My 13 mo no longer has daytime bottles (we cut them out pretty much right on 12 months). She's never been overly attached to bottles, I bf until 6 months then formula from 6-12 months and in that time, she would rarely finish her bottles. I was telling my mum this morning that we're cutting her night bottle down and last night we gave her 50ml. She proceeded to tell me how cruel it was to take her bottles off her when she was so young and that she's still a baby and she needs her bottle. I said to mum "she wants for nothing, she has all the love, kisses, cuddles and book reading that she wants at night, she gets plenty of comfort from us and I think it will be much easier to get rid of her bottles now than when she's closer to 2. It's not like I'm putting her out in the dog bed to sleep" and she said (jokingly) "well you might as well be!"
So I just wanted to see what other people think. My main reason for wanting to get rid of them now is because I've had plenty of health professionals (nurses, GP, OT & speech pathologist) say that babies shouldn't have bottles after 12 months for dental and speech reasons but I know many people don't follow this. Is it really cruel? I usually take parenting advice with a grain of salt from mum and continue with what I had already decided but this one has me doubting our decision!
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27-03-2014 06:54 #1
Is it cruel to stop giving a 1 year old bottles?
27-03-2014 07:00 #2
no not cruel at all and i she isnt attached even better
27-03-2014 07:01 #3Senior Member
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Like you said, it's recommended by health professionals, and if you think she'll give it up fairly easily, then how is it cruel?
27-03-2014 07:05 #4Senior Member
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If you took it off her and she cried unconsolibly for hours then yes I'd say it's cruel. But if she is happy enough to not have it then no way.
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27-03-2014 07:11 #5
I don't think it's cruel either. We got rid of bottles right on 12m with both our boys, same with your DD neither were attached to bottles (even with both being FF from birth), so the transition was so easy! Not a single tear shed.
My bestie has a DD my DS2's age & she's wanting to get rid of the bottles, although her mil is the one sending her on a guilt trip at the moment... Like anything with parenting-you're the mum, do what you think is right. Don't let others make you feel bad.
I have other girlfriends who waited until their children were 18m+ and it was a lot more difficult-lots of tears.
27-03-2014 07:13 #6
I don't think what you've done is cruel at all. Some kids have a bottle still... and some give it up.
Try not to take it to heart.
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27-03-2014 07:13 #7
If she isn't wanting it then it's fine . I've a nearly 2 year old who loves his bottle and I will let him for awhile longer . It's his comfort like his dummy .
27-03-2014 07:14 #8
Does she at least have a special blanket for her dog bed
27-03-2014 07:14 #9
In a word.... No!
27-03-2014 07:24 #10
No way is it cruel. DS gave up his bottles by himself at 14 months and I am hoping DD is just as easy.
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