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Bottle weaning/Late straw drinkers?

Two part thing. Finally started the bottle weaning process today with my 17-month old (preemie). Went cold turkey and it was absolutely miserable for all of us. Trying not to stress myself out about how little of liquids he drank compared to normal. He was screaming his head off for over half the day. Was mainly worried about dehydration but luckily the wet diapers are still coming. Not gonna lie though, there were a ton of moments I wanted to give in... someone tells me it gets better cause I’m STRESSEDDDDD. Also, he doesn’t know how to use a straw. We’ve tried everything, even the honey bear bottle recommended by OT’s, juice boxes, etc. He likes to either pull out the straw or bite on it. Doesn’t know to close his mouth around it (when we try to help, he goes bonkers) so even when we squeeze to get the liquid out for him, it all comes out because his mouth is open. It’s all so frustrating because he gets mad when we try to give him cups like Miracle 360 and I think it’s cause the boy has zero patience and also doesn’t understand the concept of how far back to tip the cup to get to the bottom. I never had these issues with his older brother who was on straws and drinking out of all things and everything before the age of 1. Just want to know if there’s any late straw drinker mamas out there and what the experiences were like... is this something we need to continue to practice or is this just going to click one fine day?

  • Tiana
    Oct 20, 2018

    Silly question, but why the rush? As long as he’s not falling asleep on the bottle, why force the bottle weaning?

  • Priscilla
    Oct 20, 2018

    Not silly at all. It’s what the pediatrician and dentist advised for both my kids after they turned 1, also that the older they are the harder they’ll fight the transition. But ultimately I think what really made us want to rid of it is because he doesn’t seem interested in drinking/practicing other cups when he knows bottles are an option.

  • Theresa
    Oct 21, 2018

    It will get easier. You will probably go through a ton of sippy cups till you find his magic cup. My daughter loves the Target brand “My First Years” sippy cups with the hard lids but the part she drinks from is longer than most other sippy cup nozzles which I think works great for bottle weaners. With my son he was a bottle drinker till 2.5yrs old. My daughter was a bottle drinker till 14months. I did a transition. For my daughter she would get a bottle in the morning and then sippy cups throughout the rest of the day. For my son he had a bottle in the morning and before bed but sippy cups in the middle. That does not mean it made the afternoon sippy cup option east. It was hard it was a crying tantrum while standing under the bottle cabinet and throwing the sippy cup away. I would walk away and and just keep calmly chanting “your milk is in your sippy cup”.

  • Jennifer
    Oct 21, 2018

    Why does he need to use straw cups. There are tons of great sippy cups that are fine to use.

  • Natasha
    Oct 21, 2018

    Have you tried the 360 cup for juices and water and then the sippy cup with a spout for milk. My daughter has been doing that since she was about 10 months and she loved it. She didn’t like the straw too much until now and she’s 16 months

  • A
    Oct 21, 2018

    My twins had a bottle before bed until they were 2. I know that is not recommended but when I finally switched that one bottle over to a sipph ... they didn’t care at all. It was like they grew out of it. We got them off bottles besides that one night time bottle around 1. We slowly lessened the amount we gave them. We even watered down their bottles. Eventually they were only having 1 before nap and 1 before bed ... then we got rid of the nap bottle. Bed time bottle hung on for a long time. I felt like it was just a comfort thing and helped them get to sleep so I didn’t push it.

  • Jennifer
    Oct 21, 2018

    Don’t stress over it! We went straight to open cup because dd wouldn’t drink from a sippy cup. Start with meal times or snack time. Just add a little water to drink but not enough to make a huge mess if spilled. As he gets better start replacing the bottle with the cup throughout the day. Over time he won’t need the or want the bottle. While doing this you can also practice using a straw. As far as 360 cup goes it can take practice that is the only kind of sippy cup dd will drink from and it took her some practice at first although we don’t use it much

  • Alys
    Oct 21, 2018

    Totally different option.... if you are wanting to encourage a straw maybe try a food pouch. It has the same sucking motion, but with food... not sure if this helps... also I am worried about removing the bottle with my son too. We introduced different types of bottles early on and more recently different types of cups. Some he does well with, others he gets super wet cause he just spits it out (probably because it goes into his mouth too fast?) we also have a transition cup that has a nipple like a bottle but is in an actual cup. Try for a day or so. If what you are trying for isn’t working, wait a month or two and try again... exposure can help over time. Good luck!