at what age did you ditch the bottle?

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2010 ( 102 moms have responded )

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Alright ladies, so, My daughter recently had her 18mth old check up and shots. The doctor asked me if she still gets a bottle and of course I am like "yes, she gets her morning milk, nap bottle and night bottle" The doctor then told me that she should be off the bottle already. I am confused, from everything my public health nurse that i have that visits every 2 weeks, it is perfectly fine for her to still use a bottle only for milk and of course not going to sleep with it. I have tried using a sippy cup in replacement of the bottle but she is not wanting to drink her nap and bed milk from it.
So I guess to the point, I wanted to know at what age did your children ditch the milk bottles? Or at what age are you going to switch them to sippy cups only?

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Both my girls were completely off the bottle by 1 year only because i found out from my sister the younger they are the easier it is.It all depends on what you feel is right for you and your baby. I know kids that are3 and still have a bottle but if you are wanting ideas to get ride of the bottle i would suggest you only let her have water in the bottle and everything else in a sippy cup and eventually she will realize that the good stuff comes from the cup, it has worked for a few people i know. Good luck!

Lori - posted on 07/28/2010

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I'm really impressed, you guys must have a lot of will power or very easy children. My son is 18 months old and like your child, still has to have a morning bottle, nap and bedtime bottle. I have tried switching to sippy but the only thing he will drink out of that is water. He has to have milk with baby cereal warmed or he won't drink it and he is fussy. The main issue with the bottle is teeth. As long as she is not falling asleep with it I thinks she's fine. My personal opinion is parents are too focused on baby growing up and taking things away to speed the process. They are only little for a while, she'll wean when she's ready. If its not a problem for you, then I say it's not a problem at all. Good luck to you.

Danielle - posted on 07/28/2010

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I think Heather brings up an excellent point. Mothers who breastfeed do so sometimes until well after their child's 2nd birthday with no pressure whatsoever to start weaning...so why do we mothers who bottle feed pressure ourselves to get our children off the bottle so young?

Every doctor or health worker has a different opinion just like every mother. My doctor has no concern over my son still being on a bottle (he is 15 months old) and says it will not effect his development. He just said not to give it to him in bed (never have anyways), only offer milk or water in it, brush his teeth, and continue to offer him a real cup until he's ready to give up his bottle. In fact, he says that the sippy cup stage isn't even a necessary one and that many children go from a bottle to a regular cup when they have the coordination down. Also that children who skip sippy cups tend to use a real cup sooner.

So I hope that helps you rest a little easier. Remember, you are the mom. You decide.

Lady Heather - posted on 07/28/2010

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I kept her on the bottle until her first birthday because I didn't see why it's cool to breastfeed that long but not cool to bottle feed. As far as I know the breastfeeding mums often have great difficulty weaning also, but nobody tells them to stop early.

She gets most everything in a sippy or regular cup now, but I still give her a night time bottle (obviously not in the crib - I never did that. Actually I don't even understand that...). I do this for two reasons. 1 - We have some leftover liners from our travels that I just want to use up. When those are gone there will be no more bottles. 2 - I like to have that bonding time at the end of the day. I curl up with her on the couch and we have a little cuddle. Again, if I was breastfeeding no doctor would question this for even a second. I don't like the double standard.

My daughter also isn't hooked on it. We've had nights where we were out and she had a sippy instead of a bottle and she doesn't seem to care so I don't worry about weaning her. I think if she was more attached to the bottle I'd be putting more thought into getting rid of it now.

Amelia - posted on 08/03/2010

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I started giving my son a sippy cup around 6 months, and slowly started giving him the bottle less and less. By the time he was a year old, he didn't even miss it.

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Amber - posted on 08/03/2010

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When my son was 6 months old I started giving him his water in a sippy cup. The kind that had the rubber spout. As soon as he hit 8-9 months I started weaning him off the bottle. Only giving it to him when he woke up during the night. Also at the time I switched his sippy cup to a regular sippy with the hard top. By the time he was 10-11 months he was completely off the bottle. I will admit he didn't like it when I changed his sippy cups or even started giving him one to begin with. It took him a day or so to adjust to them.

Krystal - posted on 08/03/2010

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I took all four of my kids off the bottle by the time they turned one...To help with the transition...I purchased the drinking cups with the soft tips...It helps a lot...But once again it all depends on what your child likes! Wish you all the luck!!

Meridith - posted on 08/03/2010

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Victor is 18 months old and we use the bottle with water at bedtime. I give him milk in a bottle at nap time, but the rest of the day, he gets a sippy cup. He's still learning the regular cup. I never even thought of taking the bottle away from him until just recently. I'm bringing the oz. in the bottle down a little every week, so eventually he'll have an empty bottle and then no bottle at bed time. Nap time, we'll just have to see! I think I use the bottle because it doesn't leak as much, but then again, it might be because I'm lazy and he goes to bed so incredibly easy when he's got his bottle. He turns off the light and lays right down without a single fuss... it's amazing! So, I know I'm procrastinating the no bottle phase, but I can't help myself. Good luck, momma!

Jenni+shane - posted on 08/03/2010

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my daughter is 13 months and she stills has a bottle in morning afternoon and just beofore bed i try around one to get her to drink it out of a sippy cup but she wouldnt i plan try again thr she be sick so thats why i have not try yet. i going try get her have afternoon bottle in sippy cup and see how goes from there

Hannah - posted on 08/03/2010

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my son started practising using sippy cups at 6 months old and a few days after his 1st bday we took away the bottle with absolutely no problem. he still had night time milk, but in his sippy cup of course.

Nichole - posted on 08/03/2010

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My son was 4 months when he went to soft nipple sippys only, by 9 months he was on hard plastic sippy cups only.

Krystal - posted on 08/03/2010

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At about 6 months my daughter was using a sippy cup for most of the day and only getting her bedtime formula in a bottle. At a year I stopped the bottle completely. She has a sippy cup for bedtime milk that is a really soft sipping thingy, her day time ones are a bit soft but not as much.

Keanna - posted on 08/03/2010

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I ditched the bottle @ 16 and a half mths... And I haven't looked back yet... She doesn't need her cup to go to bed and she sleeps through the night 7:30PM til I wake her up @ 5am and she be mad... I know I've been blessed... The next one may not be this easy...

Felicia - posted on 08/03/2010

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My son was off the bottle at 1yr when his pediatrician told me to stop. He'd had the sippy cup since 6mo and used that more. From 6mo on he only had a bottle for nap and night.

Jessica - posted on 08/03/2010

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2yrs old i think one is too small they still need the nurtients but asap keep offering the cup with milk every now and then because their teeth can go rotten if they are on too long

Codi - posted on 08/03/2010

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My baby never would accept the bottle, I nurse and she always refused the bottle.. At 4 mo I introduced the sippy and she took right up. you should try the cups taht look like bottles, the dollar general store has pooh and elmo kind for $2 that are identical to the $10 ones at walmart and babiesrus. that way people way keep their opinions to their selves lol

Kirsten - posted on 08/03/2010

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i already started my son on a sippy cup at 8 months , i plann on ditchin the bottle at a yr old. they have transitonal sippy cups so that u can work them off ther bottle it might help its a good cup im thinkning of trying it when i take my son off the bottle,..

User - posted on 08/03/2010

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my daughter was 6 months old. i used the munchkin sippy cups with the soft spout and gave it to her like her bottle (holding her on the couch). she took it if i gave it to her like that. she was completely switched over in a couple days

Meaghan - posted on 08/03/2010

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I used a sippy cup with my daughter from 6 months old...but she would only drink a little from it then wanted the bottle...she is 13 months old now and on the sippy cup except for her nightime feeding, which has been a little difficult to get her off of...but I'm persistant and know that she will give it up...it took a month of trying with a cup every feeding to get her to drink out of it...I started eith the morning then tried the afternoon and then dinner, and she accepted it each time finally!

Ashley - posted on 08/03/2010

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I took my daughter off the bottle at 1. Did you try the sippy cups with the rubber nipple (its shaped like a sippy cup top but has more of a nipple feel to it) it seems like many parents I know said their children transitioned from the bottle better with this type of cup.

Randajo - posted on 08/03/2010

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the bottle should have been ditched when she first started getting teeth. and the sippy cup should have been introduced gradually. they say that is what should be done because they start to chew on the nipples which obviously not good. i suggest that you give her the bottle in the morning and sippy cup the rest of the day. or give it to her at night and sippy the morning and afternoon.

Kimberly - posted on 08/03/2010

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I took my daughter off of her cup completely by the time she was 1...I started to introduce the sippy cup around 9 months and I found the one she liked the best was by a company called NUK. They have a soft spout just like the bottle. It took a little while for her to give up the bottle but by her first birthday the transition was a success!! Also I have heard the longer they stay on the bottle it is not good for their teeth and those kids usually end up with some sort of an overbite. So Good Luck!

Krystle - posted on 08/03/2010

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I started my daughter with a sippy cup at about 6 months and by 9 months she was fully on a sippy cup. Try using the the Nuby brand they have soft tops like a bottle and when she gets used to it you can switch to a hard top sippy

Nicky - posted on 08/03/2010

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my daughter is still on her bottle at 16 months old but she also uses her sippy cup from time to time, took her quite a while to get the hang off it but shes been using it for a couple of months now. She seems to be going off the bottle herself, so I guess sometimes they just know themselves when they want to go off it, and really its a personal choice. I wouldnt worry too much about it because it sounds perfectly normal the amount your daughter is having and nothing to worry about. No two children are the same!

Vikki - posted on 08/03/2010

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hi my son has just turned 3 and he still has a bottle of milk b4 bed and may b 1 in the night, its so hard to wean him off of it coz he had problems when younger its a nitemare i wish he would have a sippy cup as he does during the day x

Christi - posted on 08/03/2010

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Nikki S, the reason the doc says to kick the bottle at 1 is because it can start to cause the teeth to form incorrectly. Just like they need to kick the pacifier by 18 months, the bottle needs to go as well. But you are a mama, do what you feel is best for you kiddos.

Christi - posted on 08/03/2010

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We were told that age 1 is when you kick the bottle. The bottle fairy came on my son's first birthday (which is also Christmas Eve) and brought him new big boy sippy cups. He had been using sippy cups since he was 6 months old so it really wasn't that big of a deal.

Gracie - posted on 08/02/2010

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well i had a lil difficulty with my son he never really wanted the sippy cup. i tried it with him from the time he was four months on and there was days when he would drink juice out of it but most days he just cried til i put it in his bottle. but on his first birthday i took the bottle away and gave him a sippy cup and he did ok as long as he didnt see the bottle but he refused to drink milk out of it he'd drink anything but milk so i talked to the nurses at my health dept and they told me to put a little bit of drink mix in it.. preferably the strawberry, and he has been doin that every since

Angela - posted on 08/02/2010

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I took bottle away completely by his 1st birthday intrduced sippie cup at about 9 months

Heather - posted on 08/02/2010

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I have 3 daughters 7, 5, 3 and I took all 3 of them off the day after their first birthday they were able to drink out of a sippycup and thats how they got their milk. However they still had the binkey. But it all up to you. Your the one who knows of your baby is ready to get off of the bottle so don't let the doctors stress you out. Hope this helps a little. Good luc

Trisha - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter was off the bottle at 9 months. We tried a sippy of milk and she loved it and never went back to the bottle again. We tricked her and used the nuby sippys with the rubber nipples.

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I was in the same boat as you are. My son now 3, was still using a bottle at 16 months although I had previously tried to ween him off of it. I finally asked for help for his dr and from wic, they both told me to try giving him the bottle with regular milk and start diluting it with water 2 ounces at a time and to offer regular milk and juice in sippy cups. after awhile the child will choose to have the sippy that taste great compared to the bottle.

Natasha - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter ditched it at 5 months, but they do have sippy cups out there that are like bottles, because the nipple in the sippy cup is close to the same feeling as the bottle. You can always try that. Good luck

Amy - posted on 08/02/2010

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one year we stopped the sippy cups, our rule was no formula no bottle. If she was drinking milk she was a big girl and big girls don't drink out of bottles. Our daycare also requiered her to be off of the bottle at one year.

Kimberly - posted on 08/02/2010

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I have 3 wonderful children and all 3 are way different!
My oldest was about 14 months when he completely gave it up he never took a blanket, binki or suck any of his fingers. He just was not ready to give it up.
My daugther Braylin gave it up on her own at 12 months. She sucked her thumb most of the time and just didn't want the bottle just a sippy cup and her thumb.
My baby Breez gave her bottle up at 9 months! She seen that her brother and sister didn't have a bottle and she didn't think that she needed one and just refused to take it she would steel their's.

Courtney - posted on 08/02/2010

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I switched my daughter right after she had her one year check up, i had introduced the sippy probably around 5 months ( cant remember) my biggest struggle was switching formula to milk but once that happened she refused to drink formula out of a sippy which worked out perfectly.. Dont worry though, every kid is different and can be more attached to something than another child.. now that she is 18 months it would be a good idea to get her more and more used to it.. Good Luck =)

Cara - posted on 08/02/2010

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My daughter wasn't off the bottle til about 15month. I'd tried for a ong while to get her off them but never had an luck. Finally one day while at walmart a saw a sippy cup that i decided to try. It was a cup by NUK and was a silicon soft tip and is somewhat similar to a bottle. I was finally able to get her off the bottle using that cup. My friend also was able to get her daughter off the bottle using that cup. Hope this helps. GL

Danielle - posted on 08/02/2010

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You do what you want. When I was a baby, my mom just let me decide when I wanted to give it up. I was like three years old and I still got a bottle at night as a "Security thing". I gave it up myself when I wanted to be like a "big kid". I don't agree that there's a set time for anything when it comes to stuff like that. I wouldn't take anything from my daughter until she was ready unless it was something REALLY serious. ;)

Nikki - posted on 08/02/2010

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Screw the Doctor, it's not hurting her at all, just let her go. She will give it up when she is ready. I really do not understand the obsession with prying comfort items from our children's lives just because they reach a certain age. Don't listen to all of the "experts" do what you feel is right.

Melissa - posted on 08/02/2010

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i know my daughter is the same way i dont know what to do she turned two everything is a sippy except nap and bed milk so i have no clue what to do

Albertina - posted on 08/02/2010

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my daugther was off by her first birthday. I started a month or two before that just giving her more milk and juice in the sippy cups

Brittany - posted on 08/02/2010

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We started my almost 7mth old son on a sippy about 3 weeks ago and he will only take the sippy and no bottle!!!

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For my first two I had them off of the bottle by nine months. With the second two I never used the bottle. I breastfed and then went immediatly to sippy cups with breastmilk. Honestly, I never liked bottles but it seemed so common with everyone that it seemed like the right thing to do. If I had to do it all over again I would never have used bottles with my first two.

Kristen - posted on 08/02/2010

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My sons 1st b-day, I threw out ALL the bottles and he had no choice but to take the cup. He was easy tho with the transition. Good luck!

Tara - posted on 08/02/2010

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my girl was totally off the bottle a few wks before she turned one. it is recommended to have the child off the bottle by their first birthday.

Melissa - posted on 08/02/2010

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I have 17 month old twin boys, and we took thier bottles away about 3 weeks ago. Our doctor advised us to take them at 15 months, but obviously we waited a little longer. I decided to take the bottles away because the boys were not eating their meals anymore. All they wanted was milk, and they were filling up on it throughout the day. It took 3 days of pure h*ll but after the 2nd day, they did not even ask for a bottle. Naps and bedtime were hard for those first few days/nights, but now they are doing great with their sippy cups and they are eating again!....Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 08/02/2010

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It's usually pretty good to get them off the bottle at around 1 yr.
I have 3 kids and the last child was the hardest for me, she wanted it for nap and bed. If you go down the juice aisle in Walmart they have belly washers(I think thats what they are called) they are a cup with a no spill lid that have charecters on top. My daughter loves these and is the only thing that could replace a bottle. Hope this helps.

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We ditched the bottle and pacifier at 10 months with not a second thought. at 11 months we ditched the formula.



I think it's terrible when Kids who are almost 2 or older still go around with a bottle in their mouths.



We introduced a sippy cup at 4 months. he thought it was fun.



They have cups now with plastic straws that don't spoll by Nuby.

Fantastic for things that obviously arent heated, and it teaches them to use a straw. regular sippy cups have been proven to lead to speech impediments*

Sarah - posted on 08/02/2010

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i ditched his bottle at 12months and switched to a nuby sort of sippy cup bottle as he wouldn't drink milk from a sippy cup .. drank everything else though.
he only had a bottle in the morning though.
now at 18months he loves drinking from regular cups .. mind you it is messy!!

Cherokee - posted on 08/02/2010

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my daughter ws done with the bottle by 12 months but every child is different the doctor tells you that your hcild should not be getting a bottle because of statistics (average) no child is average so if she doesnt want to get rid of it yet then dont force her she will want to be a big girl soon and you will miss the bottles lol

Ashley - posted on 08/02/2010

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I stated introducing my son to a sippy at 6 months. He started drinking out of it about 7 months. At his 9 month appointment his ped told me I could start weaning him off the bottle, and a week before his first birthday he was completely off! I had to find the right cup (the munchkin cups with a straw!). He's now nearly 19 months and still loves those cups! He is also really good at drinking out of a 'big boy cup' now too!

Cindy - posted on 08/02/2010

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I ditched the bottle on kids when they were around 15 months old. They only had bottles for nap and bed time up to that time. I wanted to make sure they we able to use sippy really well first.

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