Tuesday, June 3, 2008

help! i need some advice

We have not been able to get Ada to take a bottle except for that one time I blogged about how she "took it like a pro". Apparently I was a little too confident in the situation for since then I have repeatedly ate those words. You see, the pediatrician said introduce the bottle. I never thought that past introduction we would need to keep giving her a bottle so frequently. We tried the next week and have since failed. We will try a couple days in a row and then take off a week or two. We have tried different bottles: Medela-leaks, Platex-she gags, Avent-she gags. My mom brought up a good point that if by 6 months she has not taken a bottle she can start drinking out of a sippy cup. In the meantime, does anyone have any advice? Thank you in advance for any tip or suggestion.


Summer said...

Wish I could help you, but I'm useless in this area!

Jessica said...

The pediatrician told me when introducing the bottle, make sure someone else did it besides me to avoid confusion. Maybe let her play with an empty bottle to get used to it.

Here's a thread about the same issue on babycenter.

Good luck!

Jon Moss said...

call Robin...she has lots of experience with this. Jenna went straight from bosom to hardtop sippy cup at an early age...the Dr did a double-take when we told him.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Brittany!
We had the EXACT same problem with Madilyn. We introduced the bottle, and she did fine once, so we figured she could do it, and we didn't keep it up. We just figured if she did it once, she'd always do it. Nope. She never took a bottle again. Screamed and screamed whenever we tried. Anyway, the one thing that we had semi-success with was a Nuby sippy cup. They have a really soft, wide top. They have them at Target. I think Madilyn was about Ada's age when we first tried it. Even if she doesn't like it, at least it won't be a waste of money because she'll use it later.

Hope it all works out!

Lisa Ridgely

Brad & Shana said...

We had a terrible time with Bryce....and I do mean TERRIBLE. But, for encouragement he did end up taking one. But, I would suggest having someone other than You give her the bottle. She may just be able to tell from smells and feels and is just holding out for what she "knows".

Ivey Handcrafted said...

I wish I could help both you sweet girls! I love ya and miss ya though....not sure how that helps :)

Brittany said...

Thank you everyone for the encouragement and tips. It is comforting to know that we are not the only family that has struggled in this area. I feel like I have a new leash on the bottle phenomena and can't wait to try out all the new ideas. I will let you know how it goes! Thanks again! Oh and if any one has any additional suggestions they are welcome as well.

Amy said...

I know I am late posting, but you know we have a rough time with the bottle. I believe you were on the phone with me last time I tried to give her one. You probably could not hear me talk through all the screaming and gagging. She has done great with a sippy cup though! I do think it helps a little when it is someone else giving it to them... Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hey BLM!! I was reading and have some advice.. Try a Soothie Bottle. Sold at Target and Babies R Us.
I was told by the Dr that they are close to the size and the sucking motion.
MAYBE.. You never know..
I hope all is well with you and your family! I enjoy looking at your blog and seeing Ada grow!
Take Care & Good Luck!!
:0) Misty Wilson

Lee said...

My suggestion is one most don't usually like... don't use a bottle. Just nurse. Addie NEVER took a bottle. We only tried because Lee and others wanted to feed her to "bond". There are many other ways to bond and nothing is more important to a baby than the bonding they get with their mother when nursing. I am a bit of a fanatic about it, but if you stay at home and don't HAVE to give a bottle, don't worry about it. By the way, the pics are great!! Hope you all are doing well.