Does anybody have suggestions on getting rid of the bottle all together?

Amanda - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 93 moms have responded )

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My son still drinks a bottle before bed. Any suggestions on how to get rid of it for good?

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Caitriona - posted on 03/11/2010

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my son was taking a bottle before bedtime and for breakfast. I tried giving him warm milk in a cup but he refused. He drinks everything else from a sippy cup but not milk. I didn't want to carry on with the bottle before bedtime for too much longer as I was afraid it was become an unbreakable habit. He has a routine which we stick to as much as possible, which is dinner, play, bath, downstairs for bottle and story and then up to bed. Whenever he came down from his bath with his dad, I would be waiting for him with his bottle. If I wasn't there or if I didn't have the bottle ready he would get very upset. So this is what happened.
We were out of the house and got back very late. Too late for his bath or story, so when we got in, we just changed him into pajamas and put him to bed. He was so tired he went to sleep stright away. That was night one. The next night we delayed his bath and didn't bring him downstairs after but read his story upstairs and put him straight to bed. He can't talk so didn't ask for the bottle, and we never mentioned bottle or milk. The third night we went back to his usual routine and when he came down after his bath he looked everywhere for his bottle, he got a little upset but we quickly distracted him with games and toys. This distraction went on for another couple of nights until eventually he stopped looking for the bottle when he came down. After another week with no nighttime bottle, so two in total, I had his milk heated in his sippy cup ready after his bath. I asked him, do you want some milk, and gratefully he grabbed this cup and drank it all. I didn't want him to miss out on the milk, I just didn't want it in the bottle. I was very surprised when he drank the milk, but I guess he was just glad to get it again.
I am not going to take away the morning bottle yet as I think it will be a lot easier. There is always so much happening at breakfast time that I don't think he'd even notice if he didn't have the bottle. I hope this helps all you guys.

Beth - posted on 03/26/2010

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I guess I don't understand why everyone is so worried about it. They are still babies at this age and have a strong innate need to suck - they are hard-wired to suck still. It soothes them and helps them settle down at night which is a good thing, right?

I'm not going to worry about the night time bottle until after my son's 2nd birthday. At that point, we'll just gradually reduce the amount in the bottle until he gives it up.

Lisandra - posted on 03/24/2010

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start giving him water instead of his milk before his bedtime, it may work. but, if it does not work i say you just do it the hard way it will take alteast 2-3 days of your baby crying but he will adjust to it well.
i have two boys a 4 yr old & a 20 month old . good luck mommy

Mary - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son's Pediatrician told me to gradually start watering down the night time bottle, and that eventually( like with in two weeks) that the bottle will be mostly water, and that he wouldn't even want it anymore... it can't hurt anything to try! :) Good luck, this method worked for the little girl i baby sit

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Jessica - posted on 05/21/2010

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well my daughter does too but im thinking of trying to substitute the bottle for a sippy. maybe it will work im not sure because i have a 6 month old daughter and she has a habit of stealing her sisters bottle.

Cassandra - posted on 05/21/2010

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We just went cold-turkey with my daughter. Not gonna lie, it really sucked those first few days (she cried for hours before falling asleep), but within 3-4 days she was doing just fine without it. If you can handle the tears, it works.

Rhonda - posted on 05/10/2010

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I had a really hard time with getting my daughter to want to drink out of a cup but then I decided to take her to the store with me and let her pick out her own cup (Dora of course) and she still wasn't too interested in it because she knew there were still bottles around but one day I gave her some chocolate milk in a bottle and after a minutes or so i took it away and poured it into a cup right in front of her so she would know where it went and she's been drinking from a cup ever since. It worked for us and maybe doing something like that will work for you. : )

Esther - posted on 05/09/2010

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How old is your son? when he goes to sleep to the fullest take it away, when he wakes up give him a sippy cup with soft nipples on them and see if that makes a difference.

Iris - posted on 05/09/2010

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Hi ladies!
I just want to say. That I had the same problem as most of you few weeks ago. I could not ween my son off the bottle. He loved his bottle. He would use a sippy, but would refuse to drink milk out of it. I now have mastered the sippy 24/7. This sounds cruel and mean, and I know you wont be able to stand it, but this is the only way to do it. Just take the bottle away completely. Start giving them the sippy from now on. They will sit there and cry and through tantrums, but eventually they will give in and take the sippy, they have no other choice. It helps if the spout is the soft kind becase it still sort of similar to the bottle, and also it helps if the cup has a certain character or animal or whatever your child is into. I had to buy ELMO and MICKEY cups, because my son cannot live without mickey or elmo. It took about 2 days for him to finally figure out, no more bottle. Of course always keep just one in handy, because when they're sick, they love to be babied! Hope this helps!

Jen - posted on 05/06/2010

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We "threw"(put away) all but 1 away along with nipples and started using Nuby soft cup during day at 9mo for formula/milk and bottle only at naps and bed. We also practice with open cups at dinner with water or Gerber sip tops for water bottles, and straw cups for juice. When the nipple got ruined the bottle had to be pitched as it was broken. Same thing with Pacifiers for my older boy was 2. Only 1 in diaper bag for going away and one in his bed. Not allowed to use it outside the bedroom if he wasn't sick. When they broke we didn't buy more. And if it takes to long to get ruined after a week of telling the child this is the last bottle if it breaks we throw it away...You can always help it break....But mine son was a nipple biter and he damaged it on his own.

Amber - posted on 05/06/2010

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Cold turkey. Just take it away, you'll have a couple bad nights and then it will be over. We just took the paci away and told him the paci fairy came and took all his paci's to give to the babies and left him a present for being a big boy. It went very well.

Hollie - posted on 04/13/2010

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I found that a bed time routine was key so that the bottle or milk before bed wasnt the only thing to comfort him. I was able to have him completely off the bottle a week after he turned one. What I did was from the very beg we did bath, book, bottle, bed. But I did each couple of days decrease the amount in his bottle so it was about a 2wk period of weaning him off it so it was a gentle process. I also threw his blanket in the dryer for a couple minutes before bed so he still had that warm effect. He was a lil spoiled but it was worth it for the super easy/gentle transition. Now bed time consists of a couple books before bed and bedtime is very easy. Best of luck!!!

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2010

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u know what i did. i just stright up took it away from her., when she asks where it is i tell hr its gone shes a big girl now she doesnt need it. iit was hard considering she loved her bottle. but its been 3 days and now she doesnt even ask for it now. she drinks from a sipp or a cup. just dont give in.

Tabbatha - posted on 04/09/2010

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When my son, 21 months on April 30th, had a bottle before bed, he would sit with me on the couch for about 15 minutes to relax him and then he would go to bed. Once, he had bitten, yes bitten, all the tips of the nipples, I decided I was not going to buy more and that it was time to stop the bottles. I kept my same routine but used a sippy instead of the bottle and stopped using the word bottle. He adapted really well, as if he never had bottles to begin with. At first I used a sippy with a rubber top, closest to the shape of a nipple and now he uses plastic top or straw top cups. From reading all of the responses, I guess it would be hard to say one definite way to get rid of the bottles. Everyones kids are so different. I lucked out with the transition and I wish the best of luck to the other moms.

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By the way...
...At the dinner table and while in the kitchen my son gets an open cup, but for car rides, church, and around the house, it's sippies. I realy like the throw away straw cups too and so does he. Walmart also has their own cheap brand which is a softer straw sippy that works well.

~Fern < Mom to 7

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Yes! After my first 5 kids I never used a bottle. To hard to get rid of them. :) So with number 5 when I was weaning off the bottle I would give the soft spout sippy cup. All good drinks came from that and water from the bottle. That way your baby won't be able to suck while sleeping causing baby bottle mouth, tooth decay. To realy eliminate the bottle. Get rid of them. Out of site out of mind. A couple days, 3 days max, of complaints and then it's done.

With baby number 6 and 7 I always used the soft sippies by Advent. Even when they were infants. Course I also breastfeed, deffinilty no nipple confusion. :) With my last baby I hardly ever pumped, as I always did with my first 6. I only offered him water from the sippy cup and he now is my biggest water drinker and prefers it over juice. Even over milk.

Good luck!
~Fern < Mom to 7

Rebekah - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi Amanda, I had a very easy time transitioning to a sippy instead of a bottle. the advent sippy cups and the nubby sippy cups work well. I took all the bottles except for one out of the house so he could not see them. The first night was a bit rough when he wanted to bottle but after that it was smooth sailing. It doesn't take long for them to figure it out. My son was only getting a bottle at bedtime and a sippy the rest of the day. Hope this helps good luck.

Meghan - posted on 04/08/2010

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What i did was i gave on eof those soft spout cups and when he was comfortable i got rid of it. Around 14 months he was off it. Although i do keep 1 bottle incase he needs extra comfort when sick or upset. My oldest was done on his own and went stright to open face cups before age 1 he was done with the binky too! Good luck it takes time depending on the kid.

Carissa - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son does also and one in the morning. I keep asking the question if there is really a need to get rid of it and everyone says unless there is a real health need of him having to get rid of it then why get rid of it. He eats and his teeth are fine so I have decided to stop fighting it and just not offer it unless he asks for it.

Christine - posted on 04/07/2010

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I switched my daughter from the bottle to a sippy cup when I transitioned her from formula to milk. I introduced a sippy cup with water in it when she was around 10 months old. I would put a little bit of milk in the sippy cup and let her have that and then she would have the formula in the bottle. Gradually, she would get more milk than formula, and eventually she was on all milk, and the bottle was gone. She never once cried for her bottle.

Allyne - posted on 04/07/2010

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I just took my 20 month old off the bottle. She was still having a bottle of milk before bed and in the morning. We just stopped cold turkey, when she asks for it we just say no more bottle and give her a sippy cup of milk instead. She's been fine!! Sometimes I think it's us parents who worry about how bad it's gonna be when really the child will be fine! We also got rid of all the bottles so there is no reminders =)

Lauren - posted on 04/06/2010

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How I got my daughter off the bottle will not help any of you now, but if you have any more children it might be worth a shot. Around 4 months I got her started on sippy cups with straws. She was probably completely off the bottle by 6 months. She was too young to really get attached to it or know the difference.

Trena - posted on 04/06/2010

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My son broke himself of the bottle when he was 10 months old, my daughter was a different story! She is currently 18 months old and has been having a sippy cup with milk in it for the past 5 months or so. We just took the bottles away and threw them in the garbage while she was watching. It was tough for the first couple nights, but once she realized that she was getting that or nothing she willingly took it. She now sits on the couch with her blanket and has her milk every night before bed. The other thing I found helped was not warming her bottle, she didn't want to drink cold milk out of the bottle, that also helped with the transition. GOOD LUCK!!!

Tabetha - posted on 04/06/2010

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You could tell him that it's time for the bottle to go to bed too and he sleeps in the fridge. I know it sounds silly and crazy but my son loves to play in his sand box outside (shaped like a crab) so we tell him that "Crabby" is sleeping and we put the cover on. It works surprisingly well, he doesn't fuss at all when he knows Crabby is sleeping.

Kim - posted on 04/05/2010

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I dont see it as a big problem if its only his night bottle at this age his doing pretty well so I wouldnt worry to much,
my daughter (21 mths) went staight from the breast to a sippy cup but she wouldnt drink milk from it I was told as long as she gets calcium ect other ways its fine (yogart/custard ect).
My son now 5 and half was bottlefed he kept his night bottle for a long time then when he was getting older I took him to the shop and told him his bottle was going away but he could pick any cup he liked to use instead he loved the idea he got to choose his own cup there was a little fuss the first couple of days but I just kept reminding him the bottle was gone and he had his nice new cup he never looked back from there.
hope this helps and again at this age I wouldnt stress about it to much.

Crystal - posted on 04/05/2010

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i had this problem for so long. after tons and tons of different sippys i found Born free this sippy has a soft nipple so its an easy transition. its the only one he will drink his milk from. so far so good now im trying to find out how to get him to drink from a hard nipple cup.

Chansey - posted on 04/05/2010

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Also after reading 1 of the replies posted I think there is a major difference between a sippy cup and a bottle. My son is making a gradual progression, he now drinks with straws. But seriously I don't think any mom on the go wants to stop every 5 minutes and hold the cup for their kid so they can get a drink. And maybe your kid can hold their own cup but my son would be a complete mess if I let him do it all by himself. I'm glad if this idea works for you but if definitely doesn't for me, and I think most would agree.

Chansey - posted on 04/05/2010

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My pediatrician told me to water down the milk in his bottle and only put a little bit in it and then give him just milk in a cup. My son didn't like the taste of watered down milk. It took a couple of weeks but after drinking the watered down milk from his bottle he caught on. I also found that he preferred a different type of cup. I started out trying to get him to drink from a cup with a silicon lid, which he didn't like (i guess it was too much like a bottle or something, i dunno) and then I just happened to buy some of the plastic reusable take-along cups, I gave him milk in it 1 day and he did great with it but any time I tried to use the silicon cups he refused to drink out of them. You might try different cups with him. Also he saw his cousin who is 4 months older than him drinking out of a cup and I told him what a big boy his cousin was drinking out of a big boy cup and I think that helped. Hope this helps you. I wish someone could've told me about watered down milk earlier.

Karla - posted on 04/05/2010

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I just took my sons bottles away cold turkey and gave him the sippy cup. I never caved in when he cried for the bottle and after a few days he gave in and took the sippy cup. the key is to not give in, no matter how much they cry.

Keriann - posted on 04/05/2010

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really happily??? you have got to be kidding me. you are the adult and the parent, they will get over it, they will have to stop drinking a bottle to be a functional member of society. step up and be a parent and set the rules of your house. you rule it not the child.

Rachael - posted on 04/05/2010

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i think i got rid of abigails around 10 months old, one day i just threw all of her bottles out so i couldn't give in to her, she took to the sippy cup brill, now shes going on 2 in july and she drinks out of a cup no problem, i think you just have to keep trying with him, xxx

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also , just reading some of the other posts .... I dont think that a sippy cup or sippy bottle helps honestly I think that your going from bottle to something similar ... just go with giving them a drink of water or milk in a normal cup and then send them to bed.

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does your son (and other mums, child) ... drink out of a cup happily?
if so then trade the bottle for a drink of milk out of a cup .... for the first 3 days you will find it hard to not give in and just give them the bottle when they are crying out for it but after the 3rd day everything should be fine .... just decide when you are ready to take the bottle away and throw it in the rubbish bin or put it away in a high cupboard where it cannot be seen by either you or the child ... if ya cant see it then there isnt a want or temptation for it. does that make sense?

Leslie - posted on 04/04/2010

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When I changed my son over from baby bottle to sippys, I started with the soft nipple ones then gradually went with the harder ones. Try using a softer nipple sippy at night, then get your baby into the harder tops. My son has been on the hard tops for several months, and without a baby bottle about the time the pediatrician said to start weening.

Keriann - posted on 04/04/2010

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take it away and don;t give in. Your the parent and you set the rules.dont give in to your toddler because they are probably going through terrible twos. trust me i understand. we broke our son of his bottle at 11 months. we took it away from him and it was difficult for a few days, but after he realied that we weren't giving it back, we didnt have any more issues. DONT give in and remember that you are the parent and set the rules of the house. stick by your guns and dont cave.

Cody - posted on 04/04/2010

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I breastfed till he was 1 then I just gave him a cup but my first child she had a bottle and I just cut her off cold turkey wen she got thirsty I let her have a drink from a hard top sippy cup and she didn't like it so I swithed it to a soft top sippy cup and she drank from it till she was two I don't even have to give them sippy cup now unless we are in the car they drink from real cups my youngest is two next mont and my oldest will be 4 in November

Joy - posted on 04/04/2010

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You know, it's really not that big of a deal. I have three kids. My oldest was off of the bottle by 11 months. She had a very easy temperment. My son was about 15 months, but I really went through hell with him crying. Now my baby girl is 20 months and will drink everything out of a sippy except milk. I am not pushing it for now. I figure, when she's two I will try harder (use bribery or something) but it's not such a huge problem. As for the people that say to give them a drink in bed, that is where their teeth will rot. It doesn't matter if it is in a bottle or a sippy, it is still the milk on their teeth. I give her the bottle about an hour before bed time and then we cuddle and play before I put her to bed. Don't make your life miserable because some people say that is what you are supposed to do. I have finally learned at age 40 and three children later, that these things are not such big problems in the grand scheme of things!! Enjoy your baby, they are only little once!

Shawnell - posted on 04/04/2010

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just stop giving it to him. he will be mad but u make the rules and he has to know that. my daughter used to like a sippy cup for juice and a bottle for milk. so i just kept giving her milk in a cup until she drank it and threw the bottles away.

Latasha - posted on 04/04/2010

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If he has an older sibling who drinks from a cup its easier to switch over, mine still drinks from a sippy but i started putting water w ice in his cup at bed he takes one sip and goes to sleep, getting up w a full cup every morning. Most kids dont like water.

Lindsey - posted on 04/03/2010

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We have the same problem. My son is 21 months and flips out if he doesn't get a bottle before bedtime. We have weaned him off the bottle completely the rest of the day, but that nighttime bottle is tough.

Natalie - posted on 04/03/2010

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Hi Amanda, I went out and bought Lily my daughter who is 20 months old, 2 non spill cups and she only has milk in them, she last had a bottle when she was 13 months old, Hope this helps

Kathlena - posted on 04/02/2010

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I'm on my third....give them water!! LOL Mine liked to go to bed with milk. I'll give them a little, but if they cry for more...they get water! They stop crying about it. Or at least ALL of mine did. I hope it helps.

Farah - posted on 04/02/2010

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What does it matter if your toddler drinks out of a bottle or sippy cup? Really it's like saying I want to switch from a diaper to a pull-up! SAME THING!

Andrea - posted on 04/02/2010

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I took both of my sons bottles way at 13 months ... no problems here. You just have to be strong and not give in to him when he wants one. It might be hard for a few days but then those bottle will be a thing of the past. Good luck : )

Melisa - posted on 04/02/2010

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Lastnight I tired to put my son to bed without a bottle and freaked out. So I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem. But I'm going to try really hard to get him off the bottle soon. I do notice that he asks for the bottle when he's in the kitchen and he can see the bottle on the counter. I try to hide them but it's so hard to remember to put everything inside the sink rather then on the counter.

Misty - posted on 04/02/2010

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what I did with my daughter is I only put formula in her bottle, nothing else, so she related the formula to the bottle. she wouldnt drink her formula in anything else. now I put other drinks in her sippy cup, that way she knew thats where those drinks go. and I waited til she was 1 and could have regular milk, and put the milk in the sippy cup, and she related the milk with the sippy cup. the I hid the bottle. out of sight out of mind. she took to it like it was nothing, never had a bottle since. she didnt even get upset at all. she did wake up in the night a lil upset only because she got hungry, so I fed her a graduates cereal bar, gave her some milk in her sippy cup, and she went right back to sleep. and after that she never woke up hungry in the night again. I hope this helps, and that Im not too late to where this tip would apply

Kitty - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son still drinks a bottle, but we have switched it completely to water. I did that at about 15 months or so. It was hard to get him to take milk from a cup, but i bought a couple of new sippy cups to use as "milk cups" and he will take milk from those. I saw a post that said when it's water they won't want it. Maybe that works for others, but not Jason!! He takes water from his bottle just fine and now multiple months later, is still drinking water from his bottle. A few times we've not given him a bottle at night, and had to either rock him to sleep, or let him start out in our bed. Maybe some of this will help with things other moms have said. I just know it's hard as heck to get this kid to put the bottle down!!

Stacy - posted on 04/02/2010

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We stopped the bottle cold turkey. I was worried it was cruel, but he didn't even notice it. I changed his milk over to a sippy cup and that was the end of it. I put the bottles up and out of sight and never has been an issue. Good luck!

Benah - posted on 04/02/2010

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SURE THIS WORKED WITH MILAN.OPE IT WILL TOO TO UR LITTLE ONE.JUST PUT WATER IN THE BOTTLE INSTEAD OF MILK OR JUICE.HE WONT LIKE IT AT 1ST BUT WITH WATER HE WILL GIVE UP AND LET GO OFF THE BOTTLE.

Kelli - posted on 04/01/2010

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I didn't really read the other posts, but I say go cold turkey. Throw away ALL bottles. It is totally going to suck (I know.Believe me). And yes, I do think that it is a good idea to get rid of the bottle as times have changed a bit, now Dr's say to get them off because it can ruin their teeth. And the older a toddler is, it is harder to get them to break a bad habit because they are much more willful and defiant. Good luck! you can do it!

Shenequa - posted on 04/01/2010

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BUY A COUPLE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SIPPY CUPS AND DURING THE DAY TRY THEM ALL AND SEE WHICH ONE WORKS THE BEST WITH UR CHILD... AND WING IT OFF WITH THE NEW CUP..

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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If your baby is past one and has teeth more likely his teeth are going to mess up. EX... teeth move forward, they get crooked seperate... which will lead to them needing braces.

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son is 21 months old he just left the bottle last month. It was very hard cause he loved his bottle. I started just giving him the sippy cup during the day but the nipple part of the cup was rubber just like the bottle. At night was a challenge but I always tried to give him the cup at night before the bottle but when he refused I would give him the bottle. Then later I found out just to give him the cup and if he refused just sit it right next to him so he was able to grab it himself. After 3 days he did not ask for the bottle he knew I wasnt giving him the bottle if he was that hungry or thirsty at night he would drink from what I gave him.... So I threw it away

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