21 Month Old Son Still Drinking From Bottle...

Teegan - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My son is nearly 2 and still drinking from his bottle... he wont drink from a sippy cup or knows how to use a straw... just wondering if anyone wanted to share some advice?? :-)

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Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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I agree, my daughter was 2 1/2 before she gave her bottle up.... =) Don't rush getting rid of it just because everyone else says you should. Take your time and let it happen when she is ready...

Cwong1511 - posted on 08/29/2009

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I don't find it a trouble for kids having milk in bottle.. is that a reason for you to wean him off the bottle now? My brother who now a big grown up, had his bottle till about 10 years old (of course only at home) and after he was wean off the bottle, we find it difficult in asking him to take miik...

I think kids find that having milk in bottle are much easier and faster than having a sipper cup or straws.. also, it's leak proof and they don't get scolded for any spills...

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Tina Louise - posted on 09/01/2012

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my daughter is going on 14 months old and I cant her off of the bottle. I thought maybe if she got hungry enough she would eventually drink out of the sippy cup but not yet. Can someone please give me some suggestions, i need help cause I dont want her to be two and still be on the bottle

Melissa - posted on 08/30/2009

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forget straws altogether right now... that will be a whole new issue when trying to teach him not to tip up a cup. because a straw and lid will leak. as far as weaning from a bottle, you can try the tough love approach and just take it and only offer a sippy, or you can wean like you would from the breast or whatever... we started it after our daughter turned 2. to begin with, we started at the beginning of a week. at bedtimes and breakfast she was still offered a bottle. but during the rest of the day her only option was a sippy. i don't suggest putting water in the bottle as a means of getting him to not want the bottle... water is good for him to have, much better than only having milk or juice and it will promote non healthy habits later on... i speak from experience. my daughter refuses water to this day because of it and we still just have to water down her juice big time. all the time. it's a hassle that we ourselves made. anyway... back to the weaning... after the first week, only offer the bottle at bedtime and sippy for the remainder of the day, including breakfast. and then for week three, take the bedtime bottle and offer a sippy of something before going to the potty and getting in bed. it works. and it works well. it's much less traumatic than having something as comforting as your bottle just removed from your life. he is after all a little person. with little emotions and feelings. once moved to a sippy, make sure you start weening from juice and milk as the main drinks he has and make sure he gets plenty of water. it's much better for him than cows milk or sugary juice. we water down juice to this day, no matter what, but still can't get our girl to just drink water. and at 6yrs of age, she is big enough to sneak to the fridge and get what she wants to drink if we aren't paying attention. hopefully you can be spared that problem if you make water a good thing instead of a bottle repellent. also... no soda in the sippy! just flat out bad idea for his little teeth.

Emily - posted on 08/29/2009

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I'm still trying to get my 23 month old off the bottle. I'm not making a huge deal out of it though. He's getting there. He has a bottle at night now and that is about it. For the other bottles I let him choose between two sippy cups that he could drink his milk out of. He was upset but I think giving him some type of option helped.

Mickie - posted on 08/29/2009

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all i can say is bite the bullet and take it away he will get thristy and he will drink from the sippy cup i also use the nuk brand or any soft sippy cup will help the move from the bottle to the cup

Amanda - posted on 08/29/2009

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Hi, my aunt helped me to switch our daughter from her bottle to a sippy. We weaned her by using a straw and holding some drink in it & letting her get used to sucking the liquid out herself, praising her when she did it. I use the NUBY Sippy's from wal -mart, the kind with the wide, soft, silicone mouth that only opens when they suck on it. They are great as there is very little to no dripping. She didn't know what to do with it at first, but then my aunt & I would take turns drinking from it in front of her and then she would mimic us and want to do so. It didn't take long and praise "good girl/big girl" helps a lot. I hope this was helpful.....it also helps to have an outside influence ie: an aunt, a friend, someone else to show them as they are more likely to take to something from someone else faster than mom or dad! :)

Sara - posted on 08/28/2009

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Throw the bottles away he can't use them if they are not availiable. Offer only what you want him to use. I did this to my daugter it is hardball I know but it worked. She was mad for about a week but then was fine.

Nichole - posted on 08/28/2009

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they have sippy cups that have a soft nipple to them those worked for us there call nuby i fond them at walmart and meijers

Yvette - posted on 08/28/2009

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I started cutting a little off the end of the teat each day.....they soon give it up when there's nothing left to drink with!!

Sherie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting tawanna:

try different types of sippy cups,most kids like the ones without straws. Hide or throw away ALL the bottles. Also encourage him that big boys dont drink from bottles anymore. With my kids, i threw away all their bottles, usually b 4 they're 1st bday. hope this was helpful. :)


BEFORE their FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!  That seems a little cruel to me, mine didn't even start drinking from a bottle until after that, they were all still breastfeeding at one year!!

Sherie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting tawanna:

try different types of sippy cups,most kids like the ones without straws. Hide or throw away ALL the bottles. Also encourage him that big boys dont drink from bottles anymore. With my kids, i threw away all their bottles, usually b 4 they're 1st bday. hope this was helpful. :)


BEFORE their FIRST BIRTHDAY!!!  That seems a little cruel to me, mine didn't even start drinking from a bottle until after that, they were all still breastfeeding at one year!!

Jackie - posted on 08/28/2009

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My daughter was still drinking from a bottle after she was 2 years old. We told her that she needed to give her bottle to Santa so he could give it to a BABY that didn't have one. She happily gave it up in exchange for a gift. (It was Santa at our local mall. We just explained it to him before hand) We all made a huge deal about her "generosity" and it made her so proud of herself. She is 6 and still remembers what took place over 4 years ago. You could also try the same concept, but "mailing" it in return for a new big boy sippy cup =) Good luck!

Tawanna - posted on 08/28/2009

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try different types of sippy cups,most kids like the ones without straws. Hide or throw away ALL the bottles. Also encourage him that big boys dont drink from bottles anymore. With my kids, i threw away all their bottles, usually b 4 they're 1st bday. hope this was helpful. :)

Carrie - posted on 08/28/2009

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My advice is to send him to a friends house for an overnighter. My close friend had this problem and she had to work overnight so her kids stayed with me. When he wanted his bottle I would give him a sippy cup. Because I'm not mom there was no arguing. I just told him he was a big boy and big boys use sippy cups. The next day she called and asked me how I did it (got him off the bottle)? I just simply gave him a sippy cup instead and left him no other options. Good luck.

Joanna - posted on 08/28/2009

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I know this may sound mean but I was a bit weak so I had to just collect all the bottles and throw them out. If you child is thristy then he will drink from a sippy cup. Be careful of the straw because you don"t want to have to wean him from that too. He may just start drinking fron a regular up like mine did. good Luck stay strong.

Sherie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Well, I'm not going to be much help because my son is 4 1/2 and still has a bottle. I'm not worried, he'll give it up when the time is right for him. I feel that many parents are just too concerned about the "small things", and trying to make our babies be too independent before they are really ready.

Penny - posted on 08/27/2009

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I hope someone responds with good advice because I am in the same boat. My son is almost 3 and I can't get his bottle from him at night. He will fight, kick, and scream until we give it to him. I've tried everything. he has an iron will like his father! He drinks from a regular cup and his sippy cup during the day. He will also use a straw, but that bottle is God when it's time to go to sleep. Maybe they need to suck on it for some reason. I wish us both luck.

Iris - posted on 08/27/2009

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Well at his age it is normal.. What I did to my youngest son when he was that age, is I gave him a bottle at night or naptime and when he was awake, i gave him a sippy cup and if he did not want it , i would just tell him that he was getting a big boy and if he was not getting a bottle. he learned to drink out of a sippy cup.. I know it is mean but sometimes u have to be strict and it does work.. Eventually he will learn that he is not getting a bottle..

Vickie - posted on 08/26/2009

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I would say to try to skip the sippy all together, like Estell said try supervising him with a real cup. Some kids just don't like that feel of the sippy, at meals sit with him and give him a real cup, with only a little bit of milk in it (expect to be cleaning even that up) show him how and let him watch you and daddy. He will catch on. I also agree to try doing water in the bottle, eventually he will learn that the milk or juice comes in a cup and the bottle only has water and want to switch over. All kids work at their own pace and toddlers can be very stubborn so Good Luck with it and keep us posted on his progress.

Courtney - posted on 08/26/2009

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what i did is when my son turned 12 months, i threw his bottle away and gave him a sippy cup. it took about 2 days for him to want it, but when he is thirsty he will drink it, beleive me. i didnt like the nuby ones bc they leak alot. i use playtex theyre the best! i hope this helps.

Janine - posted on 08/26/2009

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I have to agree with kenya you just need to take it away and tell him big boy's don't drink from bottles..then make sure you praise him ALOT when he does drink from his sippy cup It's going to be hard at first and there will be a power struggle but stick with it and remember your the boss not him! Good luck ;)

Estell - posted on 08/26/2009

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You might want to try just supervising him with a regular cup. Some kids want to do it the mommy and daddy do. My daughter doesn't really get the sippy cup thing either, but does really good with a regular cup. Also, to help teach your little one to use a straw, you could try this. My daughter's occupational therapist (she was a preemie) told us to syphon some of her favorite drink into a straw and then put it in her mouth, slowly release some of it until she realizes she has to suck to get it out. We did that for a little then gave her those Capri Sun drink pouches because she could squeeze them to help the juice come up, now she can drink from a straw like a pro.

Estell - posted on 08/26/2009

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You might want to try just supervising him with a regular cup. Some kids want to do it the mommy and daddy do. My daughter doesn't really get the sippy cup thing either, but does really good with a regular cup. Also, to help teach your little one to use a straw, you could try this. My daughter's occupational therapist (she was a preemie) told us to syphon some of her favorite drink into a straw and then put it in her mouth, slowly release some of it until she realizes she has to suck to get it out. We did that for a little then gave her those Capri Sun drink pouches because she could squeeze them to help the juice come up, now she can drink from a straw like a pro.

Kenya - posted on 08/26/2009

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Well. It's going to have to be tough love. If you take it away and make it clear that he is going to be thirsty until he uses a sippy cup, then he'll start using a sippy cup.

Della - posted on 08/26/2009

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I was successful at removing the bottle from both of my children at the age of 1. I just removed the bottle and started them with a sippy cup immediately. It does not always work that way, I think I was just lucky. Anyway, one suggestion that you could try is to alternate the sippy once a day for a few days and then alternate twice a day for a few days and so on...it may seem to take forever but it may be easier if your son doesn't feel like the bottle is being ripped away from him all at once...Good Luck!

Sara - posted on 08/25/2009

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Only give him water in the bottle, and milk or watered down juice in the cup. Kids will not dehydrate themselves..just tell him this is what is going to happen and that is that. He will eventually take the cup when he is thirsty...believe me!! Maybe try to push from one comfort to another, like tell him he can have the cup and then you will read him a book too! That will give him an incentive for that. Or even a reward chart to mark with stickers or something special that he can work towards when he doesn't have the bottle. Hope this helps you!

Lisa - posted on 08/25/2009

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my son is 2 1/2...about 3 months ago we got him off the bottle. he still has his milk at night though. i found these NUBY cups at wal-mart. they are like a sippy cup but have the silicon "nipple" but not like the traditional silicon bottle nipple. i love them and would suggest them for your case. my son also had no problem converting to them from the bottle and they are only 97 cents as well so light on the pocket.

Cristina - posted on 08/25/2009

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All children are different, some take longer than others, I have seen kids that still at 9 years of age drinking their first milk in bed in a bottle, (disturbing yes) the thing that worked on my niece was talking to her as an equal, telling her she was a big girl not a baby, it comes to braking the habit of drinking from a bottle, switching to the sippy cup took about one month later on if you would offer a bottle, she would push it away.

Diane - posted on 08/25/2009

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There are sippy cups you can buy that are kind of like a bottle because of the suction, But they still have to tip up like a cup. Don't fret though, eventually you won't be able to stop him from drinking from a cup..lol. He's going at his own pace, but yes would be better sooner than later to get him off the bottle! Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 08/25/2009

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Oh yeah I almost forgot! Also something that helped me get her off her NUK and to a regular sippy was putting water in it and milk, juice etc in the sippy I wanted her to use. She switched really quick after I figured that one out! That will probably work for your son too because they usually will take milk or juice over water! It takes a couple of days but stick with it, and if you think he's not getting enough fluid try a cup while you hold it and regulate the flow for him!

Nicole - posted on 08/25/2009

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well, I don't know if it will work because your son is a lot older than my daughter was when I made the switch but it's worth a try. I switched her first at 6 months to a NUK brand sippy that had a wide silicone nipple (just like a bottle) and she took right to it, I found it at wal-mart, target all major chains. At 17 months I switched her to a regular sippy cup and it was harder than the first transition, because she was older and knew what I was doing! So maybe you can try the NUK and see, it ran me around 7-8 dollars per sippy cup.



I hope it works out for you! I know it's not fun fighting with a toddler:)

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