you know what? there is absolutely no reason you should have to take the bottle away from your baby right now! why in the world do doctors keep pushing this ridiculous idea that a baby has to be off the bottle by 12 months???????? they are babies!!!
i found it quite easy to take the bottle away from my oldest at 2 1/2, and with my youngest we did it at 25 months. at that age, they were old enough to understand the idea that they're big girls now and they could use big girl cups to drink out of. we went to the store and i let them pick out their own special sippies for milk and from that point on, the bottles were gone.
my oldest gave it up without a problem. she never ever asked for a bottle again. with my youngest (the very opinionated one!), she whined a little for a night or two, but i told her the bottle was all gone and if she wanted milk, she had to use the cup. so she accepted the cup and after a couple of nights, she started getting excited to pick out her own cup for milk.
let me emphasize again that this was at 2 1/2 and 2 years old!
if you don't want to give up the bottle, don't! why this is a trend right now is beyond me! as long as you take care of your babies teeth, there isn't any reason to get rid of the bottle!
ps - sorry if i sound like i'm "yelling" or being preachy (my family accuses me of that a lot!!!), i just get frustrated when my friends or siblings come to me all panicked because their doctor said their babies had
to give up the bottle by a year old!!! it drives me CRAZY!!!! there is just no reason for it!