I read in a book somewhere that most pediatricians recommend that you wean a baby from their bottle at a year. Or 18 months at the latest. My daughter is 15 months old and she still gets a bottle. I will admit that a part of me may not be wanting to let my baby grow up (why can't they stay little forever?). Another part of me will admit that she likes to have a bottle before bed. I know, I know, that is a bad habit. She DOES know how to put herself to sleep and she will go down without a bottle right before, but she prefers one first.
I asked my pediatrician at what age he recommended weaning from a bottle and he said he recommended starting at a year and then seeing how it goes and doing what works for you and the baby. He said that every baby is different and that moms know them best. So true! :)
I told myself I would wean my little girl at 18 months. I wasn't worried about it because I have family members who didn't take bottles away from their kids until they were almost two. But then a friend told me how hard it was to wean her little one and how she wished she had done it sooner because her daughter had a really hard time. She would drink juice from a cup, but would only take milk from a bottle. When they tried to wean her, she would wake up hungry in the middle of the night because she refused milk from a sippy before going down. My friend told me that the longer you wait, the harder it is.
So now I want to hear from YOU!
At age age did you/do you plan to wean from a bottle? What age do you recommend?
Would you do anything differently next time around?
What techinque did you use? Did you go cold turkey or slowly transition from bottle to sippy cup?
What advice would you give a parent going through this for the first time?