When is to soon to bottle break?

Kasie - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter turns one on July 21st and she drinks formula still and I have been trying to mix half and half with real milk, and tryin to give it in a sippy cup. But when I do that she shakes her head no. Is one to soon to start this? Should I wait till she is a little older. She has never had anything else in her bottle and so whenI have given her sippy cups they have never had milk so now when I give her milk in them that really confuses her. Please help this is my first and I don't want my baby on the bottle forever, but dont want to rush her out of her baby stage either....

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Kimberly - posted on 07/14/2009

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when I went through this with my first my ped. said once you choose to do it commit don't go back she will eventually give in and take the cup she won't go thirty as long as she has had her juice. My daughter never used a bottle after her first birthday. It is the same as potty training you just have to commit no diapers when you go out. Sometimes people will put undies on at home and diapers out just use the undies and bring a change of clothes. You have to commit when doing these major changes or it creates more confusions because you keep changing it stick with it and she will finally take to the cup. It took my daughter five days before she took the cup of milk but like I said as long as she has a good diet and takes her vitamins she will not be losing nutrition. She will be fine and you will be bottle-less!

Jackie - posted on 07/14/2009

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with my 1st son, on his 1st birthday, we just took the bottles away completely and for about a month as long as he couldn't see them, he was fine he didn't care, if he did see them, then he would throw a little tantrum, but after that month he was golden. with my 2nd son, we tried the same thing and he just wasn't having it. I went through a bunch of sippy cups to find one he actually seemed interested in (ended up being the soft nipple one from the dollar store, yeah) then I would just give him it with a little milk in it at meal times, then just increase it a little everyday, like when he would be thirsty, giving him one and letting him deal with it for a little bit. he was doing really good until I had my daughter, then he would throw some nasty fits and take it from her, but I kept going with it and he's 15 months now and he hasn't had a bottle in about 2 months. Can't wait to see how #3 will be :)
Every kid is different, just keep trying it.
Oh another quick thing, my 2nd didn't like how cold the milk was since he was used to the warm water in the formula. So for a month, I had to heat it up just enough to take the chill off a little bit and he drank it. So it's pretty much, just trying different things. Good luck hon :)

Nia - posted on 07/14/2009

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Start by giving her straight formula in a sippy cup first. Get her used to that. It wont hurt to go a lil part 1 to get her used to the sippy cups. Then once she has gotten used to it. Go ahead and just switch straight to whole milk. It shouldn't make her sick or anything, she should like it more-it's sweeter! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 07/14/2009

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Personally we took away the sippy cups and switched to whole milk on our son's first birthday.

Nicole - posted on 07/14/2009

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I told myself that as soon as my son turned 1 NO MORE BOTTLE. I started a month before he turned 1 by offering him juice and water in his bottle that way he knew that milk isnt the only thing you drink out of a bottle then i bought the sippy cups that have a slight nipple on them. I let him have that for a couple months and then he was ready for a big boy sippy.. GOOD LUCK

Tia - posted on 07/14/2009

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My youngest turned one today and she does the exact same thing, But we have completely takin the bottle away as of today and she has done fine, I just figure she will eventually figure out that she will not get a bottle anymore and if she wants her miilk she will have to take it out of a sippy cup.

Kristin - posted on 07/14/2009

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I broke my son of the bottle the week before his 1st birthday. So Ya I agree with the other Kristin (lol) I would just keep offering it. Eventually she will take it. It kinda just depends on the the parents patience too, I have friends that children still take the bottle at 2 and older. And it's only because they dont want to got through the hard few days of them uspet and crying because they want a bottle. Don't worry it's not too soon, just keep at it and she will eventually break! Good Luck!

Kathleen - posted on 07/14/2009

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my son is 16 months and i only recently started to do this because he started to become realy attached to his bottle. i just went out and let him chose his new sippy cups and then gradually swaped his bottles for cups. he still has one bottle at night time. but i will be taking that off him soon. my advice would be just dont try and rush her into giving up her bottle if she doesn't want to maybe just try and get her to drink out of a cup once a day. i started giving my son his milk in a cup when he could hold his bottle at about 7 or 8 months once a day so i guess he got used to it somewhat.

Kristin - posted on 07/14/2009

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I broke my little boy from his bottle by one....I would just continue to offer her the milk in the cup b/c she will eventually realize that it's ok and start drinking it...if she's already taking a sippy cup for other things it will come eventually...some kids are more stubborn than others, but the sooner you can break her the better...

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