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I was just curious what everyone's plans were when it came to weaning from the breast or pacifier and if using bottles switching to only cups? What have you done in the past if you have other children?
Well, for Derrick I weaned him from bottle/pacifier at 9 months. I had no problems at all and he took great to the cup.
Xavier weaned himself from the breast at 9mos and since he never had a bottle we went straight to cup. No problems. However, we planned on taking away the pacifier at 9 months, however, he was admitted to the hospital (the reason he weaned nursing) and we decided to keep the pacifier until he was about 11mos.
Peyton was weaned from breast at 6mos. We will start weaning from the bottle when we are in the States (she will be about 9mos old). I am already giving her juice/water from a cup and she is doing "ok" with it. As far as the pacifier goes, well usually at 9mos we would wean but we will be in the States and with the stress of travel/time change we will be waiting until we come back to Italy and adjust back to the time - which will be at about 11mos.
I will probably do the same as I did with jeffrey and introduce the sippy at 9 months and get rid of the bottles completely at 12 months. Neither of my boys were ever really into binkies so that is not a problem here..
I'm hoping to just let Jillian self wean so when ever that happens it happens. Pacifier whenever I feel like it's a good time. I'm a go with the flow kind of mom and do what feels right when it feels right. I found that with DS I would end up stressing myself out by setting certain goals for things and then I'd get upset if it didn't happen.
With Ava I started giving her a sippy cup around 7-8 months, just to try out. Usually I put breastmilk in it for her. Both of them only have bottles when I'm gone or at daycare. So we started giving a cup more and more until she was used to it.
I will probably go a year bfing Elijah if we can and just start replacing a nursing with a cup. This went super smooth with Ava.
As for the pacifier, he doesn't seem as attached it it as Ava did. We started about 9 months only giving it to her in bed and then one night (at about 18 months) I just didn't give it to her and she was fine with it. Elijah already only uses it in his bed or when I'm rocking him so hopefully his will be easy too. I don't have a problem using it as a bedtime thing for a longer amount of time. My theory with Ava was that she wouldn't go to college with it and she'd eventually give it up, but I did make sure it stayed in her crib.
she only takes a binky when she is tired so that will be easy to wean
and i have already started introducing the sippy cup to her but i think i am going to get her a different cup
and i'll wean the bottle when i think she is ready to wean