What age....

@CRIVAS (1822)
Canada
January 20, 2009 9:28pm CST
At what age do you consider it a good time to take your children off bottles or sippy cups? How do you explain to your child that they can't have it anymore. I have always wondered if I did it at the right age. I find that a lot of people say my daughter was too young to potty train but now she is turning three and she is almost completely pooty trained just like her big sister. I would like to hear your experiences.
7 responses
• Singapore
21 Jan 09
It's really up to the individual and how much you think the child will benefit from the bottle. My daughter is a fussy eater, so I still give her the bottle, so that she will get more nutrients. She will play with her cup with the permanent straw and blow bubbles. Trying to potty train her now that she's two.
@manny025 (73)
• United States
21 Jan 09
well i say 2 or 3 after dat dey should get use to a cup
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
21 Jan 09
I'd say by the age of one you should have your child on sippy cups at least during the day. They should still have their morning and nighttime bottles at this age. As for potty training. I think once a child knows he is pooing in his diaper, it is time to train. I watch a 2 yr old and he will tell me after he pooed in his diaper. I think he is ready to train, but his parents say he is too young. My first born was trained at 18 months. My second by 3 yrs, and my last two were trained by 2 1/2.
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@tbmorris1 (158)
• United States
21 Jan 09
My daughter is 16 months old. She was nursed until about 11 months old and switched to bottles. She was already somewhat familiar with sippy cups, so I cut out all the day time bottles. It was a rough first day, but the next was definitely easier. I stopped feeding her the nighttime bottle and let her take care of it herself BEFORE going to bed. I started a bedtime routine that didn't involve the bottle or sippy, so when I cut out the last bottle she didn't seem phased by it. We will keep the sippy cups for a while, but we will probably start allowing her to use regular cups around the age of 3. It seems they start getting less clumsy toward that age!! It's really up to each parent to decide what is best for their child, but it's always nice to hear what others have gone through!
@littleone3 (2065)
21 Jan 09
I took all my children off the bottle between 6-9 months. That was when i started to introduce the sippy cup. Then at the age of about two i started introducing an ordinary cup. I think that all children are different and are ready at different times to advance on to the next stage. It is also if you think that your child is ready. I do not think your daughter was too young as my youngest son is three in May and we are currently potty training.
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@redberry (178)
• Philippines
21 Jan 09
hmmm. I have a 10 month old son, and I'm still in the process of introducing him to sippy cups, he really doesn't like cups. If he drinks from cups he spurts out the water/juice and just plays with it. As for the potty training, I'm really excited how that will turn out with my son. He's still too young for that now.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
I took both of my girls off of the bottle when they were a year old but I let them give up the sippy cup on their own since it was much easier for them to use and not have spills and make messes. I never let them sleep with a cup and if they need a drink after a certain time than they only can have water. My youngest is two and she stills uses a sippy cup when we go places in the car. Three isn't to yound to be potty trained either I trained both of mine when they were two and they both did fine. I do knwo a few kids that were not ready until they were older but every kid is different.