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Not enough fluids? :-/ Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
19th Aug '13

So, I've been really kind of lenient when it came to weaning my 22 month old from a bottle. Today is day #3 and he hasn't been angry or anything but he is just flat out not interested in using a sippy really. He will take a few drinks here and there but he isn't chugging down like he would with a bottle. I'm just kind of worried that he isn't getting enough water or milk. He does drink juice but I don't give him juice very often. He woke up this morning with a dry diaper but peed shortly after.



What can I do to encourage drinking more? I even got him whole milk in hopes that he would think it was a treat and drink it. (His pedi said only 2% milk because he was at 99th percentile for height and weight at 12 months)

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
19th Aug '13

My daughter barely drank for like 2-3 days holding out for a bottle. We took it away at 21 months with my oldest. I made sure she always had a sippy with water in it. She finally realized mommy meant business and drank out of her cup.

Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
19th Aug '13

Now, I'm not bashing you guys, so please don't take it personally, but aren't babies/toddlers supposed to be weaned from bottles at 12 months so that it doesn't trash their teeth?

Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
19th Aug '13

Yeah I have made sure he has a cup with him at all times with water in it. Last night he was asking for a bottle. "Ah baba? Ah baba?" I just gave him his cup.

Heather+Austin 1 child; Arizona 506 posts
19th Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mandi Bass:</b>" Now, I'm not bashing you guys, so please don't take it personally, but aren't babies/toddlers supposed to be weaned from bottles at 12 months so that it doesn't trash their teeth?"</blockquote>




Yeah I had him weaned but honestly I work full time and so does his dad so with daycare and grandparents watching him, it was impossible. My son has awesome teeth and we brush 2x a day. I'm not worried about his teeth because unless the milk was just sitting there, which it wasn't, he could get cavities.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
19th Aug '13
Quoting Mandi Bass:" Now, I'm not bashing you guys, so please don't take it personally, but aren't babies/toddlers supposed to be weaned from bottles at 12 months so that it doesn't trash their teeth?"

My doctor likes them to be off by 12 months but makes 18 months the goal for harder one. My youngest was off by 10/11 months. Its kind of a live and learn thing. The bottle was her comfort item and I didnt want to take it away. Although the longer I waited the more attached she got and the harder it got. As for the teeth the pedi said it doesnt truly become an issue until closer to 3 or 4 unless the A) have it constantly and are sucking like all day B) they go to bed with milk or juice in it. but with b you shouldn't do that regardless of the age.

Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
19th Aug '13
Quoting Heather+Austin:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Mandi Bass:</b>" Now, I'm not bashing you guys, so please don't ... [snip!] ... a day. I'm not worried about his teeth because unless the milk was just sitting there, which it wasn't, he could get cavities."

I was under the impression that it was more about how they grow in, but I don't really know. I only have the one baby and he's not a year yet so I haven't had any experience with it! It makes sense that it would be hell with others watching him... a lot of people just want to give a baby whatever they want to make them stop fussing...

Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
19th Aug '13
Quoting Jennybananna:" My doctor likes them to be off by 12 months but makes 18 months the goal for harder one. My youngest ... [snip!] ... are sucking like all day B) they go to bed with milk or juice in it. but with b you shouldn't do that regardless of the age."

I didn't realize that you had such a long time span to work at it. The NICU just shoved it down our throats for 3 months that we HAD to have DS off the bottle at 12 months adjusted. It's good to know that it's not quite that serious because he's currently 8 months adjusted and can't use a sit up to use a sippy cup yet. We were starting to get a little worried.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
19th Aug '13
Quoting Mandi Bass:" I didn't realize that you had such a long time span to work at it. The NICU just shoved it down our throats ... [snip!] ... he's currently 8 months adjusted and can't use a sit up to use a sippy cup yet. We were starting to get a little worried."

Every kid is different and you just have to use your best judgement as a parent.