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Can they dehydrate from giving up the bottle?

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Can they dehydrate from giving up the bottle?

Olivia is not drinking very much and isn't having many wet diapers. I took her bottles away, and bought her new "pretty" cups, but she doesn't drink much. She just shakes her head and says, "Umm.... no." Just like that. Should I give her back the bottles? I'm afraid she's dehydrating, but I don't want to be weak. She'll be drinking from them when she leaves for college :lol: But seriously, if she's thirsty enough, won't she eventually drink? BTW she's 21 months old. Isn't it past time to wean her from them?

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Can they dehydrate from giving up the bottle?

Hmm.. my guess is it depends how stubborn your kiddo is. If shes not wetting adequate diapers, Id suspect dehydration too. Im having the same issue with my son.. he can drink from a cup, but he barely does.. he wants his bottle. He's 18 months, and he still gets it. Could you compromise and give her sippies during the day and a bottle at morning/night so you know shes getting some fluids? And then gradually wean her off? ..Just a suggestion. Thats the route Im going at the moment.

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I've actually been doing the morning/night thing for a few months already and I really want to lose them all together. This morning I gave her her morning soymilk in a bottle (out of total fear) and I swear it was really the only thing she drank today. A few sips out of her cup, that's it. How long should I wait this out? Is it really so terrible if she still drinks from a bottle at her age?

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Can they dehydrate from giving up the bottle?

For a long time (like 6 months) before I switched to milk in cups, I gave G a sippy cup with water constantly. Now, he has scheduled milk (wakeup, before nap, and before bed), and the rest of the time he randomly picks up his water cup off the floor and drinks. I also always take one with us, and give it to him in the car or the store to keep him occupied. That's where it helps to be a slacker mom like me - there's always a cup on the floor he has access to!!!

I want to tell you not to give back the bottles, because you'll have to try again later anyways. But I don't know what I would do if I were you - try cool cups? Straws? Ice cubes in the cups? Drinking out of your glasses? (sometimes if I act like what I'm drinking is a special mama drink, G wants it more.)

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Can they dehydrate from giving up the bottle?

what about just an open top cup?? if you help her with it. or a straw cup?

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i've been giving lydia sippy cups since she was 7 months old. and she stopped taking the bottle entirely at 13 months. she drinks alot. but she has preferences for which kind of spout she likes. so i have all different kinds.
and she likes the cups that she can see whats in it...

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glasses wrote:
i've been giving lydia sippy cups since she was 7 months old. and she stopped taking the bottle entirely at 13 months. she drinks alot. but she has preferences for which kind of spout she likes. so i have all different kinds.
and she likes the cups that she can see whats in it...

Which kind of spout does she prefer? I have a variety, too, but I feel like she goes back and forth on what she drinks better out of. I am so exasperated. :x For now she is going to get her morning/night bottles until I figure something out so we don't end up in the ER.

I was doing some more reading about it and since she HATES drinking water it seems that I should start only putting water in her bottles, and putting her juice and milk in sippy cups and she'll soon realize the good stuff is in the cups. :wink:

Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep them coming!

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That is a very good idea. I have no helpful advice on this one as I still use bottles for morning and night time feeds. I do however leave a sippy cup on my floor too with water in it so as DD chas access to a drink if she so feels the need. I think your idea about water in a bottle and the good stuff in a sippy is a great idea though.

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Matthew HATED sippy cups. He would not have it. So, I skipped them altogether. I got the cheapies (the gladware ones, I think, that have a spout but no fancy spill-proofing) for the car because while they weren't spill proof, they were less likely to spill, and he'd drink out of them in a pinch. Wouldn't deal with that at home though, so I just gave him straws and that made him happy.

I like that idea of only putting water in bottles and good stuff in cups, that's really clever.