What age did you take the bottle away?

Australia
August 27, 2010 6:45am CST
My daughter is 3 & for her milk drinks (especially of a night time), I still give them to her in a bottle as I don't like the thought of off milk going off in the sippy cup stopper (she chews on the silicone sippy cup teats so I buy the cheap plastic ones with the non-spill sti=opper thingy)...what age do you think is best to take away the bottle?
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@Raven7317 (693)
• United States
28 Aug 10
Good morning, Moonchild, My son just turned 5 and I STILL give him milk before bed. He calls it a NA-NA. I think when he was about 2, I took the bottle away, but replaced it with the nipple headed kids sports cups, and/or Advent no-spill cups, and only allowed him to have it for his bedtime na na. The rest of the day, he used cups. Some cups still had covers with straw, or sports bottle style - just for my own sanity and for the sake of my carpets and furniture! LOL Anyway, when I started noticing he was chewing on the soft parts of the cups, I told him I was not buying anymore and once they were gone, they were gone. Actually, I JUST threw out his last Advent Sippy cup - that was his last one. I bought the hard plastic tip sippy cups and he uses them only at night now. I don't see anything wrong with allowing them the comfort of a nighttime drink of milk. They grow up so fast and I don't like to rush these last few little 'baby' habits. The most important thing though, is make sure she doesn't fall asleep with the cup/sippy in her mouth. Take it away before she falls asleep. Also, because my son is older, he knows he has to brush his teeth and go potty after his na na and before he lays down for sleep. These little habits will go away when he's ready and it's really just for us. He doesn't refer to milk or cups as na na except at home, with us, right before night nights! So I'm not too worried about his 'acting his age' because he uses appropriate behaviours/language outside of the house. My advise; let her have her little night time comforts, but adjust to 'older' style bottles (like sports bottles), teach her to stay awake to finish so she can brush/pee, and keep her going on big-girl cups EXCEPT for bedtime with mom. Good luck!
• Australia
29 Aug 10
My daughter too only has it in bed before she goes to sleep...she never falls asleep with it in her mouth...just sometimes she falls asleep with it in her hand.
@dazedaze (109)
30 Aug 10
My child had a fairly easy time giving up the bottle at 12 months old. I was told by different medical professionals that bottles affect the child's teeth especially if they drink milk at night in the bottle. Honestly, I believe your child should no longer be waking up for the milk at night. Is she potty trained? WOn't drinking milk make her pee in her sleep? Anyways, just like she's used to drinking out of the bottle she's made a habit of waking up asking for milk. You need to be firm and make the decision for her. She no longer needs the bottle or the milk at night. Explain to her she's a big girl and big girls don't need bottles. Have her throw the bottle away. That might help her come to understand that the bottle won't be needed.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
9 Sep 10
My daughter was about two and a half years old when her bottle fell on the wayside, but it was very difficult for us to take it away from her at that age because she was older. So, when I had my son, he had his very last bottle on the day before he turned a year old. I'd heard that the bottle should be gone by the time they were a year old and I was determined to do that. I think that because he lost his bottle so young, he has had an easier time adjusting to various things in his life.
• Australia
9 Sep 10
I agree with you about your son...my daughter doesn't have that much of a hard time adjusting but she likes her bottle at bed.
• Philippines
2 Sep 10
when my daughter turns 2 years old, i started to give her a milk in cup, at first I'm having a hard time because she wasn't use to it, but as a mother it is my duty, so I applied patient and perseverance in order for her to learn. right now she's already 5 years and she's turning 6 this year, but I don't have any regret of what i done her, cause she is a very will discipline child. I'm a proud mother.
• Australia
2 Sep 10
My daughter is fairly disciplined too but still likes the bottle in bed but normal & sippy cups during the day.
• United States
30 Aug 10
My son actually weaned himself off the bottle at 10 months old. He would refuse to drink out of the bottle anymore. So the doctor told me to keep putting his formula in his sippy cup. I did that for a while and then he refused to drink the formula and I had to switch him to regular milk. If he hadn't weaned himself off the bottle I probably would have given it to him until he was a little over a year and then taken him off of it. He drinks out of regular cups now and does just fine and he's 4.
• Australia
30 Aug 10
Wow! I have never heard of a bub giving up the bottle so young! My daughter drinks out of sippy cups & normal cups during the day but only out of a bottle for her night time milk.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
30 Aug 10
As I remember, my children lost their bottles between age one and 1 1/2. It was probably closer to 1 for our son, as he and I were living with my parents at the time. My mother thought he should be potty trained already, but he wasn't. My daughter quit waking up in the night and gave up her bottle when I started bring her water instead of milk in the night. Our daughter's son was not developing as fast as his sisters had. His doctor told my daughter to quit giving him so many liquids and make him eat solid food. She started only giving him milk or juice from a regular glass. He started eating solid food and started growing. He'll always be short but is an acceptable size for his age.
• Australia
30 Aug 10
It seems like my daughter is one of the very few who still has a bottle at her age although it is only used of a night time before bed.
@magrylouyu (1632)
• United States
28 Aug 10
Personally I cant stand seeing preschool aged children with bottles. My oldest was 10 months and off the bottle and on a sippy, my middle daughter was 12 months and off the bottle and my youngest has now been off the bottle since 2 weeks after her 1st birthday. My 2 oldest daughter's were off the sippy at 3 years old because of starting preschool and they dont use sippy cups. I personally think it's best to have a child off the bottle by 18 at the latest. It screws their teeth linement up and I cant afford braces later in life. Also having a child on a bottle longer then 1 year can cause more cavitives and problems with the mouth. I started my kids on sippy cups at 5 months old and never let them sleep with a bottle. I just fully took it a way when they were babies. I didnt give them an option. I know every child is different and it's probably a security thing for your daughter but I would just throw them away to prevent further damage to her teeth. Try buying her a stuffed animal or something to replace the bottle. I hope you have good luck taking it away.
• Australia
29 Aug 10
That's fair enough...my daughter doesn't have a bottle in public...just at home of a night time...Thanks for the tips.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
28 Aug 10
Hi, moonchild1au. I took all of my kids off of the bottle by age one years old. As soon as they hit this age, I took them off of the bottle. I started training them to drink out of a cup by eight months. It took them a while, but they caught unto it eventually.
• Australia
28 Aug 10
My daughter has been using sippy cups since she was about 1 year old for everything but milk.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
28 Aug 10
well i've been hooked on the bottle for quite some time now. i've been trying to part ways with my relationship to jack daniels for over 20 years but i can't live with him and i can't live without him. its no use it was just meant to be.
• Australia
28 Aug 10
lol...until I fell pregnant with my daughter in 2006, I felt the same about Mr. Beam...even now that my daughter is 3, I can't stand the smell of Jim Beam...it makes me feel queasy
@marguicha (94653)
• Chile
27 Aug 10
I took away the bottle as soon as they were able to sit up in their small chairs. They had breakfast, a mid morning snack of mashed banana, lunch (a nap afterwards) teatime at four, again sitting in their chairs a cup in their hands with their milk (and I was at their side to help them hold it) and another meal at 8 PM. Then it was bedtime and no more eating until the next day. So I guess the bottle went away from my house before they were one year old. My pediatrician did not feel so much milk was needed (night bottles and such). I had friends who gave their children bottles at night, long time after going to bed. I discovered it did not do so well with sleeping habits. Many times we went to see them at night and a little ghost would come to say hi at times where they should be sleeping. It´s just my experience though. I hope it helps.
• Australia
27 Aug 10
Thanks for the tip...my daughter is the sort of child that will ask for a bottle when laying down for her night time sleep (she gave up day time sleeps at the beginning of this year). She does sleep well & if she wakes up in the night, she usually just crawls into bed with me & goes straight back to sleep lol.
@deve_annrn (1857)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I am not a mother yet.., But i have six younger siblings and I've witnessed how my mother took care of them.., All of them stopped bottle feeding as soon as they can sit on the chair in the dining room table with the rest of us.., and eat with us.., and that usually happens.., around a year and 2 months old.. they looked so cute like little adults..=)
• Australia
27 Aug 10
Thanks for the info...I guess I must sound lazy now lol.
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
i weaned the children when they were one year old. it was a tough one but i have to do it. i started giving them milk in a glass. during the night, it was bottle feeding. during the day, milk in a glass.
• Australia
27 Aug 10
My daughter has sippy cups & normaly cups during the day but of a night time, it's a bottle for milk only.
• Indonesia
27 Aug 10
If she still drinks between her sleep, then it's okay to give her the bottle since it's easier for her rather than to wake up and drink through the glass. But other than that time, try to stop giving her from bottles. She's already three, I don't think she'll need the bottle anymore.
• Australia
27 Aug 10
She doesn't drink between sleep although she sometimes asks for it in the middle of the night...it's more for when she's laying down before sleep. Thank you :)
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
27 Aug 10
it is best to take the bottle away as soon as we see that is not needed anymore. My children were off the bottle and onto a sippy cup after their first year. Usually, if they are walking and talking, the bottle can make it's departure.
• Australia
27 Aug 10
Thanks for the advice...I guess I have only kept the bottles on hand so she can drink her milk while laying down before she goes to sleep.