Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Whiny Wednesday: {The Great Bottle Debate}

Yes, My 13.5 month old STILL has a bottle.
cringe. gasp. shake your head in disbelief.
I know!

Those are the reactions I've been getting lately...
Sometimes its much more direct --
"wow, he still drinks out of a bottle? how old is he?".

Yup - he sure does!
and he LOOOVEEESSSS it. 
He drags it around ALL day long!
(even when its empty!)
You've never seen a kid smile bigger over something so silly!

We've tried switching him to the sippy cup, 
we've bought every one they sell Target & Walmart. 
But he doesn't like him.
He'll drink his juice or water from them ...
but milk? no way -- milk comes from the bottle!
{how dare I even think otherwise, right?}
silly mom.

The bottle is also very new to him! :) 
I nursed exclusively for 12 months - 
so he's really only had his bottle for 1.5 months!

Maybe it's his "security"?
He doesn't have a paci, no "lovey", no thumb sucking.
and he doesn't take it to bed with him...

I've done lots of "research" and like everything - 
everyone has their opinions!
My doctor said 15 months, so we've got some time! 

But this is my question to you --
when did your child give up the bottle??
What worked for you???

and am I the only parent that thinks sometimes we freak out about silly things!?? Things that don't really matter? Like maybe we just be thrilled that we live in a place where we have TIME and energy to worry about when to stop giving him the bottle ... rather than having to worry about when he'll even get his next bottle of milk.

ok maybe that was a bit dramatic ...
but you get my point, right?
Obviously he won't be 14 still drinking a bottle ... 
 So does it really matter that he still has the bottle at 13 months?

 My vote is no. 


  1. I say, it doesn't matter. Do what works for you and for him. I can't remember the ages of my girls when they stopped taking one, but I am sure it will be on my mind with my next child! :)

  2. Like you, I breastfed too, so we didn't "do" bottles much. {For example, I would pump if we went out and my mom was watching him. She'd give him a bottle.}

    You should consult with your doctor, ours recommended no bottles after one year. I purchased a special cup just for milk, tossed the few bottles we had and never looked back.

    My son weaned {himself} at 15 months old, but by then we were down to once per day anyhow.

    Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

  3. Hmm...I'm not at that point yet but do what you think is best! It'd probably be a good idea to check with your doctor as well.

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  5. I'm so with you Whitney, no need to sweat the small stuff! :)

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  7. Harper just self weaned a few weeks ago and is all about her "ba-ba!" So you aren't the only one! I exclusively nursed her as well so it's just new to her and it makes her soooo happy! She will drink water or juice out of a sippy but NOT milk! So don't feel bad about it! Do what is best for you and your child - and whatever that me be, do it with confidence knowing that you and only you know what is best for him!

  8. Hi, I’m from Edge of Escape . I’m just hopping around from blog to blog and I was quite interested by your post on the "bottle". My advice: don't sweat it. You know best. Personally I nursed 17 months and 22 months and neither child ever had a bottle. I did what I thought was best, you should do the same. Doctors don't know everything.
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  9. E won't take a bottle...I tried because I thought she'd drink faster, but she just won't have it. You're mom, and mom's know what's best for their children {most of the time}. Let Monkey keep it until he's ready to give it up. Keep trying the sippy cups if you're thinking it'll take a while for him to drop the habit, but other than that, just keep it up. (PS - my niece still takes a bottle 2-3 times a day and she's 3.5, so 13.5 months is NOTHING!)

  10. Hey! We are at that point too! But my advice is to take advice with a grain of salt because you'll ALWAYS find someone who thinks they know best because they've done the research! Honestly? No one can do research for what is "right" for you and your babe! You have been given "mother's intuition" for a reason. Do what makes sense for you and your family! And really, in a year or five, will it matter? You will just remember the good times!
    Sorry, stepping off the soapbox now. Just came across your blog and its super cute! Love the embellished tee! I have a few shirts that next a revamp! ;) Thanks for the great tute!

  11. I don't think it really matters. Both of my boys switched to cups with their first taste of milk at 12 months. We went cold turkey, which worked for us. You have to do what works for you and your baby. I will say that they both prefer the straw sippy cups. My youngest is 12.5 months and he likes the munchkin straw cups from Wal-Mart and Target.

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  13. Love your blog and love the topic. I'm a new follower! Here's my two cents. Have you ever seen a child go to kindergarten (or turn five if homeschooled) with a bottle? I never have. He may give it up soon or give it up later, but he will give it up eventually. He's still barely one, I wouldn't worry. I switched my first to a sippy at 12 months, but it was after I had literally bought every sippy known to man. I think the one we ended up with was just a glorified bottle and it was just as hard to give up as the bottle but he's 2 now and doesn't need either. Definitely I agree, don't sweat the small stuff!

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  15. My kids never took a bottle... I only wish I could have gotten them to. But I nursed them for crazy long. I think people definitely get all worked up over too many little things. I totally wouldn't worry about the bottle :)

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  16. I say no too. Every child is different with their needs. And considering you just started really giving it to him anyways, still a novelty. Newest follower from blog hop. You can find me over at BTW, all my kids were diffent with when they stopped wanting/needing the bottle. No one size fits all.

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  18. I'm with those saying not to sweat the small stuff. My daughter had a bottle for quite some time (I'm not sure when she gave it up) but in the end she did it on her own. My son still had his 'binky' past when everyone though he should but one day he just handed it to me and said, "Don't want" and we never looked back. If your doctor is ok with it then it can't be doing him any harm and if it's a bit of security.... who cares! You keep right on being the great mom you are. Don't listen to the nay-sayers!

  19. My doctor said 18 months and that is what my sister in law did. Weened her little guy off of the bottle at about 18 months because he didn't have any other comfort like the thumb, pacifier or blanket. With me, for both girls I put only water in the bottle and gave the milk and juices in the sippy cups. They got it within a day. I think my first was more annoyed than my second (she ran with it easier), but she understood if she wanted milk it came from a cup. She could have her bottle all she wanted, but it only came with water.

  20. My oldest daughter, we went cold turkey with no more bottles when she turned 1. My younger one, we quit bottles at 6 months, she started getting the soft sippy cups. And she did really well.
    Each kiddo is different. My youngest didn't get teeth until she was 15 months old, so it didn't matter about a bottle or pacifier.
    Do what works for you, and just say to those who look at you funny that you are his mom, they can mommy their own children.
    Good luck!

  21. New Follower here! I've only read a few posts, but already love it...And, I have to say...I'm with you...I think as mothers we get so wrapped up in the milestone timelines we're given...It's not fair to our kids...I'm still stressed for my son to fall right where he's 'supposed' to be with each milestone...

    My son is 3...He did pretty good giving up his bottle...but the kid was a huge fan of his own cup when we introduced that...But, if it makes you feel better, he still has a pacifier at night...(this really needs to yesterday)...He still sleeps in his crib...(he doesn't try to climb out...he still I really don't see the problem here...I'm nervous about the freedom he would have in a regular bed)...AND we are STILL potty-training :)

    I can only imagine all the *gasps*...I say we should enjoy our children more...and not be so rigid because somebody else says he should or shouldn't be doing something :)

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  22. My pediatrician says not to worry about using a bottle up to 18 months as long as 1- they don't drink it as they fall asleep, and 2- they don't use it as a pacifier (sucking on it all day). My 14 month old still uses his (he was nursed until a month and a half ago so it's new for him too) and he also doesn't have a pacifier or special blanket or anything like that. I'm ok with his bottle addiction. We have also tried pretty much every sippy cup at Walmart and Target and he doesn't like any of them either. I'd rather have him stay hydrated and happy than stress about trying to take it away. I know we'll get there eventually. Good luck! You have such an adorable little guy!


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