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Getting 15mnth DS off the bottle

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Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 22:09:21

Hi all, I'm new to posting on MN but have been reading the posts for the last week or so.

He has 3 bottles of milk a day (morning, lunch and bedtime) but has juice/smoothies etc in his cup and refuses to take his milk out of one.

Do I go cold turkey with all 3 bottles and give them him in his cup or do it gradually?

Thanks grin

wrongsideof40 Sun 30-Aug-09 22:30:31

I think gradually would be kinder. I'd drop the lunchtime one first, then probably the night time one as it can cause problems later when you're trying to get them dry at night. Then tackle the morning one. But take your time - there's no rush smile

seeker Sun 30-Aug-09 22:38:04

3 bottles a day are not going to do him any harm at all. If he likes them and they make him happy, then there's no reason to stop.

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 22:39:56

Brill, thank you. I'll give it a go from tomorrow. He normally has a nap after the lunch one and I've got a fast-ish flow cup so I'll give it a bash! smile

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 22:41:24

Seeker, especially the night time one that is his favorite!!grin

LadyHooHa Sun 30-Aug-09 22:55:16

Sorry, Seeker, I disagree. If you don't ditch bottles now, Bellared, you will only have to do it later when it's more difficult (unless you like the idea of a three-year-old with a bottle hanging out of his mouth).

What kind of cup does your son have? Is it one of the lidded type with a spouty thing? Some children will take milk from those if they won't take it from a cup. Whatever kind of cup you use, I think you'll find that your DS will soon get the hang of it even if he's initially resistant. I'd do it in the same order as wrongside suggests, but I'd want to be bottle free within, say, a week. Good luck!

LadyHooHa Sun 30-Aug-09 22:55:42

Sorry - you did mention the fast-ish flow cup. My apologies!

GirlsAreLoud Sun 30-Aug-09 22:58:00

DD used to have a bottle of formula in the morning and at night, then when the formula ran out just before she turned 12 months I switched to full fat cows milk. Just put the bottles away and gave her cows milk from a doidy cup, she didn't miss the bottles at all (although has had water from a doidy from about 4mo).

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 23:02:50

LadyHH, he's got a few! sorry, my fault I should have said, they are the spouted ones I'm to busy thinking about the cake I've just made! Have you seen the cow print one that was sold in Boots? That seems to be the fastest one, the others are Vital Baby and a Boots own one. I've just got him back sleeping through the night after a bowt (is that how its spelled?) of night feeding and seems to have done lots of new things this week so ditching the bottles will just be another new thing.

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 23:05:29

GAL, do you rate the Doidy cups? Were they easy for her to get the hang of? He drinks the bath water out of his jug beautifully the dirty monkey but when I give him a tiny bit of fluid in his big boy un-spouted cup thingy he gets non of it in his noise hole!

MoominMymbleandMy Sun 30-Aug-09 23:22:03

I bought every blessed cup on the market for DD and am now buying every blessed cup on the market for DS.

I had and am having no success ditching the bottles so I was the one with a three-year-old with a bottle of milk and fear I will be again.

seeker Sun 30-Aug-09 23:26:43

What's wrong with even a 3 year old having a morning and evening bottle? We're nodt talking about them wNdering around tesco with a bottle. Why take away anything that gives harmless pleasure?

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 23:31:29

Moomin, how did you do it in the end? You'll have to let me know how you get on. This one is my first and I'm still learning!

MoominMymbleandMy Sun 30-Aug-09 23:36:00

I am talking about them wandering around Tesco with a bottle!

But DD is now 11 with perfect straight teeth despite her earlier habits.

I'd prefer DS to drink out of a cup but he won't and it isn't worth having a battle over. His will power is greater than ours anyway.

MoominMymbleandMy Sun 30-Aug-09 23:44:35

How did I do it? Er, I didn't. DD went to kindergarten just turned three and they gave her a cup!

She drank from it for them. It would have been howls, refusals, and hunger striking at home.

Bellared Sun 30-Aug-09 23:50:04

Moomin, why do they do things for others and not for us? Grrrr!!!! Your DS sounds like mine. But I'm going to give it a go...

MoominMymbleandMy Sun 30-Aug-09 23:53:25

Aww, they have us summed up to a tee! Actually, a grandparent might do it better, I suppose.

Good luck, Bellared, but don't stress about it.

GirlsAreLoud Sun 30-Aug-09 23:56:57

YEah she;s never had any problem with a doidy cup. She's had it from about 3/4 months so I guess quite used to it.

I hold it for her though as she tends to throw it around.

She can drink from any kind of cup though, which is handy becase if we're out and I don't have a drink with me I can jsut ask for a cup of water.

Bellared Mon 31-Aug-09 00:04:58

Thanks Moomin, I've fallen out with DS's Grannie atm! Good luck too!

GAL, She sounds funny. I think I'll try one of them!

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