Wanting to ween 1 year old off her bottle....

Jaclyn - posted on 05/26/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My little girl just turned one, and we are wanting to have a smooth transition from bottles of formula to cows milk in a sippy cup, any suggestions or how and when other moms made this transition?

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Nicole - posted on 08/10/2009

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I took my daughter off bottles at 6 mos (after i stopped breastfeeding, she didn't do well with the bottle anyhow!) So at six months she was too little for a hard nippled sippy cup, so I bought NUK brand sippy it has detachable handles and a wide latex nipple that simulates the breast, she loved that sippy, it was a good transition and then at 13 months I started her on a cup (only with me holding) and regular sippy cups for toddlers, but the NUK sippy made it nice and easy transition! You can find them at walmart, target, and babies r us. A year ago they ran about 7 dollars a piece. Hope I could help!

Farrah - posted on 08/08/2009

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I gave my kids teh sippy cup with the top that was closedt to the nipple on there bottles.

Valerie - posted on 08/06/2009

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The way I have always done it was to introduce soft tip sippy cups at around 6 months. I put everything except formula in it and only formula in the bottle. By time they are 1, they are eating mostly food and only getting a couple of bottles a day. At their birthday, I just didn't give them any more bottles. It was very easy to do it this way and they didn't seem to even notice that they were gone. I know this may be too late for you now, but it's my only advice. :O)

Autumn - posted on 08/02/2009

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When my daughter was 11 months I put all the bottles away and started her morning out with a sippy cup and she never complained. VERY easy transition.. For me it was just easier to completely take the bottles away and give her no other option. I started to wean my son when he was about 11months but he knew the bottles were still in the house so having both just made the situation worse. So we stopped weaning, waiting till he was almost one and got rid of bottles and, like my daughter, started the morning with a sippy cup. My son fussed the first day but by the second day he knew the bottles were gone. After sippy cup introduction day the word "bottle" wasn't spoken, so it was almost like it didn't exist. Completely getting rid of bottles and started the next day with sippy cups worked well for me, but it might not work for you. Every parent is different and every child is different. I wish there was just one way to do it, but you have to feel you're child out and figure out the best way to do the transition.

Jane - posted on 07/31/2009

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just get rid of it. get her a "big girl" cup (Playschool makes a great up that is a sippy cup w/a little lid on a hinge. it's yellow. my daughter loved it b/c she could open it and close it hersefl as a "big girl") and just make no big deal about it and slip it into her routine.

Julie - posted on 07/30/2009

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With my son, he was whined from the bottle at 6 months. I carried him (so he wouldn't be fussy) with me while I poured his formula in the sippy cup. Then I put a few drops of formula on the spout of the sippy cup and had him suck on it. He took to it very well and I did that a couple times more until he didn't need the little drops of formula on the outside of the cup. Just be patient, they are learning something new after all.

Chantii - posted on 07/29/2009

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NUBY!! (thats the brand)......My sons were 6 months and 8months when they came off the bottle!!! They make soft nipples similair to the bottles they use.it was a breeze..i gave them their formula and everything in it. Then u just switch them over to the hard top.

Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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My husband and I decided to let our daughter decide how long to keep her bottle. After one failed attempt at switching her milk bottle to a sippy cup(she just wouldn't drink enough milk during the day so I switched her back), we decided that she could choose when was the time to quit. It is only her milk bottle, she has always loved her water in the cup. Yesterday I gave her milk in a new colour sippy cup and she is fine with it now. We just decided not to rush her, what is the point as long as she doesn't get a bottle in bed. I figured that if she wanted to take her bottle to college, then we would talk. Our daughter is 21 months.

Brandi - posted on 07/23/2009

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My son hated his sippy cup so I put water in the bottle and milk in the sippy cup. He didn't like the water so that helped a little. He also didn't like the brand sippy cup so I got him a different one and he liked it better.

Kathleen - posted on 07/08/2009

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Quoting Tiffanie:

This may seem harsh but just take it away. She will fuss for abit. Just make sure shes got something else to drink out of. If she is thirsty she will drink it. On my daughter's first birthday I took away her bottles and gave her sippy cups as a present. She did not like it at all. I wanted to give in but I knew she needed to be off of it. She cried for a few nights but in the end its worth it. Haaving a bottle after one can cause damage to her teeth. With my son I took the bottle away at 6 months. As soon as he knew how to hold it I took it away. I just replaced it with a sippsy cup that had soft nipples. Nuby is a really good brand you can get a sippy nipple but it works great. Good Luck


 



 hahaha your post made me laugh... its like happy birthday no more bottles lol i was just imagining doing the same thing lol great story! also a great idea!! i might do that with my next one

Kathleen - posted on 07/08/2009

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my son is 17 months old at the moment and i have just started weening him off his bottle. i went out and brought like 3 sippy cups with handles and with soft teats. i have only just started so he is still having a bottle at night time but he is drinking from the cup during the day. the first time i put his milk into the cup he was not happy he screamed for about 20 minutes but then started drinking it and i havent had any other problems since.. i think in about a week or so i will take his night time bottle off him and just give him the cup i just want him to be used to the sippy cups first. but he seems to be realy enjoying them like walking around holding the handle and showing everyone lol

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Mine didn't want to have anything to do with milk in her sippy cup. We found out before hand that she was low in iron, so the doctor recommended Instant Breakfast Carnation. I add about 2 table spoons of the chocolate to her milk and she takes it. She still takes it to this day!

Abigail - posted on 07/03/2009

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One more thing is you have to decide that your done with the bottles and never give in to give them back it will just make it that much harder!!!

Abigail - posted on 07/03/2009

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Both of mine were over two when i took the bottle away i would definetly recommend doing it earlier the longer you wait the more attached they get to them. I started them on cows milk at one in the bottle just warmed it up and they loved it! When i took the bottle away we picked out a cool sippy cup together and i told them that they were big now and they fussed for the first few days but i rewarded them with a big boy big girl toy as well and they adjusted without to much trouble! Good Luck!

Samantha - posted on 06/26/2009

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Try giving her prepared formula in a sippy cup and slowly start adding cows milk with it. Each time less formula more milk. This worked for both of my kids and the doctor suggested it. At bed time I would mix prepared formula and milk in a bottle. This way they still have the comfort of the bottle. Once they were used to the milk I would slowly take the bottle away at night and offer the milk in a sippy cup a half hour before bed time. It took me about a week. It really works.

I hope the is helpful!

You have a beautiful Girl!

Angela - posted on 05/28/2009

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My daughter was about 11 months when I took her bottles away. We already had a bedtime routine established and I gave her a sippy cup with her book instead of her bottle. She certainly didn't like me for a few days but eventually she just forgot about bottles all together

Tiffanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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This may seem harsh but just take it away. She will fuss for abit. Just make sure shes got something else to drink out of. If she is thirsty she will drink it. On my daughter's first birthday I took away her bottles and gave her sippy cups as a present. She did not like it at all. I wanted to give in but I knew she needed to be off of it. She cried for a few nights but in the end its worth it. Haaving a bottle after one can cause damage to her teeth. With my son I took the bottle away at 6 months. As soon as he knew how to hold it I took it away. I just replaced it with a sippsy cup that had soft nipples. Nuby is a really good brand you can get a sippy nipple but it works great. Good Luck

Alaw - posted on 05/27/2009

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My son is one and he just went right off his bottle on his own. I think I've been lucky! He drinks cow's milk through a cup but when I offer him a bottle he just looks the other way!! Good luck.x

Michelle - posted on 05/26/2009

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I made a transition from breast milk in a bottle to a sippy cup. The first thing I did was serve the breast milk cold for about a week, so she'd be used to cold milk. Then, about 3 days before the switch, I took her shopping and let her pick between my selected sippy cups.

Then, one night, after dinner I gave her her new "bottle". She cried for awhile, but eventually accepted it and was taking it with no problem by 2 days later. She still calls sippy cups bottles!

I threw her bottles away, so I wouldn't give in.

Tiajuana - posted on 05/26/2009

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It's a good idea to go ahead and try to ween her off the bottle...try her with the sippy cup with the soft nipple...most of my kids had this and it was easier for me. Just during the day instead of giving he a bottle give her the sippy cup. It really depends on how your baby is with her bottle. If you feed her more food instead of the bottle it helps, you just have to stay strong with weening her because a lot of kids wine for their bottles. You cant give it to her then take it away....when you take it away you cant give it to her anymore. All of mine were off the bottle by the age of 1. when u take something away you gotta put something in the place of it is what I was always told. and it worked. I hope I helped you just a little. Good Luck!! =)

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