Trying to say Goodbye.....to formula

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Trying to say Goodbye.....to formula

So we are trying to wean Evan off of the bottle. Any suggestions? So far we've cut down on offering the bottle to him only at nap and bed times. He was doing well with that, but had a cold last week and wouldn't eat solids, so I gave him the bottle (:confused:I know, I caved). Then we were going to maybe offer milk in a sippy at nap and then at bed time last, then get completely off of liquids all together for sleep. We've just started this, so it's nothing we are stressing about, I just wanted to see what others are doing or thinking. We also already let him drink milk from his sippy cup at meal times. Thanks ladies!!

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We're in the same boat here. Lyla has been on formula for only about 3.5 months, but she's become an addict. I think it's a security blanket for her. She will drink everything else out of a sippy except formula.

My strategy is just like yours. I stopped offering and only let her have a bottle in the morning before naps and at bedtime. But she wasn't feeling well last week and we were traveling so I gave it and let her have as much as she wanted. We just got back on the weaning yesterday. She had 4 four ounce bottles yesterday and so far only one today! :eek: But she did go to Mothers Day Out today and will likely only have one nap today. I hope I can keep her on 2 bottles for about a week and then I'll cut out her breakfast bottle and then in another week try to eliminate her bedtime bottle. I'm not really trying to rush it, but I am trying to be firmer about it since I realized she is just using it at a soother. My next mission will be to transition her to a toddler bed! :eek:

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I've heard that watering down formula in the bottle while offering whole milk in a sippy helps.

Teagan was reluctantly taking one bottle of EBM at daycare. At 11 months, I started mixing in cow's milk until at 1 year it was all cow's milk. Now I send cow's milk to daycare in a straw sippy. It took a bit of messing around to find one she likes. She was pretty easy to get off the bottle because she hates them and I wasn't worried about how much she was drinking because she BFs.

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I'm a "mean" mom and once both my kids transitioned to whole milk. Which I did slowly with both kids (about a month it took with both kids), and in that time I tried all different kinds of sippy cups. So once they were on all whole milk I just took the bottle away and replaced it with a sippy cup that they liked. I was more worried when I did it with DD just two months ago, but she didn't mind not having her bottles. I don't get the whole replace one feeding at a time with a sippy. To me that would confuse them into expecting/wanting a bottle; whereas if its taken cold turkey then they aren't confused/possible tantrum over about when they would get a bottle or not. Oh and neither of my kids seem to have emotional "damage" over going cold turkey from the bottles. Wink

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With DS1 we started offering less and less in his bottle before bed. Once it was down to about a 1/2 oz he wasn't interested in it anymore. We were offering liquids in a cup or sippy at other times. We also replaced that bottle before bed cuddle time with reading a book cuddle time. I remember I started around 10 months thinking that it would take like 2 months to transition but he was bottle free in less than 3 weeks.

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"stacymh" wrote:

So we are trying to wean Evan off of the bottle. Any suggestions? So far we've cut down on offering the bottle to him only at nap and bed times. He was doing well with that, but had a cold last week and wouldn't eat solids, so I gave him the bottle (:confused:I know, I caved). Then we were going to maybe offer milk in a sippy at nap and then at bed time last, then get completely off of liquids all together for sleep. We've just started this, so it's nothing we are stressing about, I just wanted to see what others are doing or thinking. We also already let him drink milk from his sippy cup at meal times. Thanks ladies!!

Sounds like an excellent plan to me. I think you will find that he adapt to the next phase quicker than you think.

I don't have any helpful suggestions for you. Eleanor was never a fan of the bottle so that made things easy for me.

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bah, we are in the same boat. he won't take milk by itself, so i was offering him less formula in a bottle and mixing in milk. I was going to keep increasing the milk until it was just that, but then he had the diarrhea and became sick so we have been holding off. I have never given him formula in a sippy though i figured it was easier increasing milk in his bottle first. He eats breakfast lunch and dinner with two snacks and still has 4-5 6 oz bottles a day:eek:

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I wish I could give you advice, but I can't. Brookelyn stopped drinking formula on her own at 9 months. Just wouldn't drink anymore. At first I didn't know what to do I didn't have that happen with DD1 at all.. but then I put her on whole milk and she did fine. It took me a while to find a sippy cup, bc many of them I got leaked which was very frustrating! After I found one she liked she has been off bottles since she was 11 months old. I never gave her a bottle to go to bed or nap so that helped a lot and she always got a bottle/cup just before she was going to sleep.

I hope you are able to get some good advice:)

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Wow, Janice, that is alot of formula!!

Thanks for the advice ladies, I'm sure we won't have too much trouble with it. Yesterday went surprisingly well. He had to sippies of milk at daycare and only ate about an ounce of formula. So yesterday's total was 6 oz at 430 a.m., 1 oz at daycare and 9 oz at bedtime last night. Hopefully it keeps up!

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it is:( i am going to start moving his bottles down to 4ozs and see how that goes

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I wish I could remember how I transitioned my DD. I do remember she was about 15 mo though, and I tried once and failed b/c she got sick and I wanted her to stay on the formula for awhile.

Lucas is completely on whole milk now. I had to switch him gradually by mixing his formula and whole milk. It took about 2 wks to completely switch over. But he drinks it from a bottle, not a sippy. I am kind of frustrated w/ it right now b/c I have sippy cups that he will drink water and juice from, and he will steal his sister's cup w/ soy milk and drink it all day long, but he won't drink whole milk from his sippy! If it wasn't for WIC giving me all his whole milk free, or if WIC would cover soy for him (which it won't b/c he's not allergic like my DD), I would just give him soy in a sippy which I know he will drink. Oh well. I think my next step is to switch his mid-day bottle to a sippy cup. Even if he won't drink that at all, he'll still be getting his morning and night bottle. Then once he is fine w/ that, then I can change over the other 2. I hope it works!

ETA: My DD still gets her sippy of milk 1st thing in the morning and then a little before bed. I'm not worried about it or see any reason to take it away from her, but I do limit her milk intake to just those times/day.

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Both Delaney and Miranda were pretty easy to switch over. I just started giving the whole milk in the sippy at breakfast/lunch/dinner and only a bottle first thing in the a.m. and before bed. Then just pretty much quit bottles and offered the sippy if she wanted it.

Good luck....

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I'm trying to wean, DF is not. So we are stuck. Sophie seems to LOVE her bottles. She has been sick tho, so she's been only drinking and only wants it from a bottle. After she's done this round of the flu or whatever she has, I think we are going to try to REALLY get the bottle out of her mouth as much as possible. DF thinks is super cute that she carries it around w her, or like lets it hang from her mouth... Lol! It may be cute; but it's not good for her and he doesn't seem to get that. He just says she's just a baby what's the big deal?? So we're (as in I'm going to force DF) going to try to only do bottles at naptime and bedtime.... everything else in a sippy... and hopefully that can be the start Smile And then eventually cut it out at naptime... bedtime will be the last one to disappear.

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No help here. Madison did not fight going to a sippy or going to whole milk. We also give her watered down 100% juice a couple times a day. We did have to try different sippys just like we did with bottles.

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With all three of my kids I pushed the sippy and then just stopped giving the bottle. There hasn't been any fuss from any of them, they were all really easy. Heck, with Clara I actually just forgot to give it to her for a couple of days and that was that.

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are you guys putting formula in the sippy when you replace it with the bottle? or milk, water? It's only 10:30 and Lucas has already had a 4am bottle, went back to sleep until 8 and then had pancakes, a container of apple sauce and was crying for another bottle and i gave in:( I really feel like he will never get off it!! We have moved him down to 4oz a bottle so he is getting 16-20 oz a day now but he is really attached. boo