Need help trying to get daughter off bottle?

Dawn - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My one year old daughter will not drink her milk out of anything but her bottle. I think she does not like milk. I still give it to her in her bottle so she still will have strong bones, but now im worried about her teeth, I have tried nestle quick chocolate and strawberry but she still will not drink it. Any other suggestions help.

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Sarah - posted on 10/26/2009

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I would say if she will drink milk from the bottle it is not the issue of not liking milk. If she is not drinking the milk from the bottle then I would say that is probably an issue. But if she is drinking the milk from the bottle and not from the sippy it is because she prefers it from the bottle and she knows that you will give it to her in the bottle. If this is the case then take all bottles away during the day and DON'T give much juice. You can give a bottle at night with brushing teeth afterwards for the first little bit (but don't make this too long of a habit or it is harder to take totally off the bottle). You know she can drink from the sippy and you know she drinks her milk from the bottle (if that is the case), so now it is the battle of wills to make that change to all sippy. So if not a milk issue then stick to your guns and don't give in to the whining, not drinking, throwing fits, etc. She will most likely not drink much the first little bit, but once she figures out that you are not going to give in she will start drinking.

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When my oldest was on the bottle this is how I got her off... 1st I labeled them in big letters, big enought for her to read them. I gave her 1 bottle per day, (the same bottle all day; ex. #1). Then, at the end of each day I let HER put it in the trash. We did this everyday, til all her bottles were gone. Then, when she asked for a bottle I said, "Don't you remember that you threw it in the trash?"

Anyway, that was my experince. I only bottle fed 1 of my children. I hope it will be helpful to you.

Joanna - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter preferred her milk only in a bottle, as well, until she was 1 1/2 and learned to enjoy using a sippy cup. Try different cups, perhaps. Another suggestion is to maybe stop giving her other beverages, like juice... only milk and water. perhaps if she gets sick of the water in the cup then she might take the milk from the cup?

Dawn - posted on 10/26/2009

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Thanks for the suggestions but she has 6 of those sippy cups. She only drink her juice out of them, but not her milk. I guess she does not like milk. Thanks for the suggestions tho!

Elisa - posted on 10/25/2009

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Nuby is the one I used to rid my daughter off the bottle. They have ones that are like a Sippy cup and the other is like a bottle with a nipple. Worked great!

Corey - posted on 10/25/2009

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Nubbie makes a sippy cup that has the soft top like a bottle, its spill proof and wonderful, broke my son from the bottle quickly, u can find them at Wal Mart, Dollar General or Family Dollar if you have one around. They still have to work to get the fluid out of it like a bottle so it helped tremendously.

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