Bottle Weaning

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




My pediatrician keeps telling me to get my 15 month old off the bottles. Any suggestions? That is the only way he will go to sleep which I know is a big no no. I just need to figure out a way. He likes it so much. Uhhh.


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Emily - posted on 04/15/2009




We went to the nuby soft cups at about 10 months and we just switched cold turkey, they will drink when they get thirsty, Abby will drink from anything now too, you give it to her and she will take it not picky at all. Good luck. I have also heard that boys are a lot harder to get off the bottle. Our hard thing to break was the pacie, I thought that she would have it in her senior pictures.

Jen - posted on 04/15/2009




Try giving him another comfort item to replace the bottle (blankie, etc.). Or try giving him a cup for a little while and then when you don't want that at night anymore give him an empty cup. He'll probably fuss for awhile, but he will go to sleep. My daughter doesn't get a cup within an hour of her bed time. It's out of site out of mind at 8:00 each night.

Whitney - posted on 04/15/2009




I also started using Nuby cups, because they are much like a nipple. Instead of using a bottle, switch to a cup. What I did is gradually, like a month, giving him his cup only during meal times and just weaning him off from the night time. I also started taking him in another room to give him something to drink(out of a sippy cup) and not in his room. Then after that I brush his teeth. My son is now 17 months old and he now uses regular sippy cups, but the Nuby brand was a good transition cup. I would love to hear how he does. I know how hard things are when you just want them to go to's easy to pick the easiest thing. In the long run, you and him will both benefit...just hang in there.

Nicole - posted on 04/15/2009




when our eldest was about 17 months we moved her evening bottle from just before bed to just before bath (so bottle, bath, bed). She used to use it as a way to fall asleep. But this worked great for us. She was still having a morning and night bottle until she was 2 then we just stopped giving them to her - told her they were just for babies and she was a big girl (helped that we had a 3 month old baby). She had no trouble drinking from a cup either. You dont have to stop using a bottle if you dont want to. But try moving the evening feed and see if that helps. Also giving Isla her bottle just after dinner helped cut that feed out as she was rather full from her dinner

Jill - posted on 04/15/2009




My 4 and almost 3 yr old still take a cup at bedtime and I personally don't see much wrong with it. I switched from the bottle to the Nuby cups when they each turned 1 and have stuck with them since.

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