Weaning - Council Bluffs,IA

Updated on April 12, 2010
N.M. asks from Council Bluffs, IA
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My daughter is 11 months old. My goal is to have her off the bottle at her first birthday. She was doing ok with a silicone spout but then she got sick with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Now she will not drink from anything but her bottle. I am using Medela bottles with medium or slow flow nipples. I am in need of some suggestions on weaning her from the bottle.
I have bought Nuby and Munchkin sippy cups that have the silicone spout.

I would love any suggestions that could help my daughter with this transition.
Thanks for all your help!

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answers from Detroit on

I wouldnt take her bottle away before she is ready. my kids had bottles until they were 2.. they were fine with it.. no problems..

when they are ready to give them up it is no problem.. if she cries for it then she is not ready..

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answers from Salt Lake City on

what about the 'sippy cups' that the dentists recommend? Talk to a pediatric dentist and they will tell you that the basic (dollar store) dripping kind that simply reduce spills is the best training cup. Anything that prevents spills is just a bottle in disguise.



answers from Des Moines on

Make sure that at least a couple of those soft topped sippies have her favorite character on them. This really does help! And then put her juice only in her sippy. This worked for all of mine. -H. (mom of 6--ages 1, 4, 7, 8, 9, and 15)



answers from Des Moines on

our daughter did good with the silicone spout ones at first too, and then just didn't like them, so we switched her to the hard spout Nuby ones, and she does fantastic with them. we also found some "spill-proof" ones with straws that she does really well with.



answers from Sacramento on

My son went off of the bottle very easily after his first birthday (although he continued to nurse until close to his second birthday). My stance was basically that the reason for a bottle is that it mimics the breast so only breastmilk or formula should come from it. If he wanted water or cows milk (after he turned 1) that was in a cup. Also, for that same breast mimicking reason, I didn't let him walk around or play with a bottle, he needed to lay or sit quietly and relax while he had a bottle, sippy cups of water or milk could go with him.

If you try this, she may just choose the cup over the bottle because she wants those other things.

Hope this helps,


answers from Sacramento on

Make them Pretty!!. Buy boring bottles and use a glue gun or whatever you find handy and glue ribbons,ect on the sippy's. If you are afraid of choking try a pretty princess sticker or something similar. The dollar store has stickers and it's a cheap way to indice her to want those sippy's! She shoud not be allowed to have them unless she is using them so sitting one on the counter where she can see is a great idea!



answers from Chicago on

Most moms I've talked to that had babies that loved the bottle and wouldn't take a sippy cup said they had no problems once the bottle was gone. Once your daughter has no other option, she'll take the sippy cup. It won't be a traumatic transition, so don't stress about it. On her first birthday, just switch her over.


answers from Barnstable on

I guess my question is why does she have to be off the bottle by her 1st birthday?

Some babies do better with a straw rather than a sippy. Just a thought.




answers from Portland on

The sucking motion that babies/toddlers get from breastfeeding/bottles not only helps them cope with stress, but it also comforts them when they're tired, when they're sick or not feeling well.
Why take that away from them at such a young age? I'm completely against "weaning" because I've read so many studies that weaning before the baby is ready is actually very bad for them- in the long run. It teaches them that the things they love get taken away, and that is never a good thing to teach one so small.

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