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mav07 posted:
What age is appropriate for a child to stop using a bottle? What are some methods to use in order to ween a child off of the bottle at bedtime?
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attleysmom responded:
It really depends on the baby. I would say most babies are off bottles between 12-15 months.

My DD was off bottles during the day right around 12 months but still got a nighttime bottle until about 14 months. DH always did the night bottles and it was his time with her. They only reason I got him to stop is we were going on a week long vacation and I refused to take bottles/formulas with us. DD took a pacifier so we just gave her the pacifier instead and she was fine. We did do it over a long weekend (Memorial Day) so we had an extra day where we didn't have to be up for work or anything. I actually tried it a month earlier when DH was out of town for business and it was fine.

My DS who is almost 11 months I think is going to be harder. He also takes a pacifier but loves his night bottle.

Suggestions are to replace the milk/formula with water and then decrease the amount of water. Another is to transition over to a cup of milk/bedtime snack after pajamas. You could also try a new stuffed animal or blanket as a comfort item. Sometimes changing the order of the bedtime routine can help so they realize it is a new routine.

It can definitely take some time to figure out what works best for each child.

GL.
Me - 36, DH - 42, DD - 2 (born 4/08), DS - 9 months (born 2/10)


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