When does your child get rid of the bottle?

@youless (90155)
Guangzhou, China
April 29, 2008 8:53am CST
I am wondering when it's the suitable time. As my colleague said children shouldn't use the bottle to drink milk when they grow up. At least her child got rid of the bottle when he was about 2 years old. Would you tell me your opinions?
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@phoenix25 (1543)
• United States
15 May 08
I can't stand it when people let their kids have bottles until they're like 4 or 5, so I got my son off of bottles pretty early. I would say he was about 1 and a half years old when we switched him over to sippy cups. Now, he is 4 and is still using sippy cups. I am in the process of trying to switch him over to real cups and straws.
@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May 08
Thanks for your response.
• China
15 May 08
I don't know when i should let my baby not use his bottle to drink milk,because he is only a one-year-old boy now,hehe.But i think i will let him try to use a bowl or a cup to drink water or something from now.As regards drinking milk with bottle,i think he will get rid of it if he doesn't feed on milk gradually any all.Maybe 2 years old,i also think so.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May 08
I agree to give more milk to children. But just try to avoid to use bottle when they are up to a specific age.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
14 May 08
With my older son, I got rid of the bottle when he was around two...he was using it only at bedtime. With my younger one who is 17 months...he's already off the bottle....it's been more than a month. with my older son everything was easy, I just threw away the bottle and he was fine. Though my younger one takes time to adjust to new situations,...this bottle throwing was easy. I started giving him a cup (not a sippy cup) and used the bottle only at night for a few weeks. Then I started feeding him very well at night and putting him to bed...and he never woke up for a feed...so didn't need the bottle. My older one..though easier...needed a bottle feed in the middle of the night till he was close to two.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May 08
Thanks for your response.
@lady11eve (311)
• Philippines
14 May 08
im a mom of a 3years old baby girl...and till now she use bottle for her milk... she knows how to use cups and glass,for juice and water...but on milk,,,she cant forget her bottle...and she will not drink milk until she sees her bottle,and she will never stop crying.,so i just let her...to enjoy her milk... now she just use bottle before she sleeps and keep it beside her the whole nyt...even her eyes are close she knows from wer to grab her bottle... goodthing wen wer at mall she prefer drinking on cups...
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May 08
My son's case is like your daughter. Fortunately due to some people's suggestions here, I successfully let my son got rid of the bottle. Frankly, it's not so difficult as I expected. He cried of course, but I told him other things and therefore he didn't talk about the bottle so much. It took few days to succeed it.
• United States
3 May 08
well from my experience when my daughter was 2weeks from 1yr old i was mixing half formula and half milk she loved it then on her first birthday i threw all her bottles away and handed her a sippy cup made by gerber with a soft top but hard on the bottom so she thought it was a cup the 2 weeks later i gave her a cup and she was fine try it it works,dont wait to long cause then it gets harder my friend is going through it now
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
4 May 08
In these few days I am trying hard to get rid of the bottle for my son. I hope he will adjust to it soon.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
1 May 08
I really don't know, but think by age two they should be able to take their milk and juices from a sipper cup anyhow and use the bottle (if they and you desire) for water only - that way they won't get rotted teeth from the sugars sitting on their gingiva from sucking on a bottle all the time. I had to laugh when a friend reproved me for still nursing my child at 14 months - when her 3 year old was still sucking on a bottle.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
1 May 08
I think my child shall get rid of the bottle, too.
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
1 May 08
I think my son weened himself off the bottle when he was around 2 or 2 and a half. It was only at night before going to bed he would want it.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
1 May 08
It seems that you didn't have a struggle to it
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@williamjisir (22905)
• China
30 Apr 08
Hello youless. To drink milk by using milk bottle is usually for little kids two or three years younger, but it is ok for kids above two or three. As to older kids, a glass is ok for him to drink milk or other drinks. Take care.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 08
I agree with you.
• United States
29 Apr 08
All 4 of my children were off of the bottle by the time they turned 13 months. But they were also using a sippy style cup from about 5 months on and had been drinking milk from it before they turned 1. Once they were one they stopped getting formula which I consider to be a meal for an infant and it goes in a bottle. Nothing else belongs in a bottle. So once the formula was gone so were the bottles. Milk, juice and water are drinks, not meals and should be served on the side of table food like an adult. They started drinking milk occasionally with dinner when they were 9 months old and with their cereal in the morning around that age, too. Then when they turned 1 they got more milk. It was pretty simple. By the time they turned 1 they were down to 1 or 2 bottles a day (morning and before bed) and I just stopped giving them. They never noticed and never complained.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 08
Thanks for your response.
@kezabelle (2985)
29 Apr 08
My eldest got rid of her bottle at 8 months she never did like it, my youngest only just got rid of it just after her second birthday a month ago. I dont think theres any wrong or right time to do it, simply when the child is ready
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 08
Thanks for your reply.
• United States
29 Apr 08
dr's have told me by the time your child is one so thats the goal I'm shooting for!
@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 08
Thanks for your reply.
• United States
29 Apr 08
My oldest was 3 years old when we finally ditched the bottle. I tried so many times before but it was a constant struggle and she is not a good sleeper, so we always come back to it. Then when we bought our house, her bottle was stuck on one of the boxes and I can't find it. And I vowed never to buy another bottle after that one and she knew it. I think the excitement of a new house and the moving made her forget about her bottle and she forgot about it. She will be 4 next month. Now, it is another story with my youngest, who at 6 months doesn't want her bottle and wanted a sippy cup instead where she can hold on to it. She doesn't want me to hold her and just wanted to lay down on her crib and drink her milk. Very independent (unlike my oldest that I was still cuddling her while she drink her milk when she was 2). I am glad I found a soft spout transitional bottle from NUK and she loves it. I think it is different with each child so whenever you perceive that your child is ready to get rid of the bottle then do so. Or the drastic "no more bottle because it run away with the other bottles" works, then do it too...:)
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Apr 08
Children are so different You inspired me to get rid of the bottle for my son. Since tomorrow it's the holiday and we will go to my dad's home. So I hope this battle will be successful there
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I took the bottle away from both of my kids at 1 year of age that is also what the doctor suggested. I hate seeing older kids like 3 and 4 walking around with a bottle in their mouth!
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 08
Thanks for your response.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
29 Apr 08
All three of my children were off the bottle by the time they were thirteen months. its different for everyone, I started to ween them when they were able to hold up their bottles really good on their own, and when they were learning to walk. which was around 10 months.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 08
One more vote for it
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
29 Apr 08
My son stopped using a bottle on his first birthday. I simply stopped offering it. Instead, I gave him milk in a cup. He was fine. Even children who are more attached should not use it any later than 12- 18 months of age. The older they are, the harder it is to break the habit.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 08
OK, I will really take it into consideration.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
29 Apr 08
i really dont know when is the specific time. but my children (i have four) i started letting them use the whinning cup around 10 months. then i slowly got rid of the bottle. when they turned 1 year old they are using whinning cups and no longer using the bottle. that what i did. i didint stop them from drinking milk but i just slowly got rid of the bottle at the age.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 08
I do agree that milk is so important for children. My child gets used to drink the bottle of milk before going to sleep. Perhaps it is time for me to let him drink a cup of milk before sleep. He can drink with cup, but he likes to use bottle before sleep.
@kykidd (6820)
• United States
29 Apr 08
A lot of people start trying to break them as soon as they learn to walk. 16 or 18 months is a good time to start. Some children may be harder than others, so it may take a little longer.
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@youless (90155)
• Guangzhou, China
29 Apr 08
I don't know they start to stop it so early.