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Did you knock bottles on the head at 12 months? Advice please, baby will only take a bottle

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Mrsgrumble Thu 31-Jul-14 19:17:31

I have tried the nuby beaker etc. he won't really drink. I want to keep fluids in him but what can I do? Also need to wean him off bottles.

baddyfreckleface Thu 31-Jul-14 23:53:41

My two refuse to drink milk in anything but a bottle. They will have water in anything but when I tried to get rid of the bottles I had no chance. They would rather have no milk than milk in anything but a bottle.

They are five and two. My five year old just stopped drinking milk completely for over a year. I really wanted her to have milk, even tried chocolate flavouring etc. In the end she got upset one day and said she missed drinking it from a bottle as that's the only way it tastes good. So I decided to give in.

They have it for breakfast and supper. Drink it, clean their teeth and then go to bed. I don't think it matters. The bigger picture is more important, and milk is good for my kids.

I think as long as you offer alternatives and healthy drinks that they don't keep in their mouth for a long time, (so no milk or juice in bed with them after cleaning teeth) it really doesn't matter.

firefly78 Thu 31-Jul-14 23:19:40

mine stopped at 2 ish. you dont need to sterilise once they are 1 anyway. I always just offered water in a tommee tippee cup and milk in bottles ar morning and bedtime. DS wasn't keen on water so gave him milk in his cup. I hate them having squash. its so bad for you.

SoonToBeSix Thu 31-Jul-14 23:19:00

Bottles are fine at 12 months, beakers are better but much more important things to stress over .

Bugsylugs Thu 31-Jul-14 23:13:29

Haven't read all replies mine stopped at 4 and a bit do what feels right for you and lo

blueskiesandflowers Thu 31-Jul-14 22:57:49

With both dds more like 15mnths as had same problem they didn't like cups
At 15 mnths gave up bottle in day

MrsBungle Thu 31-Jul-14 22:45:17

I stopped bottles literally within a few days of dc1 and 2 turning 1. Neither were great with a lidded up before that, within a couple of days they'd forgotten about bottles, even though they both loved them.

littledrummergirl Thu 31-Jul-14 22:42:09

I never used bottles but this is what my dmum did when we were babies.

Give them a choice of bottle or beaker/cup. If they choose the bottle then they use it by themselves. If they choose the beaker then sit with them and have cuddles and chat, stories etc.

This worked for her.

NannyPlumIsMyIdol Thu 31-Jul-14 22:29:27

DD2 still has a bottle of milk most nights, she's 3. DD1 was 4 when she stopped, DS was 2. They're all different.

Ds is 6 and is still allowed his dummy when he's ill (long term health problems). I care not.

We offered water in Tommee Tippee sippy cups from 6 months. They had morning and bedtime milk in bottles until 16 months and weren't remotely phased when I stopped the bottles.

deakymom Thu 31-Jul-14 22:18:18

i managed it at 6 months with my first (i was clueless and was told to switch at 6 months so i just did it) 12 months with my second and nearly 18 months with my third! we all had to drink out of the sippy to get him interested! grin

thestamp Thu 31-Jul-14 20:55:11

start giving him an open cup in the bath to play with. he will start trying to drink from it. that's how i taught 2 DSs. saves the mess too.

they start wanting to copy mummy at 18mo or so. that's when mine started investigating my cups of tea etc. then you can't keep them away from the cup.

as long as you're not giving him bottles of squash 24/7, a bottle won't harm him even if you keep it up for a year or so longer.

SquattingNeville Thu 31-Jul-14 20:28:17

He's 10 months so his main source of food/fluid should still be his milk. Keep offering the beaker with water with meals, he'll get the hang of it eventually. DS was 13 months before he started drinking anything apart from milk in any real quantities. He's now 18 months and takes all his milk from a sippy beaker and his water from a Tommee Tippee non-spill cup.

Snatchoo Thu 31-Jul-14 20:22:50

DTS had bottles until about 18 months. Plus those Nuby cups as well - they chewed through them so I got rid. Also HV said harder spouts are better for strengthening the jaw.

ALittleFaith Thu 31-Jul-14 20:10:59

I stopped bottles at 1 with DD when she moved on to cow's milk. It seemed a natural transition. SIL still had a bottle at 3 and I wanted to avoid that! She wasn't happy to take milk from her water beaker but she did from this sipper. It's fast flowing and as soon as she had that I stopped the bottle.

TheDayOfMyDoctor Thu 31-Jul-14 20:07:50

We stopped bottles at 12 months. DS wasn't great at using cups until then, but as soon as the bottles were gone he started drinking out of a cup fine.

stripedtortoise Thu 31-Jul-14 20:07:48

DC wouldn't take a cup for ages. Probably not the 'mumsnet' way but to initially entice him with fluids from a cup I have juice. Diluted heavily but enough for him to like the taste enough. After about 3 weeks it gave him the hang of the cup and that was that, switched to water and he drinks fine now smile

And still has bottles for milk at 2.5

Boots do a set of cups that "grows"

So you start with a standard boots bottle and then can get a whole variety of styles of cups and handles that fit the teat/bottle, which might help with the idea of drinking from a cup without actually drinking from acup iyswim?

We used a tommee tippee thing that had a similar idea but haven't seen since! Dd was about 15 months before shed accept any type of cup and would only have ones with straws in.

FernieB Thu 31-Jul-14 19:44:31

Mine stopped having bottles at about 11 months old. I had a cold water sterilising system and was allergic to the solution so I lasted as long as I could and then just threw the whole lot out. They then had no choice but to use sippy cups and did so quite happily as they couldn't see any bottles around.

There are really 2 options. Either be relaxed about it and let him use bottles or cups as he likes which means it could go on a while. Or be firm and give no other option than a cup. Both are equally valid - just depends how much the bottle use annoys you.

Purpleflamingos Thu 31-Jul-14 19:40:46

Oh, when I say cups of tea.... We filled the teapot with water.

Neither my children or I drink tea.

Purpleflamingos Thu 31-Jul-14 19:39:49

We knocked bottles on the head completely at 24 months, generally around the time they had a cold or severe illness as milk isn't good for colds/ flu .

Other then that , they gradually stopped having bottles of their own choice. Although, we did get a cute melamine tea set and they spent lots of time pouring themselves and me cups of tea and having fun drinking it (keep towels close by if you do this).

LST Thu 31-Jul-14 19:39:43

My Ds is 3 in November. He still sleeps with a dummy and has a bottle of milk in the morning and one before bed. I will carry on until he doesn't want to anymore.

Eebahgum Thu 31-Jul-14 19:39:13

Ds is 22 months and still has a bottle at bedtime & first thing in the morning. If he's poorly he has them through the day too. I invested in many different types of cups for him and kept offering them at mealtimes. Gradually he became more open to the idea and I phased out daytime bottles.

JsOtherHalf Thu 31-Jul-14 19:35:43

One very experienced HV i spoke to said that babies tend to move away from bottles themselves around 18 months.

Have you tried a doidy cup?

McBear Thu 31-Jul-14 19:34:51

I mean this...

She's had it since about ten months. She now has the nuby one like this... I think. She's never liked it tho. Tesco is simple and easy but I did get told off by HV.

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