what age is appropriate to quit using the bottle and start using a sippie cup

Amanda - posted on 08/10/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son is 17 mnths old he was breastfed till he was 14mnths but he still uses his bottle even at night he awakens 2-3 times to take a bottle. i want to start using a sippie but im not sure what age is good........

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I also breastfed and pumped some bottles. I got rid of them at 8 months. She got a sippy or nothing and never at night. She can drink her fill before bed, but nothing once she goes down. But I also recently got rid of sippies too.

Terri Lynn - posted on 08/11/2011

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I breast fed mine until 12 months and introduced the sippy cup at about 6 months. Don't let a child take a bottle to bed or eat and drink in the night. This leads to dental problems and forms a bad habit. Stop doing it. Give him a lovey to cuddle at night for comfort.

Keri - posted on 08/11/2011

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Once he started growing teeth was when you should have started weening him off the bottle. Dentists have a reason for it related to how the teeth end up growing in, but you probably don't want to spend money to replace bottle nipples shredded to bits by little teeth!

Susan - posted on 08/11/2011

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Honestly, I would get rid of the bottle immediately. As well as the night feedings. You could switch to water in the bottle at night for a short transition. Usually sippy cups are started with solid foods w water/breastmilk. I always recommend stopping using bottles as early as possible then the emotional attachment is not there. I would do a straw cup on the go and a regular open cup at mealtimes, snacks, etc.

Susan - posted on 08/11/2011

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I agree with Casey. Typically it's recommended to get rid of the bottles by 12 months. Some kids are more difficult in giving them up. Since your son is already 17 months, you might try some regular cups as well and not spend a whole lot of money on sippies. You'll still need them for certain times where you want to make sure he doesn't spill. I also don't think at that age he should need to wake up that many times for a bottle. He should be sleeping through the night. I would definitely get rid of the middle of the night bottles.

Jennifer - posted on 08/10/2011

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I started my son with sippy cups at 2years old, when I changed over thank god he stopped getting up as much during the nights. He is going to be 3 years old and still goes to be with a sippy cup but it has water in it.

Casey - posted on 08/10/2011

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They say that by 12 months you should take the bottle and switch to a sippie and by 2 years they should be using a cup without a lid at least a meal times. This is just the statistics you know your child best. If you feel its time then go for it. This is totally up to you mom. You know whats best for your baby.

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