Weaning from Bottle - Freeport,IL

Updated on March 21, 2009
M.C. asks from Holmen, WI
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My son will be 1 next week. He still takes 4 bottles a day. Each bottle is between 6 and 8 oz. He also still wakes up in the middle of the night for a bottle also. This one is about 5 oz. I would like to start weaning him from the bottle. When is a good time to do this and how do I do it? I started giving him a sippy cup when he was 6 months old, but he still won't drink out of it. He just plays with it. Any ideas to get him to drink from a sippy cup? Thanks!

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answers from Springfield on

I started giving my son a sippy cup occasionally at 6 months. At first it was a toy, then he liked it when i picked it up for him. Now, at 8 months he figured out how to use it and likes it. But he rarely has a bottle, as I breastfeed. The sippy cup is juice. As for night feeding. I decided to wean him off of it about 6 months and see what happens. He woke up as usual, I comforted him and went back to bed. He was asleep in about 10 minutes. He obviously wasn't TOO hungry! Now he sleeps through the night *most* of the time. :-) But I rarely night feed. Unless he's sick or something, he just doesn't need it. It was just a matter of reforming his habit.



answers from Chicago on

DOn't let the age dictate when they are ready to wean off the bottle. I gave my daughter a bottle before bed until she was 18 months. One day she fell asleep without it, and I Have never offered it to her ever since. Now, she is 2.5 years old, goes to bed on her own in her big girl bed and is a great sleeper. Weaning is fine, but don't cold turkey it just because he/she is one year old. Start with the morning bottles then wait until later to wean from the night time bottle. Sippy cups are great. People swear by the Nubie ones, I just went for the playtex ones.



answers from Chicago on

We just went through this with my now 14 month old. As she was approaching 12 months, she was still taking 5 bottles/day. We basically dropped 2 of these bottles cold turkey at 12 months (the one right after her morning nap and right after her afternoon nap). The rest we did very gradually. I began mixing a couple ounces of whole milk and the rest formula in the bottles over a period of a couple weeks until it was gradually all milk (she preferred it warmed up since her formula was always room temp). Once she was good to go with the milk, I began giving her milk in her sippy cups at meals just to get her used to it (she barely drank any for a while, but got used to it). Then we dropped the mid-day bottle and still gave her a morning and nighttime bottle for a month or so. By this time she was doing much better with the sippy, so I dropped the morning bottle and give her the milk in a sippy instead. As of two days ago, I dropped the nighttime bottle because I noticed she has been drinking a ton of milk with dinner out of her sippy. The super gradual process really worked and she didn't skip a beat with any of it. She does really well with the Munchkin straw cups. Not so good with other sippys. Good luck.



answers from Chicago on

My daughter will be 1 at the end of the month and she drinks her milk during the day from a straw cup. Juice is from a sippy. She is a little messy with the straw cup since she tends to take it out before she swallows. But a bib solves this. For nighttime, I give her a snack about half hour after dinner and half hour before bed. This seems to take care of her waking up middle-of the night. She still does occasionally but not as much as she used to. She only gets a bottle for naps.

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