How old was our baby when you stopped the bottle?

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 57 moms have responded )

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wearning off the bottle, how old should you start?

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JOY - posted on 02/10/2010

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With both my girls we switched cold turkey to a sippy cup at a year - the same time that we switched from formula to whole milk. This made it easier because they associated the new drink with the new cup. We just got rid of all of the bottles and they did great!

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Foluke - posted on 02/15/2010

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I stop at 12months and switch to a cup that has rubber mouth which he is already used to. (From 7 months)

Lea - posted on 02/14/2010

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Any time your kid is physically able to hold a sippy cup. Gerber makes ones for specific ages. The ones that worked best for my son were the ones with handles on wither side and soft spout. I'd guess you could start anywhere from 9 months to 1 year old.

Caitlin - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son was 10 months old. But we also introduced the sippy cup at 4 months, pedi recommendation, so he was very familiar with the sippy. We also never let him fall asleep with a bottle, which is something alot of people do, and that helped alot!! He was never really attached to it since we alternated between the sippy and bottle.

Missy - posted on 02/14/2010

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I started my 3 boys on the sippy cups when they were about 8-9 mos and then at 12 months the bottles went away cold turkey, along with the formula. My daughter is 7 mos old now, and I think she will probably follow the same route.

Megan - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter was off bottle at 8 or 9 months we started giving her a sippy cup at 6 months for water. And the bottle was only for milk.

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We stated weaning before my little on was a year old, using a rubber topped sippy cup, and he was fully weaned by the time he was a year old.

Amber - posted on 02/12/2010

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We actually weaned my daughter cold turkey.. and she was one year two days. our trick was just finding a sippy that she would take then bye bye bottle.

Michelle - posted on 02/12/2010

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I was lucky. At exactly 1 yr old I just never gave her a bottle again and she only cried for it once then just used the sippy cup. I never let her see them either . Good luck

Suzanne - posted on 02/12/2010

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At the very beginning we used clear bottles only. At about 6 months we introduced colored bottles. At 8 months we introduced sippy cups and the nubu bottles, we just gradually incorporated them into her routine and used the clear bottles less and less. By 11 months we put the clear bottles away and she still used the variety of cups. We still use them now and she is 20 months. If she occasionaly uses a colored bottle now, I don't make a big deal about it. The majority of the time she is using regular sippy cups. We plan on introducing open cups when she turns two. Good luck!!

Sara - posted on 02/12/2010

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I started right before she turned 1 to start weaning her off and by her first birthday took the bottle away. She didn't have a hard time adjusting to the change though, were some kids are harder

Vin - posted on 02/12/2010

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i took my son off bottle when he was 12 and half months old and put him on to toddler beakers and hes now drinkin from a cup and hes only 1 half years old.

Maria - posted on 02/12/2010

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I started switching my daughter from bottle to sippy cup when she was around 9 or 10 months old, and she no longer used a bottle once she was 13 months old. By the time she was 18 months old, she was using normal cups without a lid, nearly all of the time. However, she still occasionally asks to use her sippy cup, and she'll be three years old in April.

Christina - posted on 02/11/2010

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my son was just over 1yr old now hes 1yr and 10months and were done with the sippy cups to.

Rebecca - posted on 02/11/2010

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My son is 21 months old and he has been off the bottle since 2 days before his 1 year birthday. It was much easier than I thought it would be! For those last 2 days I gave him his formula in a sippy cup with a soft top and on his 1st birthday when his Pediatrician gave me the go ahead for milk I gave him milk in the sippy cup and ever since then, he LOVES milk! I think the difficultly depends on the child since all children are different and how much of a big deal you make it. If you stress out about it potentially being difficult before it happens, your child could feed off of that. But, if you make it exciting (let your child pick out their very own sippy cup, talk excitedly about the change) then I think it will go much better than some people might have said. Good luck!

Amber - posted on 02/11/2010

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My little girl decided to become interested in a sippy cup at 7 months old. I would offer a soft nipple sippy to her instead of the bottle, sometimes she would take it other times she would start on her bottle then i would put the same thing in sippy and sit it next to her. For a while she would go back and forth with both of them. I remind you i started with this progress at 6 months. She didnt take the binky for very long, and i think that is something that helped out with the switching process. After a while at the soft nipple sippy i did the same process switching to the straw sippy, and on to the the regular cup at 1.5 years old. She is now 3 and has been completely potty trained and is drinking from regular cups. Just hang in there and work with what she/he is willing to do, dont push her/him though, let her/him decided. Otherwise it may take longer to get her/him off the bottle and so forth. Good luck!! Hope this works for you!

Quianna - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter got off her bottle maybe two weeks after her 1st birthday. And she got rid of her paci in July 2009 when she was 20months old. We had finally gotten to the point where she'd only get her paci at night. Then when she went to visit with my parents during the summer they didn't give it to her one night and she fussed for about an hour, fell asleep and that was the end of her pacifier!

Taylor - posted on 02/10/2010

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She was completely off the bottle @ 13 months (maybe a little before). At around 11 or so months, we started introducing her to soft-topped sippy cups. The last bottle to go was the morning bottle, that was the hardest. Good luck! :)

Angie - posted on 02/10/2010

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Both of my kids broke themselves from the bottle and a passy. They just wouldn't take them anymore, and would throw them down. I guess I just got lucky.

Melissa - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter stopped taking the bottle just at a year old. We went for her checkup, the doctor said I should try to start weaning her. She had a bottle that night and that was the last one. She never asked for it, acted like she missed it, nothing. I was flabbergasted, to say the least. She took a paci up until the age of 2 though and that was a much harder habit to break.

Teresa - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son realized at about 5 months old that when the bottle came out it meant that mommy was going somewhere. At that point he refused to use a bottle, so mommy didn´t go very far for awhile. Smart kid!

Ashley - posted on 02/10/2010

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our oldest was off the bottle at 13.5 month or 14 months ... by then she only had it before we put her in bed.. the rest of the day she would drink from a cup ...she never went to bed with a bottle so it wasnt hard to get her off the bottle she went a couple days with out her bottle because she was sick and would only take her drinks from her cup so we figured why give it back ... and she never had one since ... she's now 27 months old.. our youngest is only 9 months but I plan to get her off her bottle soon after her first birthday if shes drinking from her cup ok

Marvella - posted on 02/10/2010

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OMG...My baby boy is 15 months and he will not drink milk from his sippy cups!! I bought the cup with the soft spout like a bottle and the straw cup...this little boy is very stubborn and driving me crazy! He is down to 1 bottle in the house he only wants it at bed time not in the day at all so i dont know what to do...He is very attached to his binky but still has to have that nite time bottle fix.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/10/2010

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my little girl was 8months old when i stopped giving her a bottle for nap & bed time. She was completely off the bottle when she was a little over a year old

Amanda - posted on 02/10/2010

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I stopped allowing him to use a bottle during the day at 12 months old and put him on a sippy cup with a soft spout during the day. I stopped using a bottle at night at about 15 months old. At 18 months we stopped using the spill-proof valves in the sippy cups and now he's 2 and using a regular small cup.

Paikike - posted on 02/10/2010

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i waited to long also , my son will be two in march, we got him down to one bottle in am and one at night, but i made sure he brushed his teeth before bed. I didnt feel like fighting him over the issue. One thing that we just did that seems to help is give him a choice of what sippy cup he uses and that seemed to really help. Probably sound like a softy ...

Amy - posted on 02/10/2010

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William was 9 months when we stopped bottles during the day, 10 months when we stopped the morning bottle and 11 months when we stopped the night time bottle.

Kari - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son was a little over 2 yrs old when he finally gave it up on his own...his doctor told me that he should be off of it by the time he was 2. But you have to remember this is your child and they are babies only for so long...so don't rush it if you don't want to. It's not going to hurt him/her if he/she uses the bottle until he/she is over 2 or until he/she is ready.

Juduth - posted on 02/09/2010

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i'm a mean mommy, i guess because when my son turned 1 year old, i just told him that the cuppy-fairy was coming to bring him his big-boy cups and that night, i switched up all of the bottles for use n' toss cups. no problem. with my older daughter, it was a plain and simple 'you're too big and bottles are only for babies.' heaven forbid she should be considered a baby, so again, no problem. but i have found with my second daughter that weaning has turned into a disaster! i encourage a cold-turkey cut-off. their memories are only so long and pretty soon, they'll forget all about it. the longer you keep the bottle around, the longer the fight to get rid of it!

Donna - posted on 02/09/2010

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my wee girl was 11 months an off the ottle completely an drank out of her tippy cup..

Ginger - posted on 02/08/2010

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I have 3 girls...and each one was off the bottle by age 1. Doctors I have talked to tell me age 1 is when you should have them off or almost off. It was a tough process, but within 2 to 3 days,mine were fine and did not care to ask for it.

Susan - posted on 02/08/2010

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My daughter turned 2 today. She gets a bottle before bed. We got rid of the rest of them probably 6 months ago. We went a week without any at that time, but she just wasn't drinking enough. It is still hard to get her to drink much during the day. The bottle is part of the nighttime routine and is followed by teeth brushing, so I haven't been too worried about it. Her 2 year doctor appt. is on Friday, so we will see what the doctor says. I am much more interested in getting her off the pacifier which she has at naps and bedtime. She is very attached to it.

Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2010

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Thanks girls...I think I will try this weekend, its tme for Jack to say good bye to baba!

Natalia - posted on 02/08/2010

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FYI, she also decided on her 3rd birthday that she was too old to wear a diaper for bed, and she actually stuck to her guns on that one.

So at least we succeeded there :-)

Natalia - posted on 02/08/2010

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ok, don't all jump down my throat, but my 3 year old still takes it before going to bed at night!!! She left it when she turned 1, but grandma decided she NEEDED her bottle, and gave it back to her while she babysat. Then, the day she turned 3, she said "I'm a big girl now. I don't want a bottle" I was so psyched! I got rid of all of the bottles in the house, and proceeded to help her go cold turkey, but then she started saying "I don't want to be a big girl. I want to be YOUR baby, and I need my bottle. Please....I don't want to be a big girl!!!" Of course, it was practically impossible to keep her away from her bottle after several days, and several hours at a time of crying and pleading for her bottle.

I know....I've failed :-(

Crystal - posted on 02/08/2010

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i got my son off of he bottle right at 12 months, at first he didn't want the cup, but when he got thirsty eough he drank from it with no problem!

Tara - posted on 02/08/2010

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With my daughter started transitioning her to a sippy cup with formula before she turned a year to make it easier for her. It worked well and she was off of a bottle and formula at one year. Remember that all children are different. Dont be discouraged if your doesent transition to a cup as easily as others.

Tracy - posted on 02/08/2010

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every child is different, my olders son, i broke him when he was 9 mon. he didnt want the bottle anymore.. my second son, one week before he turned 2.. He was hard to break. He cried, but we didnt give in.

Laura - posted on 02/08/2010

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At 1 i cut out all bottles except for bedtime, The transition was fine. If you do it when they are young enough, (they might cry and whine), they forget they want it after a couple of days. Just make sure they can't see a bottle in that time.

Rosanna - posted on 02/07/2010

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I weaned my son off the bottle at 12 months. I think what helped was that i breast fead him till 10 mo . So it was easier because he diodn't get attatched.

Ami - posted on 02/07/2010

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once they can sit independently and hold a cup it's time for the bottle to go. Take them to the store when buying cups so you can see which one they like the most which will eliminate most of the crying for a bottle.

Megan - posted on 02/07/2010

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I started giving my daughter a sippy cup at 6 months. She didn't mind it so she would get water in it. We stopped her bottle all together when she was about 8 or 9 months. Now at 17 months she has a straw cup which she loves and she has had that for about 5 or 6 months. She gets her milk in the morning in her sippy cup still.

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2010

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By one, we started replacing the bottles with sippy cups. The last one to go for us was the morning bottle. He was almost 15 months when we finally took that one away and went solely to sippy cups.

Kate - posted on 02/07/2010

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l waited too long with my 2 year old. l started him with a sippy when he was almost 1. He was 18 mo. when l got him off the bottle. My twins are 6 mo. old now and l give them a sippy cup after they've had food. They love it. One of them really goes crazy over it. lt's a big mess and l have to hold it for them but it will make the transition easier. l'd rather have a bit of a mess now than fight with a 1 1/2 or 2 yr old to give up bottles. Plus l have to change the twins clothes everytime they eat anyway. Oh, the twins get free-flowing cups; no need to keep them thinking they need to suck. Thinking about it, today l'm going to give them cups with no lids just handles since l hold it anyway. A friend of mine started hers on a sippy at 6 mo. and the transition for her baby was easy. That's why l think l started my older son too late.

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