At what age should your baby go off the bottle?

United States
September 15, 2006 12:16pm CST
I have a two year old and he does not want to stop drinking his bottle at night, and in the morning. Is it wrong to keep giving it to him?
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• United States
9 Oct 06
My daughter has been off of the bottle since she turned one. I think 2 is way too long to be on the bottle. By the time they are age 2 they should be able to almost hold a cup with out a lid. All kids are different, but like it was said before, the bottle after a certain age will mess up their teeth.
• United States
9 Oct 06
Sorry if I came off as sounding mean. What I meant to say is maybe you should try giving him a sippy cup in place and tell him that only big boys use sippy cups and not bottles. Then maybe he will not want the bottle anymore.
• Hyderabad, India
17 Dec 06
at the age when they get the teeth they get off to the bottle
@MaddisMom (144)
• United States
20 Oct 06
My daughter was off formula and the bottle on her first birthday. I planned it that way. I did not want her to develope a bad habit.
• United States
20 Oct 06
My 9 year old was off the bottle at 10 months old. I still gave him formula but only in a cup. My 7 year old was a bit harder to get off. She was 14 months when she got off, we just went over to the trash and made a game of throwing the bottles away. Never cried for one after that. Bottle feeding after 2 isn't good for the childs teeth as others have said. It will lead to tooth decay. If it hasn't already started.
@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
20 Oct 06
I don't think it's wrong to give it to him, as long as you are aware that at night the only thing he should have in that bottle at night is water. Anything else will possibly cause tooth decay. Maybe you could try a pacifier. If he won't take that, try the nipple from his bottle stuffed with some cotton (from pill bottle) so it doesn't collapse. In the morning, try giving him a good breakfast before the bottle. He'll spend less time with the bottle because his belly will already be full. Ask yourself this question: Will he still be taking his bottle when he is ten years old. No. He'll get rid of it when he is ready. Not to worry.
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
20 Oct 06
I think a baby should go off the bottle between that ages of twelve and eighteen months. The bottle should be replaced with a spill-proof sippy cup at this time.
@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
20 Oct 06
Try transferring him to a sippy cup. And then eventually wean him to drinking from real cups. Keep in mind that too long on the bottle and too long on sippy cups can cause children to have cavities at a very young age.
@Annilyn (117)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I took all three of my children off the bottle at the age of 1.. sippy cups are gone when they are 2! After a few night they forget about it and they go to sleep without the bottle. Good Luck
• United States
10 Oct 06
My daughter gave it up on her own at 1 and my son is 19 months and uses it only at night before bed. It will be quite the battle getting him off of it but I plan on doing it in the next few weeks.
@dellion (6706)
• Malaysia
10 Oct 06
Mine son reach 4 years old now and he was using it less and less but somehow he still need it during sleeping time. We start to encourage him to use a small cup most of the time. I think age from 3 to 5 should be okay for them to quick it.
• United States
10 Oct 06
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@riia0033 (345)
• India
10 Oct 06
no ,definately not coz i hv 4 yrs old daughter . she still tk her feed in morning, otherwise she start to cry . during day time she takes glass. it is not wrong , nothing ll b wrong
@Aali311 (6125)
• United States
10 Oct 06
Both of my boys got off the bottle at nine months old, the sooner the easier, my one year old is using a sippy cup and a regular cup, and my two year old is using a sippy cup once a day and drinks from a regular cup most of the time.
@DRoddy77 (1776)
• United States
10 Oct 06
Once mine turned one then I slowly started giving them less and less bottles each day and giving them more and more sippy cups every day until they were completely off of the bottle. Luckily I didnt have trouble with any of mine not wanting to let go of the bottle!
@hppygrrrl (419)
• United States
10 Oct 06
I stopped at one. They have made really great sippy cups now that will feel similar to a bottle, maybe try that.
@amiksinha (1961)
• India
15 Sep 06
it could differ from child to child.. my baby left it after a month