what age do we get rid of the bottle

Debbie - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 128 moms have responded )

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he just turned one on july 21. my mom thinks it needs to go now but i dont think he is ready to be off yet.

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Sheryl - posted on 07/30/2009

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Both of my children were off by 12 months. It is not as hard as you think it would be. Have you been giving him a sippy cup? If not try all different kind of cups then just take the bottle away and give him the cup. He will catch on. It is sooooo better to do it earlier than later.

Kim - posted on 07/27/2009

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my son (14 month) will only have milk out of the bottle and only if he will not settle, however i think when he stays at nannie and grandads he has a bottle of milk with brakfast and before he goes to sleep every time he stays there.

we have always done milk from a bottle and drink (water or squash) from a beaker though.

your son will let the bottle go when he is ready, or try a bottle fairy, so he get a toy and a big boy cup in exchange for his bottles.

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don't listen to doctors or friends or family who tell you he must be off by a certain time. go by your childs cues. and I don't mean just because he wants to keep it let him have it but I mean is he capable of using a cup? some of the sippies you need to have an incredibly strong suck to get the liquid out and the child needs to be able to tip the cup while sitting up. I care for a 1 yr old who is unable to suck through a sippie cup and is unable to hold it properly. she has used playtex bottles with liners for a long time and she has figured that she can get the liquid out just by sucking through the top of the nipple without tipping the bottle of even lifting it up. because the bottles have liners there is no air so the liner acts as a straw and pushes the liquid upward and out the nipple. if this child were to be put onto a cup now she would dehydrate because she just isn't capable of using one yet. if your son is capable that go for it. but some take longer then others

Sheryl - posted on 07/30/2009

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Both of my children were off by 12 months. It is not as hard as you think it would be. Have you been giving him a sippy cup? If not try all different kind of cups then just take the bottle away and give him the cup. He will catch on. It is sooooo better to do it earlier than later.

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My daughter didn't have a problem changing to cups, i'd say they were nighttime only at about 10mo and completely gone by 14 or 15mo.



My nephew on the other hand was awful! At 18 months he wasn't willing to give it up. What helped with him was making sure the adults always drank from cups - not cans or bottles of anything. And make a big show of how much fun it is. At night, they had to just let him cry it out. It was hard, but with him there was no "easing" him out of it at night. After four or five nights he figured out that we weren't giving in.



So I agree that the kid will give hints when they're ready, but if they still aren't giving any sign at all by 15-18months you'll need to do it the hard way :(

Stephanie - posted on 07/30/2009

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My daughter is 20 months and now only takes it at nigh to go to sleep. Everyone has to let them go at thier own pace. But just do not let them sleep with it in thier mouth due to efecting thier teeth.

Christy - posted on 07/30/2009

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The pedatrician will say by 12months. Sippy cups can be started by 6 months of age now. We started on at 7 months. My daughter was off the bottle by 9 months. Thats when my milk dried up. The longer you let him keep it the harder it will be to break the habbit. Thats why you see 3 to 5 yrs old with bottles, they got older and used to having one. The older they get they remember the bottle so they ask for it more often. You will be surprised how well he will take to having a sippy cup. It really works.

Donna - posted on 07/30/2009

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My little girl is 11 months in a few days, she has 1 bottle in a morning and 1 at night. During the day she eats home made food, drinks juice and water and has snacks of fruit and organix baby snacks.



My health visitor said she should be weaned (or nearly weaned) by 1 year. But I think it's very personal...I would certainly be trying to wean him off by 1 year...leaving them on for too long will just make it harder.

Donna - posted on 07/30/2009

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My little girl is 11 months in a few days, she has 1 bottle in a morning and 1 at night. During the day she eats home made food, drinks juice and water and has snacks of fruit and organix baby snacks.



My health visitor said she should be weaned (or nearly weaned) by 1 year. But I think it's very personal...I would certainly be trying to wean him off by 1 year...leaving them on for too long will just make it harder.

Jackie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Evian was off the bottle by 13 months she loves her sippy cups now, but it took a little while.

Jackie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Evian was off the bottle by 13 months she loves her sippy cups now, but it took a little while.

Deanna - posted on 07/29/2009

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my daughter was off at 15 months and this was how: we went in the store and it was almost nap time she saw a cup she wanted and insited she wouldnt let it go so when we got home i just put her milk in there and put her in her crib for her nap and that was the end of her bottle ;)

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son came off the bottle when he turned one! He was capable of drinking out of a sippy cup so I just threw away the bottles.

Melinda - posted on 07/29/2009

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well that's totaly up to you.if you ever want your child to be idepedant you need to take it a step further, you can buy the sipie cups that look like bottles, so it's not taking him off of the bottle as far as he knows.

Tanya - posted on 07/29/2009

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i took both my children off the bottle at 8 months n the pacifier at 3 months.. believe me at one he will be just fine. get him a hard tip sippy cup.

Kera - posted on 07/29/2009

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I took my first one off on his first birthday. He was really easy going about it. My second child was difficult and it took me to 18 months. You just really have to take it away. They will be grumpy for a couple of days but if they are really thristy they will take a sippy cup. Plus your only suppose to put formula or water in a bottle that encouraged my children because they wanted juice. Good luck

Brooke - posted on 07/29/2009

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I took my son off at a year as well. The longer they do it the more damage it can do on their teeth. I also was reading that they dont need as much milk because you should supplement it with food instead. One day I just gave him a sippy and that was it.. every easy for me and I think the sooner the better.

Rachel - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son Aiden just turned 1 on june 13th and he still has his bottles and deff not ready to give it up, but im startin to give him his sippy cups more often!! Im not in no rush to take him off the bottle! :)

Kristin - posted on 07/29/2009

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Sooner the better, but I say when you baby can drink from a sippy or small cup...my son is just over a year old and he's just starting to get the hang of a sippy!!!!

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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I took my daughter off her bottle at 10 months. She was perfectly content to have her formula in a sippy. I used to work in a daycare and I go on the same schedule as they did. Although, you have to be ready as well. Good luck! :)

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2009

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I took my daughters (oldest ones) well my first one was breastfeed.... my second one madison was off the bottle the night of her 1 year birthday. i had no problems at all. my third daughter is almost 6 months and im going to take her off the bottle at year 1.

Sarah - posted on 07/29/2009

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i took my son off the bottle at 7-8 months...and put him on soft tip sippy cups....HE LOVED THEM!! now at a year hes on regular cups or the straw sippy cups

Khristina - posted on 07/29/2009

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My baby is 1 year and 1 1/2 months. She still has her bottles to go to sleep including naps. She takes sippy cups with meals. She takes 3 different kinds of cups. I've tried giving her milk in a sippy cup at nap to start but it comes out way to fast. When she was on formula and cereal, the fast nipple was what she would take it with. But when we stopped the cereal I had to go back to the slow nipples cause it would come out to fast for her to drink. She is still on slow nipples on the bottle but when i put the milk in the bottle for her to go to sleep it will spill all over. I think it's definitly time to get rid of the bottle but in my case I can't find a sippy cup that won't spill all over cause she drinks small amounts.

Amanda - posted on 07/29/2009

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They say a year old. You have to do what is best for your child. My son didn't care as long as I warmed some milk for him in his sippy cup. You have to kinda wean them off of it. Switch his warm milk to his sippy cup and before long he won't care about the bottle as long as he gets his milk. The biggest problem with the bottle after a year is it's really bad for their teeth and the longer they hold on to it the more it becomes a habit but by just replacing the habit with the sippy cup you will make it a lot easier on yourself! Good luck!

Chicky - posted on 07/29/2009

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i would say a year is long enough.. but you have to wean slowly.. and if you dont think he is ready you will know when is best.. my son nursed for 9 months, than we would give him " bottle of milk cold" as he called it till about 18 months. and i thought that was too long. you will do great! keep up the good work. your not a mom if you dont worry so much. LOL :D

Cecelia - posted on 07/29/2009

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The day my daughter turned one the bottles went bye bye. She did just fine with a sippy cup..

Alicia - posted on 07/29/2009

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my husband and i took our little girl off the bottle at 11 months and off the pacifier at 13 months she did great with it...no problems at all. good luck!

Sheila - posted on 07/28/2009

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I am a 35 y/o mother of three teenagers and a 2 y/o grandchild. My experience has taught me that the child usually determines when these things happen. I have always introduced the cup to the child while they are still on the bottle and once the child developes confidence in holding his/her own "big" cup, the bottle is soon gone naturally. I usually use the small tupperware cups or a small glass cup. Attend the child, show them how to use and hold. Filling half or a quarter of the liquid. Always worked like a charm. Now with the development of the "sippy" cup, its even easier. The only thing I would worry about now is the plastic that is being used. Be sure its the proper quality and not easily worn down. Replacing frequently. There are big medical studies/research about the plastic we use to store our foods and our liquids that we consume every day. They are proving plastic to be toxic and cancerous. So we need to be careful about what we are drinking and storing our food in for any period of time. Have fun!!!

Rachal - posted on 07/28/2009

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I took my son off at just past one year. Slowly start putting less and less liquid in the bottle and get him a sippy cup....try to trade one for the other. You could even try putting his favorite juice in the cup and something he really doesn't care for in the bottle. Good Luck!

Tamara - posted on 07/28/2009

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I have 5 children and as soon as they turned 1 I got rid of the bottles! In fact the doctor recommended it with my first child and I did it with all the others. Of course it was easier with the younger siblings some of them came off the bottle before age 1.

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2009

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I also think right when they turn one is perfect, I did this and w.o any problems bc they're still too young to fuss about it, his 1st B-day w. his cake is the last time he got one. It's much easier this way and is good for them too...something else that might help is I introduced the sippy cups at 6 months, the shorter ones, then the bigger ones and he liked them so much never had any trouble and also very used to them by then too. I honestly think it's more the parents don't want to give it up, when you do it early enough then you wont have as many problems w. them wanting to give it up, but if you go past about 2 then good luck bc they're going to fight you!

Christina - posted on 07/28/2009

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I have taken my oldest son off when he was 10mths, he was ready, my daughter was taken off the day ater her first birthday and my baby will be taken off then too. Just start introducing the sippy cup and than slowly get rid of the bottles he my will fuss at first and then he will forget because the sippy cup is fun. I give my 10mth old a sippy cup when its time to eat. and he loves it, but you are Mom you know whats best not anyone else

Candice - posted on 07/28/2009

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doctors, friends, family, will always tell you to take them off at a year but something it just depends on your child. You're the mom, and you know your child best. My daughter is 18 months and she's almost off of it. She does drink out of a sippy cup and can drink out of a regular cup with help but I still let her have a bottle before bed. Its a comfort thing. 12 months is still a baby I think so it's fine to treat him like your baby still.. do whats best for your child. When you think he' sready then start weaning him off.

Amanda - posted on 07/28/2009

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I got rid of the bottle by the time my son was thirteen months old too. He really wasn't attached though cause he was nursed until he was ten months old so there was no real attachment. I just packed them up one day and did not make a big deal out of it. He had been using a sippy cup for about two weeks at that point too.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/28/2009

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Most pediatricians say 1 year. My son was off the bottle by 11 months. If a child can drink out of sippy cup well, and most 1 year olds can, then there is no reason for them to be on the bottle. The longer you keep it around, the harder it's going to be to take it away later. I was fortunate my son was never attached to his bottle. He was attached to his binky, but surprisingly, I took that away at 18 months and he did really well.

Carla - posted on 07/28/2009

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I took my daughter off the bottle by one year. I started introducing the sippy cup at 7mos so she had a while to get used to it. The longer you wait the harder it will be to take it away.

Shannon - posted on 07/28/2009

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At 1 years old. I gave them sippy cups during the day with milk or juice, and at night I sent them to bed with a bottle of ice water. They didn't like the water much so they stopped drinking out of bottles. At this time I also weaned them off formula. I started putting a little of regular milk in with the formula, and over time I started putting in more and more milk and less formula.

Angela - posted on 07/28/2009

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I watched on the Doctor's that you should try to get rid of it around a year. I know they have good sippy cups that are bottle like and pretty nice. My neice has been rid of hers for a while and uses just sippys. She is 1yr 3months. I believe it is bad for the development of their teeth if they have it too long. I do see some kids that are pretty old running around with one. I even saw a story on the news where a 4 year old had one. I really think if you are probably trying to potty train then you should've have a bottle in the other hand. That is my opinion though.

Allegra - posted on 07/28/2009

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Ease into it. I kept the bottle only at bedtime and for middle of the night emergency feedings for awhile but used a sippy cup during the day. I started that around 8 months and by 10 months my daughter was completely off the bottle and sleeping 100% through the night. If they keep the bottle for too long it starts to damage their teeth.

Carolyn - posted on 07/27/2009

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1 is a good age, definately before 2. I traded with my children. Only milk was allowed in the bottle and if you wanted juice it went in the cup. It took about two weeks for them to catch on.

KATIRA - posted on 07/27/2009

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WELL MY DAUGHTER TURNED 1 IN JUNE AND I INTRODUCED THE CUP TO HER THE SAME DAY. TO MY SURPRISE SHE TOOK RIGHT TO IT. SO JUST TRY IT OUT AND SEE HOW HE DOES. MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE HIM THE CUP IN THE DAY TIME AND IF HE PREFERS THE BOTTLE AT BED TIME.

Kate - posted on 07/27/2009

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if you use the playtex liner bottles it will be harder to transition to a cup. because those liners work against gravity, some babies never learn to hold those bottles up so its impossible to get them gone.i used those bottles until my onalee was able to hold it up herself when she started doing that she got a sippy and hard bottles you have to hold in order to keep getting milk. i still have a nipple shaped roof to my mouth and messed up teeth from a bottle. its not worth the speech problems and sensitive teeth. if hes chewing the nipple or throwing the bottle, and not looking at in most of the time than hes ready.

Tamika - posted on 07/27/2009

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Both my boys were drinking out of cups(not sippy cups) by the time they were 1. Once they started solid food I started weening the bottles. They got a sippy cup with meals and a bottle at bed time. By the time the first birthday was approching the bedtime bottle was gone and the sippy cups turned into big boy cups.

Kate - posted on 07/27/2009

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i say by 2, just lessen the amount of bottles he gets and replace them with cups until he gets a bottle at night only. than when hes closer to do get that out. no one said they have to by one just try for 2.

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2009

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i was told by the mid wife that runs my play group at 12months you take it away. i took my son's bottle away from him at 18moths which was 2wks ago. my doctor told me you should take it away no later then 2yrs

Toshia - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son's daycare requires them to be bottle free when they enter the toddler room at 1 yr old. I slowly switched him to a sippy cup by Nibby that had a soft nipple similar to a bottle. He liked that a lot better because I think he knew he was a big boy. He gave up his pacifier too about this time on his own.

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