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14 mo. and the bottle

My almost 14 month old still drinks milk from a bottle first thing in the morning and before bed. She does drink from the sippy during the day but she won't in the morning or before bed. How do I get her do drink only from the sippy?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on May. 14, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • Have her throw out the bottles and explain to her that she is a BIG girl and big girls drink from sippy cups!=) worked for me.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:25 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • OP- she won't anderstand if I have her throw them out.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:27 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Annon here: just try it, my dd was about 14 or 15 months too and thats what I thought... If they arent in the house then she will see that she needs to take a sippy cup.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:30 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • I waited til my oldest was 2 and plan to do the same with my second.My second only uses a bottle at nap time and bed time.ither then that its always a sippy cup.waiting til 2 wont kill a child lol.I also still give my 1 year old formula ;) I had no issues when my oldest turned 2 and took them away.We went and bought 6 different sippy cups and she picked them all out.She only like 2 out of what we bought and I went and bought more of them.

    good luck

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • i agree with anon33 ... I waited until my daughter was 2 to take her off the bottle and I will do the same for my son -- she was old enough to understand and it isnt like they were on the bottle all day and all night - they both took /take it before they go to sleep.

    Answer by glamomomo at 5:38 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • Start slowly changing the 'rules. Start with the bottle has to be drank only in mommies lap but a sippy cup she can carry around or sit on the couch. Then make it a rule that only water goes in the bottle on mommies lap. Then cut back the amount you put in it. Make the bottle boring and the cup freedom!

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:59 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • if it was me and how I do it is I just take it away. I get rid of them I don't make it a big deal therefor they don't make a bug deal out of it eaither.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:36 PM on May. 14, 2010

  • If I were you, I would let the kid have the bottle. My oldest son had his till HE was ready to give it up. Bottles, especially if they are filled with milk, are a comfort for babies and toddlers. So I wasn't going to take a comfort from him. He took juice and water out of a sippy but wanted his milk in a bottle. He gave his bottle up in December; he was 2.5 years old exactly. His teeth are perfect too. I had my bottle till I was 4 and my teeth are fine. And the AAP even says...

    "Many mothers are bottle-feeding their children beyond age 2, even though pediatricians often recommend the bottle be given up by 12 to 18 months, according to a California study of 191 healthy full-term infants.

    Researchers found 42 percent of 2- to 3-year-olds were fed about three bottles a day, and 16 percent of 3- to 4-year-olds were given an average of 2.1 bottles a day."

    Answer by purpleducky at 12:14 PM on May. 15, 2010

  • i am gradually doing it. i was going to do it by 14months but she didn't drink her milk one time that i gave it in her sippy in the morning. but she just learned to drink from the straw and well maybe i will buy a sippy with a straw . she loves straws now. i have grandparents to fight too though so its not easy. but i will do it when i feel its time. just like the formula she had it passed 12months. its fine. i had a bottle passed 2 also. everyone now a days wants the kids to grow up so fast and do everything so ahead of time. i want to keep her a baby as long as i can.

    Answer by lambdarose at 4:55 PM on May. 15, 2010

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