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How do I get my 21 mo old daughter to drink her milk without a bottle?

Stacy - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 49 moms have responded )

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My 21 mo old daughter drinks her bottle of milk still four times a day. She is home with my husband full time and he has tried several different sippy cups but won't drink milk from them but drinks everything else from them. I have even warmed the milk in the sippy but she still wants her bottle. I love that she drinks her milk but how do I break the bottle, it is just way to long now.

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Cassandra - posted on 07/30/2009

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It's very common for kids to not drink milk if it's not in a bottle...just take the bottle away and supplement her normal milk with yogurt or things with the same nutrients as milk. My daughter has been without a bottle for about a week now, bed time and nap times can be rough but we it gets easier day by day. Take it one step at a time or you will drive yourself crazy.

Carolina - posted on 07/30/2009

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Try the Avent Training Cup. It's a regular bottle but with a sippy cup spout that is rather soft. My 2 yr old loves it and that is the only way that she drinks her milk and has done so for the last year.

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2009

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i just never put regular milk in my daughters bottle, she got a cup and that was it. she started drinking it right away because otherwise shed get nothing.

Toni - posted on 07/30/2009

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Throw all the bottles in the house away. Its ok for her to cry. In the long run the bottle will cause dental problems so the sooner the better.

Terry - posted on 07/30/2009

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I offeredmy son the sippy cup a few times, and gave him a bottle to supplement. Once he learned how to use the sippy cup ( which took a week or two) I just stopped giving him the bottle

Megan - posted on 07/30/2009

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I broke my little girl who is 16 months by buying a soft nipple cup and putting warm milk in it.

Di - posted on 07/29/2009

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maybe if you take her shopping and let her pick a new special cup for her milk, and only use that one for milk drinks.

Brandy - posted on 07/29/2009

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our doctor told us just don't give them the bottle at all, your child can go a day or 2 without drinking and eventually they will break down, our son hated it but after about a week in a half he stopped, i also read that if you add some chocolate syrup to it it is better than not having them drink milk and a pediatrician will say absilutely no bottle after 12 months, it is awful for their teeth. good luck- it can be a battle

Stephanie - posted on 07/29/2009

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I took my son off the bottle about two weeks ago, he just turned 1. I started him on the Nuby sippy cup and he didn't have a problem at all. However, I didn't give him an option either. I just went to the sippy cup and threw away the bottles. I know it's hard but that is all you need to do......and stick to it! It will be hard in the begining but the outcome is no bottle!

Good Luck!
~S

Jessica - posted on 07/29/2009

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just take them away cold turkey, if she doesn't want the milk, then she doesn't have to have it. Substitute the milk with yogurt and cheese, but when I took my son off the bottle at 15 months, he didn't drink milk again until he was three because he refused it out of a sippy cup and would just spit it out everywhere.. the cold turkey method worked for me, it only took two or three days and he was over it! Good luck! :)

Mary - posted on 07/29/2009

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2 of my 3 kids had issues with this. apparently milk does not belong in any other container! still my 6 year-old will not drink milk anymore even though he loved it as a baby. we gave up and give them yogurt drinks!

April - posted on 07/29/2009

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I would try getting the sippie cups that have silicone tips like some of the previous Mom's have said. That's how I got my daughter drinking her milk in them and now she drinks milk from whatever cup I give her. You can either get a brand called Nuby or I actually went to Walgreens and got a random off brand sippie cup that was smaller and shaped sorta like a bottle and it was alot easier. They were Cooke Monster and Elmo themed. You could try a Walgreens near you. But heads up they leak like a bottle. I hide the bottles and only gave her what I had and she eventually realized she had to drink out of the sippie or nothing at all! It's hard, but you can do it =) Best of Luck!

Lara - posted on 07/29/2009

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The only way my daughter will drink milk is from a bowl. We discovered this after she ate all her cereal she drank the milk, then after that she didn't even have to have cereal, the milk just had to be in a bowl.

Lisa - posted on 07/28/2009

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Wow. I'm shocked what I did was when my daughter turned 1 I took the bottles and packed them away. I then bought the cool sippy cups that would not spill and she never fought me about it. Out of mind. Eventually she should forget about and your worries should be good.

Heather - posted on 07/28/2009

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Well I started my daughter on sippy cups at 8 months, I just stopped giving her bottles during the day, especially when we were out, it didn't seem to bother her. She only gets a bottle at nap time and night time before bed. It will be harder to get yours to transition since she is older and more stuck in her ways... good luck!

Alexandra - posted on 07/28/2009

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I had a little trouble with my youngest child. The first three were on a sippy by around 7-8 months, still breastfed, but anything else from the cup. Children #1 and #2 never took the bottle. With #4 I had to go to the bottle a lot sooner - 3 months. It seemed a lot harder to get him to switch to the sippy, but I think it was just that I didn't have the time or patience. I ended up going cold turkey... when he snubbed the cup, I decided to get tough. Within a day he had completely forgotten about the bottle. He was happy to have his milk... Stand strong and ditch the bottles - TODAY!! If she is already drinking other things from the sippy, it won't take her long, I bet. Good Luck!

Julie - posted on 07/28/2009

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Try a straw? My 15 month girl just love to drink anything in a straw.
You have nothing to loose to try :)
good luck

Libby - posted on 07/28/2009

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what i did was offer it to my little boy in a cup and not give him a bottle no matter what once he realised it was cup or nothing he accepted it stand your ground dont give in if she wants it eventually she will have it wont take long with persistance x

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Persistance......and consistancy.....keep trying to use a cup....the bottle just isn't an option:) Good luck

Gracie - posted on 07/28/2009

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leave the sippy cup in her view....when she gets hungry enough she will pick it up to drink! she will have no choice it worked for me!! hide all bottles!!

Rachel - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son was the same way! I just put all the bottle up at the top of my closet and just gave him a sippy cup! After about a day he finally realized that if he wanted milk then he had to drink it out of the cup! you just have to be strong! Good luck!

Randi - posted on 07/28/2009

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i was told for my daughter either stop cold turkey or if you decide to continue to give her the bottle you need to only put water in the bottle nothing else she will soon realize that she will not get milk from her bottle and will soon take herself off the bottle

Trayce - posted on 07/27/2009

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I saw another mom say Nuby....we tried that. It's crazy but my 17 month old wouldn't drink from the Nuby. She drank from the Munchkin brand....you can find it at Target. It 's practically identical...silicone mouth piece. We tried 6 different cups. My daughter also like the spill proof cup that's has a straw. Good luck!

Sara - posted on 07/27/2009

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Take the bottle away! She may be mad for awhile and throw fits, but it won't be forever. Why is she getting bottles 4 times a day at that age? Maybe that is more for your husband's sanilty than for your daughter?? Just a thought

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son is 23 months and he is now down to 2 bottles per day. I have been slowly weaning him for a couple months. 1st, I took away all the larger bottles, then took away the morning bottle. We're down to nap time and bed time and he doesn't always do those because I fill him up before then so he's not really hungry and then re-direct him with stories and other things. Most of all, relax! Your baby is loved and she knows he needs are met. That is the most important thing. Once you decide it's important but not imperative you'll give yourself the break you need and things will work out.

Alissa - posted on 07/27/2009

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well the sippy cups with the rubber tops did not work for my daughter,..she likes to chew them which causes them to leak alot and make a big mess for mommy...lol...i like the ones with the hard top...that way she can chew it and no worries....but i agree with the cold turkey thing...out of sight out of mind...also im trying to break my 23 month old from her binky...she always wants it when she goes to sleep...its like her security blanket or something....

Amy - posted on 07/27/2009

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You're not alone...my son would drink a sippy all day but he wanted a bottle at nap time and at night. it was his comfort thing i guess. At 24 months...(way too long i know) i just took the bottle from him one day and never gave it back. he was fine after 2 days and he forgot about it and stopped asking for it around 4 days...but other than bed time for about the first 2 days i never had any trouble. its honestly the easist way i think.

Trishia - posted on 07/27/2009

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Be just as stubborn as her completely get rid of the bottle "out of sight out of mind" she wants milk offer it to her in a sippy cup although I have been told the straw cups are better for their teeth. If she refuses or throws a fit set it on the counter and leave the room if she wants it bad enough she will grab and be sippin up in no time.

Hyacinth - posted on 07/27/2009

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Im goin through the same thing with my 2 n a half year oid this week, we hav given him a thomas open cup, we call it his big boy cup , we warm up his milk, he sits on his chair or in bed whilst i read him a story, at first he rejected it , so we say "ok its mummys milk. im goin to drink it, its mine" he then quickly grabs i from me n drinks it! before i can get it!! i find reverse physcology works with him, if i tell him " dont drink that milk" he will do the opposite and drink! crazy i know but i think sometimes its bst to do what works, goodluck

Heather - posted on 07/27/2009

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I had this problem until a wonderful friend of mine told me to put plan water in his/her bottle and something yummy in the sippy cup. everytime. She will soon see that the bottle is just not fun anymore. it took my son who is one and VERY hard headed 3days before he tossed his bottle over his crib.

Christie - posted on 07/27/2009

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the best sippy cups are the avent brand. they do not leak.they come with a rubber suction to prevent any spill, even after they have been used for a while

Christie - posted on 07/27/2009

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hide her bottle, and leave her sippy cup in her reach. she will eventually get thirsty and will no other choice but to drink out of her sippy cup. i did this with my son and it worked. just be strong and do not give in to your baby.

Rebecca - posted on 07/26/2009

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I have a 12year old daughter and a 2year old son. They are both broke from the bottle of course. My daughter was alittle more stubborn then my son. But, with my daughter I filled a sippy cup with cold milk and a bottle with the same. I figured whatever she fell asleep with I would either throw the other away or put the other up for another time. Well, she went to sleep with the sippy cup by her side. So, I put the bottles up in a bag because I planned to have another baby. But, she found them and cried for a few minutes and I told her she was a big girl now. My son in otherwords I just started giving him a sippy cup instead and he got used to it. You might need to find the right sippy cup for her. They are made different with different suctions on them too.

Leanne - posted on 07/26/2009

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No offence, but I can't believe that a 21month old is still having a bottle. I've got two kids and both of mine came off them at around 11/12months. I just more or less stopped making the bottles and gave them sippy cups. I just threw the bottles away.

Julie - posted on 07/26/2009

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I think cold turkey is probably the best way now, as many of the others have suggested. Our daugter was stubborn at first as well and wouldn't drink milk from the sippy, but we just kept offering it to her. And since we were expecting our second child we wanted her completely off the bottle by 12 months old. It worked in her case, took about a week for her to accept the milk in the sippy cup. Good luck.

Victoria - posted on 07/26/2009

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OMG, I just gfot over the SAME issue with my 20 month old son. He was SOOOOO stubborn! But I learned that I can be stubborn as well. I didnt give in. When he wanted milk, I gave him a sippy that has a soft plastic top (nice transition from the bottle), and kept offering it to him. My husband would always give in and let him have his bottle when he threw a fit...but you cant give in. I threw away his bottles the day I bought him a toddler bed. He will not dehydrate! Just keep offering it to her and she will take it eventually! but...fyi....ALL sippy's leak! I have tried a dozen of different sippys, and they all will leak eventually! Good luck and stay strong :)

Kersten - posted on 07/25/2009

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I have to agree with several of the other moms who posted above. I used the NUK Sippy cups that have the silicone sippy lid, but it is just like the bottle. My son didnt even know the difference, along with it still being a bottle. It just twists onto the bottles.

Jeanine - posted on 07/25/2009

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Well my husband and i tried all sorts of different sippy cups but when our oldest daughter was I think a year or 18 months we tried the soft and hard top sippy cups and she wouldn't go for them until I said it's that or nothing and yes she went one whole day almost until she figured it out because she was thirsty enough. If it went longer than one day I would've gone back but we were lucky she figured it out fast.

Allison - posted on 07/24/2009

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maybe you could get special sippy cups that are just for milk and introduce them to her as her 'new bottle'?? have you tried nuby cups, the ones without the handles were easiest when transitioning with my son because they are similar to a bottle. he was younger but we would hold him like we were giving him a bottle and give him those cups.

Nicole - posted on 07/23/2009

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u have to quite cold turkey. i did with all four of mine at 12 months. just get them out of site. pack them away. have u found sippy cups with rubber tops that kinda still feel like a bottle nipple. that could ease the transition.

Leah - posted on 07/23/2009

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Simple go cold turkey on her. Put milk in her sippy if she doesnt drink it then put it in the fridge. Then keep offering her it throughout the day and nothing else. She will get thristy enough and drink it.

Amanda - posted on 07/23/2009

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i know this sounds heart breaking but just throw all the bottles away! If you allow them to choose they will keep them forever..and that wont be pretty! :)

Heather - posted on 07/23/2009

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I think the sippy cups with the soft silicone top are the best for breaking your child from the bottle. They are called Nuby and the whole area the childs mouth touches is silicone and they don't leak!

Stacie - posted on 07/23/2009

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I guess what I did might be too late because your daughter is a little older, but when my son was about 6 months old (able to sit up) I started to introduce him to a regular small cup. I used the bottle still but at the same time I'd put a little bit of milk in a cup and try to have him practice drinking it from there just to get him used to it. Everyday I'd put more milk in the cup and less in the bottle until he was drinking more. And by the time he was about 11 months he was off the bottle. Another thing I tried was those straw cups. If tshe can drink from a straw and likes it, it's something different and it could be fun. I tried not to give my son a sippy cup only because it was like a bottle and it's not good on the teeth positioning (so I hear)....but for some, it works. You could try putting water in the bottle and milk in a cup and see if that might work???

Sue - posted on 07/23/2009

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I tried giving the kids a little plastic shot glass that looks like a grown ups cup only holds a little bit but make a big deal of it being a grown up thing. Our kids think that it is a huge treat.

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