HOW DO I STOP BOTTLE FEED FOR MY 3YR OLD SON

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Morgan - posted on 03/05/2013

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The day my sons turned 1 I threw their bottles away. I literally chunked them in the trash so neither of us would be tempted by them. Isn't 3 a little old for a bottle? By this age he should be more than able to drink out of a sippy, and maybe even a regular cup so this one is all on you mom. Just tell him he is a big boy now and bottles are for babies. If that doesn't work, I hate to sound mean, but too bad. Sometimes giving our children what they want to make them happy is way worse than upsetting them by doing what needs to be done. And by 3 years old, getting rid of that bottle NEEDS to be done.

Jamie - posted on 08/11/2009

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Stop putting milk and/or juice in their bottle, only let them have it in a cup, only allow them to drink water in the bottle, then they usually get board with just water they give up the bottle all together.

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Pam - posted on 08/28/2009

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Hi - we here at Organic Babe and Kids Wear are new to Circle Moms and love meeting all other moms - already we have made friends. Yes our advice - we are three mums running our website agree just put water in their bottle and they will soon get sick and tired of it and offer them juice in a cup and make it special.

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Amberle - posted on 08/27/2009

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just take it from him..it will be hard at first but the damage the bottle can cause to his teeth is horrible...

Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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there was no need to be so hostile over my post, I am simply saying what hopefully your pedatrician has already told you. But it really is that easy, you just have to be stronger than him, period. Your baby girl is already past weaning stage as well. Throw them all away, give them sippy cups......I promise they will not go thristy

Andy - posted on 08/21/2009

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I hate it when people make it sound so easy and say 'just take it away!'...that really bothers me. So they are supermom and I am not? I am a great mother and my 3 year old still uses a bottle about half the time. We HAVE taken it away, and we HAVE struggled with him and endured the torture, but I also have a baby girl that uses one, and so it isn't like we can just take it away, endure it a few days, and he will forget, because EVERY time he sees her with one he wants one, and he feels she gets more attention anyway so he really wants one then! He has gorgeous teeth, and lets face it, they ALL stop using the bottle eventually. You never see a kid at school with one, right? Just like diaper training. It happens at different times for everyone, but it always happens!



And yes, we have tried 'special sippys', only water in the bottle, we tell him bottles are for babies (in which case he would PREFER to be a baby), all kinds of tricks, to no avail. Slowly but surely he is using the bottle a little less each week. It'll happen when it happens....



He is EXTREMELY advanced in so many ways, has been since birth, that if this is the one thing he has left, then I'm not going to sweat the small stuff, I will just enjoy my toddler.

Ashley - posted on 08/20/2009

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take it away, a few nights of screaming is worth a lifetime of Dental health. If his teeth aren't already jacked up, they will be soon. You are the Parent, He is the child, if you don't give him the bottle, he will become bottle broke.

Cassandra - posted on 08/18/2009

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I was having trouble with getting my daughter to stop taking bottles and at the same time eating her veggies.. So I put tomato juice in her bottle and she gaged.. thats when a light turned on haha... I put milk and juice in cups and tomato juice in the bottle for a week straight and offered both cup or bottle. She never touched the bottle again :)

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2009

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You need to take it away now.....The longer you wait the harder it will be to take it away. Out of sight out of mind is the way I look at it. I got lucky with my son, he started throwing his bottle after 2 drinks off of it but if I put his drinks in a sippy cup he would drink all of it

Lee Anna - posted on 08/15/2009

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Put all the bottles where he can't see them except for one and then make him throw the "last one" in the big boy trash! If you have too put something that looks nasty in it and tell him it"s yuckie and has to go in the trash and have him do it! Totally worked for my son!

Kari - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son liked the nipple of the bottle...so I went to the store and found a sippy cup with a silicone nipple type spout..and it worked like a charm. At first I gave it to him with juice, and still gave him a bottle at naptime and bedtime. Then after a couple days, I gave him the sippy at naptime. Then a couple days later, I gave it to him at bedtime. Like I said, worked like a charm...no more bottle! Good luck!

Kristen - posted on 08/14/2009

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At 3 i would do it cold turkey. If he needs it before bed, then i would give him a sippy. maybe go to the store and let him pick a special one! Good luck

Autum - posted on 08/13/2009

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just take it away tell him no more bottle. Go to walmart and buy him a cup called nukki it is just like a bottle but in sippy cup form it has the rubber spout he will love it and thats how i bottle broke my son

NATASHA - posted on 08/13/2009

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GET HIM A KOOL SIPPY CUP AND LET HIM KNOW HE'S A BIG BOY AND ONLY BABIES DRINK OUT OF BOTTLES. TRUST ME I HAVE 3 YR OLD TWINS AND I GAVE THEM SIPPY CUPS AT 4MONTHS

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once my son turned 1 i started to give him sippy cups and just took the bottle away. if you give them time they will get use to the sippy cups and they wont need the bottle.

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It may be more difficult to wean him from the bottle since he is a bit older, but here's what worked for my son: my son hated apple juice when he was younger so I put apple juice in it or on the tip of the nipple and milk in a cup. Sometimes u just have to tell them "no more" and put ur foot down. After a couple days they'll be fine. My little boy is almost 3 and he drinks out of an open cup (no lid). Reward ur child for using the cup, give him stickers to decorate it, etc. Good luck!

Krystal - posted on 08/13/2009

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It might take a couple of slepless nights n a bunch of days full of fights but do it when u know u will be around them the most (weekends)!! U have to take the bottle away from him as soon as u can cuz it is not healthy for him at all! I have 3 lil ones very close in age so as soon as one was off the other two still had it but u have to bear down n just deal w the rough couple of days!! GOOD LUCK!!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/13/2009

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My kids went to cups between 10-13 months...all I did was take it away and let them deal with it...they threw the cup a few times but, got over it in a day or two...be firm mommy...ur the boss

Cynthia - posted on 08/13/2009

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I think the only solution is to take it away completly. Not replacing it w/ water, or cutting the nipple. Just taking it away......Also I see that you've been told to use a sippie cup now. But what I've noticed is that a lot of mom's just end up using the cup as a form of bottle too. Giving it to kids when it' time for bed or in place of a bottle. Anad it's not meant for that-I've been guilty of it a few tines myself, but it should be given only for snacks or meal time I think. Especially when you are having such a hard time w/ the bottle anyways. I have 4 children and have taken the bottle away right about the time they turn 1 yr old....At that time they won't cry as much, or can't ask you for the bottle so you won't feel as bad!! Good luck & God bless=]

CARRIE - posted on 08/13/2009

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wow still on the bottle at 3? My 1st son gave up the bottle at 1. Stop giving him everything in the bottle. thats the problem. try a sippy cup

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Well I have to say that I know tht it is wrong tht my son is almost three and still on his bottle but it is his only GREAT point of nutriants bc of all his food allergies. My choice was bottle or tube feeding. SO I am no help to you on this one. His doctor knows about tht he is still on it and she said it is the least of our worries.



However my counsin did this and it worked for her. Every few nights they reduced the amount of milk little by little in the bottle and when it was gone it was gone. NO more was given. By the end of the 10 days he was all done with it.

Suzie - posted on 08/12/2009

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We just weaned my 3 year old son off the bottle last month. I told him that he is a BIG Boy and that bottles are for babies. We also took him to an amusement park and showed him that only big kids sat on the rides and that babies were NOT allowed. I told him that if he drinks from a bottle, then he is a baby and cannot be allowed to sit on the rides.



At night, we switched the milk to a plastic cup with pictures on it and allowed him to drink with a straw.

Natarsha - posted on 08/12/2009

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I just stop offering bottles. With a child this old you have to stop bottle feeding now because you don't want him to develop painful decay and cavities. Get hard capped sippy cups to start and quickly evolve go straw cups only once he accepts the others. Don't let him see you sweat when he cries or throws a tantrum because then he will break you down into giving him a bottle. The pain doesn't last as long as you think. I stopped each one of my kids from bottle feeding no later than 14 months. Good Luck and stay strong.

Sabrina - posted on 08/12/2009

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as a bunch has said take it a way he will cry but have ti remember ur the boss not them and the longer u waut the harder it will be hope this helps

Maria - posted on 08/12/2009

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I told my 3 year old that " "The Man" took the bottle" and she never saw it again. Then you just present your kid with sippy cup with the milk.

Jennifer - posted on 08/12/2009

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The easiest way to get rid of the bottle is by cutting the top of the teat off, not alot just enough that the milk runs out easily without any sucking required. Kids like to suck milk out and the milk running freely out will not satisfy their need, same goes with dummies. Try it, it worked for me!

Alison - posted on 08/12/2009

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I like to use another child she likes as an example. "Look a big girl cup, just like so-and-so!".

Hollie - posted on 08/12/2009

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What I did with my daughter was tell her that I was giving it a baby that really needed a bottle. She was still really little then about 1 year, but she never said anything about it agian. I also did this with her binky. I even let her help me pack them up. It really works It might be tough for the first couple of days, but it does get easier.

Lynsey - posted on 08/12/2009

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Cut out the bottle completely. If he needs a drink at night put water in a spiiy cup so his teeth don't rot. Use a sippy cup and by 4 a kids plastic cup is all he will need, even try juice boxes!!!

Donna - posted on 08/11/2009

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There is no easy way.....just take it away....like it's been said...he'll cry...maybe tantrum but you are the mother...if you dont' do it now it's going to get harder...it's not good for his teeth either..think of it that way.

Karen - posted on 08/11/2009

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my oldes helped me who is 4 take the bottle away from my 3 year old. angel took her bottle and threw it in the garbage on some dipers so when shelby went to take it out i told her that it was gross and there were poopy dipers in there. shelby left it in there and that was the last of the bottles she ever had

Charlene - posted on 08/11/2009

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I was lucky. My daughter stopped taking a bottle when she was 11 months old, she just refused to drink from it. I would suggest to use a sippy cup. Throw the bottle away don't buy any more even if he cries. I'm sure it will be hard for you when he does cry but it will be worth it in the end.

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Offer the milk in a sippie. It will not be as soothing and he will hate it. Then he will not want anything to do with any of it any longer

Alison - posted on 08/11/2009

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I stopped the bottle feeding when my daughter was one. You just need to take the bottle away. Make it a game where you guys throw them in the trash. Reward him for using a big boy cup. He is way too old for a bottle, try a sippy cup. Good Luck!

Tamika - posted on 08/11/2009

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just take it away-he will scream the first couple days..but OH WELL. I had to do this with my daughters nuk...i started by cutting the tip off so it was uncomfortable--then just took it away

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My son was one when he stoped the bottle and this is how, he threw his bottle out of his crib so i hid it and said to him " no more bottle, bottle went bye bye" and that worked he never asked for the bottle again. BUT I do have a suggestion for you, what if you get rid of all the 'fun' bottles ( no prints, no Walli, or transformers, no color) just a plain white bottle then always just put water in it, get some fun print cups with his favorite cartoon character on it and give him OJ or Apple juice whatever his favorite drinks are and let him know "we only drink water in the bottle, Big boys drink from a cool cup" hope this helps or atleast gave you some ideas.

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