Stopping with the bottlefeeding

Katie - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My 1st baby just turned one. I'm wondering how and when is a good time to get the baby to stop using the bottle? What kind of cup do I transition him to? Help please?

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Jenny - posted on 04/12/2011

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I think the tooth decay argument just doesn't convince me, so i have no real reason to stop. What i understood about the tooth decay, is that it happens when you give a baby a bottle of milk to take to bed and they sip on it over a long period of time.
Where as with Daniel, he only gets one bottle a day and its drank within 2-3 minutes. Does anyone have an opinion on this? I'll have to do some more research.

Jennifer - posted on 04/08/2011

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The sooner the better. It may be a struggle at first. It just all depends on your child's personality. I have 4 kids, 3 of which I've had to transition off the bottle (the 4th is only 6 mo) With my 1st, I gave him a sippy on his 1st birthday and he never wanted a bottle again. Mt 2nd, I tried to do the same thing (my intentions were to replace one bottle a day, then a couple days later do 2 a day and so fourth). She absolutely refused that feeding and would just wait til she could have a bottle again. So, for her, I just had to take the bottle completely away. She went a whole day without drinking, but the next morning started with the sippy and never looked back. With my 3rd, he was my most stubborn. He would literally throw the cup at me, then scream non stop til I gave him a bottle. I would just try every couple days to give it to him until one day he was finally ready. The cup you use, will depend on your child also. All three of my kids prefered a different one. My 1st was the hard traditional spout. My 2nd liked the soft spout, and my 4th would only use the straw type. I never attempted the regular cup until they were more coordinated (usually around age 2).

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Erin - posted on 04/12/2011

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I'm w/you Jenny! My son is two and still has a few bottle during the day. It calms him AND me :) I know that the tooth decay issue is about leaving the bottle hanging in your child's mouth over hours during sleep. I've spoken to my dr about it ( who is very anti nuk) and he feels that bottles are fine till parent & child are both ready. I have lessened bottles and given milk in cups but he still loves to have a bottle now and again. How can I argue when I had a bottle till my 4th b/day??? hahaa I've never had a cavity and have never needed braces and I don't have the urge to steal my son't bottle and sleep w/it myself :p I think we're too quick to strip the babydom from our children. They're not little adults and soemtimes they need a little something for security.

Katie - posted on 04/12/2011

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Hi Jenny! It's hard to get the babies off of the bottle. I just know the longer their on that it gives them a higher risk of developing tooth decay which is not good at all. Your best bet would to just cold turkey it. Take it away completely. I've been taking one bottle away each day and it's working. He usually cries for 20 minutes and I noticed he's crying less now that the days are going by. I hope this works!

Jenny - posted on 04/11/2011

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Thats great Katie! Im still stuck with my 2.4year old using a bottle. Its not as bad as it sounds, he doesnt carry a bottle around and is not attached to it in that way. He usues an age appropirate sippy cup during the day for drinking water, but i just cant let go of giving him milk in his bottle once a day.

I tried when he was younger and remember that he would only drink a quater of the milk he'd drink from a bottle, so i was not happy with this.

Im not sure what to do about it. Im scared that if i take the bottle away he will slowly drink less and less milk till he doesnt drink any. I fear this because he gets most of his calcium from milk, being a fussy 2 year old eater, so drinking a bottle of milk a day makes me feel like im giving him what he needs.

Any advice for me??

Katie - posted on 04/11/2011

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My son is doing so much better about weaning off the bottle. He would usually wake up to a bottle but instead I've been giving him the cup, he drinks out of it. We take the cup everywhere. He is doing real good about weaning. I thought it would be hard because I tried it right before his 1st birthday and he was freaking out on me. Now he barely even thinks about it. Thank you ladies for the advice. Next step is potty training.

Jade - posted on 04/11/2011

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honestly, my son was addicted to his bottle. and getting him off it was terrible. but now he's off and its over with, so its worth doing. he turned one. we wanted to wean him off, but it wasnt working. so a week after he turned one, we threw away all the bottles. three days later, he stopped crying and forgot all about it.

Katie - posted on 04/09/2011

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@ Jennifer S.-Thank you so much! I usually don't let my son get away with things but this kicking him off the bottle is kicking my butt. I seriously am starting to think that it's me that doesn't want him off and I know for a fact that it's better for him and his future. I feel bad seeing children at the age of 2 1/2 still using a bottle or carrying one around. He isn't really attached to it, as I thought he would be. He went a whole day today without a bottle and of course when we got home I gave him one. I know it's horrible and it's going to be hard but he only drinks his bottles while he's in bed. Not good at all! I think my problem is that he is my baby and I don't want him growing up anymore...lol horrible as that might sound. Thank you though for the advice and reply. :) I will definitely head over to Walmart and grab some of those nuby's. :) thanks again!

Montana - posted on 04/09/2011

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my son loves the nuby sippies from walmart. they are only $2 a piece! i stopeed him right after he turned 1 from all bottles but i had offered the sippies to him at about 8 or 9 mos.

Jane - posted on 04/08/2011

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at 1 yr i toss bottles and give sippy cups. it takes a few days for them to get used to it and they're fine.

Momof1 - posted on 04/08/2011

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My son was breastfed, but he had bottles on the weekend, while I worked. At a year, I tossed all his bottles, except for 3, and told my husband to give him a cup. Well, for the first couple weeks, my husband used a bottle and I was pissed that he wouldn't use a cup. But then all of a sudden at 12.5 months, our son started using his cup all by himself. It should be easy for you to take the bottle away if he doesn't use it to go to bed, if so it will probably be a little harder. But in my opinion, I think you should just go cold turkey. They would let themselves go thirsty. Also, try the nuby cups from Wal-Mart first.

Sharon - posted on 04/08/2011

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I have three kids and they were all off the bottle by age one. If you are transitioning from formula to regular milk, one suggestion is to start by putting the milk in the sippy cup instead of the bottle. My older daughter would not take her formula from the sippy cup but everything else she would so when I started her on regular milk it went straight to the cup. If you aren't putting your child to sleep with the bottle, it may be smoother than you think. I couldn't tell what the best cup to use since it has been awhile since my kids were young.

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