How do you wean bub off the bottle? I’m just after suggestions on how to get my 11 month old to drink from a sippy cup. I’ve got two other children but I never had any dramas with them drinking out of a cup, all bubby wants to drink from is a bottle????

Posted by Melissa 28.09.2012


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  • You start by offering drinks on a regular basis from a sippy cup. All kids are different, it’ll just take longer with this one



  • Leakproof drink containers are ideal in the car. You don’t want wet upholstery or carpet. On the carpet it can soak through to the bodywork. Milk will go sour, anything with sugar in it is hard to clean off/out and in some weather if your car is in one spot for long enough you may suddenly have an invasion of ants (from personal experience) or worse still if you leave the windows open you get bees (I know somebody that happened to- even after the car was thoroughly cleaned they kept returning – by coincidence it was a yellow car too). Any liquid spilt in a car will smell until it dries out, including water. Your child may also be using the teat to suck on for comfort in place of a dummy. I know fo one 12 year old who does that but very rarely ever used a dummy. If you stop using the bottle your baby may refuse milk. Yes, apparently I did. Another trick you could try (not on a carpet floor if you can avoid it ) is to gradually make the whole in the teat larger until the milk flows out too fast.



  • Hope it has gone well! There really interesting comments on this!



  • how do I get my 3 yr old off the bottle… hope it went smoothly



  • if you are lucky, they will refuse out of the blue



  • You really have to do it when they are ready. The way I did it was instead of let my daughter drink from the bottle teat, I cut it open slightly to fit a straw through it and put her warm milk & honey (which she still has sometimes at night even at aged 9!!) in that and get her to see the straw as “doing it like a big kid does”. I even use the same for her herbal teas. Novelty straws are a huge help too.



  • I bought a sippy cup with a straw for my daughter when she was around that age, never used a bottle again.



  • 11 months is a good age to wean off the bottle. Try a variety of sippy cups, it might be a case of just needing more practice to learn how to use it. It would be frustrating for your bub if they cant get anything out of it.



  • How did you go? ;/



  • They will be really in their own time



  • Soft spouted sippy cups are good because they’re more similar to a bottle than the others, bub may tae to it better



  • Try a few different cups , they will adjust to one they like



  • Start giving a sippy cup instead. I’d put all the bottles away somewhere they can’t see too. Hope you managed ok with weaning



  • It really just comes down to persistence



  • Good luck :D


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