At what age did you take away the bottle?

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Sarah - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter will be 9 months this week. I've heard that now is a safe time but I just wanted to be sure. She was not picky at all about what kind of bottle she drank out of, but now she will only drink out of one sippy cup. I tried the nuk and she hates how fat it is, I just got some by playtex with the hard top that are spill proof but she wants nothing to do with those either. The only ones she will drink out of are my tupperware ones with the thin spout. Of course - those are not spill proof! I know there are a few others to try. She really doesn't have an attachment to the bottle at all. She hasn't taken a bottle right before bed since she started sleeping 10+ hours so it's been an easy transition. Thanks for all of your input! You made me feel much more at ease about taking her off now.

Caryn - posted on 08/30/2009

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I started my son on sippy cups when he was 8 months old, but still gave him a bottle now and then. The best sippy cups to start them with are the ones with the rubber spouts, untill they start chewing on them. By the time he was a year old i just hid the bottles (mostly because i was expecting my second in 4 months) and he didnt ask for them anymore.

Sarah - posted on 08/30/2009

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wow! great advice from everyone. I work at a pediatric dental office, and we reccomend that kids are off the bottle by age 1. That they never go to bed with juice or milk (natural sugars in both that produce cavities) And that you start 'brushing' or wiping their teeth once they starting getting teeth :)

Tricia - posted on 08/30/2009

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Hi Sarah,

I took away the bottle on my child first b-day. I threw the bottles away showing my child that there where no more bottles. My child actually enjoyed helping throw them away in the trash. She never asked for a bottle.

Brittany - posted on 08/30/2009

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I started giving both of my kids a cup as soon as they started to hold their own bottle. My son was done with the bottle by the time he was 14 months. My daughter on the other hand was off the bottle by 9 months

Mickey - posted on 08/30/2009

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Actually my daughter at 6 months was not wanting her bottle anymore so I baught one of the NUK tippy cups with the rubber top from Target and she uses that and a variety of others now at 9 months. It was easier than I thought it would be. Just try it with a little diluted juice a couple of times a day and once they get the idea something goods in it wont be so bad. Like I said my daughter preferred it. So good Luck.

Stacy - posted on 08/30/2009

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I took away the bottle at 8 or 9 months as soon as his suck reflex was strong and I knew he could get formula from the sippy cup!! I got the cups from gerber My first sippy,It has a rubbery spout so they dont hurt thier teeth. Hope I helped!!

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2009

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My doc has told me with all my kids that I should introduce a sippie cup that has a rubber spout at around 5-6 mths so that they have time to get used to it and are comfortable drinking out of it by the time they shouldn't have a bottle anymore which is around a 12 mths old.

Jade - posted on 08/30/2009

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My daughter started transitioning from breast to sippy cup at about 11 months

Jaimie - posted on 08/30/2009

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my son was bottle broke at 10 1/2 months.. i used a nubby cup to brake him it worked like a charm

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