she is still bottle feeding..is it normal.?

Khathreenah - posted on 04/18/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my 4yrs old daughter Angel anne is still taking her milk in a bottle..i try to hide it but she's keep on looking for it.if she doesn't see it she will cry ...any suggestion you want to share ..that i will try ..? :)

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Zoe - posted on 04/24/2011

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Your the mum its up to you, if it bothers you do something about it if it dosent then let her carry on.
If it were me i would just bin the lot but take her to get a new cup, let here chose, tinker bell whatever. do it at a weekend when you can deal with the tantrums and give her lots of love and cuddles.
good luck, whatever you do.

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Mrs Rachel - posted on 06/26/2011

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throw the bottels away there teeth will god bad if you dont and keep thelling your child she or she is a big girl and all princess princess her age use big girl cup,s too

Altara - posted on 06/25/2011

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you need to talk to her like a big girl and tell her that bottles are for babies, and stick with it no matter how much she cries. it's hard but will benefit you in the end. Take her to the store and let her pick out whatever cup she wants as her special cup and then have her put all the bottles in a bag a the little babies that don't have any (at leasts that what I did with my daughter).

Rachel - posted on 06/25/2011

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goodness some replies are really harsh !! my son loved his bottle and like you would hide it around his peers ..we had a chat and he knew that for his 4th birthday he would give it up .. we told him a story .. that santa needed them for the baby reindeers so that they would be big and strong for the sleigh at christmas .. it worked we wrapped them up and left them at the fire place and they were gone the following morning ..and santa had left a lovely little pressie ( maybe a new big girl cup ) as a thank you .. he did still have a bottle at night .. but it was just for a little while .more like a comfort ..but gave this up shortly after .. good luck with what ever works for you.. there have been some good suggestions

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Hi! I changed my daughter to a sqwishy clear top Nuk sippy cup at 3 and a hard top one at 4. She still calls it a "bottle" and wants warm milk in it in the morning and at bed time, but buys cold milk at VPK 2x a day, and is fine. Her weight is good, as are her teeth. She has said a few times recently that she is getting big for a one, and doesn't ask for it every morning. The night one will disappear too, I think, before too long. She did the same with her pacifier, and quit it cold turkey when she was ready without looking back. Whatever works for you and her I think is fine - happy mommy/ happy baby! Good luck and just go with your gut and do what is right for you!

Angelica - posted on 05/26/2011

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Have her pack up her bottles to give as a gift to a new baby. Tell her it is time for her to pass them on to a baby that needs them because she is a big girl. Then have her take them to a baby, if you dont know anyone with a baby... find one. My orthodontist was sick that my son had a binky until 3.5 so I am sure bottles are not doing you any favors... braces are EXPENSIVE! Good Luck!

User - posted on 05/22/2011

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Toughen up, It is not normal and you are not helping the situation. I know some people will encourage you but the truth of it is you will suffer for a week with tantrums and her wanting to get her own way but it is a milestone that has to be conquered. It will also set up a foundation of you following through on punishments in your household...

Charlee - posted on 05/19/2011

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Throw the bottles away dont hide them and show her you are throwing them away. She is old enough to understand. My 4 year will be starting head start this year he hasnt had a bottle since he was 1 it was hard but all worth it especially for his teeth hope it works out for you!!!

Mrs Rachel - posted on 05/07/2011

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to the doctor's know best and they all tell you to stop bottel at 2 to pervent there teeth from going bad and it will also pervent them from loosing there baby teeth whitch isnt good my mom did the same with me she gave mee a bottel till i was 4 and my teeth got so bad i had to have new ones built cause they go so bad and the dintist told my mom ithe reason why i had to have new ones built was because of me still geting a bottel and he said it didnt matter how many bottel i had it will still make teeth go bad

Helinah - posted on 05/01/2011

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Hi,
My daughter also have a same problem with yours, but I have try to give a choices to her like offer a milk in a baby mug with a nice print on it..like princes barbie pictures.because she love the princes barbie much..then I tell her there is no princes barbie print on the baby bottle..and I explain to her that..she is now don need the bottle because she is going to school and teacher dont allowed to bring baby bottle...and it is works..:)

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What types of developmental delays, motor, or oral problems does she have that necessitates drinking from a bottle? That information will give a good starting point.

If there aren't any, the situation is pretty clear. Take the bottle away. If you are traumatized over the idea of upsetting her, get used to it. Your job as a parent is to do what's best for her, not to placate her. Giving her milk in a bottle is horrible for her teeth. That's one of the reasons the suggestion is to stop bottle feeding at one year.

Have a bye-bye bottle party and tie a bunch of helium balloons to her last bottle, then let it float away. You could bribe her for something better. Or just take it away. She'll get over it.

Louise - posted on 04/18/2011

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I think having a friend around that is the same age will be enough to embarass her into giving it up. Let her watch the other girl use a cup like a big girl and bring it to her attention. She will realise that she is being a bit of a baby and move on eventually. My daughter who is 2.5 is just the same she will not drink milk in anything but a bottle, yet she drinks from a cup happily with anything else. It does baffle me why she does this but at the end of the day it is one bottle a day what harm is it doing. She will give it up when she is ready.I do try every now and then to sneak the milk into a cup but she will not drink it and refuses drink in a cup for the rest of the day. So for now I think knickers what harm is it doing, nothing she finds comfort from it and will drop the bottle when she is good and ready and if that is age 4 so be it. i know she wont want to show her friends it at that age and that will be my get out. For now I am happy for her to drink the milk.

Tonya - posted on 04/18/2011

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My daughter was 3 Saturday....I have tried hiding her bottle too but she will literally scream until she gets it....She only wants 1 when she goes to bed and she does not wake up at night wanting 1....She hardly takes naps through the day so around 8pm she is out for the night by that time I'm ready too....Hahahah....

Dawn - posted on 04/18/2011

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Your daughter is old enough to be able to communicate with you. Talk to her, like a big girl... and tell her like it is. Bottles are for babies, and she is not a baby, but instead, a little girl, who is growing up big and strong.
She will cry ... when you are ready to take the bottle away.. (she is ready for it to be gone, she just doesnt realize it.) You are the one that needs to be ready. Children, will give you, what you are willing to accept. They will test... and crying is one of these tests.. Stand your ground. Take the bottle, and do whatever you like with it... throw it out, give it to another mommy of a baby... even tuck it under a blanket or pillow.. for the bottle fairy to come and take when your daughter is asleep... but, no matter how you chose to get rid of the bottle.... dont give in, and bring it back.. this will defeat everything.

She will cry... probably quite loud and strong the first night... and then for a couple nights afterwards... but eventually, ( probably less than a week..) it will lessen, and eventually completely stop.

It is in the best interest, for your daughter developmentally, physically and emotionally to get rid of this bottle and baby stage, and allow her to build up the self confidence and assurance ... in progressing to the next stages in life.

Good luck.. stay strong.. and know, this too shall pass.

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