Bottles??..

Betsy - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 18 months old. And I have tried to get him off the bottle, but he loves it. Its more of a comfort than anything for him. I was just wondering if anyone thinks that i should take him off yet and if you have any good ideas on how to do that?

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We finally got our 21 month old off the bottle by going on holiday. We went away and didn't take the bottles with us. The change of routine by being away meant that she'd forgotten about the bottle by the time we got home. Something to try

Brittney - posted on 10/05/2009

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Just buy new sippy cups... throw the bottles away and don't even talk about them. My son came off a bottle when he was 10 months. he is now 2. See I didn't want him to be like my now 4 yr old sister who just got the bottle finally taken about 3 months ago. My son was off before his aunt who is 2 yrs older than him. Its just something you have to be strong with. If you want him off then you have to be the one to do it. The sooner the better for all of your family.

Connie - posted on 10/04/2009

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Both of my sons were done the bottle @ 10 months - they just didn't like it (so they were easy) but my daughter had her bottle until she was 14 months - we slowly took one bottle away at a time - keeping the morning bottle to be the last to go because that was the one she most desparately needed...she only drinks out of a cup with a straw - does not like the normal sippy cups - so once she got the hang of drinking out of the cup, the bottles disappeared. We didn't make a big deal out of it and we were able to replace the morning bottle with a cup but when she wakes up that cup needs to be ready because my baby needs here drink...good luck - some kids like their bottles like others like their blanks - each kid is different - so deciding what is best for your little one is up to you...

Rebecca - posted on 10/04/2009

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I got my first daughter broke off of them by about after a yr old.Did this cold turkey by just giving her a sippy cup before she went to bed .I never let her have the bottle in bed.I gave her the sippy instead and she didn't even want her bottles.

Karah - posted on 10/03/2009

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whoa! on the hot sauce!!! I took my son off the bottle in May 2009 he'll be 2 tomorrow. So he's been off the bottle now for 5 months....but it seems soo much longer! I just did cold turkey for him. It was hard for like 2-3 days but then he forgot about it.

Sandee - posted on 10/03/2009

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For me this works 100 % if you really wants to get ride of baby bottle: This is how you do it. Put just a tinny bit of hot sauce in the nipple but be careful, just a tinny smudge for them to taste a little bit. they will give it back to you and they will asked for different bottle and do the same thing then offer the sippy cup.Try to offer the same bottle again after 5 mins. In there brain its a bad bottle. IT will send a trigger NO! NO! not
again.They will say no or shake their heads or they will run from you. lol I will promise you you will never have to see the bottles or pacifiers again. Let me know if this one works:)

Lori - posted on 10/02/2009

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I had the problem with my son and his pacifer. He didn't no what to do with out it and family member always complained and would take it from him when they would watch him which made it 10x worse to wein him off it. Finally I told everyone to back off and he did away with it him self by throwing it away. I feel that a child will give up there comfort object(blanket, pacifer, bottle) when they are ready. Try introducing the sippy cup that has a top that kinda looks like a straw. I believe NUK makes it and its soft like a bottle nipple. My 1 1/2 yr old doesn't use a bottle all day but needs one when he goes to bed.

Melisssa - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter is 22 months and still has a bottle that she goes to bed with.My doctor says he is not worried at all about it.Kids will eventually give it up.

Shirley - posted on 10/02/2009

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Hi Betsy, Why do you want to take him off the bottle? Is he drinking from a sippy cup during the day? If he is then let him have the bottle too. My daughter (19months) has only just stopped asking for it. I know many many mums that still give their children their bottle well into their 2's some even 3's. I know they say that they should come off the bottle after they turn about 1, but I say why? if it gives them comfort at night and it keeps you sane then surely that has to be better than dealing with a tantruming toddler and the stress levels that come with it. Eventually they will forget that they want it, and ween themselves. If they don't ask then don't give it, but if they specifically ask for it save yourself the anguish and give it to them, well thats what I say anyway ;)

Oh just make sure that you give it before he gets into bed and make sure that you brush his teeth afterwards otherwise you will have issues with tooth decay. Many children suffer bad tooth decay because they fall asleep with the bottle. I used to give Jessica's just after her dinner, letting her lie down on the couch and watch her favourite DVD for a wind down, then bath ( brush teeth) and in bed with her dummy ( pacifier).

Kindra - posted on 10/02/2009

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I took my daughters away at 24 months, but the sooner the better. It causes a lot of problems when their teeth all come in, she has had to have 2 surgeries on them now because felt bad about taking it away, Start with a soft top sippy for a month, then move strait to the hard topped sippy no questions asked, if he fusses, you have to let him fuss, if he wants it bad enough, he will take the sippy

Ginger - posted on 10/01/2009

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I have 3 girls...everyone of them was off the bottle at the age of 1. It was a tough to do as I did, but they all knew how to drink out of a sippy cup, and doctors told me they should be off at age of 1....I took it away cold turkey. Within the first week, they knew it was gone and went on. It may seem dramatic, but they are young and will not remember what happened...just like getting shots.

Lynnette - posted on 10/01/2009

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My oldest son was on the bottle until he was almost 2. What I did to ge him off was put water in the bottle and put what he liked to drink in a sippy cup. Maybe that will work for you.

Erin - posted on 10/01/2009

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Just give him his milk with a sippy cup. He will protest at first but he will take it eventually. If your worried about calcium make sure you give him yogurt and cheese for snacks. When I first got my son off the bottle I replaced his last one with a gerber smart sipps in a sippy it's kinda like a pediasure but more geered towared todlers. And for the other bottles durring the day I just kept giving him milk in the sippy cup until he took it and after a week he did. Remember at this point they only need about 20 oz of milk a day.

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2009

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Honestly, I gradually winged my daughter off her bottle. After she turned a year old I started to cut back on when I gave it to her. Adventually I only gave it to her at night. Then I took it away completely and when she asked for it pitching a fit and all I just told her that if she is thursty she can drink out of a sippy cup or not drink anything at all. She basically agreed and started using a sippy cup and that was the end of the fits.

Aislinn - posted on 10/01/2009

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We ditched bottles pretty early around here; we had good luck using the trainer sippy from Born Free, which has a very squishy top that my son found easy to figure out.

Jodelle - posted on 10/01/2009

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One more thing,,,,,The milk intake is crucial to brain development. It is the fat in the milk that is important, not just Calcium. Make sure he gets the milk one way or the other. Best to brush the teeth after the evening bottle or cup of milk.

Jodelle - posted on 10/01/2009

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Have you tried replacing any of his daytime bottles with a sippy cup or cup with a straw? My 15 month old still gets a bottle first thing in the morning and one about an hour before bed. My doctor said she see's no problem up to age 2, but at that point it's time to pitch it. I (like you) am not sure how to start weening my child away from it. My daughter acts like milk is the worst thing she's ever tasted when I give it to her in a sippy cup but she loves it in the bottle. Good Luck!

Diana - posted on 09/30/2009

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throw them out! I took my sons bottle away at 12 months! happy to be rid of cleaning them... then he was stuck on his binky... the problem is the older they get they become more aware. I took his binky's away at 2 yrs old told him he was a big boy and he needed to put them in the trash, and he did and only asked for it once. I plan on doing the same with my 9 month old girl when she is a yr only this time getting rid of the binky at the same time. They will get over it. Good luck ladies...be strong

Amy - posted on 09/30/2009

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Well I feel better now. My 20 month old wants hers when she goes to bed every night. I think I'm just going to have to throw them away. The main reason I haven't done it is because she has asthma and when she cries it puts her into an attack and I hate when I have to deal with that....guess I'm going to have to suck it up :(

Carmen - posted on 09/30/2009

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I was horrible & let my eldest have bottle until she was 2. But by that time I had quit giving them to her during the day & only let her have one @ night. Then finally one day I told her all of her bottles were going bye bye after that routine for a bit & she was fine with it.

Nicole - posted on 09/30/2009

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I think most kids LOVE their bottles. The easiest way I discovered to deal with it with both of my children was to just throw it away and tell them that we don't have bottles anymore. I took their bottles away when they turned one and gave them "big boy" cups. They loved this concept. I started with the sippy cups that resembled bottles a little more than a traditional hard plastic spouted cup. They never did use those. I also gave them the sippy cups with the straws because they thought they were really cool and loved drinking from a straw. I don't think there is a real good way to gradually take them off (at least not for my kids) so taking them all away at once is probably going to be your best bet. Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 09/30/2009

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ohhh someone else with the same prob as me lol... i have a 19 month old daughter and she is addicted to her bottle even if its nearly empty she takes it everywhere ... i have tried taking it off her but the screaming and tamtrams were just awfull and it really did upset her... i went to asda and bought a nubi cuop with a soft teat that felt the same as a bottle teat n she threw it at me n said no boppy!! ha ha... so i have just come to the point where im going to leave it and she willl out grow it hopefully... fingers crossed...

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I weaned my son from the bottle by accident. He was 14 months and the only bottle he took all day was a comfort bottle before his afternoon nap. It would have formula in it. We never put milk in the bottle. Milk was for sippy cups. Milk tastes a lot better than formula BTW. So anyway - my son was in daycare and I forgot to send him with a bottle. And sure enough - he went down for his nap without the bottle. So I didn't send a bottle the second day. and still no problem. Since then - no bottles.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2009

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throw them away
they are destroying his teeth specially if he gets one to go to sleep
just bag them up and throw them away in the outside can.
if he doesnt see it he cant want it. he wont go thirsty he will eventually drink from the cup. if your worried about calcium dont just make sure he gets it in his food give him cheese for a snack.
the sooner you do this the better. it wont get easier if you wait. it will get harder. i know not from my own experience but from a child i babysat. shes was in kindergarten when the school made her give it up and a pacifier. didnt bode well for her or her parents. kleigh self weened at 11 months good luck do it now he wont cry but for a night or two max

Jane - posted on 09/30/2009

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I know how confused you are, I was in the same situation when my son was 15 months. A lot of people were surprised that he was still using a bottle. They said I should know better since I am a child care teacher. I waited until he was 20 months then we took him off the bottle. We asked him to thrown his bottles away himself so when he looked for them he knows that he threw them away. It went fine, he cried for them just for 1 night. We were happy that the transition to a sippy cup was a success BUT ever since then he stopped drinking milk. He wouldn't take it in a sippy cup or even have it with cereal. We asked the doctor if it's ok that he doesn't drink milk and he just said make sure he gets vitamins and calcium elsewhere in his diet. Hope this helps you out, bottom line do what you think is best for your baby:)

Kari - posted on 09/30/2009

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I would buy sippy cups that are like a bottle, with the rubber tops, and see if he likes them.

Tiffany - posted on 09/30/2009

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My son is 16 months and still on his aswell.. I think this is completly up to you. Dont listen to what the doctors say. "they must be off by 12-15 months blah blah blah" lol but if you really want your baby off the bottle then i suggest go out and by son new sippy cups get him used to them and then you just have to throw the bottle away yes he will cry and throw a fit but if you give in it will just be that much harder. Good luck and be stong =)

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