When and how did you break your baby/toddler from the bottle?

@cynddvs (2950)
United States
April 17, 2007 10:44pm CST
I'm currently trying to break my daughter from the bottle. She is now 18 months old. Now before everyone starts jumping on me. For the past 4 or 5 months I have only been giving her a bottle of water at naptime and bedtime. She hasn't had forumla or milk in her bottles in quite sometime. But I'm trying to break her of the bottle all together to cut down on her peeing so much when she is sleeping so we can eventually start potty training soon. Tonight is the first night that I haven't broken and given her a bottle. It was very hard because she has her routine that she know at night near bedtime. And when I didn't give her her bottle she kept going to the kitchen counter reaching for it because she knew that's what it was time for. After that she would not go to sleep even though she was so tired she could hardly stand. I finally laid her down after she was so exhausted and she cried for 5 minutes and fell asleep. I felt horrible. I know I should have broken her from this a long time ago and now I am paying. So how did you all handle breaking your child from the bottle and at what age? Any advice would be wonderful right now.
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@milagre (1272)
• Portugal
18 Apr 07
Why do you want to get rid of the bottles? if the bottles make her happy keep doing it for a bit more. Is a bottle doing any harm? I have a 24 yrs old boy and he still love and have his bottle in the morning and before bed at night. In time he will quit. Yr baby is still a baby, let her enjoy being one for a bit longer.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Apr 07
Well I'm trying to get started on potty training a little and I feel if I'm giving her a bottle when she's going to sleep she won't be able to learn how to not pee in the bed. And I would rather try to go ahead and break her from the bottle now before she gets to much older. It's hard enough now because she had already gotten into a routine she had learned with the bottle. I feel waiting would only make it harder. But I understand what you are saying about keeping her happy while she is still little. It's been breaking my heart seeing her walk in and out of the kitchen searching for her bottle. But it's getting easier.
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@milagre (1272)
• Portugal
19 Apr 07
I think 18 month she's just to little to pass through this. She will quit when she's ready. Never seen an adolescent with bottles at night.... I also think she's too little to stress because of bottles or nappies at night. As i told you i have a 2yrs old soon and also a 15 yrs daughter and one of the things i've learn, is not force them when they are still babies (i did it with my daughter and i regret a lot of forcing things), now, i let the little one to have his time for his things, he will get there as all the rest of the children, i think its not worthy to stress them and get them moody, i prefer to love them. Bottles and pee are nothing comparing the happy life we can give them. But anyway, she is yr daughter..... whish you all the best and happyness.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Thank you so much for your kind words and advice. I have been feeling so guilty for not breaking her from the bottle already. So many people stress that you need to stop giving them a bottle when the turn 1 year old. I've always just kind of wanted her to give up things in her own time. Since she gave up the pacifier at such a young age on her own I kept thinking she would give the bottle up on her own as well. Maybe I am rushing things. We're on night 3 without the bottle so we shall see. Thanks again! You've given me a little bit to think about.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
You just have to get rid of those bottles if they're not in the house she can't use them. Make her watch you throw them into a trash bag and tell her that you are giving them to other little boys and girls that don't have bottles. (The best you can explain this to an 18 month old) When she asks for the bottle give her a sippy cup. Be careful with the sippy cup too though cause she could get used to drinking on that all the time. Let her only have water in her sippy cups if you can and use regular cups for other things so that shes not sipping on juice and milk all day long that in the long run can ruin her teeth. Good luck!!
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I meant to tell you I got rid of my daughters bottle when she turned one and she never got it back. It will be hard at first for them but it will get easier with time.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Yeah I've already had to watch about the sippy cups when I noticed she was drinking out of them like they were bottles. She's gotten pretty good about drinking from a regular cup. Not as many spills as I thought there would be.
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
18 Apr 07
When my daughter was 10 months old I took her bottle away and handed her a sipper cup. I didn't give the bottle back no matter how much she cried, which wasn't long at all. I have done this with 2 of my nephews, 1 niece and my own three children. It seems to work pretty good. I would take the bottle away first thing in the morning. We would put it into the trash together.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I've already hidden all of her bottles so hopefully tomorrow that will make things a little easier. She never takes a bottle during the day or just walks around with one it's just naptime and bedtime I'm battling with thankfully.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
My doctor mentioned that the only thing that should be in a baby bottle was formula. Now I must say that I did give some juice to my children at a younger age but the bottles were put away at the age of 11-12 months when they started drinking milk. My children were eating regular food at our regular meal times by this age so there was no need for a bedtime bottle anyways. I do have a girlfriend right now who still gives her daughter a bottle at bedtime PLUS she gives it to her in bed to fall asleep! The mother wonders why her daughter won't go to sleep for about an hour after putting her down...well geesh she is drinking her bottle in bed! As for the television....I am totally against tv's being in the bedrooms. Bedrooms are for sleeping ~ not watching tv or playing. Children need to fall asleep by themselves without the aid of anything else...plus the television actually stimulates the brain making it harder to fall asleep until totally exhausted. Keep up with not giving in and in time your child will follow through with the new routine that you have set.
@angel575 (66)
• United States
18 Apr 07
My daughter stopped drinking from a bottle at 10 months. it wasnt really hard because now they have those sippy cups with the soft top and they even have the 3 in one set( nippl, straw top and the sippy top) and its by NUBY and you would probalbly find it at walmart. I gave that to my daughter and when she got sick and I wanted her to drink from a bottle....she refused. I hope this suggestion helps.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Oh and don't feel bad....I have seen 3, 4 and 5 year olds with pacifiers and bottles in their mouth. That to me is really sad.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I've got a few Nuby cups but have had to stop using them because now that she has lots of teeth she chews through them. But I agree Nuby cups are great when you are just start babys on sippies. They are a good transition. Oh and luckily we have never had an issue with the pacifier. She gave that up on her own when she was only 3 months old. Thank goodness!
• United States
19 Apr 07
I had to do the same thing with my daughter, now I buy the sippy cups you can either keep or toss. I love them because they don't leak and when she chew on the tops I just throw them away. They come in handy and are cheap I buy a 6 pk about every 2 months and toss out the worn ones. Good luck on the weining (spelling?) from the bottle.
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@jamie11982 (1662)
• United States
18 Apr 07
Everyone does this different ways. I for one gave my children a sippy cup at bed time but they are all very good about not sleeping with it in their mouth. She will learn not to go pee all the time and if you start potty training now its a good thing. put her on a potty every night befor bed and try to get her to go. I know that it sounds funny or to soon for the potty but this is when i started my daughter. She is now 26 months old and doing great with the training and she is no longer on the bottle. i give her a sippy at nap(just water) and one at bed. But if she gets used to having a sippy cup then she will forget the bottle. then as she gets older just stop her from having the cup all together at bed time.
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@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I introduced her to the potty today and she was more interested in putting her feet in it then sitting on it. I'm going to work with her and see how she adapts to it. She has now started coming to me with a clean diaper when she is ready to be changed so I'm hoping I can teach her to do the same when she needs to go pee or poo. And so far it's been 2 days in a row without a bottle. They have been very long days but we're getting there.
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@mansha (6301)
• India
18 Apr 07
Thats recisely I never started my kids on bottles ever. It was milk from sppon and then from the cup and they do learn very fast. try gioving milk to her in a sipper during day and then you can wean her off from the bottle at bed time too. My daughter is nine months old and she drinks from her sipper and lst bit from a cup from this month onwards, earlier I used to give her milk with spoon. Children adapt very fast. your daugfhter will too.
@nelly5 (1425)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Wow, I have never heard of anyone not giving their baby a bottle. I couldn't imagine. I did give mine a bottle but it wasn't hard to break them from it. They all were off the bottle by the time they were a year old.
@magnet (2089)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I broke my daughter from the bottle by introducing her to the sip cup. Once she started using the sip cup she did not want the bottle.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I would let her use the bottle but less and less over time (Try not to make it routine maybe just as a reward as to help potty train) she will grow out of it on her own.
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@emjay9 (249)
• Philippines
18 Apr 07
at 6 months you can already start introducing solids to a baby. you will know that they are ready to wean from bottle to solids when 1. they are not adequately gaining weight. 2. when they show interest to solid foods and 3. when they are still hungry after bottle feeding. now about your daughter, just be patient. weaning her would be a bit difficult because she's been bottle fed for so long. what you can do is during the day just give her colorful finger foods. when she's playing just leave her a plate of carrots or any small snacks she can grab. make the food colorful and interesting. make them in shapes or put them in colorful plates so they would be encouraged and interested. shifting to plates doesn't mean immediately stopping her bottle feeding. give her both but this time try to feed her first through a plate. tell her you'll give her the bottle after she finished eating. this way she'll have less space in her tummy for the bottle. eventually she'll get by without the bottle. note: don't let her sleep with the bottle because this will result to bottlefeeding caries. you see when they sleep the mouth's activity is decreased letting the bacteria go loco over the sugar and produce waste that destroys the teeth.
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@neerajm (111)
• India
18 Apr 07
this is a very good discussion i have come to,my son is 3years old as we both are working we had no time to break the habbit of bottle,last week we went to my mothers house ,he asked for bottle we answered that rat has taken his bottle he cried a little then started drinking in cup,today is the eighth day without bottle and he does not ask for.
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@mflower2053 (3227)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I stopped giving my daughter the bottle when she was 9 months old. The binky was harder. I took that away from her when she was 18 months old and she cried for it for about a week but after that she stopped asking for it. Its harder to get her to go to sleep without it now. Its hard. Good luck at it. I read the other day that I'm not supposed to give her milk in a sippy cup only water since she made a year. I'm supposed to give it to her in a regular cup. Isn't that crazy. Who the hell is going to come give her a bath and clean the floor everytime she dumps it on her. I guess I'm running late on that.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I did it the cold turkey method when my son was 13 months. I sat him down and had a serious talk with him. Told him, no more bottles. From now on, use sippy cups. He just looked at me, giggled and drooled. A few hours later, he asked for a drink. I gave him the sippy cup. He took it, chewed on it a little bit, decided he didn't like it and threw it across the room, screaming and crying for his bottle. He continued to do that the rest of the day. But the following day, he realised the bottle is no longer coming back. And he was thirsty. So, he relented and started using the sippy cup. Hooray! Success at last!
@mjgarcia (725)
• United States
18 Apr 07
My kids were probably close to your daughter's age when I took them off the bottle. My doctor was big on having them off bottles and pacifiers by the time they were two so that it wouldn't mess up the teeth. Maybe you could substitute a sippy cup with a very small amount of water for the bottle at bedtime. My boys were about two and a half before they would potty train. My daughter was right at two. It took longer to have dry nights. My oldest had a real problem with bed wetting. My other boy took awhile, but got the hang of it. My daughter took a few months. overall potty training girls seems to be easier than boys. At least in my house. :)
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
18 Apr 07
The only thing I can remember is that I read somewhere that you shouldn't give them too much liquid before bed, because of bedwetting. I used to cut off their liquid intake about an hour before bed, but let them have a little sip of something if they were really thirsty. I used to read to them to calm them down and put them to sleep. I guess I'm pretty boring, so it worked good.
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
19 Apr 07
That's the main reason I'm breaking her of the bottle to try to avoid bed wetting. I couldn't imagine a bottle of water would harm her teeth so I haven't been worried about that. I would just like to get started on potty training and that would be hard to do if she's drinking water while going to bed.
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@lafavorito (2970)
• Philippines
27 Apr 07
My son is already 2 years old and he still drinks milk from the bottle, our pediatrician haven't mentioned any problem about it and suggested for us to wait until he's ready to use the sippy cup for his milk. Everytime he drinks water and juice he uses a regular cup, not a sippy cup so I hope he will drop the bottle soon.
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I certainly won't jump on you! DS is 16 months and still uses a bottle at least 2x a day. We tried to use sippy cups from about 8 months, but he never got an interest until about 13 months. His doctor was ok with that - said it's fine to let him decide he wants the cup. He will drink water and juice from cups, but likes his milk in a bottle. We do give it to him in cups now and then, but he's not really ready to give it up yet. I know that he won't have a bottle when he's in school or anything, so I'm not too worried. We'll gradually switch him and it'll be fine. Good luck to yourself!
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I tend to agree with miligre. The is no need to cause undue stress. You might cut way back on the amount you put in her bottle at bed time in order to cut back on the amount she pees. But she will eventually lose interest in the bottle. Especially if you are letting her use sippy cups during the day. Make a really big deal about what a big girl she is for using a sippy cup and how happy it makes you. She is still a baby and if she finds comfort in her bottle at bedtime just don't make a big deal about it. Kids do things in their own time. She will give it up eventually.
@Signal20 (2282)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have 3 girls, 15 years, 12 years, and 16 months. They were all different. The first 2 were pretty easy, I just started their cup early, and by the time they were 12 months, just did away with the bottle. Actually my first one, no bottles at about 10 months old. The 12 year old was a little harder, around 12 months, and now my youngest....finally broke her of the bottle at about 13 months. Now we're just dealing with the binky(pacifier). Same thing though, was easier with the first 2, binky just "disappeared" one day, and no complaints. Binky is going to disappear again very soon :) Good luck, try to not give her the bottle anymore. May be rough for a day or two, but I think you're more then half way there. Just keep them out of sight-don't leave them on the counter. Also try giving her the "cup" before naps and bedtimes a little sooner and do storytime instead before naps/bedtime :)
@carlaabt (3506)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I was really lucky with my baby. I introduced the sippy cup before he was six months old, and he decided he was done with bottles. We put all the bottles away when he was 7 months old, because he wasn't using them at all anymore. Now we are working on taking away the sippies, but it is a little bit harder. He only drinks out of the ones with the straws, so of course as long as he has a straw in his "Big boy cup" he is fine with it, but if he is just drinking out of the side of the cup, he usually spills a lot of it. We're working on it, but I'm probably not consistant enough. I just don't have the time to give him a bath after every snack and meal, so I usually just give him the regular cup when he is eating something that is messy. Oh, he's 14 months old now.