When to stop the bottle

April - posted on 11/11/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I am just curious when you stop using bottle and just use sippy cups. Annika really looks forward to her bottles and it really soothes her at night before bed. A lot of places say by 12 mo should be off bottle, but that just seems too early to me.

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Tiffanie - posted on 11/20/2008

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April,

I think that you should start to introduce your daughter to a sippy cup. The longer that you wait, the harder it will be for her to stop it. Listen to your pediatrician's suggestions. But please remember that these are just suggestions and every child is unique in there own way. One thing that I would suggest is to use a hard spout sippy cup such as platex. The softer spouted sippy cups act in the same way as a bottle. Children like them better but eventually learn to like cups just fine. With my daughter, now 5 1/2, she stopped the bottle at 12 months but was on Enfamil next step formula until 15 months because she refused to drink milk and then when she finally did take it would only drink 1%, Our son on the other hand stopped his bottle at 13 months. Alyson used a soft tip sippy cup and would bite it and use it as a pacifer even though she never took a pacifier. Thomas now 13 months, loves his sippy cup and stopped his pacifier at 6 months. Part of the reason that the pediatrician recommends stopping at one year is to prevent tooth decay. Also it will prevent crooked teeth and delayed speech or poor speech. Hope this offers some suggestions. Tiffanie

Jacqueline - posted on 11/20/2008

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When my ped told me to start introducing the sippy to Aria, I did so at least once a day. I knew that lots of peds want babies off the bottle by one or 18 months at the latest and so I have been replacing her bottle with sippy and formula with milk since her 1st birthday. Aria is now 100% bottle free! No bottles in this house anymore!

Tish - posted on 11/12/2008

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I started given my son 8oz bottle in the morning followed by his breakfast within the next 45min. Then after he takes his morning nap I give him 6oz in a cup with his lunch, After his afternoon nap 6oz more w/ his snack and then 6oz w/ his dinner. Water in between. He is adjusting fine now. In the beginning sometimes he did not want the cup after nap, so I just gave it to him in the bottle.

Jana - posted on 11/12/2008

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we have completely stopped giving bottles, i usually stop around 10 months and switch to sippy cup, mine all enjoyed the sippy cup better.

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2008

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In my opinion, you should do it when you feel comfortable. My doctor suggested stopping it at 12 months and I agreed because my children didn't seem to want it anymore. I felt like I was tackling them to the ground to feed them the bottle. I know that the earlier you do it the easier it will be. Maybe just drop them all except the night time one if you thing she needs it. We had a problem calming them before bed too when we dropped the bottles but now we have a few minute 'wind down' time where we turn off the lights and just sit and sing to them on the couch before bed. That seems to work too. Good luck.

April - posted on 11/11/2008

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Thanks. That helps a lot. I just felt like I was rushing her taking her off the bottle so soon.

Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2008

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My pediatrician said he doesn't worry about bottles until baby is 18 months old. I told him our baby still gets a bottle when awakening in the morning and one before bed, but uses a sippy cup during the day and is eating 3 solid meals now. He thought we were totally on track for now. With changing to milk and more solid meals, we'll tackle switching to a sippy cup before bed in the future not yet.

Jordyn - posted on 11/11/2008

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i'm not sure if my son was just extremely easy going or i didn't give him any choice but to use a sippy cup. he's 13 months old and has probably been off his real bottle since 6 or 7 months. avent makes these pre-sippy cup spouts that are for training and you still use the actual bottle, but they have handles and you replace the nipple for this spout. i gave him those around 6 months and they have different levels with different size holes in them for getting used to drinking that way (like, 6 months+ then 12+ has a bigger flow of liquid). it was a no-hassle adjustment to a regular sippy cup.



my mom thought i was crazy for giving it to him that early. to be honest, i'm 21 and a military wife away from all family and friends. i have absolutely noones input or help on how to raise my son and i think we're doing just fine! so that proves advice and research are helpful, but in the end it's all a personal choice. one waiter looked at me when i gave my son a sippy cup (at about 10 1/2 months old) and basically told me i was doing it wrong for not giving him a real cup already. i know how my son is developing and i know his motor skills arent quite mature enough to handle drinking from a real cup on his own. YOU'LL KNOW!

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April, I think most babies still use a bottle at some point in the day until a year and a half. With changing to real milk and more table foods, I think that's enough change for them. They'll get it. I know they say to get the baby off a bottle because it isn't as good for their growing teeth and palate...just like pacifiers.



Also, Claire...that is insane that your child can't 'graduate' to 1 year old room until he uses a cup. What's the difference? Are they still charging you more for the infant room? I would complain! Does he hold his own bottle? If so, then that especially should not matter.



Have either of you tried the Nuby soft spout sippys or the Born Free trainers? They have soft longer spouts that are similar to nipples of bottles. My LO does best with these, but she still much perfers a bottle too.



Most of the other sippies we've tried are way too hard to suck with the valves in them. I've turned around the valves in the Avent cups. Comes out much faster, but she's doing better with those. She needs instant response and the valves don't give her that. Just some things to think about.



But don't worry...you are in the majority, not the minority!

Claire - posted on 11/11/2008

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My son Gavin completely refuses to drink out of a sippy cup. I try every day with milk, juice or water and nothing works. He will throw the cup as soon as you hand it to him. I won't put juice or anything besides milk in his bottle, but he is in daycare and they won't let him move up out of the infant room into the 1 year olds room until he uses the cup.

User - posted on 11/11/2008

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Reese is still on a bottle... its her securtiy, i say if it makes them happy they will eventaulyl get rid o fit, im not pushing it on her to get rid of it at all.. she only gets milk in it before her nap and thats it.. so 3 a day morning, afternoon and bed.

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