Is it really that bad to still be drinking out of a bottle at 19 months?

Diana Rose - posted on 11/03/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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I've been wanting to wean her from it, but she seems so content with it. I've tried to give her milk in a sippy cup but she wont drink it...She'll take juice and water from it though...

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Renae - posted on 11/04/2010

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Did you know why the recommendation to remove babies from the bottle at 12 months was released? It was because some mothers were continually giving their babies formula, thinking that formula had all the nutrients in it, and not bothering to properly introduce a good range of solid foods or a healthy diet. So to force everyone to offer proper food they released a directive that babies do not need bottles of formula after 12 months. Remember that our health departments have to cater to the lowest common demoninator and can only have one directive for everyone - but sometimes if you know the reason for the directive, you know that it doesn't apply to you. Also remember that all public nurses, GP's and hospital employed doctors have to tell you what is currently recommened, not their own opinion.

Just thought this information might interest you.

Personally, if it wont matter in 20 years it doesn't matter now - and I pretty much guarantee she wont be having a bottle when she's 21!

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yes! just throw them out cold turkey she will fuss but then get over it. the older she is the harder it will be on the both of you. also when she realizes the bottles are gone and the sippy is the only option she is more likely to take to the cup.

Stephanie - posted on 11/08/2010

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i have a friend that was having trouble getting her son off his bottle when he was 16 months old and my daughter whom just turned a year was already on a cup, she asked me for advise and I told her to just throw away his bottles and if her really wants something to drink he will break down and drink out of a cup, not even 3 days later and he was completely on cups not bottles!

Ambyr - posted on 11/08/2010

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I JUST took my 20 month old off of bottles...I got her to throw them out herself and told her drinking from a sippy cup was what big girls do...she still has problems with the milk in a sippy but weening her off of it wasnt working so I had to just cut her right off.

Christi - posted on 11/07/2010

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Umm, according to doctors and dentists it is. The bottle and pacifier fairy came on my son's first birthday and brought him big boy sippy cups. Just because she is content with it doesn't mean you should let her do it.

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User - posted on 11/16/2012

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Well I have a 3 year old step daughter and all her teeth are caped and rotin and im not raising her my husbands mom is and I hadron gripe at my husband to tell his mom she shouldn't be drinking out of a bottle it's hard on them and there teeth but thankfully she's so far from what ik getting weanged off them

Diana Rose - posted on 11/15/2010

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I finally got her of the bottle! She did it cold turkey and that worked best. I just put water in the bottle and she refused to drink it, then everytime she asked for it, I told her she didnt need it anymore and that she's a big girl and would give her a sippy cup. The only thing is, now she wont drink milk at all :( I offer it in different sippy cups but one she has a sip she says no...

Christina - posted on 11/09/2010

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I was told to put only water in the bottle when you get to weaning off the bottle and everything else in a sippy cup. I have not tried it yet. My son is 16 months old but with baby number 2 on the way he is about to get weaned off it. :)

Lee Ann - posted on 11/09/2010

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I guess it just depends on the child, my daughter was off of a bottle by 12 months without a problem, she was a bit fussy at first about not having her bottle but after a few days of crying it out and seeing that i wasnt going to budge on the "no bottle" rule she gave in......in my opinion i dont think it should go on too much longer, b/c a 2 year old should not still be drinking out of a bottle, nor have a paci i have always been told it can mess with teeth development. but its a personal choice you have to make for you child

Tiffany - posted on 11/08/2010

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My goal was to have my daughter off the bottle by 1...it hasn't happened yet. She does the same, she will drink her juice from a sippy cup but is having a hard time drinking the milk from it. My doctor told me not to rush it, and just to keep offering the sippy cup. We finally found a sippy cup my daughter likes, so hoping she'll start drinking her milk from it soon. I gave up on the sippy cup thing when we switched her to milk because she had a really hard time switching from formula to milk. We are on day 5 of milk and no formula...thankfully I found if I put 2 ozs of water with the milk she will drink it. I would just keep offering it to her and go from there. Talk to your pediatrician or dentist if you're concerned though. Good Luck! =)

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It is bad for the teeth and risk of rabbit teeth by over 25% after 12 months. At 19 months, unless mentally challenged, she should be just fine with a sippy. Yes, she will have some "issues" when you get rid of the bottles but she will be fine within a day or two.

Sarah - posted on 11/08/2010

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I confided in my mil one time how guilty I felt for giving my son a bottle to sleep. She replied, "Oh for goodness sake! I gave (insert my husband's brother) a bottle to bed till he was 4 yrs. old!" That was quite a relief to me, and I try to remember that most of this stuff doesn't really matter too much. I personally don't see much difference between a bottle and a sippy cup. They both serve the purpose of avoiding spilling and keeping your child hydrated. That being said, if you want an idea on how to wean him, maybe you could try clogging the bottle somehow and when the child complains, just hand him the sippy cup until he gets the idea.

Tiziana - posted on 11/08/2010

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Like I posted earlier my nephew is 3 and still drinks from a bottle morning and night, goes to the dentist regularly for check ups and as no issues whatsoever with his teeth. My sister and I both had a bottle until we started kindergarten (yes shocking ) and we have never had issues with our teeth.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I don't breastfeed. What gave you the idea that I breast fed. I don't see how a 10 minute feed sucking on a bottle teat "messes with their teeth" when sucking on a human nipple is the same shape.

Christi - posted on 11/07/2010

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And to Emma's comment, she wasn't asking about breastfeeding. A nipple and a synthetic nipple are different. Good that you breastfeed, not all of us can. For those of us who can't or chose not to, it is recommended to kick the bottle at 12 months.

Christi - posted on 11/07/2010

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And it will mess up the permanant teeth too. Just because they are baby teeth don't mean a damn thing. Talk to any orthodontist or general dentist and they will tell you the same thing.

Brandy - posted on 11/07/2010

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in my personal opinion it all really depends on how you want to raise your child, i think we moms get caught up in how things look or what is recommended but i agree with an early post were not always educated as to why certain things are recommended. as long as your child is receiving enough nutrients i dont see why you would have to stop bottle feeding, it could cause dental problems i dont know, it may even make it harder to take the bottle away later, it would definitely be a problem if you had to put your child in daycare at some point, however if that is what your baby needs right now and you want to provide that then whats the harm? all children are different and so are all moms and you need to decide whats best for you and your family and if you have any concerns you should talk to your pediatrician about it because they know your child better than we do. but if you are ready to wean and you need advice or support we are here :)

Jade - posted on 11/07/2010

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i was the same you hear that alot one the bottle stops they wont drink it my son will drink anyhing from a cup except milk its strange but thats children lol x

Tiziana - posted on 11/07/2010

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My nephew is 3 years old and still as his bottle in the morning and at night. I dont see anything wrong with it especially because that is the only way he will drink any milk. My sister and I both stopped drinking milk when our mom stopped giving us the bottle. Dont know if it was the smell that we didnt like or what.

Jade - posted on 11/07/2010

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as for messed up teeth etc there baby teeth once a day isnt going to make a diffrence

Jade - posted on 11/07/2010

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well i just stopped giving my son bottles in the morning as he has breakfast and he still has it at nite he will be 3 in january dont be worried my son was diagnosed with diabetes type 1 and i was told that the bottle and dummy is just a comfort and wouldnt do him any harm.

Melissa - posted on 11/07/2010

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My nephews teeth are soooo messed up from drinking from a bottle to long ...I would try to! Why take the chance!

Amy - posted on 11/07/2010

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my son is 2 and he still takes a bottle and my daughter didn't give hers up until she was 3.

Renae - posted on 11/07/2010

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Emma, there was nothing wrong with your original comment.

This thread is about having a bottle, not drinking milk. Milk can be given before in a bottle, sippy or cup. Its the bottle itself that the OP is asking about.

In my original post I explained the main reason why recommendation to stop the bottle at 12 months was released, but I didn't give you a way to wean from it. So here goes...

The easiest and most gentle way to wean from a bottle is to find another "sippy cup" type (sometimes called a training cup for bottle transition) that the baby still has to suck on in a similar way that they sucked the bottle. But it has to be a different cup than the one they have water and juice from. Most babies will not accept all of their drinks from the same type of cup (until they are a little older, then it stops mattering). I used the Heinz training cup if they have them where you are you should try it.

You start by giving your baby a little milk in the cup every day at a different time to their usual bottle. I gave it mid-afternoon with afternoon tea. Do not expect your baby to actually drink it, so dont put much milk in there because most of it will get thrown out. But any time your baby willingly picks up the cup or puts it anywhere near their mouth - get very excited and give them loads and loads of praise. This encourages the baby to explore the cup further and inevitably figure out how to drink from it. After anything from 1-3 months (depending how attached your baby is to the bottle) offer one of the milk feeds at the normal feeding time out of the cup. Your baby should accept the cup on the second or third time. The first couple of times that they refuse it just wait ten minutes then give them their normal bottle.

The reason this works is that you are giving the baby a chance to become completely familiar with the cup, by seeing it and exploring it every day, before you expect them to accept it as a replacement for their beloved bottle.

Once the baby has had a week of taking one feed from the cup, start using the cup for both feeds (if there is a second milk feed).

This is an easy way of transitioning from the bottle that doesn't turn it into a battle of wills.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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I can't believe you just posted that to me, how rude. I said, how is it different if you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding with the teats, it's not going to harm their teeth to have a 5 minute feed. Do you recommend people stop breastfeeding when their kid gets teeth because of this issue? No you feed them the bottle/breast and brush their teeth. Der.

Maggie - posted on 11/07/2010

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@Emma Newnham - presumably by one year old you aren't feeding your child to sleep anymore. The milk that stays in their mouth and on their teeth is bad for their teeth whether it's breast milk or formula. Unless you're brushing your child's teeth after their last milk then it's just sitting in there festering all night. Get informed before you make ignorant comments.

Jane - posted on 11/07/2010

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it's not such a huge deal. but only give her a bottle in the mornings and night, then cut the morning one. she'll adjust w/in a week. she'll fuss, but she'll adjust.

Stifler's - posted on 11/07/2010

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Breastfeeding until 2 is recommended. Why would it be different for formula and bottles? Do nipples now turn into a sippy cup spout? I don't how it harms their teeth, it takes 5 minutes to drink a bottle by 7 months or so... you don't give it to them to suck on a bottle of milk all day or leave on in their cot that's just unhygienic.

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2010

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I was a young mom and had my son at 17. He was off the bottle at a year. My cousin is an OBGYN and my aunt is an RN and both told me that the bottle is nothing but bad news after a year. It's like seeing a 3 yr old still on a pacifier which I'm glad none of my 4 children took!! My 2nd daughter was off the bottle around a yr as well. However my 3rd daughter was a little tougher since she was a preemie and she didn't wean off until about 15months but I didn't give her formula after a yr just milk or water. And my 4th was done with it herself by a yr. I think after about a yr and a half they don't really need it it's just become a habit they've set and one they need to break. With your help of course! So it's your child and you know best but that's my opinion!

Christina - posted on 11/06/2010

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my son had a bottle at night til he was 20 months and he weaned himself... he would ask for it but just hold it til he fell asleep he like knowing he could have it even if he didnt want it. about 2 months ago(the same time we had baby number2) he asked for it again and instead we offered a sippy with water he took it and now he has that on his nite table just incase... i didnt mind giving it to him i like having water on hand at nite too!
you know your child best and you will know when and how is best

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2010

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Whatever works for you is what you need to stick with. We actually had it lucky and right around his 1st birthday my son was ready to be done with the bottle. Unfortunately, dad was not. He will drink out of a cup or a cup with a straw.

I actually thought that bottles were not recommended once a child turned one because the use of bottles can promote tooth decay, and always giving a bottle like before bed can become a bit of a reliant for the child. You can still hold your child to love him/her. Also, I don't think it's necessary that your child have milk. As long as your child is getting fats, it doesn't matter where they come from.

Medic - posted on 11/05/2010

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I personally think kids look silly walking around with a bottle. On my sons first birthday we threw away all the bottles and on his second out went the sippy cups and my daughter is now 9 months and has self weaned onto strictly sippys since about 6 months.

Annie - posted on 11/05/2010

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My 13 month old still drinks milk from a bottle. He will drink from a sippy cup, but still wants a bottle to fall asleep. Our Dr. told us that is was best to go cold turkey. I'm not ready to put up the fight yet!

Maggie - posted on 11/05/2010

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you should be less worried about the bottle than you are about giving your child milk before bedtime. That can cause dental problems. The sugar from the milk eats away at the teeth.
Also, if you give in and let her have the bottle when she throws a fit you are teaching her that screaming/tantrums get her what she wants. Bad lesson! If you give her the sippy (or straw cup, even better) then stick it out. If she wants it she'll drink it and if not she'll move on.

Bonnie - posted on 11/04/2010

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There is nothing wrong with persay. Some babies take to the bottle best until the age of 2. I wouldn't wait much longer than that though or it will make it more difficult for you. Try to be persistant with the milk in the sippy cup. If she is thirsty, she will drink it.

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When my son turned 1 year old my pediatrician told me to start weaning him from the bottle. He said he needed to learn how to drink for thirst and not for comfort. He continued to tell me that a lot of toddlers treat the bottle like a pacifier and of course that made sense to me. He also warned me about the risk of milk cavities. I gradually weaned him from the bottle but it took about 4-5 months to do it. Give the process some time and keep trying.

Jess - posted on 11/03/2010

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My son is 17 months and he has a bottle of milk when he wakes up and one when he goes to bed. He wont sleep a whole night if he doesnt have his milk! I intend to keep giving him his night time milk in the bottle for a while yet! :)

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My daughter was the same way. I just let her have the milk in a bottle until she was almost two. But that was only once a day or every other day. Like your daughter, water or juice was easily taken from a sippy.

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