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Age for Children to Quit the Bottle

Too Old For the Bottle?

At my daughter's one year appointment, my doctor told me it was time to change over to sippy cups and leave the bottle behind. Luckily for me, it was an easy transition.

The almost two–year–old Suri Cruise is one celeb tot that still totes a bottle. Does your babe still hit the bottle?

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xoclirpa xoclirpa 8 years
My son just turned one last week and he has been on a sippy cup for about 2 months now with no trouble, although he still prefers his bottle before bedtime.
Kristinh1012 Kristinh1012 8 years
Both my kids went to sippy cup with no problems at 11/12 months. My littlest one is going to be 2 in April. So we ditched the binky. Surprisingly it only took 2 days for her to completely forget about it.
buch1979 buch1979 8 years
We went to sippy cups and cow's milk around the 1 year mark but he is very particular about his sippy cup preferences. Nuby silicone for him when he is tired and nothing else will do.
macneil macneil 8 years
But 15 months isn't so late to walk! My best friend's daughter, her first born was walking at 11 months, her two sons at 14 and 15 months - but she thinks her second son is the brainy one. And you know, we're talking, in the scheme of things, just a matter of *days* really, between the earliest and the latest. It seems like about 5 minutes since I brought my daughter home from the hospital, except for the days when it seems like I've been a parent all my life. Yet, I still find myself worrying because the books say she should have been putting one block on another by 11 months, and mine can only knock blocks over.
doublel7 doublel7 8 years
Thank you for your post macneil. I found out early on that not all kids follow what is considered the "norm". My daughter was born 4 weeks early and has been going on her own schedule ever since. She never crawled and has been late to stand, walk, etc. She is 15 months old and still has a couple bottles a day. My doctor has never told me this is an issue. I don't think that it is fair to expect every child to follow the the charts. Tom and Katie look like wonderful parents and Suri hardly looks like she's suffering! I'm sure she'll be fine. Everyone has a vice and it looks like for now, Suri's is her bottle.
macneil macneil 8 years
Oh, sorry for the double post: what I am finding VERY hard is giving up formula and going to cow's milk. She simply won't drink it! And I am slightly worried she'll still be doing this for ages unless I do something about it.
macneil macneil 8 years
I would also never pass judgement NOW - although at every stage of parenting when things have gone easily for me I've tutted at other mothers who weren't having it so easy, and THEN run into the same problem myself! I've done this far too many times - I remember saying I would never have my kids running around in a public place... cut to, me on a train running after my 1 year old down the aisle. I remember saying I would never use a pacifier, and it turned out it just made her calm and happy, so why deny her? Getting her off bottles was a doddle, but she has a fierce pacifier habit - we've just, at 14 months today, managed to get her to use it only in her cot. Maybe Katie has a rule that she can sip from her bottle when they're out, because it comforts her when she's being papped, and at home she has to use her cup? We don't know WHAT stage they're at, but Suri will probably not be drinking from a bottle at 6. Personally, I used a pacifier at three years old, and remember bargaining with my parents that I would give it up at 5 - and my parents were exemplary no-nonsense parents in every other regard. My teeth are perfect and straight and I have never had a cavity. We all do our best as parents, and if you're smart, you learn early on to throw the rule book away, and not assume that other people don't care about their kids.
macneil macneil 8 years
I would also never pass judgement NOW - although at every stage of parenting when things have gone easily for me I've tutted at other mothers who weren't having it so easy, and THEN run into the same problem myself! I've done this far too many times - I remember saying I would never have my kids running around in a public place... cut to, me on a train running after my 1 year old down the aisle. I remember saying I would never use a pacifier, and it turned out it just made her calm and happy, so why deny her? Getting her off bottles was a doddle, but she has a fierce pacifier habit - we've just, at 14 months today, managed to get her to use it only in her cot. Maybe Katie has a rule that she can sip from her bottle when they're out, because it comforts her when she's being papped, and at home she has to use her cup? We don't know WHAT stage they're at, but Suri will probably not be drinking from a bottle at 6. Personally, I used a pacifier at three years old, and remember bargaining with my parents that I would give it up at 5 - and my parents were exemplary no-nonsense parents in every other regard. My teeth are perfect and straight and I have never had a cavity. We all do our best as parents, and if you're smart, you learn early on to throw the rule book away, and not assume that other people don't care about their kids.
Shannikan Shannikan 8 years
As An ECE teacher i have to comment on how HORRIBLE THIS IS!!! most 1 yr olds have sippys. NO two year old i have ever taught has had a bottle. Doctors even recommend stopping use after a yr.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
Sfbutterfly---but we don't have impaired teeth.....my cousins don't, my friends don't and most of my countrymen don't. That's why we don't really bother about things like this. We come from a country where these things really don't matter like bottle -feeding. Thanks for the info anyway...maybe it just applies to babies of certain cultures or races.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no one ever went off to college with a bottle or a sip cup, seems like a small thing to let the child have it if it comforts them. with my 3rd i let her decide when to give it up and i think it was around 17 months. really i feel it needs to be the childs choice to give up things that comfort them. if you take away one thing (bottle or binky) they are just going to latch on to something else and that might be more difficult to deal with. we made my oldest give up her blankie before she was ready. she has autism (the "experts" told us it was best) so it was not a small thing and i'm telling you it was a really bad thing to do. all kids like routine, having some control and need comforting, if they can get all that from a bottle count your blessings.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
no one ever went off to college with a bottle or a sip cup, seems like a small thing to let the child have it if it comforts them. with my 3rd i let her decide when to give it up and i think it was around 17 months. really i feel it needs to be the childs choice to give up things that comfort them. if you take away one thing (bottle or binky) they are just going to latch on to something else and that might be more difficult to deal with. we made my oldest give up her blankie before she was ready. she has autism (the "experts" told us it was best) so it was not a small thing and i'm telling you it was a really bad thing to do. all kids like routine, having some control and need comforting, if they can get all that from a bottle count your blessings.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
Please excuse my speeling. posted it with out doing a spell check SORRY!!
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
Actualy bingaycoy using a bottle for too long can impair a child teeth and dental bite (meaning add some head gear on top of the braces). Most dentist recommend weening children of a bottle and pacifiers around the 1 age mark (give and take depending on the child). Just a FYI because people do not usually think it affect the body in any way especially as you dont see the damage until later in life.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 8 years
I really don't have a problem with this...most of the kids in our country don't stop feeding from the bottle until they are 4 to 6 years old. I stopped my bottle when I went to kindergarten at 5. Same thing with my 3 brothers. So do my cousins and friends too. We don't stress out on stuff that doesn't really matter. This bottle-feeding won't impair any thing in the body of a child nor would it endanger or pose risk to her emotional /physical health.
KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
Other- my three year old has moved up to cups with straws built into them
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I think everyone should also remember that Suri is being raised by two Scientologists who probably have a whole book of guidelines for bottles. These are the same people who give their kid a mixture of milk and barley water
lynettes lynettes 8 years
I was also lucky, i transitioned about a week before his first birthday and he was off the bottle by his one. However, my DS still uses his pacifier at naps & night time, he loves it and I haven't even attempted to take it away, i figure by 3 he will be pacifier free... Ask me again in a year.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
I guess I hit it lucky - our Baby Girl had her last bottle about a week before her 1st birthday and that was it. Now the pacifier will be a bit harder - she is just under 17 months and pretty much constantly asks for it. I don't think Suri should have a bottle at this age. Our Dr has told us that bottle must be gone by 12 months and pacifier can be weaned and she will tell us when she is done with it - basically weaning herself, but i honestly don't see that happening!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
I guess I hit it lucky - our Baby Girl had her last bottle about a week before her 1st birthday and that was it. Now the pacifier will be a bit harder - she is just under 17 months and pretty much constantly asks for it. I don't think Suri should have a bottle at this age. Our Dr has told us that bottle must be gone by 12 months and pacifier can be weaned and she will tell us when she is done with it - basically weaning herself, but i honestly don't see that happening!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
My daughter is 15 months old and she is still on a bottle.She will not drink her milk from a sippy.I have tried all kinds of cups but she just throws it and won't drink her milk.She is also still on a binky.I'm trying to wean her from that too but it's hard.
ericahex ericahex 8 years
Every kid is different so I refuse to pass judgment. In our case, my son is 11 months old and we're starting to use a sippy cup. He couldn't care less really, although he prefers to use it to paint the floor with juice or formula as much as drink from it.
mini_pixie mini_pixie 8 years
I agree with most of you, 2 is too old for a bottle. It has to do with tooth decay like MotoLinz said, but for me it was also about transitioning into being a bigger girl.My daughter just turned two, and we are working on going from sippy to big girl (lidless) cup. My mom is paranoid that the sucking motion from a sippy is like a bottle and will lead to her needing braces. I'm not worried about that per se, but do want her to be able to successfully drink without assistance wherever we go (restaurants etc) without special equipment. For some reason i never have enough lids either! It's funny though because i will bring her a cup and she will look at me and say "Lid, Mommy!"We'll keep trying!
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