How do I get my son off his bedtime bottle?

Stacey - posted on 02/06/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son has a bottle of milk before bed each night to help him fall asleep. I know he shouldn't because its not good for him but I don't know how to take it off him. Any suggestions?

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Desiree - posted on 02/07/2011

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After my son turned one we started giving him a sippy cup of milk and a cookie about a half an hour before bedtime, he seemed to be happy with that since he got to have a cookie. Then we brush his teeth right before bed.

Alexandra - posted on 02/14/2011

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Jessica, from what I understand it's very normal for an older child to sort of regress when a new baby comes. They want to be "the baby" too. I think if you just keep pointing out how special it is to be a big boy and all the things he can do that his sister can't he should get out of that stage soon. I think they snap out of it naturally anyway, they just need to get used to the idea that they are growing up.

Birgit - posted on 02/11/2011

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Our twins weaned themselves not too long ago. We started slowly and finally I took the plunge to giving them sippy cups for their bottle before bed. My husband wasn't on board with the idea (you know, his little girls growing up and all.. lol) and when they finally refused to take baby bottles any more, I did a happy dance. haha :) Point being - I think when they're ready, they're ready.

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Kandice - posted on 03/07/2011

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I agree with some earlier posts. A sippy cup & small snack about 30 minutes before bed & brushing teeth. If he is still crying at bedtime, let him cry it out. He will learn to fall asleep on his own. It will take a few nights, but it will be better soon.

Jennifer - posted on 02/21/2011

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With my first I stopped warming it, and then I gave hime a glass of milk, then bottle, and he drank less and less bottle, then towards the end I put the bottle in the freezer for a bit so it was really cold, and after two night of trying, he didn't want it anymore.

Kelley - posted on 02/20/2011

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I thought it was going to be difficult to get my son off his bedtime bottle because he was almost dependant on it. He was two when I decided just to make him go cold turkey, sure enough he cried for it...but it only lasted a couple nights....tough love :)

Vanessa - posted on 02/17/2011

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Well thats easy my daughter kept throwing her bottle so I said next time she throw it she throw it in the trash so she did it was hard for three weeks but now she doing k

Tina - posted on 02/16/2011

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What I did with my daughter was started to put her to bed every other night with a bottle for a week, then I went to a bottle every two nights for a week and then 1 every 3 days for a week and by the fourth week she wasn't going to bed with a bottle at all.

Mindy - posted on 02/15/2011

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I just took the bottles and threw them out he watched me do it, I give him milk with all his meals instead and at night he gets water my son gets fruit for a snack before bed and then his teeth get brushed and he gets a cup of water beside his bed the only reason that happens is because our home is very dry!

Madilyn - posted on 02/14/2011

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my son breastfeeds but at night I nurse him right before bed then we get in PJs and brush our teeth then we lay down and if he wants to nurse I just tell him it's sleep time, he eventually curls up with me and dozes off. I had to stop nursing him at night because it was draining me. He is 21mo old

Marianne - posted on 02/14/2011

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I started giving my son a sippy cup of milk when he was about 14 months. I kept the bottles for "just in case" He caught a cold, I gave him a bottle of milk- thinking that it would comfort him. He acted insulted and threw the bottle at me...guess he was done with that!

Jodi - posted on 02/14/2011

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I just did this with my daughter who was born May 2 2009, so she's 21 months old. I just stopped giving it to her and she doesn't seem to even miss it.

Jessica - posted on 02/13/2011

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I got my son off it then just two days ago I tansfered my younger daughter from breast to bottle, now all he wants is a bottle of milk as well!! I put it in his sipper cup, but how do I tell him that only his sister (8 months old) gets milk not him????? Any suggestions????

Lauren - posted on 02/11/2011

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Give him a sippie cup. They have what are called transition cups that help make the change to a cup rather then a bottle easier. Just don't let them go to bed with it. That's an even harder thing to break. Just out of personal experience and knowing a few of my friends kids that would cry until they got what they wanted.

Stacey - posted on 02/08/2011

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Thankyou, I ended up just taking him off it completly and gave him a sippy cup of milk instead a bit before bed and he was fine. I think he must have been ready to give it up.

Becky - posted on 02/07/2011

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I wanted 2 get my daughter off of it before new baby came, but it didnt work, then 1 day she just didnt want it anymore, he will do it when his ready x

Michelle - posted on 02/07/2011

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after 1 year my daughter didnt have a bottle, we told everyone for her 1st b-day to buy sippy cups and make a big deal out of it. it worked like a chram the bottles disappeared that day and no problems since! the faster theyre gone the better for there teeth!

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