Getting off the bottle

Jackie - posted on 03/07/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 15 months and her doctoc now wants her off the bottle. She will only drink water from her sippy cup and I can't get her to drink milk out of it. How can I get her to do that?

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Jackie - posted on 03/09/2009

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I like all of those ideas. We have soooooo many sippy cups, they just keep piling up. I tried just offering her the sippy cup tonight and she pushed it away. I then took the sippy cup lid off and put the bottle lid on. Now in the morning, I will try giving her a bottle with a sippy cup lid instead and see if I can fake her out. I also like the idea of cutting the nipples. I will try that next.

Gail - posted on 03/07/2009

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Cut the teats off on the bottles andtell her the fairies needed it, so she has not other option but use a sip cup, give it a try it worked for me.

Lauren - posted on 03/07/2009

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I have 4 kids all under the age of 4 and throwing out the bottles were tough but also so easy. I had my kids help me throw their bottles away (only keeping one if I was desperate).  The first two or three days were rough but they adjusted quickly and voila no more bottles. 

Amy - posted on 03/07/2009

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When i took the bottle away from my son He was about 18 months and I took him to the store and had him pick out his very own milk sippy cups.  We only used those cups for milk. I also found some with a straw that didn't spill and they were great and he loved them.

Amy - posted on 03/07/2009

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When i took the bottle away from my son He was about 18 months and I took him to the store and had him pick out his very own milk sippy cups.  We only used those cups for milk. I also found some with a straw that didn't spill and they were great and he loved them.

Lisa - posted on 03/07/2009

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My 14 month old son is going threw the same thing. He drinks water or juice out of a sippy cup, but will not drink milk out of it. I've bought 6 different types of sippy cups, but it just hasn't worked. Last week I showed him how to drink from a straw and once he got it I made a huge deal. Now he'll drink his milk out of a cup with a straw, but he still sometimes just wants his bottle.

Jolene - posted on 03/07/2009

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If she won't drink milk out of it, and you have tried different kinda of sippys then maybe just leave her on the bottle for a bit longer. If she is only taking the bottle before bed at night then I see nothing wrong with that.

Jackie - posted on 03/07/2009

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Thanks for all of the advice. I will try everything that was suggested and if it doesn't work..then I will just let her get off of it when she is ready.

Liz - posted on 03/07/2009

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I THINK children will drink out of a cup if its in small bits only a sip at a time to start make it fun and reward them with a smile high fives good jobs make it a good thing. a child will not starve make it avaiable and give choices in colour of cup and things like that dont give u it would be the worst thing you could do

Patricia - posted on 03/07/2009

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my daughter was using sippy cups before her first b-day we just kept offering her milk in asippy cup,a bottle before bedtime,I found the nubys to be great because the are soft and more like a bottle and rember they do get milk from other dairy products so dont worry about her not getting the full milk from a bottle every child is different dont rush

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2009

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I got my daughter off the bottle at 16 months without trying. When my second baby came, I switched to using strictly playtex bottles with the liners, where with her, I had used the normal kind the whole way through. She didn't like the new kind of nipple, and during the space of a couple of weeks, drastically reduced her want of the bottle, and finally weaned herself. So maybe try a different bottle.

Melissa - posted on 03/07/2009

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If you want her off the bottle, put a bit of black pepper in it and she will only take a couple of sips and than won't want it. It worked on my brother. So why not try it

Robin - posted on 03/07/2009

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Try Nuby cups. The spout is soft like a bottle. If htat doesn't work, she will do it when she is ready. Don't stress.

Apriland Adam - posted on 03/07/2009

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i found with my daughter that if i didht offer her milk in anthink but her juice cup she finally took it also you can get a juice cup thats got a soft top so that she gets used to drinking milk outta that befor you move straight with a hard teat cup xx hope this helps

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