at wat age do u think is ok to stop givin them a bottle??

Reagan - posted on 03/25/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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hi,

just wondering when everyone stopped giving there kids a bottle, my 17month old stil likes one after breakfast and before she goes to bed. she is on s26gold formula for toddlers, i do let her hav kids pura milk as wel...

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Devrim - posted on 03/25/2009

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Reagan,



My doctor said to have my son off bottles by 18 months. He was 19 months when we made the switch to sippy cups. What we did was made a big deal out of it and went to the store and had him pick out "special" milk cups and when we got home I had him throw away his bottles. The first couple of nights were tuff because he still wanted his bottle but I just kept reminding that they were in the trash and that this is all we had. By the end of the week he was fine with it. Hope this helps. Good luck

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User - posted on 06/29/2011

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this is my trick that i used...to get my twin boys off pacifiers and my daughter off her bottles...before a nap one day me n the boys put all their pacifiers all over the front lawn for the baby birdies and when they woke up they were gone...and every time they asked for them after that i'd say "remember the baby birdies needed them" and i'd remind them how nice they were to help the baby birdies...so they were ok with that and it worked like a charm...i did that with my daughters bottles and that worked too...now i have an 11 month old son and i'm gonna do that again with him because little kids like to be helpfull and kind and this way they feel good about giving up something they love

Elizabeth - posted on 03/26/2009

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I have a 14 month old. He has been drinking water threw a sippy cup since he was 6 months. He now has a bottle before his daily nap and one a bedtime. He loves his bottle, it makes him feel safe and secure. I plan weening him off of bottles no later then 18 months.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2009

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I started a sippy at 6 months with juice and made the switch to milk with sippys at 12 months.  By 12 1/2 she was only on sippys with milk.  I switched to water at nap and night at 14 months to save her teeth.  We used Nuby sippys with soft top to switch...then when she started to figure out how to splatter it all over we went to harder cups.  Now that she is two she uses big girl cups and straws unless in car.

Sally - posted on 03/26/2009

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At Rossalyn's 18 mo, we packed away the bottles.  She wasn't happy about it to say the least, but after 3 days, she'd more or less forgotten about it.  We also usually did a bedtime bottle after bathtime.  We offered her the sippy cup, but just pushed it away.  She just liked the comfort.  We settled with reading a book instead and after a few days, she was just fine.  I think it'll help w/ her potty training too to keep her dryer through the night.  I read below about the Nuby soft tip sippy cups from someone else.  We used them as well and found it was an easier transition for her from the bottle.  Now she takes a firmer sippy cup or a regular cup w/ help. :-)

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I have a 19mth old boy and have just seen the health visitor who has told me to now try and stop the bottles. He only has one breakfast and bed of cows milk. I have started to give him a beaker at breakfast i am going to do that for couple weeks then i am going to stop the one at bed time. It is hard as they get used to the comfort but if he doesnt drink it out beaker then he doesnt have it anymore and that is wokring so far as he has started drinking it. Good luck.xx

Heather - posted on 03/26/2009

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Hi, they are only babies once, they are not going to get married having a bottle!!!! Don't push it!!!  Def introduce a sippy cup!!! My sons dr. and dentist said to use straw sippy cups because it's better for speach!! My oldest came off the bottle @ 21 months and he's fine!!! My baby is still on it andhe is going to be 1 next month!!! They are to little to be off it!!!!!   Enjoy this age, they grow to fast!!!!!!!   Hope i helped!!!

Natalie - posted on 03/26/2009

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my son is 6 1/2 month an i have already started using the sippy cups for his juice! if u do change from the bottle to a cup try the Nuby one its brilliant my little boy took to it straight away! x

Cheryl - posted on 03/25/2009

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Ya My son as well is holding onto the bottle for nap times. and a Nubby sippy and a normal cup for meal times is what I try to do. My dentist told me developing teeth and gums shouldnt have a bottle after 14 months. hope this helps your decision!

Janell - posted on 03/25/2009

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actually, babies only need either breast milk or formula for the first 12 months of life, you should introduce the sippy cup at about 6 months or so, thats when i did it with both of my girls......and from ages 1-2 they need whole milk. the transition is fairly simple, you just have to ease it in, try giveing the wole milk in  a sippy cup warm for naps and bedtime.....a few times, then take the formula completely. theres really no reason for a toddler to be using a bottle. they have sippy cups with soft nipples so its almost like a bottle anyways........hope this helps!

Jeanne - posted on 03/25/2009

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My son was off the bottle at 12 months.  It only took a couple of days and he never missed it.  I believe it's a lot easier to do it when they are younger and they don't get so attached. The same thing with nooks.  At about 18 months he was done all together.  From 12 to 18 months he only used it at night to fall asleep.  And thank goodness he never was a thumb sucker!

Nicole - posted on 03/25/2009

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My grandpa told me to let my daughter break herself of it. Well, around 1 1/2 years old, she had a baby sister and of course she wanted her bottle just like her baby sissy. Well, around age 2 she had another baby sissy, so it was time to break her. I went out and bought her Dora sippies (she was into Dora and still is) and asked her which one did she want the Dora sippies or the bottle. Well, the Dora sippies won and out went her bottles.Yeah, the first couple of nights she wanted her bottle but I just told her the bottles were yucky and that was the end to the bottle talk. Now, I'm 1 year is a different story, she won't drink milk out of a sippy, she don't even drink flavored milk, so I'm going to have a hard time with her, but I'm not going to give up.

Sharon - posted on 03/25/2009

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we transitioned with nuby sippy cups at around 12 months.  i bought a bunch of different kinds and this was the one she liked.  she cried for her bottle and refused to drink her milk one or two nights, and by the third night, she took it and drank with gusto. 

Rebecca - posted on 03/25/2009

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I dont believe bottles should be taken off children if thats what they want then what is the harm in them having them?

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