Why won't my 9 month old take a bottle?

United States
April 21, 2007 10:13pm CST
It's been almost 3 months now that my 9 month old son refuses to take a bottle. The pediatrician recommended that he have 23 to 32 oz./day. At this point I'm lucky if I can get 6 oz. in him. He just takes a little bit of the bottle and then starts playing with, pushing it out of his mouth grabbing the nipple, laughing, etc. I tried cutting back on his solids (as per the doctor's orders), but it didn't help so I went back to the old feeding schedule (I would hate to have him go hungry). Is anyone else experiencing this? Anybody have any suggestions? Thanks!
10 responses
@cynddvs (2949)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Maybe you could try giving him a sippy cup. He may be bored with the bottle and trying something new may help. The sippy cups I used when I first start my daughter on them were the Nuby brand. They were a good transition cup. Good luck!
• United States
22 Apr 07
Thanks for the response! I have been hearing alot about the Nuby brand sippy cups. Do they have a nipple like a bottle?
@cynddvs (2949)
• United States
22 Apr 07
They have a soft tip like a bottle so it makes for an easier transition. They also make them with straws and my daughter started drinking from a straw around 9 months so they worked out really well.
• United States
22 Apr 07
I'm going to get some tomorrow and give it a try, Thanks!!
@mywendot (53)
• United States
23 Apr 07
I don't have a ton to add because everyone else said it - but just go straight to the sippy cup! My second daughter never, every took a bottle. Refused right from the moment of birth (good thing I had planned on also nursing her!). So at about 7 months, we gave up on the bottle attempts and went straight into sippy cups. It took a while to get her used to them but in the end it worked. Best of luck to you!
• United States
23 Apr 07
Did you just offer her the cup during the day? How did you get her to take it? My son just doesn't seem interested at all.
@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
23 Apr 07
WOW i would have to say you are blessed lol .....I would offer him a leak proof cup, it sure sounds like he is ready! I have a one year old that loves those water bottles.....I wish you little man all the best and good luck to a early start! Stacy
• United States
23 Apr 07
I need to figure out how to introduce a cup, he just doesn't seem interested at all. I'm trying to remember how I did it with my now 3 year old, but I have no clue =b!
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Frankly, I think you're lucky that your son is ready to give up his bottle already. The next best thing to get him to take the recommended ounces of formula/milk is to put it in a sippy cup. He is probably old enough to hold one. I wouldn't cut back on the solid food though. If that's what he's hungry for, then it's more important that he gets his daily recommended amount of calories.
• United States
23 Apr 07
I know what you're saying, I just wish he would get more milk, specially for the calcium and iron. But I do give him lots of yogurt, so that should help out a little.
• United States
22 Apr 07
My son was that way around 8 months.It worried me at first,but he was growing fine and on cue with his age group.Eventually he came around and adjusted.I wouldn't worry a bit.Your pediatrician would agree that children go through so many stages.In a month or so he may decide that the solids aren't for him and refuses everything except the bottle.Kids are funny that way.Hope I was of some help!!
• United States
23 Apr 07
You're right. He is growing (22 lbs. at 9 months) and the doc said that was a good sign, just to switch him to a different vitamin. So I guess I might just have to wait and see!
• United States
22 Apr 07
Have you tried the soft top sippy cups? Also, my neice is almost 8 months old and loves to drink from a straw! You may want to give this a try. Good luck!
• United States
23 Apr 07
Many moms have been telling me the same thing. I'll have to give it a try, thanks!
• United States
22 Apr 07
Have you tried a different shape of bottle, maybe the ones with the hole in the middle? Or maybe just a different type of nipple would do the trick? I never experienced this type of problem with my son, but those are some suggestions. Good luck!
• United States
23 Apr 07
I never had this problem with my 1st son either, but no one child is the same, right? =) Thanks for the advice!
• United States
22 Apr 07
You could try to change the type of nipple he is probably started teething and the kind of nipple you use my feet different to him now.
• United States
22 Apr 07
I thought that it might be the teething as well, but he's not showing any signs of teeth yet. My first son didn't get his 1st tooth until 13 months! I have him on the Dr. Brown bottles and they don't have a different nipple that I could use, unless I were to switch the bottle...
@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
22 Apr 07
9 months? Well he only has 3 more months to go until a year old. I would try a cup with him. He might take to it better then a bottle. It wouldn't hurt, he is almost a year old as it is and most pediatricians will tell you to not use a bottle after a year. My son is 15 months and wont use a cup right now. He still wants his bottles. So I wish my son would refuse his bottles. :)
• United States
22 Apr 07
LOL, I know what you mean. One minute they have to drink their bottles and the next the docs don't want them to have any. I did try a sippy cup a little while back, but he was just not interested. I think I'm going to try the Nuby brand, I keep hearing alot about how good it is. We'll see....
@Gemmygirl1 (2868)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Go with the sippy cup, my daughter has had one for months now (she's 10 months old now) & she loves it, it helps her teething too coz she can gnaw on the rubber sipper part! You can put in juice, formula, water, whatever you like & like my daughter, she took to it really easily. I haven't had any experience like yours coz my daughter loves her bottles & her food but i make sure she has a bottle first thing in the morning followed by breakfast, then she has a bottle near 10, lunch when she gets hungry (usually 12:30 or so), a bottle around 3 & then she has dinner! I can usually squeeze in most of a bottle around 7:30pm & that fills her up to go to bed around 8:30! That routine has worked well for me for about 4 1/2 months now, maybe you could try something like that? Good luck!