How soon after turning 1 should I stop the bottle?

Jamie - posted on 05/04/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son turned 1 a week ago and I'm wondering how long before I should stop giving the bottle and what to do at bed time when he would normally get his bottle?

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Asia - posted on 06/13/2010

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I started my baby on sippy cups around 10 months. It was like he had been using one all along. He's greedy anyway so i'm not sure if that helped. He was a binkie sucker and that had no affect on him switching over. He even drinks from a straw at 12 months so ASAP. & if your child uses a pacifier ditch that ASAP as well. The child may be a little crankier but u'll both adjust =]

Terri - posted on 06/10/2010

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I took my son off the bottle when he was about 8 or 9 months. It was very easy to do...I just got him a cup with the soft nipple (like the Nuby cups) and that was all she wrote.

Marissa - posted on 06/10/2010

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you have to watch with not stoppin the bottle til then it CAN cause bottle rot and even ruin their teeth ( by making them gap and stick out). Like in my previous post I mentioned my neighbors boy with his teeth and the same happened to my little cousin its no fun for the kids or the parent to go through that ordeal.

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2010

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Is it really necessary to stop the bottle? Idk, I'm going to breastfeed and I won't stop until baby's ready, maybe around 2 or 3...so I would apply the same if I were to bottle feed.

Marissa - posted on 06/06/2010

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i started my daughter on a sippy cup with water in it at 5 months and she loved it! As she got a lil older I started juice in it...I gradually took the bottle away then she started pushing away and wanting her cup and by 14 months there was no more bottle! she is now almost 16 months and hasnt had 1 bottle since! Just be sure to put milk in the sippy cups or he will never want milk my neighbor boy is like that and he has bottle rot bad and has had his teeth pulled already at 3! His mom still cant get him to drink milk! I hope this was at least some help for you

Bonnie - posted on 06/06/2010

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When your son is ready he'll let you know. By 1yr my son was only having a morning & night time bottle but he kept that up until he was about 3yrs old. I refused to use sippy cups as they just make too much mess- my son figured out he could tip them up & spill milk everywhere in less than a day! With morning bottles my son would have it straight away, then have breakfast with some water. With night time bottles, he'd have them just after dinner & then have his bath. My son told me he didn't want any milk one night when he was about 3yrs 2months & now it's a struggle to get him to drink milk at all!
Every child is different though. A friend's son (the same age as mine) refuses to sleep without a bottle, yet her 3yr old daughter started refusing the bottle at 1 & a half.

Lauren - posted on 06/03/2010

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I did not fully cut out the bottle until my son was 18 months...but I had a lot of rules arounf it. I never put juice in a bottle, only milk. He only had the bottle when he woke up in the am and before bed. It was his comfort. When you decide to completely cut it off you have to stay true to that. My son started to hit me so that I would get his bottle (in the morning for 3 days) but then he calmed down.

Also in terms of the sippy cup...he never liked the soft ones. He liked the hard cups. I tried so many...it really helps to have a sippy cup they like. I think I let him pick it out when I completely stopped the bottle (it was white with blue trucks..lol)

Good Luck

Letitia - posted on 05/27/2010

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well my daughter is 6 months and she hates the sippy cup so she will have a bottle till she dont want it any more ,P.S if milk rots the bottle get anouther 1 they dont cost much ,

Niki - posted on 05/26/2010

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You need to stop the bottle now. You should have been introducing a sippy cup a little bit at a time when he was 6 mos and continue until he is off the bottle.When my son turned one instead of giving him a bollte at night, I gave him a cup that was long like a bottle. They sell them at Walmart. I think platex makes them. It's the kind that doesn't spill.

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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I'm having the same problem with my 16 month old son he wants the bottle more then a sippy cup I have like 4 different sippy cups and I give him the one that he likes the most all the time but he will not drink his milk in the sippy cup when it is nap time or bed time. My mother says to hide some of the bottles and then tell him that the babies came and took them that he can only have one and that is at bed time. Should I try that, he would know what that means he is a very smart 16 moth old. He only took the binky for about 5-6 months and that was all and he has been using sippy cups since he was like 5 or 6 months old. Tell me what you think about this k

Rebecca - posted on 05/25/2010

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If you want him off the bottle then ease him off it. Otherwise think about it this way, your child will not go to college with a bottle. He will give it up when he wants to be a big boy.

Letitia - posted on 05/23/2010

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NOW! I work at a doctor's office and it annoys me to no end when I see three years olds still sucking ona boittle or paci and they have a mouthful of caviites. Wean off one bottle at a time. I find the first thing in the morning bottle was easist to start because the child is thirsty after sleeping all night. I agree with the first response, the Nuby ones are good because they are soft. They make ones with handles to start off with.

Good Luck!

Serene - posted on 05/22/2010

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My son is 2 and he was off of the bottle by the time he was 9 months old. I would talk to your peditrician and find out how old they are suppose to be, I was told on there first birthday. Transition to a soft nipple sippy cup for a month then get the hard nipples. its easier to wean off of the bottle. I would do it soon. I've seen 3 year old on bottle and there teeth were rotton out. Good luck

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Generally, around the 1 year mark is a good time. Please consult with your child's pediatrician.
I made the distinction of only ever putting breast milk or formula in a bottle. Now that your baby is 1 you are ready to feed him cows milk. I NEVER put cows milk in a bottle, only ever in a sippy cup. Same with water, went in sippy cup.
Good luck.

Rachel - posted on 05/20/2010

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i have a 5 year old so ive been thru this... and the best thing that someone told me was as soon as your kid starts to learn how to tip up the bottle to get the milk out... thats when you start the tippy cup!!! so if your kid starts it before age 1 then go ahead and jus try it!!! my daughter was 11 months when she started the tippy cup.. and it was SOOOOO easy!!!! hope it will be easy for you too!!! :)

Almeta - posted on 05/19/2010

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Now is the time. I started my daughter with a sip cup early so that once she reach i yr it was no problem. :-) The problem is that at night time she still wants to drink at 3am.

QUANI - posted on 05/18/2010

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i had to stop the bottle at 9 months and for me it was quite easy...

i have heard its harder when ur child sucks a paci also... and my son never did that so i had no worries....

when he was 8 months i started putting water in his bottles and juice in his cups.... he love juice so after a while (a week or so) he started picking up the cup instead of his bottle...

and no since hes 20 months after 6 he had nothing to drink unless its his purified water

Cassie - posted on 05/04/2010

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ASAP!!!! I believe it is Nuby that makes a sippy cup with 3 stages of tops. The first is very similar to a bottle nipple so it makes the transition a lot easier. The second is more sippy cup style and the last is much like big kid straw. My daughter had no issues with it what so ever. As far as feedings at night. I would recommend staying away from milk. That is because it will cause baby bottle rot. So stick with watered down juice or plain water. As your son gets a bit older slowly take his cuppie away earlier and earlier in the evening until he doesn't need it at all. That will also help when potty training comes along. I hope I have helped!!

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