how do you take your baby off the bottle??

Letitia - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my little boy turned 1 on the 22nd and he uses a bottle as a soother. he only goes to sleep through the day if i give him a bottle and he has a bottle before he goes to bed at night.i tried giving him a dummy, blanky, teddy etc but he wouldnt use them as his soother. he would just play with them then through them away. what should i do? any suggestions?

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Belinda - posted on 09/24/2010

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o i would suggest gettin him used to the sippy cup with water or juice before giving milk in it ... just so that u can suss out whether he likes it or not and he wont suspect that it will hav milk in it the first time... dont give in with the bottle cuz then youre just reinforcing that he can get the bottle when he cries and it will take u much longer to get him off the bottle... just stay strong :D its much easier if u hav help so u dont get too stressed :D good luck

Belinda - posted on 09/24/2010

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i would use the sippy cup and just some really simple control crying... i dont like control crying so i did it my own way - i just let my son cry for 5mins, then 6 after i went up, then 7 etc. its just teaching them that this is what is going to happen now and they get used to it pretty quickly

Maria - posted on 08/02/2010

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hey my little girl just said one morning nee for the bottle so now she is drinking other bottle

Garima - posted on 07/25/2010

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My little one is 14mo and I am breastfeeding I am in the very same situation thinking how to take off that one

Tracy - posted on 07/24/2010

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Is he drinking whole milk yet? If so, my suggestion would be to start cutting down slowly with the bottle and replacing it with water and milk in a sippy cup. Are you putting him to bed with a bottle of formula? Dentist and pediatricians recommend you don't put them down with a bottle, because of tooth decay. Water may work, in that situation. My daughter is 14 mo. and is down to two bottles a day, with a sippy cup of milk, water, and watered down juice. Thankfully, she likes her "softy blankets" for a soother.(we have a few) Unfortunately, she sucks her thumb! We may have teeth problems later, but I'm doing all I can to keep them clean, and giving her the fluoride drops for her teeth, as well. Good luck, and keep trying! Trust your judgement!:o)

Vanessa - posted on 07/13/2010

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Try using a sippy cup (soft nipple part) instead! My son was the same way always wanting the bottle! but about a week after his birthday he destroyed the nipples on the bottles so he had no choice to use a sippy cup!! and he takes it well! also try feeding your son a good meal so he will be full and wont really depend on the bottle/cup!

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