Thursday, October 1, 2009

Penny May Be the Next Suri Cruise

Hello, my name is Mommy, Esq. and my thirteen month twins still use bottles.

Before I went back to work I fretted quite a bit about feeding and the kids' development milestones. I make no bones about the fact that I worry significantly less now that I'm at work. When I see the kids for about 2 hours a day (tops) do I want to tie myself in knots about Penny's inability to eat a vegetable or that she has maybe taken 5 sips out a sippy cup in her entire life? And sure, Ned COULD go without his very small bedtime bottle but after wrestling our dinosaur-monster into his diaper and jammies it calms him down.

My friend Helen used to complain that Suri Cruise was 2 and there were photos of her in US Weekly with a bottle. We just hide our camera during bottle time. No evidence so if we do manage to "wean" them before college no one will ever be the wiser.

13 comments:

Stacey said...

I saw a 4 year old with a bottle a few months ago. Now that was odd. 13 months or even two years? Meh. How is it any different from a pacifyer? Whatever works. That's my motto. If Penny eats more out of a bottle then keep it going!

LauraC said...

I think you get a pass on this one! Plus they're only 13 months, not 13.

ElizabethEK said...

We still gave Emily one bottle a day (at nighttime) until she was about 18 months. I liked it (holding her close, etc) and so did she, so I didn't care that she was CRAZY old for a bottle. Then, at some point, we did decide she was too old, so we just gave her a sippy with dinner instead. It was fine. I agree with Stacey - no biggie. For the record, Emily is now almost 2 and she still uses a pacifier. Who cares? :) Not me!

jungletwins said...

No worries- 13 months isn't anything to be alarmed about. If it were up to my husband, my 19month old twins would still be using bottles- he thought it was cruel to take them away. I went extremely slowly- gradually built up using sippy cups during the day, still let them have a bottle at night. Tried a few different sippy designs before closing in on cups they were comfortable with. I didn't pack up the bottles completely until 17 or 18 months. By that point, they could care less :)

Jane said...

Big Sister had bottles until 18 months. One bottle, but a bottle no less. Not to fret - this one is definitely small stuff.

Christina said...

It is small stuff. :) Mine were quick to let the bottle go. 12 months, we took it, and it went fine. I think its ok though..you won't get the bad Mom of the year award or anything like that. ;)

Helen said...

For the record, What the heck do I know?

13 months isn't 24 months. But I think I'm actually more concerned about what is in Suri's bottle, because it's allegedly some weird Scientology concoction.

Lately I'm concerned about her wardrobe- she's been seen all over Boston wearing little high heels- I mean seriously, she's 3.

T. said...

The high heels are seriously inappropriate.

Donna said...

With DS1 we weaned the bottle at 15 months and with DS2 we weaned at 13 months. Seriously, who cares? I think the whole deal is ridiculous and just another thing to get us tied up in knots about!

jerseygirl77 said...

Honestly, I thought you were going to say Penny has been wearing high heels. :-P I think (from what I have read on the subject) that it becomes more difficult to wean from the bottle after 18 months. No experience in that realm though- we weaned Josh off them around 17 months and Alex (who never liked bottles anyway) weaned himself to a sippy cup around 10-11 months.

Husband said...

I'm 33, and I still like a bottle to calm me down.

Nicole S. said...

My pedi said bottles are fine up to 18 months, FWIW. Even my mom, who took our bottles away as a first birthday present, was all, "oh, they can have them longer than a year, it's no big deal" What a softie! Not sure when we will (or will be able to) do away with the bottles. The only reason I even care is because I'm sick of cleaning nipples.

erinlaughs said...

Caden continued getting a bottle until she was 15 months old. She was on formula and it was the most efficient way to get her to drink it, so I didn't worry. When we finally took it away, she didn't even notice!