The next morning I told her that she was a big girl now so she needs big girl bottles and gave her milk in the cup. It took a couple of days for her to stop asking for the baby bottles but she is fine now and loves her Big girl Bottles. Now I am trying to wean her from her binky. That is a little harder.

Jessica - posted on 04/02/2010

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I was such a stickler about having my kids off the "bub" by 8 months. When Emma came along, they told me that it would be wise for me to not have any more babies since I hemorrhage and retain my placenta after labor and I have almost bled to death with the last 2. Knowing Emma is my last baby makes me a softy and she still has a bub, but I think it is more me than her. She love cups with straws and prefers her "nah-nah" (nookie) over a bottle, but I still give her a bub at night before bed. I figured when she is 2 (May 8) we can get rid of the bottles and nah nahs. I know it's more me wanting her to stay little than her, but I know I have to cut the apron strings somehow, even if it does take a chainsaw to do it :) Anyway, it is just a matter of biting the bullet and doing it. I think it helps a lot if they are involved in the throwing away. As far as not drinking without a bottle, I think it is a lot like eating. If they are hungry/thirsty enough, they will drink/eat when they are ready. If they know your stressing about it, I think they will try that much harder to get you to cave (They are so darned cute and they know it). If you don't stress, I don't think they will stress long if at all.

Simone - posted on 04/02/2010

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About 8 months ago, having a three year old as well and both wanting bottles, I just one day gave them all to goodwill. I let them both watch me put them in the clothing bin so they knew they were all gone. I had no complaints at all from them but from that moment on they haven't drunk milk at all. Apparently this is not a problem as they get enough calcium from cheese etc.

Holly - posted on 04/02/2010

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I just got Jonathan off the bottle about a month ago. I just put them away and when he was thirsty I offered him the sippy cup with milk. At first he wouldnt go for it, but after a couple days he realized there was no more bottle and now drinks out of a sippy cup perfectly fine. GL!

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All Children are different. I actually had an argument with my daughter's dentist the other day. Apparently everything I do is wrong - but for the bottle situation, I am leaving her to drink it until she's ready. The way I see it, she eats her food, she drinks out of a normal cup (with or without straw) just fine, she drinks only milk in her bottle. If that's what her comfort is - then why take it away?! I brush her teeth before she goes to bed and when she wakes up - and if she's in a mood, during the day as well. I give her milk in a cup, she takes a taste and give it back to me. Everything else is for the cup right now. I really don't care anymore who says i'm a bad mother, but like I said, every child is different and there is no 'law' about raising a child 'correctly'. Good luck to those who are trying - it is much easier to have them not wanting a bottle when you go out.

Tracy - posted on 04/02/2010

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I too started with sippy cups around 6-7 months and then took the bottle away at 12-13 months...she refused milk in a sippy for a couple weeks but took to it soon after. I just made sure she ate enough calcium and took her vitamins every day. She is an avid eater and eats healthy all day long with occassional (maybe a cup a day, if that) milk.

Emily - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter is almost 2 and she has a bottle 5 times a day if not more if we are out. I've been trying to cut back or say no, but I can't take the crying and whinning! I stay home with her, so there's no "let's get the day care to fix it" here! It would be easier to leave it up to someone else, but when you home with them it's just not the same!

We'll keep trying and I know one day it will be gone!

Nichole - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son refuses to drink cold milk. I still have to warm it up and he has one bottle at night, and one when he wakes up. I've tried the sippy cup thing and he just refused to drink anything. I'll probably buckle down here in the next month or so and really give it a try.

Bailey - posted on 04/01/2010

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My daughter is 22 months, and she still refuses to drink her milk out of a cup too. She uses her sippy for juice and water, but insists on bottles of milk in the morning. I have not pushed the issue like I probably should have. I figure she will outgrow it eventually. She seems very attached to her bottle, and seems to have a need for more comfort objects than my twins (who are 3) did at her age. It seems like there's always something else going on (we just moved, she just switched to a toddler bed, she's still teething, and she has an 8 mo old baby sister) and I just hate to take this away from her with all these other things changing in her life. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong on this, but I don't see it as that big of a deal. I never let her go to bed with a bottle, and only give them to her in the morning. I know most moms would disagree with me here, but I kind of feel like if I don't make too big a fuss about it she'll give it up on her own.

Rachelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter is 22 months now and has been off the bottle since about 15 months. At first she would only drink juice out of a sippy. It took us buying about 5 different types of sippys and having her try each one with milk. She still calls in a baba, but hasn't actually wanted a real one since. We gave her a bottle only at night for a while, then eventually switched altogether to the sippy. I believe if he is actually thirsty he will drink from the sippy. It's a comfort thing for babies to want the bottle.

Christie - posted on 03/31/2010

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try to add chocolette to the milk mine love it. only way she will take her milk most the time in a cup. still haveing the bottle at night. she never had a pasafier(sp).

MARIE - posted on 03/31/2010

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i was worried about my daughter still using bottles i guess i'm not alone, she is also 22 months

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Cold turkey! Get rid of the bottles completely. She may not like it but guaranteed she will want her milk bad enough to drink it out of a sippy.

Evette - posted on 03/30/2010

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I started to only give her the bottle when she was going to sleep, so in the very morning she would be thirsty and willing to drink from a different cup. later on removed the nap bottle as well and so on. Both of my kids came off the bottle that way at 12 months

Melissa - posted on 03/30/2010

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I would give her a cup during the day and a bottle at night, thats what i did with both my kids and it seems to work, If they know they are getting it at a certain time they look forward to it more. i am not a big fan of the cold turkey method, because i can't quit anything cold turkey!!! eventually they'll get used to the cup and give up the bottle on their own!!

Melissa - posted on 03/30/2010

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I've always wondered when is the time to ditch the bottle...My daughter is 22 months old and only has a bottle in the morning and 2 on the weekend (each day). She refuses the bottle at her dayhome, but the main thing she likes her morning bottle. I will be watching this thread to see what other people have to say :)

Sherika - posted on 03/30/2010

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Wow my daughter is still wanting a bottle at nap time and bed time. No other time does she want a bottle. By her 2nd birthday by the way is May 4th she will be OFF the bottle!!!!! I hope LOL. I just worry about her teeth beacuse she has very nice teeth and I don't want them to be damaged by still sucking a bottle.

Sheri - posted on 03/29/2010

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my daughter is 22 months too and has a water/apple juice bottle at naps and bedtime and has milk in her sippy cups. She will only drink milk out of the playtex sippys. I am hoping that when her baby brother is ready for bottles that telling her she has to give them to him and use a sippy like a big girl will work or else I will have her through one out and hid the rest. My health nurse said to get her off to not give milk in the bottle and only water in a bottle during the day and milk in a sippy so she gets milk in a sippy before bed and only water with a little bit of apple juice in it to flavor the water as she will not drink plain water, and she will hopefully wean herself off of it.

Alica Phua: Have u tried giving your toddler milk with the nestle flavored syrup in it? My daughter likes chocolate milk better than white and i have bought the strawberry milk syrup and white chocolate milk syrup for her and she will drink more milk with that in it than plain white milk also its loaded with nutrients for them.

Jaquie: why is your toddler still on formula? should be on milk by now.

Rebecca - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have twin daughters and they will be two on may 23rd. They each get 3-4 bottles a day. They won't drink milk out of a sippy cup but they'll drink everything else. I would like to cut out 2 or 3 bottles and just give them one before bedtime. Or would it be easier to cut out ALL bottles and just use sippy cups, as it might be confusing for them. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

Jess - posted on 03/29/2010

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My son is doing the same thing! I wish I had suggestions. I honestly just try to fight him on it anytime it is not the nap bottle or the night time bottle. Those I am letting him hang on to for now. I fully intend on throwing away all bottles on his 2nd birthday so that Dad and I are not tempted to give in.

Renee - posted on 03/27/2010

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I wish i could give you some good advice but i must say that my son who will be 2 on may 2nd hasn't had a bottle since right before his first birthday. I lucked out and started him on sippys very early and slowly weaned him away from the bottle starting around 9 months old. Every week i would take away a time he would get a bottle during the day and eventually he didn't care what he had to drink his milk in just as long as he had a drink. He also has never taken a bottle or cup to bed with him...that was a big mistake i made with my first son so i made sure this time i would not!! It was a little ruff sometimes but i stuck to my guns (sort of speak). The only problem i am having with him is weaning him off the pacifier!!! I hate that thing and can't wait for the day when i don't have to run around the house trying to find one so he will stop crying!! How do i break this problem???

Pricila - posted on 03/27/2010

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Please don't put any milk or sugar drink in the bottles at night. My friends son would go to sleep with a bottle to and right after he turned two she took him to the dentist and he had cavities!!! All that sugar just stayed on his teeth and did their thing while he slept. He had to go into two separate appointments and got knocked out for both so they could fix the damage and it wasn't cheap. I don't know what water would do but i'm sure the kid won't be happy with water. Break the habit as soon as possible!

Nicole - posted on 03/24/2010

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My son just gave up the bottle at 12 months, so I am having a hard time with my daughter still taking a bottle before bed at 22 months. However, people breastfeed until 2, 3 or even 4, so I don't feel too guilty about it. We are going cold turkey when she turns 2, so know that somewhere in the world, we will be going through the same thing! :)

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Send her to grandma's house without a bottle. Sounds too harsh to me but sometimes a change of scene works. Mine stopped wanting milk at all when she dropped the bottle.

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2010

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my daughter bottle broke herself at 10 months old but when we first tried her to take from a cup she would just spit it out and at 12 months wheni gave her milk the first time she would just spit it out but she took to it the 3 time around with some babies you have to mix milk and formula for a while to get them to take it

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My son 22 months as well and he was the same I put him on the Nuk sippy cups there top is exactly like a sippy cup but has the texture and feel of a nipple and once he got used to them it wasn't that bad to switch him to regular sippy cups

Melissa - posted on 03/24/2010

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try sillicone nipple cups then go to the hard rubber, then plastic.... or throw them out and give her no choice, give her a sippy cup, she will drink it if she is thirsty



we breast fed till wayannea was 20 months and that was hard on both of us to stop, but after a couple days she stopped trying to get the boob, so off the bottle shouldn't be much different

Alice - posted on 03/23/2010

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All of you all are so lucky that your toddlers drink milk willingly regardless of whether it's from the bottle or sippy cup or just a straw and/or normal cup. As for me, my toddler has no liking for milk. SO getting him to drink milk or even coaxing him to drink milk is really a chore for me.

Samantha - posted on 03/23/2010

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I weaned my daughter off the bottle at 21 months she hated sippy cups but I went to walmart and bought a sippy cup that's called a sports bottle it's got a long spout it's soft like a bottle I gave her that one night and that was it she was off the bottle and a month later I gave her a a hard straw cup and that's all she takes to bed.

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