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Sunday, July 23, 2006


I am having much difficulty weaning Estee off of her bottle and on to a sippy cup. The funny thing is, she has been drinking out of a sippy cup for months. But for some reason the minute she tastes the milk she doesn't want to drink it. Is there a method? I didn't have to wean her off of nursing, she kinda just stopped when she was ready, so I am not familiar with the process. The problem is, 30 minutes or so before her scheduled naps I give her the sippy cup with milk. She takes a sip or two here and there but won't have anymore. Then, I put her in her crib and she talks to herself but I guess suddenly realizes this is business and begins to scream and cry. I think I got her into a bad habit because I then take her out and give it to her in a bottle. I am sure this is wrong but if she is hungry or thirsty am I supposed to deprive her?

On a similar note, the Dr. said that when we finish our supply of formula we can give her whole milk. She had her last bottle this morning and I figured, goody! I will give her milk in her sippy cup and it will be fine because she won't ever know it in a bottle and that is how I will wean her. Either that didn't work or she doesn't like milk because she made a face and didn't drink it from the bottle either. I think she just finally fell asleep so maybe she wasn't hungry at all?
I don't know! HELP!


Anonymous also a mom said...

Why are you weaning her to a sippy cup? My daughter also just turned one - should i do that too? And i heard that sippy cups aren't good for their speech or something like that - the "experts" recommend straw cups ...

5:34 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

My pediatrician says that now that she is a year she no longer has my immunity so it will be easier for her to get sick and that drinking from a bottle makes a baby more suseptible to ear infections. I don't know about the straw cup thing...
I think sippy cups are bad for older kids not little ones. I work with speech therapists, I'll ask them.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Z said...

The best way to wean from a bottle is to change the nipple. If you use a playtex type nipple, go to a nuk or a regular one, or vicey versey. It has worked every time I have ever recommended it to a mom who's at her wit's end!!! Let us know how it works!!!!

As far as sippy cups and speech...Evan was in speech at 10 mos. and they were gung-ho for the sippy cup and later the straw. The straw helps develop the muscles to make speech at the lips, but then so do the sippy cups.

I think dentally speaking the straw is a bad idea because it "blasts" the liquid onto the front teeth. Our dentist always preferred the sippy cup and sugar-free drinks which we always gave Evan. So far, no cavities Mom! :)

5:15 PM  
Blogger Halla said...

Hi, My first time reading this blog but couldn't help butting question is, do you have to wean her off completely just yet? how about giving her sippy cups during the day and bottle in the evening with the milk.

I know this sounds nuts but I used to give my kids bottles of warm tea before bed, because they liked to drink it while watching tv and they weren't allowed to eat or drink anywhere but the kitchen and it was a compromise without getting it on the carpet. It didn't hurt them, they are all adults now very healthy & no allergies (Thank God).

Do whatever makes you and your baby comfortable, its not always necessary to rush childhood. She is still a baby. Just use your instinct not every child is the same (believe me not 2 siblings are the same).
Good luck! she is a cute!

5:36 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I have 2 young girls. I did not wean them off. I don't think that works. Instead, I went cold turkey. I told them the garbage man took all the bottles away and I put the milk in a sippy cup. Out of protest, both barely drank milk the next several weeks. But I still put the cup in their crib at nap and bedtimes. Sure enough, after a few weeks both started drinking it.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous "Great" Aunt Leslie said...

I can't help too much on the weaning from the bottle except to say, stick with it. As my pediatrician once told me - a child will not "starve" themselves. If they're hungry/thirsty enough, they'll drink.

Regarding going from formula to milk - what I've done is start with a cup with 3/4 formula and 1/4 milk, then go to half and half and so on until eventually it's all milk. Kind of getting her used to the milk taste by gradually working it in with the formula. I did this with going from breast milk to formula and formula to milk and it worked.

Good luck!

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My pediatrician recommends teaching them to drink from a regular cup at six months. Both my kids at a year drank from a regular cup, no sippy cup. My older son used a straw cup for a little while when we were out of the house (just for neatness' sake) but my daughter uses a mini water bottle. Skip the sippy cup, it's just a modified bottle.

4:17 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

wow. thanks everyone. I actually wrote an individualized response to everyone but it got erased, grr!

Aunt leslie- i was actually thinking of trying that. I am waiting for a call back from the dr. He was on vacation.

Estee actually drank 7 ounces of milk when she woke up this morning wooohoo! But before bed she refused and we had to give her formula...

as for the sippy cup...still trying.... she gulps her juice down from it. what if I make her a fruit smoothie with a milk base and put that in her sippy cup? will that work?

4:59 AM  
Blogger Z said...

Might not go through the narrow opening if it's TOO thick.

3:03 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

yo baby makes yogurt drinks and it says: good for sippy cups...she loves it!

4:34 PM  

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