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how to ween off the bottle S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13

DS will be one in about another month, and I've been trying so hard to get him to the sippy cup more and more. I started introducing it around 7-8 months, and he wanted nothing to do with it. Now, at 10 months, i FINALLY got a sippy cup that he will drink from and not chew. I've gone through about 4-5 different cups trying to find one he would drink from.



But, the ONLY thing he'll drink from it is water. If I even put a little bit of apple juice, he won't drink it. I tried formula in it, he won't drink it. My plan is to get him off the bottle by his 1st birthday, and if we have too --- maybe a little after.



He's taking well to this new cup, but he's not having it with formula in it.



Any advice? Help? Suggestions?

user banned 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
15th Apr '13

Wait till he is one and just take it away cold turkey. It will take a couple of restless nights.



Then you won't have to worry about putting formula in his sippy.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting ℳary ℐane:" Wait till he is one and just take it away cold turkey. It will take a couple of restless nights. Then you won't have to worry about putting formula in his sippy. "


really? that simple? Everyone (all my other mom friends) have been telling me to slowly transition up until his birthday.



What if he refuses? I mean, he'll have to drink - so he'll just take it just like that? I'm so nervous about all of this! I don't want my baby to grow up!

Allys_mommy 33 kids; Waterloo, New York 1194 posts
15th Apr '13

i started putting formula in hers at first she wanted nothing to do with it cuz she only had juice in it before i kept giving it to her during the day and she only got a bottle before bed he will get the message he will drink if hes thirtsy . we were completely off the bottle by her furst birthday and also off of formula then too

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting Allys_mommy:" i started putting formula in hers at first she wanted nothing to do with it cuz she only had juice in ... [snip!] ... message he will drink if hes thirtsy . we were completely off the bottle by her furst birthday and also off of formula then too"


That's what I've been trying to do. But my crazy child doesn't like juice. I've tried all types and he refuses to drink it. He loooooooves water though! Maybe I'll be more firm and try again tomorrow with the sippy and try for only a bottle at night. I can't believe I only have another month or so until we're off formula!

user banned 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting S ♥ J ♥ L:" really? that simple? Everyone (all my other moms friends) have been telling me to slowly transition ... [snip!] ... he'll have to drink - so he'll just take it just like that? I'm so nervous about all of this! I don't want my baby to grow up!"

I took the bottle away at 13 months. It took me two nights of staying up with him, for him to finally go to sleep without it. Of course all babies are different.



He will get thirsty eventually, if he keeps refusing it. Just keep offering.

Mommy to 3!!!! 3 kids; Lincoln, Alabama 10234 posts
15th Apr '13

When Ashley turned one I gave her no choice but to use a sippy. She finally figured out I wasn't going to give her a bottle

Munchkin Maker 2 kids; Maryland 733 posts
15th Apr '13
Quoting ℳary ℐane:" Wait till he is one and just take it away cold turkey. It will take a couple of restless nights. Then you won't have to worry about putting formula in his sippy. "


This is what we did, at 9 months.
2 nights of no sleep, but cold turkey is definitely most affective.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
15th Apr '13

It's good he doesn't like juice. It's so sugary and gives kids a sweet tooth. My two year old drinks water and milk only.
Maybe once he starts on whole milk he will like that and drink it from sippy.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting Mommy of boy & girl:" When Ashley turned one I gave her no choice but to use a sippy. She finally figured out I wasn't going to give her a bottle"


I just feel like I'll cave and give it to him :( I think maybe if I do it cold turkey, it'll have to be a weekend! lol



ugh. I'm such a softy! haha

lamr - 02-08-13-21 2 kids; Crazytown, ON, Canada 5922 posts
15th Apr '13

I just waited until my kids were ready. They only had a bottle before they went to sleep so it wasnt a big deal anyway. I'd offer a sippy, and if they wouldn't take it then I'd give them a bottle. Eventually they both just took the sippy when offered and never asked for a bottle again.



I think that's better than taking away a comfort item cold turkey, but that's just me. To each their own :)

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting A is Me:" It's good he doesn't like juice. It's so sugary and gives kids a sweet tooth. My two year old drinks water and milk only. Maybe once he starts on whole milk he will like that and drink it from sippy."


I thought so too, he loves his water so maybe he'll be a water drinker and no juice with all that nasty sugar! I bought 3 packs of different juices and the child didn't want a single one! Me and SO have been drinking them instead haha.



Are there any sippies that you ladies recommend? I forget the exact name brand we bought for him, but it was at Walmart. 2 for around $7 and it has Elmo and friends on them. He LOVES them.

A is Me 1 child; South Carolina 3782 posts
15th Apr '13

I slowly took out one daytime bottle at a time til he was down to just night time bottles. He kept those til almost 15 months :/ I had a harder time weaning then he did! When I was really over it, I put water in his night time bottle and he quickly lost interest. It took four or five nights where he sucked water for a minute or less, then one night I just ditched the bottle. We co sleep though so I think that made things way easier.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting lamr - 02-08-13-21:" I just waited until my kids were ready. They only had a bottle before they went to sleep so it wasnt ... [snip!] ... a bottle again. I think that's better than taking away a comfort item cold turkey, but that's just me. To each their own :)"


that's what scares me. I don't even want to think about what I'm going to do when we have to take away his wubby (aka "pacifier").



That's his comfort object. Some kids have a blanket or a toy, my child got attached to a pacifier with a plush animal sticking out of it. He has like 9 of them and he's in love. That will be a tragedy all in itself.

S ♥ J ♥ L 1 child; 3 angel babies; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 3695 posts
status 15th Apr '13
Quoting A is Me:" I slowly took out one daytime bottle at a time til he was down to just night time bottles. He kept those ... [snip!] ... for a minute or less, then one night I just ditched the bottle. We co sleep though so I think that made things way easier."


I think I might try that too! Put water in his bottle and work up to the sippy.



I'll just take it as it goes and work on his cues too. I hate to say this, but I wish he could just stay my baby forever and not have to ween of bottles and pacifiers. I can't believe how quickly they grow!



I think this is more upsetting for me than it will be for him!