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2/17/11 10:22 A

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I'm glad to know other mothers have this problem! My 13 month old son LOVES his bottle, and I've tried different types of sippy cups but he just doesn't understand how to drink from them. He just chews on the spout and ends up with milk or water completely soaking him! I started working a few months ago, and I think the guilt from that makes me give in more to him now. Especially if he's awake when I'm leaving for work, if he has a bottle he's fine, otherwise he sobs. It breaks my heart!

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2/14/11 5:25 P

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After my 19 month old son's 18 month appt, his pediatrician encouraged me to get him off the bottle. He had no problem switching over even though I thought he would because he refused to take it at 12 months. He would occasionally ask for the bottle but I just have robe a little stern and say no. When he's not feeling well though, I let him have one.

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2/11/11 7:17 P

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My youngest jus turned 12 months. He has been drinking out of a sippy cup for months but he only drinks his juice and water out of it. He still wants his two bottles a day. Although his milk intake has decreased from 8oz per serving to 6oz he still wants a bottle when he wakes up and one before bed. I'm not too worried about it since he does like the sippy cup with a straw. he just doesn't like the fact that when its milk time he cant turn it up. I have notices that he will not drink milk out of any but his bottle or a regular cup but he doesn't like help with the regular cups he wants to do it himself which = a mess. So at night time that doesn't work well.

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2/9/11 5:20 P

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With my first daughter my dr told me to put prune juice in the bottle and offer her milk in a sippy cup. She thought the bottle was broken and didn't want it any more. The only problem was that at the time we only gave her water in the cup and that's what she expected. She refused the milk as well. It was a miserable week but eventually our night time routine changed.

We took away the bottle around 13 months. She still will drink nothing but water and we have her on a calcium supplement which works out fine.

So the prune juice worked, but with the next one I'll have her drinking milk out of the sippy cup before taking away the bottle.

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2/7/11 8:39 P

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My son is 20 months and still takes 2 bottles a day. I honestly see no problem in him having them. I'm in no rush to take them away...it's a comfort to him seeing as he never took a paci. He's still a baby and doesn't understand why I am taking away his comfort. When he gets a little older and can understand, then I will take it away. The way I look at it is, he won't be taking a bottle to kindergarten, so I'm just going to let him have his comfort for now.

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2/7/11 8:10 P

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My son has always gotten the concept of sippy cups but seemed to have difficulty with drinking from them. We had to go out and get him the soft nippled sippy cups, making them seem more like a bottle, and he has been doing just great with them! He's only 13 months right now but I do want to make the transition to nothing but cups pretty soon. I have a friend with two boys who she is only just getting both of them onto cups and I don't want a 2 year old still sucking on a bottle.

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2/2/11 11:24 P

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We use the soft nipple sippy cups too, I breast feed til he was 8 months and I got tired of doing it (I know sounds harsh) and switched him to the bottle cold turkey, we then cut him off the bottle cold turkey when he turned 12 months. We gave him the soft nipple sippy cups. He only got water in them when it was bedtime so I didn't have to worry about his teeth, he usually takes a sip and then just holds it, I leave it by him and if he wakes up in the middle of the night it's there for him and he just grabs it himself.

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2/2/11 3:40 P

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Wow I almost feel like I am doing something wrong. My daughter will be 10 months on the 13th and shes been totally on a sippy cup for almost 2 months now! I used the soft top ones since they were more like bottles and plus teething yeah they made the transition easier. It took a few days before she totally switched over. As for switching the kids into their own bed I never had that problem.
Now I am dealing with something new though. My 10 month old is doing screaming fits and she having almost like attachment issues and I'm not understanding why. She around me all the time she even goes to work with me. If i leave her with someone else shes also fine. but these fits are unreal i hope it's just a phase.

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1/29/11 11:08 A

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I guess I am in the minority here. I actually had no help with my sons but from my husband...he was a first time parent too. So, I went to the internet for advice on caring for our newborn (he is now 3) and found an article that suggested to take the bottle away at 6 months with no bottles to be used at all afterward and no drinks during bedtime (to prevent tooth decay) We switched the bottles to cups at 6 months with both of our boys and they were both given bottles til bedtime then laid in their cribs for the night. We never had a problem with them wanting the bottle back or in their bed at night. I guess we were lucky and I hope if we have a third baby that we will have the same success.

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1/27/11 10:15 A

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I thought we would never get rid of bottles (my son is 22 mo). He is still on Nutramigen AA because of multiple food allergies, so I didn't want to "break" him of a bottle and risk not giving him nutrition. He wouldn't drink out of sippy cups anytime except during meals.

But a miracle happened one day at Target: he saw a Mickey Mouse sippy cup and really wanted it. I let him hold it in the store, on the way home, then put his formula in it and gave it the old college try...and voila! I then super-praised him for using a big boy cup, high-fiving and doing a dance.

Moral of the story: maybe just keep offering and trying, without trying to force it? My son is pretty determined, so it had to be on his schedule. Keep trying, it will happen!

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1/27/11 8:59 A

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My son just turned two and I am still fighting with bottles! It used to be just at naps and bedtime. But he seems to cry allday for one too!

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1/27/11 1:36 A

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I have a 12 month old and a 23 month old. I took them both off the bottle cold-turkey the week of their 1st birthdays. The last few bottle I put warm milk in and only gave it to them right at bedtime. Then finally just took it away and gave them warm milk in a sippy cup..start giving them the sippy cup before you break the bottle. It will make the transition easier. trust me. And now Both of them are completely bottle free and paci free. I find just getting it over with and realizing they will be just fine, and that crying is their only way of communicating, is the best approach. Hope this helps!

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1/5/11 3:51 P

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I am trying to get rid of the bottles but one battle at a time lol my LO now uses a paci after seeing her cousin use one and so when she wakes up at night I can just give her that as far as my oldest lo she wants abottle and no she doesnt want water

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10/18/10 5:57 P

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mine is 18 months old and still doing bottle at bed times.
i have to be honest that i havent tried very hard to break him of it yet....we fill the bottle with water.
he wakes in the night and has a few drinks then goes back to sleep. he sleeps fantastic at night and i really would rather not mess with that--lol.

i may be wrong but i assume one day he will just not want it. he could care less about his paci and he drinks from a sippy all day long.


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10/3/10 1:40 P

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Let her cry for a few minutes the first time, comfort her without picking her up if necessary. Next time, let her cry a little longer...eventually she will realize that you are the boss, not her. I know it is difficult, but well worth it.

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10/2/10 10:34 P

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Thanks... Everyone keeps telling me to let her cry it out.. But I feel guilty.. What if she eventually falls asleep then wakes up in the middle of the night crying again..Do I just let her cry?..She will not stop crying until she gets her own way..

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10/2/10 1:43 P

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My first child was off the bottle at 8 months, and 2nd child off by 1 year...the second was definitely more difficult--I had less patience and gave in easier with my 2nd. My 2nd also didn't want a sippie cup to start with, so I tried a soft straw cup with he could suck on like a bottle (took the straw out of the inside to begin with so he could still tip the cup) and eventually he took the cup instead. We did binkies at night time, I wouldn't recommend starting a binkie after a year though. I am currently trying to break my youngest from his binkie (this weekend actually). Lots of crying at nap/bedtime, but I know if I don't give in it will only take a few days. CRYING WILL NOT HURT THEM! The only way to break the bed thing, is to put an end to it and have a few bad nights. Let her cry for a while, check on her, comfort if you have too...if you have any sort of music in the crib, it seems to help. Let her cry a little longer each time, eventually she will go to sleep on her own. IT IS DIFFICULT, but you have to set limits now.

Hope this helps and doesn't sound to preachie.

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10/1/10 8:01 P

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A few people has told me that works.. Im going to try it. Thanks for the tips!!

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10/1/10 7:39 P

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We used the silicone soft tip munchie cups and he was off the bottle at 9months. They work great. Didn't have to break him of a pacifier, he did it himself when he didn't like the harder ones for 3-6months.


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10/1/10 6:31 P

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KTaylor,
I like that idea of one bottle a night and then a pacifier. I must try once she is back from Great grandmas! It is hard to hear them cry and to see that little face while they do it, ugh. I have given in, if she does it to be picked up while I am cleaning.

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10/1/10 5:54 P

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My son is 13 months ans we are working on getting him off the bottle, we use one bottle a day for bed time and thing he gets the pacifier all night. This past week he's been waking up between 5:30 - 7:00am and I bring him into bed with us (my husband and I). He tends to cry when he first goes to bed some nights and others just goes to sleep. Crying won't hurt them, that is what I have been working on learning. It all just takes time and hard work, keep being a good mom and loving you baby.

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10/1/10 3:54 P

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That sounds so easy..Yet so hard lol... Have you ever had a problem with them sleeping in there own bed?... My daughter will not stay in her bed... I believe its mainly my fault because ever since she was born I had let her fall asleep with me laying down with her..and now I still do that but pick her up and bring her to her own room.. She will sleep in there for 2 or 3 hours then screams to come to our bed..Its definitely straining the relationship I have with my boyfriend because we never can get any alone time..

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Both of my children were off the bottle at 1 year (daughter was 3 weeks after her bday and son was 5 weeks before his). We used the Nubi sippy cups. They have the soft silicone nipples so I think they didn't realize the difference so it made for an easy transition. Both of my children used a pacifier. My daughter's got taken away on her first birthday and we had no problems. Now my son we let keep until he was 18 months (only in his crib from 9 mos on) & then took away the day he turned 18 months. He was not easy! He screamed every night for a minimum of 20 minutes, some nights it was 30-40 to start. It is hard to not give in, but well worth it. It took about 10 days and each night crying got less and less until he stopped. He gets to pick something to take in to bed with him and that is his comfort. Now he walks in his room, picks his toy to take to bed and then we put him in bed and he passes right out.

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9/30/10 10:24 P

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lol.. Im glad to hear im not the only one in this situation..
My little one has never had a pacifier either..Im afraid if I introduce that to her she will want that all the time, then its going to be another problem I have to deal with to take that away..

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Our 18 month old also will sleep with a bottle. (I know it is crucial to stop that, to keep her teeth strong and prevent bottle rot.) She will even wake up at night for a refill! I think this week I will try to sub a pacifier, after I make sure she is really tired. She has not used a pacifier before. I even thought about gluing one to the end of a bottle, lol emoticon

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9/29/10 6:44 P

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Im glad someone knows what I mean... Your right it is easier sometimes to just give in.. The most Ive gotten down to is two bottles in a day but sometimes she will scream for more throughout the day..

Today she was crying for one at her nap time, I gave in.. and she didnt even drink it, she held her bottle and fell alseep.. So I know its just for comfort..I just wish I knew how to break the habit...

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My son is 21 months old and still cries for his bottle! This has been a struggle of ours for a while now. Sometimes it's easier to give in than hear him scream for one. I would like to hear what other people have to say or recommend.

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9/28/10 7:32 P

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She has her sippy cup, and drinks from regular cups too..She just still wants those damn bottles lol..

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I took them away when they wanted a sippy cup and never went back! Now my almost 2 year old drinks from regular cups or with straws only!!

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Hello... My daughter is almost 18 months old, and still wanting a bottle!... Ive been trying for about 3 months now to take her off them.. She doesn't have a bottle nearly as much as she use to obviously but she still wants it usually at nap time and bedtime...If I don't give in she screams like crazy, then I feel bad and give in...So please tell me your success story's about how you got rid of them..

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