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18 month old still on bottles - normal?

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ladypop Fri 08-Jul-11 15:08:27

Our DS is 18 months old and still has milk from a bottle first thing and at bedtime feed. Is this normal? I only ask because all the official advice is "around aged 1 they should be moving onto a cup". To be honest, he enjoys the bottle and it is a good way of ensuring he gets a good quota of milk as he can tend to play around with it in a cup (he drinks water and fruit juice out of cups in the day no problem).

I am just interested to know what other moms do. My mom said do what works for us and not what the books say!

When should he look to ditch the bottle and completely go on to cups?

Thanks x

RitaMorgan Fri 08-Jul-11 15:55:45

Cups are better for their teeth than bottles. So long as you are sensible and don't let him take the bottle to bed and obviously clean his teeth after his milk at bedtime it is fine though. Lots of 1 year olds (and older!) still have bottles ime.

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 16:00:53

A lot of fuss about nothing - it is perfectly fine and bottles do not harm teeth nor does milk. You are not talking about a child having it stuck it it's mouth all day then absolutely fine...... Your baby is still a baby and if your son is content having a couple of bottles a day and it helps him get off to sleep then bugger what the books say.

You Mum is right, she knows because she has done it before and you didn't end up snaggle-toothed...

RitaMorgan Fri 08-Jul-11 16:05:43

Bottles/milk can harm teeth pinky as milk is quite sugary - the sucking action of a bottle causes milk to pool around the teeth in the mouth giving it more time to do damage.

wigglesrock Fri 08-Jul-11 17:05:10

My daughters would have had a bedtime bottle at 18 months, all other milk/ water etc was taken out of a cup. It wasn't the milk they wanted, it was the idea of the bottle, sucking it, cuddling up, their teeth were brushed afterwards. All bottles were away for just before they were two.

Bunbaker Fri 08-Jul-11 17:18:00

I followed my sister's advice and stopped giving DD a bottle when she was 12 months. She told me that the longer I left it the harder it would be. I have a sneaking suspicion she was right because DD didn't miss the bottle at all. On the other hand I remember being given a bottle when I was four because I didn't want to stop having my milk in a bottle. My mum used to tell me that I was too old. I can't actually remember when I stopped drinking milk from a bottle, but I don't do it any more!

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 17:54:03

Well I have four children and really they have perfect teeth. Seems I got it all wrong then. So strictly speaking are we meant to brush babies teeth after a breastfeed????

Breastmilk does contain more lactose than cow milk.

VeronicaCake Fri 08-Jul-11 18:28:39

My dentist's advice was to brush teeth after a bedtime bottle and never put DD into her cot with a bottle. Bf-ing isn't as bad apparently because the milk squirts towards the back of the mouth rather than pooling round the teeth (though my dentist's advice was still to try and get teeth brushed after breastfeeding too).

For the OP I know plenty of 18m olds having bedtime bottles too so it sounds perfectly normal to me.

fuckmepinkandCALLmegoran Fri 08-Jul-11 18:30:55

I wouldn't worry too much - she's hardly going to be leaving school with a bottle wink

Brush teeth, try not to put her into bed with a bottle and she'll drop it when she's ready

my DD1 was nearly 4 but she had ishoos but still I am a bad mother obviously because I couldn't be arsed we had bigger problems

RitaMorgan Fri 08-Jul-11 18:55:39

pinky, as Veronica says the nipple is pulled towards the back of the baby's mouth during breastfeeding so the milk doesn't pool around the teeth, so isn't so much of an issue. However I did start brushing ds's teeth before bed once he had some teeth around 9 months.

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 19:06:07

Apparently I am lucky my children have any teeth in their little heads.....

And I have known a great deal of 18 month olds who have a bottle at bedtime- I don't think it is abnormal

RitaMorgan Fri 08-Jul-11 19:08:21

Not sure why you are taking this so personally confused Surely brushing teeth before bed is just sensible?

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 19:08:22

oops pushed button too fast...

IMVHO I do feel you have to try really hard to get tooth decay in milk teeth - and I guess the incidence of this being caused by milk in otherwise healthy children is extremely low indeed so I think I will carry on taking the risk!

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 19:09:12

no really not taking it personally that was meant tongue in cheek !

pinkytheshrinky Fri 08-Jul-11 19:10:53

I am not suggesting not brushing teeth before bed - not at all. I just don't think it is the end of the world to have a milk drink afterwards - that's all

HooverTheHamaBeads Fri 08-Jul-11 19:12:50

I'm sure it's common at 18 months.

I moved from bottles to cups at 11 months as was following the advice at the time. DD then wouldn't drink milk from the cup, so HV just advised water to drink and plenty of cheese and yoghurt to eat.

We were brushing teeth from about eight months.

rathlin Fri 08-Jul-11 19:15:22

My 2 yr old DS still has a bottle morning and night. He drinks water only from a lidless cup the rest of the day. He has refused to drink milk from a cup. My only issue with the bottle is having to clean it. I hate the darn things! He sucks on the bottle for a max of 5-10 mins a day in total and teeth are cleaned afterwards so figure it's not doing him any harm.

ladypop Sat 09-Jul-11 19:40:25

Thanks folk... athough I am now worried about his teeth! I had not really considered the teeth issue, more to do with simply getting him away from the 'baby' stage.

We always brush teeth (although how successful it is I don't know...he often struggles and really hates it!) morning and night, but he has his milk after this at night. It is mainly down to routine as the bottle relaxes him and it is in the dark that he has it, so then getting him up to then brush teeth in the bathroom would not be too great in helping him to feel lkke bad mom!

ladypop Sat 09-Jul-11 19:41:03

that was meant to say like a bad mom!

VeronicaCake Sat 09-Jul-11 20:18:59

Well you could wake him up to brush his teeth and then leave him to scream in his cot and feel like a bad mum about that too!

As a general rule moving on from milk just before bed is probably a good idea. But as pinky says above we are talking about a small level of increased risk to his teeth. I'd say look for ways of gently shifting his routine around but definitely don't panic about it. His teeth aren't going to all fall out if he is still having a bedtime bottle at two.

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