Weaning off bottle?

Kimberly - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 15 months and I think I should start talking her off the bottle. I have heard that I should just take it away cold turkey and then others have suggested weaning her off of it. Any suggestions?

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Erika - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son is 14 months old and when he turned one that was the last day that he had a bottle. We went cold turkey and that worked best. By the time that he was one he was down to only one bottle a day. We just changed him from the bottle to a sippy cup with some milk and with in a few weeks he was going to bed with out even having the sippy cup. Now he has a small snack and some water 45 minutes before he goes down for the night.

Sara - posted on 11/07/2008

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Only give her the bottle once a day! So pick the bottle that would be the hardest to give up ( ex. bedtime???) and she only gets it then. IT worked for me. :) You can do it!!! Sara

Donna - posted on 11/07/2008

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My twin girls are 16 months old and still have 3 bottles a day. I have no issue with it at all... and neither does my pediatrician. I am hoping to drop the pre-nap bottle, but want to continue the morning and evening bottles for a few more months. They enjoy them, and I enjoy the cuddling time I get with them during those times.



As long as she drinks water from a sippy cup and only has her milk from the bottle a couple times a day then I think it's fine. It drives me nuts when I see toddlers in the mall with a bottle of juice! Save the bottles for snuggle time at home...

Ashley - posted on 11/07/2008

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I had to go cold turkey - my son would NOT go slowly. It was driving me nuts - he would cry and scream until we gave in and got a bottle out. Finally I said no more! We had him help us throw out the bottles - saying bye bye to each one. Then his dad helped him take them to the big garbage too. That was so I couldn't cave. He stopped fussing about it the second day, but didn't drink anything at all from a sippy for 8 days. I just had to be more stubborn and give him extra fruit and stuff that is watery. He finally started drinking from cups, but still won't drink milk at all. I guess he only liked milk when it was part of the comfort of bottles.

My sister in law had no problems, but they had binkies - then they had a big problem with the binkies.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008

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I introduced the straw cup at about 13 months.. I taught how to use a straw: get a juice box. cut the straw a tad to shorten it.. hold straw up to his mouth - squeeze box.. so he gets the idea.. it takes a few tries.. my son loved his new cup so much he pushed his bottle away... i would give him cup during the day and one night bottle.. until he was about 18 mo. jenn

Kimberly - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hiding the bottles is a great idea since she knows where the bottles are kept in the cabinet. Thanks for the advice.

Stacey - posted on 11/07/2008

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With my son (now 3) at 15 mos we started by only giving the bottle at night... and then slowly decreasing the amount in the bottle so he'd have it less and less. That worked-- when we got down to about a 4 oz bottle, I put all the bottles away (this is key! keep them out of sight!) (it's helpful for you, too!) and one night, I asked him if he wanted a cup... and showed him the empty part of the cabinet where the bottles used to be. "No more ba-ba" seemed to be explanation enough for him, and it was never an issue. But, I should say he had a binky until he was about 2 1/2.

So it is probably easier to wean from the bottle if she's got a binky! My daughter is 14 months and we're going to start weaning from the bottle soon... but she never had a binky. So I'm not sure how it's going to go! But I'll use the same method.

Hope this helps!

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