My daughter is 3.5yr old and doesnt have any feeding/drinking issues. I am having trouble weaning her off the bottle.
In way of more detail, she only drinks milk and water. She will have water using the straw cup. Wont drink using the hard spout. If I hold the open cup, she might sometimes drink from it.
She has two bottles at night. And how much so ever I try, she wont drink the milk. I have tried to sweeten and flavour it. She doesnt care. She just lies down and drinks from the bottle. She isnt at all interested in juice (so I cant use that to move her to cups).
My DD had bottles until she was very nearly three. I'm afraid that milk had to go the way of all flesh as she would only drink it from bottles, and they were obviously hampering her speech (she has a severe speech delay). We miss them a lot, and I do worry about her calcium intake, but it was the right decision to make to just cut them out. DD moved onto hard spouted sippy cups with weak no added sugar squash in them, and then very recently onto soft flexible straw cups. So this one
MummytoMog - The straw (i.e. where she doesnt have to tip the bottle) ones are fine for water. She just wont use them for milk.. KWIM - She has the skill and given that she can sometimes drink from an open cup (if we old it), she can move to the open cup too. But just wants her milk in a bottle(which she has for a whole of 10-15 mins in the evening).
I stopped day time bottles for this very reason - In case it was hampering her speech
I second what Ineed said, use Avent bottles with teats then add handles, still with teat, then change to the spout. And don't worry if it takes months, there is no rush as you've already got rid of the bottles in the day
Personally, I'd avoid any type of squash, especially the no-sugar ones, and stick to water and milk.
Both of mine drink gallons of no added sugar squash (literally gallons in DS's case, DD only has a couple of cups a day). Should they not? They will not drink water from anything, and I haven't a hope of getting them to drink milk, even sweet toddler milk, anymore.
The bottles for DD were definitely a comfort thing. It was the easiest way in the world to get her out of a tantrum, but my cousin (who is a speechie specialising in ASD kids) basically said they were the work of the devil for her oral motor skills, so we ditched them for both kids. DS wasn't all that bothered, but he only had them for a few months after BFing. Dummies now. They hung around for a while.
I bought 15 different types of beaker before I found one type DS3 will drink from. He's only just 2yo, but I had to get rid of them as he has severe speech delay, and oramotor issues anyway because of his Hypermobility.
Also, i was getting through 4 or more teats a week because he would chew holes in them, and at £4.66 for a pack of 2 teats, i couldn't afford to jeep replacing them.
The ones we have ended up with are a hard spout, Nuby non-spill beaker with a vent that can be swapped from slow flow to fast flow. They come in lots of different colours, they all have pictures on - I have two green ones with pictures of trains on, they have blue lids, they do others but that might give you a clue as to the ones I mean without me being able to link.
It might be because the bottles will have a very fast flow, but most non-spill beakers have a fairly slow flow of liquid. These seem to work on the fast flow because he can drain one, whilst lying down, as quickly as he could a bottle!
Can't link on my phone, but they have been on offer in Tesco for £2.24 for the last few weeks.