Going from bottle to cup

Brittney - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I want to take the bottle away from my 14 month old. Should I just take it away cold turkey or slowly like only give it to her at nap and bed time? Any suggestions on how I can get her to like or get used to a sippy cup? She'll take it ok but then she'll want her bottle a couple minutes after I give her the cup.

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Fiona - posted on 02/27/2010

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I took my son off the bottle at nearly 12 months when I moved from formula to cows milk. He used to moan at the time I used to give him his evening bottle- to the extent that I nearly gave it to him. This only lasted a couple of nights and was fine after that. I also stopped giving him milk before bed at this time because I didn't want him to get into a routine. Now I give him milk with his afternoon tea or maybe morning tea (depending on if we are out) and it was in a sipper cup before I moved him to a glass at 18 months.

Andria - posted on 02/27/2010

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My son is 13 1/2 months. I am going to go cold turkey on March 1st. He gets only 2 bottles a day as it is... Takes juice & milk in his sippy cup. Got him a cup that has a "spout" like a silicone nipple. It is GREAT... Gonna be a challenging few days but I think we can work it out.

Arcayla - posted on 02/27/2010

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I would do cold turkey, but keep the bottle on stand by. However, don't give in too easily. My first daughter was extremely upset when i took her bottle, especially when it got to bedtime. The first few nights were rough, but she adjusted. I would say do it on a weekend or a time when you don't have to be to work the next morning. But I found the key to be keeping the bottles totally out of sight. And I would say the earlier the better for taking the bottle. They adjust better when they are younger versus almost 3 yrs old...then you're in for some real tantrums. Good luck!

Trista - posted on 02/27/2010

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Wow, I didn't take bottle away till quite late. My 3 year old gave up her bottle (had at night time) and went to a sports bottle and then a cup. We used to live in NZ and I watched a wonderful program on TV about parenting where a mother was lamenting her 3 year old son still having a night time bottle. The nurse said "Why? Right now it comforts him, in a world of change this is consistent. Before you know it he'll give this up completely and you'll never get this time back". My first was a real attached to comfort bottle, dummy, toy, child. I would never cold turkey her or rush her lest her entire world fall to pieces! Every child is different. As Mummy you know them better than anyone else in the world.

Crystal - posted on 02/26/2010

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I bought just about every sippy cup possible with my 3 children while still having a bottle at nap and bedtime to, once I threw the bottles away they attached to a cup. You could also try lets give them to a baby that needs them, find every bottle and get rid of them.

Charity - posted on 02/24/2010

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I like that idea that Loni gave you. I hope it works out good for you. I know that sometimes changing your childs' routine is more difficult for mommy, but it's worth it in the end, especially when you see and feel the rewards!!! Good luck sweetie.

Loni - posted on 02/24/2010

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my son was on a bottle till abour 18 mo..then i got advice from a friend of mine and she said to cut the tip of the nipple off the bottle. give it to her with a little bit of something in it and see what happens. i did this with my son, and he handed me the bottle back and didn't want it after that. there was no fuss or nothing! he took a sippy right after that. if ypu try it i hope it works!!!

Tonya - posted on 02/23/2010

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I used the nuby cups with all of mine as well. When I weaned my daughter from a bottle to the sippy cup I went to Family Dollar and bought one of the Nuby cups that had a spout, I think it was called a water bottle. Anyway the spout is long like the bottle nipple so fits in their mouth the same way. They are about $3 a bottle but she loved it. I continued giving her a sippy cup with juice or water in it and put her milk in the water bottle thing. She was off the bottle within a few weeks.

does she have a favorite character? it helped with my kids if I bought sippy cups that had the character they liked on it. also if you can hide the bottles and use the cups. she will continue to ask for them for a few days but you can tell her she is a big girl now and doesn't need one anymore. She will eventually understand and stop asking. its tiring and frustrating as a mom to hear them whining and crying for something but stand your ground and she will give it up. Its better to teach her now that she won't always get what she wants than to wait til she is older. we went through that with our oldest and he constantly asks and begs for stuff after he is told no. he's 6 so its really grating. I gave in too much when he was younger before I realized what I was doing and how annoying it would be. Best of luck Mom!!

Charity - posted on 02/23/2010

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What I did with my older 2 boys was, I let them go to bed with the bottle and when they woke up they had a sippy cup. They both seemed to do great that way! Also, trying the sippy cups with soft nipples might work better too. I also did that with the binkies. They went to bed with it and woke up without any. I hid them all, so they wouldn't think about them. It worked like a charm for me. I hope this helps, and good luck!!!!

Julie - posted on 02/23/2010

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go and get nuby slipper cups the have soft nipple so its easy for them to get used to it then it would for hard nipple. the nuby cups are only $1.79 and they dont drip and i would give her its when she get up and everytime she eats then then nap and bed time. do cold turkey but kept one bottle just in case she won't take it. but try it all day with a slipper cup. with my son as soon as he was six month i took all bottle and throw them away and done fine and now he can drink out of a big kids cup

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