Still drinking from a bottle?

Candice - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My first baby has just turned one and I have switched one of her feeds to cows milk and am trying to get her to drink it from a sippy cup but she refuses. She will drink the whole lot if it is in a bottle and will drink juice from a sippy cup but not her milk. Should I be concerned by this? I don't want her to get attached to her bottle.

Also when am I able to completely cut out formula?

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Yolanda - posted on 12/27/2009

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I'm in the exact same situation, so I'm glad you asked. The babies won't drink milk froma sippy, but will go through juice in a flash. We even tried mixing them together, with no luck. (It does sound gross, so I guess I'm not too surprised). We have relaxed since they've had to switch to rice milk. We figure one change at a time.

Angela - posted on 12/12/2009

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Hi new around here, I have 4 children, my youngest is 1 year as of 11 November. I learned early on not to worry too much about the bottle to cup switch. They will all do it eventually. My experience. When my oldest was young all the experts said to get rid of bottles by age 6 months! I tried it but it did not happen. With my second daughter, I managed to get rid of the bottle early but she became a thumb sucker... my advice let them do it in time. I have yet to meet a child using a bottle by age 4. They like to be like you and will want the big person cup sooner or later.
Fun idea try thick stuff in a regular cup first, sippy cups do not teach them to drink because most that are non spill require the same suck as a bottle. Remove the non spill feature or use a regular small plastic cup and fill it with yogurt. It is thick enough but helps them learn and kids usually love yogurt. Once my kids mastered the cordination of using a cup, I switched the formula/milk bottles to water only bottles. Just my experience and advise but I don not think it is a big worry to rush the cup from bottle.

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I quit using the bottle the week before age 1. I used the NUK brand and Munchkin brand sippy cups. The NUK brand is what my son likes best for milk. He won't drink out of any cup but the NUK when he has milk. I also cut out formula the day he turned 1 (well actually about a week early b/c I ran out of formula and didn't buy more).

Cinthya - posted on 12/08/2009

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The way i started my one year old on whole milk was letting him see that i drink it too and lettting him have some off my glass, then i would pour some into his sippy cup and give it to him. He love's its.

Carly - posted on 12/08/2009

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My little one drinks his morning and bedtime milk from a bottle, but his afternoon milk feed from a sippy cup, he wasnt to ken on it at first, but loved water from a sippy cup, so i was giving him 2 parts water to 1 part milk and slowly increased it, at first it was just to get used to the flavour and now he loves it. im going to sway his morning bottle o a sippy cup soon, and then in a few months time his evening bottle, he doesnt have a bottle to go to sleep, I make sure hes up for about 10 mins before i put him to bed so i know if hes full or not, and he gets bad wind, and it seems tohelp ifs hes awake and able to get it all out before going to sleep,.

Theresa - posted on 12/01/2009

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I wouldnt worry she will do it in her own time, my little girl turned 1 on the 6th nov and still drinks her milk out a bottle, but has her juice in a cup, she has the bottle as a comfort to her when she has her milk for bed. i just changed the milk straight over as soon as the last tub of formula run out, it took a couple of days to get used to it but she loves it now.

Kim - posted on 11/30/2009

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What I have been doing w/ my daughter is mixing half formula and half cows milk. And as she gets used to it. I add more cows milk until she is only drink it. Give it a try it may work for you.

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my son turn one on the 12th and we just had a baby sept 17th so our huge problem is that luke is wanting evelyns bottle . Instead of making him so upset with being bumped from being the baby we are not fighting the bottle issue. We have him on cows milk already it was an easy switch we did it with 1/2 milk 1/2 formula for a week then cut back till it was all milk. . now back to the bottle we talk to both our dr and our dentist about what is going on at our house and they both said with what is going on here .If there is a new baby in the house and they are still babies themselves to keep them on to help keep peace of mind for themselves

Jan - posted on 11/30/2009

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My twins just turned one on the 11th. The weekend after they did, I started doing one part milk to 3 parts formula and eventually worked my way to all milk. I say the process was about a week and a half...sort of just depends on how 'picky' your baby is. As for the sippy cup, my kids still get 3 bottles per day, basically for the same reason as your little one. The way I figured was I didn't want to change too many things all at once. Once they are completely accustomed to the milk, I will start to take away a bottle at a time. I anticipate that they will be on bottles for the next couple of months yet (granted, my kids were preemies, so I tend to go at a slower pace for them). I would just say to follow your baby's lead. I wouldn't be too concerned about 'over-attachment' to a bottle. She'll get over it eventually :) Good luck!

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