Posted in Bottle Feeding, Flying, Toddlers

Bottle weaning now or wait?

Anonymous

My daughter is almost 14m and still takes a bottle to sleep - 2 bottles total a day since she’s down to 1 nap. I’ve been wanting to start to wean her off but we just decided to take our first family vacation. It’ll be a 6hr flight and her first time on the plane. When we leave she will be almost 15m and we are going for a month. I’m torn on keeping her on the bottle and weaning when we get back or just doing it now and toughing out the flights without a bottle as I heard that it helps soothe them especially during take offs. What would you do? For those that bottle fed, when were your littles done with their bottles? Is 16m way too old? Looking for guidance.

  • Laura
    Sep 21

    Def do whatever makes her happy for the flight. Our kid wouldn't drink milk out of a sippy cup so she had milk in a bottle until she was at least 18 months. She would drink water out of sippy cups, though. We eventually stopped offering milk in bottles and she stopped drinking milk for a while until she could drink it in a small cup. Dentist wasn't worried about bottle use at 18 months (she was super late to get teeth) and Doctor was okay with no milk (just make sure they get calcium and vitamin D in other things).

  • Kendall
    Sep 23

    What would I do? Make my life easier and let her keep a bottle 🤣 travel is hard enough as it is with little ones....

  • Anonymous
    Sep 23

    They recommend a bottle to help with the pressure during take off and landing, but drinking from anything, or chewing food will do the same thing. If you are doing bottles only twice a day, then I assume she uses a sippy during the day, so she's used to it, and must not be that attached to the bottle. Do what you think will work best, but I'm sure she will be fine without. But do bring lots of snacks! And believe it or not, a roll of painters tape goes a long way when entertaining a 1 yo on a plane, ha ha!

  • Laura
    Sep 23

    Careful with the painters tape. On a flight when our daughter was one I stuck a small piece within her reach and the next second she was coughing on it.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 27

    My two year still goes down with a cup to go to sleep for nap and bed time. I’ve watered down the milk gradually and now it’s almost completely water, but she still wants it. Sometimes when she wakes up it’s all gone and other times maybe an ounce. Do what works for you and your family. I would suggest start using and introducing a cup if you haven’t already and if she takes too the cup, then run with it. We used the cups with the weighted straws, so at any angle she would get a drink. Also for the plane trip, we used lollipops (dumdum suckers) and peppermint candy for the ears. She did great and no issues. If you haven’t introduced candy, I would start before the trip so she is used to it. Good luck! Ps lots of snacks and cheap/new stuff from the dollar store for entertainment.