I want to get my little boy away from bottles and onto beakers. Is it to early and if not how do I do it??

Christina - posted on 03/02/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son William turned 1 last thursday and I've been thinking about trying to get off the bottles and onto toddler cups. Trouble is he loves them and wont drink out of anything else. Some people have said its too early and dont need to worry for at least another 6 months but I think it's going to be soo hard to get him to not use them that i want to start asap.

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Christina - posted on 03/04/2009

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Oh yeah not problems with that. He has milk and tea in his bottles. Milk at breakfast and dinner, tea at lunch times, I did start giving him his tea in a sip cup but when he when to stay with my husbands parents they said he weren't drinkin so that gave it to him in his bottle. I think i will start giving it do him in a different cup again

Rebecca - posted on 03/04/2009

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Does he eat solid food okay?  What does he drink in his bottle?  If he is eating solid food and using his bottle for milk I would try replacing one bottle a day with a sippy cup.  He is not going to let himself go hungry or thirsty so if he really needs a drink he will use the cup eventually.  Maybe try replacing a bottle in the middle of the day when he isn't tired or using the bottle to soothe himself to sleep or something.  Once he is used to having a cup at that time you could try replacing another bottle at a different time.  Usually the bedtime bottle is the hardest to stop.

Christina - posted on 03/04/2009

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Hi Rebecca



He does have sip cups for jiuce, and I did start him on the soft ones, I tried moving him onto the harder topped ones as he bites through the soft ones now that he has 3 teeth. I thought that perhaps that he couldn't get the jiuce out so i tried taking out the valve but all he did was tip it everywhere.

Rebecca - posted on 03/03/2009

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My son started using a sippy cup when he was about 8 months old.  Try to find one with a soft rubber top so it feels a little like the nipple on a bottle.  Once he gets used to that you can switch to other types of sippy cups.  We just put water in a sippy cup and set it somewhere where our son could always reach it.  When he got thirsty enough he would go get a drink. Also, when it was time to get ready for bed we would get a sippy cup ready so he could drink from that while we rocked and read stories.   By the time he was 10 months old all the bottles were gone.  He is now two and drinks from a regular cup with no problem.

Christina - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hiya Dawn



No he doesnt. I got put off them when i saw someone my sister in law knows still let her 4 year old have one. If he did though I might have tried that as that sounds like a good idea

Dawn - posted on 03/02/2009

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Hi Christina! Does he use a pacifier? My daughter is 19 months right now, and completely addicted to bottles. It's turning into a real problem for us. She kicked her baba demands into high-gear as soon as little Terence was born. She stopped using her binky when she was 12 months and was distracted with learning how to walk. I kind of wish we let her have the binky longer to kick the baba habbit. Maybe you can try this? I think they like the bottle because they like sucking. The pacifier should sooth them, and then maybe you can offer the toddler cups when he needs to drink. Good luck, and hope this was helpful.

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