Which is the best year take away the bottle

Lily - posted on 12/17/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My friend took her 3yr to the dentist and found out that she had cavities from sleeping with the bottle. My daughter is 21 months and I wanted to know when and how is the best way to take it from her...not sure and in need of advice.

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Charlotte - posted on 12/26/2009

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Quoting Jessie:



Quoting Charlotte:

My son was off the bottle by a year. I will put him to bed, then put a sippy cup in the crib with some water in it..incase he wakes up thirsty. On the other hand..he is addicted to his binkie and can not go to sleep w/o that. Getting rid of that is a new years resolution that's going to be tough.





With the binkie try cutting a little bit off the end. Everyday after that cut a little bit more off and he should throw it away. This is what my sister did.






That's great advice! That's what I was planning to do! :o) I heard that a few months ago and thought "brilliant!!" to let it be his deicison and avoid a power struggle! I'm planning on doing that right after the new year. I know I should have started to a while ago but it's been harder for me to get rid of his "baby" stuff. He's growing up too fast!! :op

Jessie - posted on 12/25/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:

My son was off the bottle by a year. I will put him to bed, then put a sippy cup in the crib with some water in it..incase he wakes up thirsty. On the other hand..he is addicted to his binkie and can not go to sleep w/o that. Getting rid of that is a new years resolution that's going to be tough.


With the binkie try cutting a little bit off the end. Everyday after that cut a little bit more off and he should throw it away. This is what my sister did.

Amy - posted on 12/25/2009

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I have 5 boys and all of mine were off the bottle by 1yr. I was always told by the doctors to start introducing the sippy cup at 6 months and to totally get rid of the bottle by 1 year. Also if you are giving any kinds of juice or sweet drinks, even if they are sugar free, you should never put them in a bottle. You should put them in a sippy cup. It helps them tear away from the bottle when they are older and start drinking more things, and they don't attach the bottle with thoughts of sugary drinks. At one year old, I got rid of every bottle in the house so I couldn't change my mind about giving them a cup. It may be difficult at first but if they have already been introduced to the sippy cup they won't have as hard a time with the change. If they are thirsty enough, they will use a cup.

Charlotte - posted on 12/24/2009

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My son was off the bottle by a year. I will put him to bed, then put a sippy cup in the crib with some water in it..incase he wakes up thirsty. On the other hand..he is addicted to his binkie and can not go to sleep w/o that. Getting rid of that is a new years resolution that's going to be tough.

Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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i took my son's bottles away at 12 months...cold turkey. he got a cup of milk before bed, but i NEVER let him go to bed with anything for that reason exactly.

Deepti - posted on 12/20/2009

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Try to slowly transition her to a sippy witha soft spout (Nuby has good ones) and then to regular sippy.. Im sure she will get the hang of it soon. My son would NOT drink from his soft spout sippy but then we kept trying and he learnt it. He is now 23 months and is slowly learning to drink from a regular cup/glass. Keep the work going.

Jessica - posted on 12/20/2009

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Try a regular cup...it may be messy but she might like the fact that she has a cup like mom.

Rebekah - posted on 12/19/2009

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I have always been told by the pediatrician to take it away ASAP after their first birthday. My son only gets a bottle right before bed and if he is haveing a rough night. I brush his teeth before he goes to bed after his bottle. The milk eats at the enamel of their teeth. I am planning to have it completely gone before he is 2. hope that helps

Lily - posted on 12/18/2009

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My other troblem would be that she ONLY drinks milk in her bottle, everything else she drinks in a big girls cup or sippy cup. I guess I just have to be stronger in that case. Thank you for your much needed advice.

Ashley - posted on 12/17/2009

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The longer you wait, the worse the transition will be for both of you. I took the bottle away from both of my boys at 12 months. So I wouldn't give in to their cries for the first week or so, I threw all of the bottles in the trash on their first birthdays. There is no reason for them to have a bottle after this age; a sippy cup will do the job. It will not be easy, but after a week they will not know it is missing.

Michele - posted on 12/17/2009

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When they are 1yr they should be using a sippy cup. I would start the transition right away.

Brandi - posted on 12/17/2009

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I took the bottle from my daughter at her first birthday. My son was a little more reluctant to let it go. I had his away by 14 mos.

Tanya - posted on 12/17/2009

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I took the bottle away from all 4 of mine at 1 year, I've always heard to have them off at one year

Lucrecia - posted on 12/17/2009

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I took the bottle away from my two boys when they started drinking whole milk at about 13 months and they would only drink from a sippy cup. It was hard cause they liked their warm bottle of milk at bed time, but my doctor told me that they should start drinking from a cup at one yrs old and to leave the bottle behind. I started by giving them everything in a sippy cup during the day and then they soon forgot about it, it took about 3-4 days and they got the idea. Tell your daughter the "bottle fairy" took all her bottles because she is becoming a big girl and the new babies need the bottles now, just an idea that worked for me.

Shannon - posted on 12/17/2009

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we started interchangin our daughters bottles with sippy cups and she didn't want her bottle any more....We had her bottle broke by the time she was 1....we are hopin to have our son broke at that age as well...it depends on the mom....my cousins' oldest daughter was about 3 when they took her off the bottle and her youngest is almost 3 as well.....

Pamela - posted on 12/17/2009

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I am wondering the same thing. My son is 20 months and is addicted to his "baba".

Kat - posted on 12/17/2009

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The cavities are most likely caused by whats in the bottle, not the bottle itself. Whatever is in the bottle will hang around in the mouth all night so I would recommend putting water or sugar free drinks in the bottle at bedtime.

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