when are you or did you take the bottle away?

Jennifer - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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and how did you do it/how did it go?

I am thinking to start trying around 18 months. She loves her bottle so much. It is the last thing to go and it sort of makes me sad?

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Katherine - posted on 01/15/2010

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It was hard to do with my first. She would only have a bottle in the morning. It was the only way she would drink milk, so I didn't want to take it away. Finally, when she turned 2 I decided it was too long for her to use a bottle, so I told her no more bottle because she was a big girl. She still won't drink milk from a cup, so I have to give it to her in other ways. Maybe I waited too long. I have a 15 month old, and haven't even thought about taking away her bottle yet.

Bethy - posted on 01/14/2010

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My daughter is 15 month and she wouldn't drink her milk in anything but her bottle. She drinks water or juice from her sipi-cup. She would simply throw the cup or sipi-cup if I give her milk in one of those..... I think I am too weak on making her stop doing all that...

Elizabeth - posted on 01/14/2010

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I introduced sippy cups to my son when he was about 8 months old. It took a long time for him to get the hang of the sippy cup (like 2 months) and it wasn't until I started putting half juice/half water in the cup that he was interested (before was water only). Gavin wasn't really attached to bottles, so the transition was fairly easy. But I still made the change gradually - I started by switching out his day time bottles for sippy cups of milk or juice. Then the morning bottle and finally the night time bottle. Everyone has their opinions on when you should make the transition, but only you & your pediatrician can make that decision.

Suzanne - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am in no rush. He only gets 2 eight oz bottles a day at nap time and bottle time. He doesn't sleep with them. My goal is at 2 years old. He won't drink his milk out of a cup yet and I think it is more important that he gets his nutrients from the milk than trying to be perfect to get him off a bottle at 12 months.

Kathryn - posted on 01/12/2010

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i got rid of our daughters at 11 1/2 month to1 yr and she did good we switched her over to a sippy. we gave her her bottle twice a day and the sippy the rest and then once a day and then when we thought she was ready we stopped giving bottles to her completly.

Crystal - posted on 01/12/2010

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my son turned 16 months on the 11th of january and he's been off the bottle a week. Just stopped giving it to him during the dayand let him have his sippy cup and then started the sippy cup for naps & bedtime and he did great

Aimee - posted on 01/12/2010

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Definately by two, She only has a night time bottle, she weaned herself off her day time ones by the time she was 8 months. she loves it, its part of our night time routine and to be honest i love giving it to her, we sit all cuddled up in her room. I think I'll thinking about it when shes 18 months, try and get her to take it out of a cup downstairs whilst we look at a book or something.

Tracy - posted on 01/12/2010

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I didn't have plans to take Alyssa's bottle away from her any time soon (16 months) but now I'm starting to wonder if this is something i need to start thinking about.

Gladys - posted on 01/12/2010

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we go straight from a bottle to a real cup (no sippy cup). We are giving both to Thessa now and we hope we can put the bottle away in about a month.



Joshua is practising his real cup in the bathtub at the moment. We will start his real drinking when he has all his teeth.



Our dentist isn't fond of sippy cups so he advised to go straight from bottle to real cup... that's why we are a bit late...

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2010

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My baby always held her bottle down anyways, so we had to tip her so she could drink it. We started giving her a First years cup with a straw around 11 months, just once a day. Then after her 12 month DR appt, we just gave her that cup all the time. She is a very agreeable baby though.

Lakey - posted on 01/11/2010

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I am very surprised by the number of toddlers that are still on the bottle. Our pediatrician wanted our daughter off by 12 months. We started at 11 months and it took about 3 days. I cut her off cold turkey during the day and gave her a night bottle for a couple of nights. By night three she was strictly on a sippy cup. We use the Nuby from Wal-Mart. They are $1 each and don't leak. Easy to clean too. It is very bad for their teeth for them to be on a bottle past 12 months. She never really got too upset about switching. When I switched her to the sippy cup, I switched her to whole milk at the same time. No formula in the sippy cup. My daughter is 15 months now and her last cup of milk is at dinner.

Racheal - posted on 01/11/2010

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I took the bottle away one week after my daughters first birthday. It was a very easy transition

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter was 10-11 months when I took the bottle from her. She didn't like to turn up a normal sippy cup so she went from a bottle to a straw sippy with no problem at all. I started only giving her a bottle at during the day after I fed her. She did so well the first day that within the next 2 days i had all bottles packed away. she was drinking only from a straw sippy during the day and at night she had water only in a soft spout sippy. Before we knew it she knew when she got the sippy cup that she had to turn up it was nap/bed time. Still now she has a certain cup for bed time and when I pull it out she goes to screaming night night

Tomika - posted on 01/10/2010

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My five year old daughter was taken off the bottle by me at 10 months. She was completely done with bottles. My mother and husband started her back on bottles. They gave her juice, soda, and whatever else she cried for in a bottle. My daughter teeth became decayed. I had to break her off again. It took me over night to break her even though she cried all night long. Its a horrible feeling to do to your child but it's must gotta do what a parent have to do to make sure your baby's teeth is healthy.

Tomika - posted on 01/10/2010

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Thats to late. You start aleast around the six or seventh month. Keepnig her on the bottle that long will mess up their teeth. Start her on a soft nipple cup. I broke my kids off bottles by the time they turned 10 months.

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2010

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We took it away at about 12 or 13 months. We gave him a sippy that had a soft top at first, and once he figured that out, we gave him a sippy with a harder top. He does better with one that has handles. I'm proud of him for switching so quickly. He's such a big boy! (I can see why it might make yous sad, though. Our babies are growing up!!!)

Leann - posted on 01/10/2010

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my now 16 month old daughter drinks out of cups only. at about 12 months i took the bottle away completly. handed her a cup with milk and prayed for the best. she took right too it!! i used the nuby cups they seem to work the best

Karen - posted on 01/10/2010

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We took the bottle away at about 11 months but he had a sippy cup with a straw. Just this month I switched him to a regular sippy cup and he occasionally drinksout of a cup with no lid ( naked and on the kitchen floor of course! LOL)

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2010

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Here in KS, im on wic. They want you to have your child off the bottle at 12months. My daughter loved the bottle. We just started to take a bottle away 1 time a week and giving her a cup. First it was her afternoon bottle around nap time then breakfast and then bed time. Take it a step at a time. We had to try different cups till we found one she would drink out of. She is now 16 months and drinks only out of her cup. This really helped us. Good luck!

Kylie - posted on 01/10/2010

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Our little boy is nearly 16mths and is down to one bottle at bedtime which he just loves. I started of by offering him a sippy cup of milk in the afternoons first and he enjoyed it. So he has one before morning nap and afternoon nap and one in the morn when he wakes, he is used to a cup as he has had water in one since 6mths. He is really not that fussed about milk as i am now in the process of talking him off soy formula. He seemed to like sucking on the teat of his bottle more than the actual milk as he doesnt drink as much milk from a cup. But seems happy.

Kristen - posted on 01/10/2010

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at 11 months i started with one bottle at a time, the morning bottle got turned into a sippie cup that with a soft tip for 1 week then the 2nd bottle of the day, then the 3rd bottle and then the 4th bottle and w/in a month she was on a sippie cup with a soft tip and slowly 2 weeks at a time i switched sippie cups into hard tipped sippy cups and in the past week she has moved to the straw cups which she can grasp and hold herself. it took almost 6 months in total to do that but it worked for me.

Dani Jo - posted on 01/10/2010

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my daugher was off a bottle at about 11 months... she had no trouble at all because i used the born free bottles and they convert right into a sippy cup .... and now she will drink out of any kind of sippy cup i give her>>> they are great

Kelley - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son uses his bottle to be able to fall asleep. It is like his security blanket. He uses sippy cups all day, but we had a hard time getting rid of the night-time bottle. I talked to his pediatrician about and he said that the reason you need to give up bottles is so they don't get cavities. He recommended giving him bottles of water to fall asleep. We've been doing that the last few weeks, and it is great. He even eats more solid food now because he isn't filling up on milk. We'll get rid of the nighttime "water bottle" when he is old enough and has the verbal skills to be able to reward him for it.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2010

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Our little one was in love with his bottle too. he's 15 mos now and just within the past few weeks did he finally give up on the bottle all together. we took baby steps with him though... he got his bottle first thing in the morning, one at nap time, then one at bed time.. other than that he had a sippy the rest of the day. we started that two wks after he turned one. really the only reason we started then wasn't cause of the doc pushing for it, but because he was chewing the nipples so bad that you could turn the bottle upside down and just watch it pour out, lol. and it took about 10 different cups to figure out which one he liked and one actually use, but once we found it, he did really good with transitioning to it. it just takes time and really varys on what baby wants and how flexible you are willing to be to make the transition easy on both of you.

Allison - posted on 01/10/2010

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i had my daughter off bottles at 9 months old, went fine! she didnt miss them at all. hardest one was nighttime one but tht only took 3nights. so thats how look it took

Elizabeth - posted on 01/09/2010

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My little girl has not had a bottle since she was 11 mths old. When I gave her the cup, she would not take her bottle back.

Kathy - posted on 01/09/2010

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Mine is 15 months and I just started to reduce her number of bottles a day, by like 1 less LOL. She doens't eat very well so I'm not comfortable taking it away from her since it's a source of nutrition for her. She just got her molers so she has been eating much better. Oh and I still have her on formula only bc she got diariha on reg milk. (I think it was just too much milk). She also never gets cold or hasn't been sick - I don't know if it's bc of the things that are in the formula.

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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Joseph has been using a sippy cup for water since he was 6 months old. He was a year old when we replaced his afternoon bottle with a sippy cup. Next was the night time bottle and finally the morning one. This took around 8 weeks. I know I was sad when he stopped having a bottle because I felt that he wasn't a baby any more but it was nice to have my counter space back.

Lindsay - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son Benjamin did not take a bottle after we stopped formula which was at about elven months old. He did very well with it and did not even want the bottle. He went strat to the nuby cup which is very similar to the bottle we have ones that are plastic now but they leak a lot and likes to shake and throw them what fun! The earlier the better cause they won't remmeber it in the end. Also don't force it just introduce it with juice and milk first everytime, everyday she will take sooner or later on her own time. Good luck!

Destini - posted on 01/08/2010

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I took my sons bottle away at 1. The cat kept chewing the nipple and he kept shaking it everywhere so i threw all the bottles away and bought these sippys from walmart that are like water bottles 97cents each. Easy to clean my son didnt mind and i dont give him a sippy when he goes to bed just throughout the day. Hope this helps!

Adrienne - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son (15 months old now) was breastfed until he was 14 months old, when he weaned himself. He never had any formula at all. At home it was strictly breastfeeding. He did receive bottles of breastmilk at daycare. At six months we started introducing him to water (at the suggestion of our pediatrician) with a sippy cup. She suggested water because she wanted him to get used to the healthy habits of drinking it instead of juice with a lot of sugars in it. We gave only small amounts at first. By 11 months he was totally on a sippy cup, no bottles. We had no problems at all with the transition. I would send empty bottles to daycare if they needed to move his breastmilk from the sippy cup I sent it in to the botte. He only needed to do this one day and then was totally on the cups. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 01/08/2010

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My daughter was about 10 months. She's had some swallow function issues, drinking out of the bottle for her took well above the normal amount of effort. But we tried the sippy cup from time to time, just to try. Often she became frustrated and threw it. But one morning (between 9 1/2-10 months) I gave it to her and she got it. That afternoon during nap time all of her bottles were sanitized and packed away... haven't seen them since and have never had a problem.

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Xiao never had a bottle until he was eight months old, and then we switched over to a sippy once he was completely on milk. He also only ever had formula in a bottle... we don't give him juice at all.

Bailey - posted on 01/08/2010

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Oh and I NEVER put anything but formula in his bottle. So for a few weeks he was getting real milk in a sippy and formula in his bottle. That way he got there was a difference.

Bailey - posted on 01/08/2010

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I made sure to give my son "yummy" drinks in a sippy cup around 10 months. We started with about 1/10 apple juice and water. Then flavored water. Eventually he decided he didn't want the bottle around 11 months (didn't take to long). We kept the night bottle because we moved back stateside from Japan the day after his first birthday but by the time we made it here he'd gotten so used to his yummy drinks (which by that point included real milk not formula) that he didn't want even the night bottle.

*We also had to try about every single kind of sippy cup and it depended on his mood and day as to which he wanted. We seriously had about 20 before we were through "figuring it out". Most were borrowed from friends so I didn't waste so much money.*

Sunrise - posted on 01/08/2010

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We weaned between 12 and 14 months, making it a gradual transition. We started by replacing her lunch bottle with a cup then waited a few weeks and replaced another bottle with a cup and so on. It worked well for us.

LaRae - posted on 01/08/2010

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I took the bottle away a week after he turned 12 months. At first he didn't like it and I would give in maybe once a day, but then one day I tried giving him formula in the morning in this sippy cup and he took it fine. Then I switched the formula to whole milk after a few days, and he was good. So he was off it at 12 months. My daughter was off it the day she turned 12 months. She didn't have much of a problem since she'd already been drinking water from a sippy cup since she was 6 months.

Rachel - posted on 01/08/2010

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yes my daughter loves her too and she is my last baby of four kids so is so sad

Lindsay - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter gave up the bottle by herself when she was 11 months old. I had tried a couple different sippy cups ( nuby, playtex and gerber) and when I tried Avent sippy cups with the soft spout she started drinking her milk from them and began turning away the bottle. That was it she liked her cup and we've never looked back! She has since moved on to straw sippy cups.

Susan - posted on 01/07/2010

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We have been trying for a couple months since the doc started really pushing to do it at 12 months and we haven't been able to do it to her yet. I have started cutting back on how often I give it and how much I put in there and am trying to put it in a sippy cup each day to offer it that way. It's so hard because she runs to the fridge and tries pulling open the door and says "baba baba." When I tell her no, she cries and says "no, baba." Makes me feel horrible and then I probably do the worst thing possible and that's give in and let her have it. If anyone has a magic solution, please share.

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