bottlefeeding, when should we stop?

Rheean - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My daugther will be turning 3 yrs old on july. should i stop her from drinking from the bottle and start with the sippycups? please advise. thanks.

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Kerri - posted on 05/12/2010

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Why in the world is your 3 year old still using a bottle? Thats going to ruin her teeth. You need to get her a sippy cup and get her off that bottle immeidatly

Vanessa - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is 21 months old she is using sippycups and regular cups... im suprise her doctor never tell you stop giving her milk in a bottle.

you should stop using bottles. not healthy for her gums. she's three years old. good luck.

Brenda - posted on 05/11/2010

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I think it's hard to take something away from your child that is such a comfort. That being said sometimes we have to suffer so our children can adjust. I would try getting cups that are her favorite cartoon charecters. I also think that many of the sippy cups available are just like bottles so I would go straight to a regular cup, or maybe try the ones with straws? Good luck. Also the dentist told me that you should brush their teeth right after they have a bottle, especially if they have milk or juice because the sugars stay on their teeth.

Lauren - posted on 05/10/2010

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Well my daughter is almost 17 months and I still give her 2 bottles a day because she loves it! I can not take it from her yet, it helps her sleep too much! I see nothing wrong with bottles, but 3 is a little too old for them. I am planning on taking it fully away when she is 2.

Carrie - posted on 05/09/2010

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I agree with those that are saying skip the sippy cup and go straight to the regular cup. You can still go out and find special cups with characters and what not on them. Make it an event - gather up the bottles and explain that bottles are for babies. That your little girl is so grown up she doesn't need them anymore but there are babies out there that do need them. Put them in a box (even wrap it like a present if you want) and set it outside/take it to Goodwill - where ever! This way though, they will be out of the house and she can't go back to them. There may be crying for a week or so (depending on how attached she may be to the bottle) but really by three she should not be using them at all.

Crystal - posted on 05/08/2010

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3 yrs and still on the bottle omg i gave my daughter a sippy at 7 months and 10 months she was off of the bottle the dr will tell u 1 yr is when u get ur baby off the bottle

Courtney - posted on 05/08/2010

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Can your daughter drink from a straw? If you're out and grab food, does she drink from a cup and straw? I transitioned my 2 yr old before she was a year. We did it with sippy cups during the day and bottles first thing in the morning and at night. I know some who used bottles until their kids were nearly 2, but still, i think it's time to transition.

Does anyone you know have a baby? Maybe you can appeal to her generous and caring side by suggesting she share her bottles and give them to the new baby. Some kids have do better when they know that their favorite thing isn't just getting thrown out, but going to someone to use...

Grandma Kay - posted on 05/08/2010

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If Rissa were my daughter, I'd have had her off the bottle long ago, but my daughter makes the choices in this matter.

Wendy - posted on 05/08/2010

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well i took the bottle of my daugther when she turn a year and a half because my doctor said that she would have better teeth but didn't stop giving her milk i still give it to her in the sippycups and afer that i took he off when she turn 3 know she drinks i normal cup. is not easy but she may i just kick jest leabe ine bottle throw the other ones and buy sippycups and star.

Grandma Kay - posted on 05/08/2010

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My granddaughter is two. She drinks from cups and straws and glasses just fine. She eats plenty during the day, but she still gets her bottle at bedtime. I'm sure it's time to make her let it go, but my daughter just got her potty trained and isn't ready to take on the bottle thing. I hope she does it soon.

Julia - posted on 05/08/2010

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Wow! Still on a bottle at 3? Honey, I gotta tell ya, that's a bit old to still be drinking from a bottle. My daughter just turned 3, but she has been off the bottle since she was 18 months. We are now mid-transition from sippy to regular cups.
I think it is definitely time to get your beautiful little one off the bottle, and get her drinking from a "big girl" cup!!

Kandie - posted on 05/08/2010

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you should deffinately try to pull the bottle from her. i think the recomended age to start a sippy cup is like 1 or 1 and a half.it would be a great thing to be on a cup.

Mary Ann - posted on 05/08/2010

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Most of the posts that I have read in response to Rheean's query were extremely judgmental and narrow-minded. I am appalled that assumptions were made and that the question wasn't even answered!
Everything that the "experts say" is a generality. Just like the range for weight gain during pregnancy is a generality and I am quite certain some of the women who posted a response didn't adhere to the "expert range". :-)
Rheean, my daughter still asks for a bottle at nap time and night time. She gets 3 solid meals a day, a vitamin, water, and healthy snacks. I have started to "plant the seed" and tell her that big girls drinking out of big girl cups, etc. BTW - my daughter never drank out of sippy cups. She went to regular cups right away.
Just remember - your child will probably not enter kindergarten with a bottle hanging out of her mouth.

Lydia - posted on 05/07/2010

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She should definitely be off bottles completely at early age.some times cause mouth?gum problems

Juliana - posted on 05/06/2010

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The recommendations are to be off bottles by 1 year, and start training on a "real" cup, bypassing the sippy cup. Maybe you can make a big production out of the "bottle fairy" coming to take the bottles for new babies who need them. And have the "bottle fairy" leave some cool new cups to use! Best wishes!

Jill - posted on 05/03/2010

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My dr said off by 1 year, but no later than 18 months. 3 years old is way too long. It will be harder to break her from it now. You can also cause teeth/mouth problems by leaving a toddler on a bottle for that long.

Ann - posted on 05/03/2010

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You really need to get her OFF THE BOTTLE NOW!!!!!! My daughter turned 3 in Feb. and she has been off the bottle since 1 yr...and has been on sippy cup's ever since, I have been trying alittle bit here and there to give her real cup's to....you really need to get rid of those bottle's NOW girl! Does her doctor know that she's still on bottle's? I would have to think that there not to happy with it....and they should have told you 2 yrs. ago to get rid of the bottle's then...Good Luck!!!

Nadine - posted on 05/02/2010

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WOW, what's up with all the belittling posts Just answer the question please!
Yes, you should get her off the bottle as soon as possible. Like some posters before me mentioned, it might take a little time to get her used to a cup but be consistant and make it a fun experience for her.
My doctor recommended to have my son off around 12 months, so developmentally, your daughter should be more than ready for sippycups, straws and even real cups!

Christine - posted on 05/02/2010

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Get rid of the bottles all together. Tell her bottles are bye-bye. She really should be learning to drink from a regular cup at this point. Avent makes a sippycup with a softer top almost like a bottle for starters. but only give that to them when traveling or before bed. try her with a regular cup at meals. Brace yourself she maybe messy at first.

Kristy - posted on 05/01/2010

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The bottle definately needs to be stopped. But you need a transition. Introduce the sippycup while using the bottle less and less. I transitioned my son this way, but he was only 1. If you need a replacement at night because of the night-time bottle try giving her a snack and some milk before bed. That worked great for my son.

Jacqueline - posted on 05/01/2010

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Yes, she should've been on sippy cups at 1 but please hurry and start her on sippycups she'll fuss and fight but once she realizes you're not giving it back she will start using the sippycup or regular cups.

Samantha - posted on 04/30/2010

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3????? wow i am like,,,wow, my son is 19 months and hasnt had a bottle since about 12 months! if your doc hasnt scolded you for this yet...he will...

Melyssa - posted on 04/30/2010

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YES! If they are on a bottle (or pacifier) for too long, their teeth will start to point outward from the pressure of the nipple being against their teeth. Not only that, by I would say, age 1, they are more than ready for a sippy. My daughter is 3 yrs old as well, and she has been drinking from a sippy since age 1, from a straw in a cup by about 2 and now drinks from a cup freely.

Heather - posted on 04/30/2010

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I also had my oldest start with the sippy cup around 6 months old. I plan to do the same with my now 4 month old. There are plenty of different types of sippy cups out there so it should be easy to find one that she likes. It is a matter of opinion but I do feel that now is definetely the time and you may even be able to get her to drink out of regular cup easily as well.

Amy - posted on 04/30/2010

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I started both of my kids on sippy cups on their first birthday. One of their birthday gifts was a pack of sippy cups. As soon as they opened them, we washed & filled one for them to drink out of. They never went back to bottles again. Some moms find it easier to ween their kids off the bottle. I had my kids quit cold turkey & they had no problem. It's all in what the child may be ready for. You could try weening her off or taking her off the bottle cold turkey. Either way, in my opinion, at 3 yrs old, she should definetely be off the bottle. The longer a child is drinking from a bottle, the more chance they have of having problems with their front teeth. In the end, it is your choice on what to do. Good luck!

Lynsey - posted on 04/30/2010

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Obviously at 3 years old a child would be having 3 meals a day anyway Jessica, but i an attempt to meet recommended calcium intake per day, a growing child still needs to have at least 500ml of milk per day plus other dairy products. Although of course I dont think Rheeans query was nutritional based rather more of a developmental query. Of course at 3 it is quite late in the day to take away the bottle and should be done a lot earlier in my opinion, but im sure she will learn very quickly at this age so I dont think you will have any problems, you could even take the plunge and go straight to a normal cup and see what happens. Good luck !!

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2010

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Wow, our doctor said to take our son off at a year. He did sippy cups for only a few months then switched to regular cups or the ones with lids and straws. From a nutrition standpoint, they need to be getting the majority of their nutrients from solid foods and not liquids after a year.

Lynsey - posted on 04/30/2010

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My daughter has just turned 3 and we use a combination. From around 1 yr she started using sippycups for her daytime drinks i.e. juice or water. But for her milk times we stayed with a bottle as first of all it was a warm drink and not right to be served in a sippycup but also because it was a comfort to her, especially before bedtimes. You cant just take it away from her and expect her to be alright with it as it may have emotional ties with it. So I would say introduce a sippycup in the form of juice or water and my child still uses bottles for drinks of warm milk and honey in a morning and before bedtime and now uses a regular cup for cold drinks during the day. I do intend to take the bottle way from her at some point this year but I expect it will be later on in the year when I am happy that she can use a normal cup safely with a warm drink.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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Yes, at three she is more than ready to be drinking from a cup. I would skip the sippy cups and go right to regular cups. I am usually transistioning kids from sippy cups to regular cups at age 3 yrs. You can start out with first having her use a straw. Once she gets use to that then start with her doing a regular cup with no straw. Here kids 3 yrs old can attend preschool and in preschool they are drinking from regular cups and even pouring their own milk/juice/water from a small pitcher.

Terrie - posted on 04/28/2010

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oh goodness yes! My daughter is only 10 months and she is off the bottle and on to sippy cups... my son is 3 and he was off sippy cups at 2 and onto a real cup.



Take your daughter to the store and let her pick out her own sippy cup this way she will want to use it as opposed to just giving her one you picked out for her... by letting her pick it out you have a better chance of eliminating the bottle sooner because the sippy is like a "new toy"...

September - posted on 04/28/2010

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Oh my yes you should get her off of the bottle. IMO 3 years old is much too old to be drinking from a bottle. We introduced the sippy cup to our son at 6 months and he was completely weaned from the bottle at 11 months.

Jackie - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter is 16 mos and we stopped 4 mos ago. The recommendations fall between 12 and 18 mos depending who you talk to...but none are older than 18 mos. You should do it immediately...but be prepared for a potential battle...by the toddler years they learn to get attached to things and habits, and will resist out of pure stubborness/asserting their independence. That's part of why you should do it by 18 mos...so you will need to be extremely persistent and consistent yourself.

Chelsey - posted on 04/28/2010

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She's almost 3? My eldest is 3 and my youngest is 18 months and they were off of bottles by the time they were a year old. Right now we are teaching our little one how to use a real cup. Definately start giving her a cup...Good Luck :)

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