How do you wean a child from the bottle?

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Tina - posted on 01/12/2009

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Thank you all for your help. My little girl will be 1 yr old in 2 wks. I have give her juice in a cup, but she will not hold it up so I have had to use the straw cups and she will drink from it (everything except her milk) She will not drink her milk cold so when I warm it up a little bit it comes out of the straw (might have to try it with the other cup).



I am just trying to ger her off her bottles completly and get her to drink her milk colder and from a cup. It has been hetic, but will keep trying.



I have also talk to the daycare director, since she will be moving up to the "big kids" room in the next couple of weeks and she says the almanac has different days during the month to wean from a bottle and I will also try those days.



Thanks again for everyones help.

Carlee - posted on 01/10/2009

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The easiest way for me was to switch to the super cheap sippys at wal-mart. They are like 99 cents. They have rubber tops so it feels like a bottle. There used to be transitional ones, like 3 stages. I don't know if they make them anymore, but they were at wal-mart. Your kiddo will probably be mad for about 4 days, longest a week.......but, I promise if you stay consistant they will forget sooner than you think(:

Penny - posted on 01/10/2009

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Our first son weaned himself off by the time he was 13 months old, he didn't even have a nighttime bottle, just a sippy with water.



Our little one was a bottle lover, at 15 months I just finally didn't fill it one morning when he woke up and I haven't had to give him a bottle since. He really loved his bottles and wouldn't sleep at night with out one, but that night, I gave him a NUBY soft top sippy with water in and he was fine.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2009

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what do you do at night then? My daughter just turned one, and she usually drinks 6 ounces of milk from a bottle at night. I'm not sure if I should give her that 6 ounces in a cup right before bed, or am I not supposed to feed her right before bed anymore?

Holly - posted on 01/10/2009

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Cold turkey.  I switched my baby at 10 months to cups and have never gone back. 

Danialle - posted on 01/09/2009

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Quoting Heather:

How old is your baby? My daughter is 20 months now but i took her off the bottle at 12m. I thought it was goin to be a nightmare bc she loved her ''baba'' but on her 1st birthday i took it away & gave her a cup & she never once asked for it again. I think what helped is that i started out with those nuby cups that have silicon tops that mimic a bottle.. eventually i got her on hard top cups & she never cared about the difference as long as she had something to drink... Also if that doesnt work you can try giving her water only in a bottle & juice or milk in the cup.. that way she associates the bottle with something she doesnt like. try that & see if it works! good luck!


My son is 6 months and I am not quite weaning him yet, but I also use the Nuby cups. I give it to him to play with. I put some diluted juice or water in it and he tries to drink out of it. He is getting better the more I give it to him. The baby magazines I have read have suggested giving them a cup to play with as soon as they can hold one to get them used to it and then gradually wean to it. Nuby is definatley a great first "cup"

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2009

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If you haven't already given him/her other stuff in the bottle (juice, regular milk, etc.), then don't!  It's much easier for them to switch, I think, when they associate the bottle with formula.  Even if you still have to give the formula in a bottle, start giving everything else in a sippy.  Once he/she gets the hang of it, just stop with the bottle.  And, when you stop using formula, stop using the bottle.  My daughter was off immediately, but she also never developed a love of the bottle.

Ana - posted on 01/08/2009

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My daughter was easy because she saw her older brother drink from a cup, so she didn't want anything but a cup. no sippy, just dropped her bottle and picked up her brother's cup and that was it.
I agree 110% with Ameika about those straw cups being a PAIN to clean but that's the only cup my son used and then we transitioned to a sippy cup. He REFUSED to tip up the cup, he would literally lay on the floor with his sippy cup until he was two. So when we were out an about we had to use the straw cup.
Also, don't be surprised if they'll drink everything but milk. I just gave my kids extra cheese, yogurt, or even put sugar free carnation so they would get the calcium they need. Eventually, they drank plain milk from their cups again.

Cassie - posted on 01/08/2009

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All of mine were 9 months and off the bottle. Each child is different. My son Kade gave me a hard time so he just got the bottle right before bed every night until he was 1. On his first birthday I threw it away and after a day of fighting with him he started taking the cup. Each child is different but I have always been told by at least 1 year they should be off the bottle.

Ameika - posted on 01/08/2009

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If your baby doen't take a night bottle, then just stop using bottles.  I have a girl and a boy and I just stopped using bottles.  My neice was different.  So with her, I gave her a sippy cup during the day and a bottle at night.  You know your child, so if you think a transition is necessary, than try the sippy cups with the soft nipple.



However, I do not recommend the cups with straws.  Its a tedious task to really clean the straw.  You have to take it completely apart to get it clean and the only way to clean it is to use a cotton swab long enough to go all the way through the straw.  I had to buy the cotton swabs they use in the doctor's office to really get the straw clean.  That was too much work for me so I swiched to the kind without the straw that only had the spill-proof peice on the inside.   Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 01/08/2009

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How old is your baby? My daughter is 20 months now but i took her off the bottle at 12m. I thought it was goin to be a nightmare bc she loved her ''baba'' but on her 1st birthday i took it away & gave her a cup & she never once asked for it again. I think what helped is that i started out with those nuby cups that have silicon tops that mimic a bottle.. eventually i got her on hard top cups & she never cared about the difference as long as she had something to drink... Also if that doesnt work you can try giving her water only in a bottle & juice or milk in the cup.. that way she associates the bottle with something she doesnt like. try that & see if it works! good luck!

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