My son will be 2 on Dec. 4th and still LOVES his ba-ba...any ideas on getting him off that habit?

Ashley - posted on 11/26/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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He's a very very needy guy - loves to be held all the time and I know he finds comfort in his ba-ba....he pretty much started sleeping through the night just a couple of months ago. I didn't have a problem getting all the ba-ba's out of the house when my daughter turned 1 and Rylee is going to be 2 in a week and I'm trying to tell him that when his birthday comes, the ba-ba's need to go to the babies because he's a big boy. Any other suggestions?????? :) Thanks

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Jessica - posted on 12/04/2009

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i just took it away from both of mine when they were 1 and they was both fine

Michelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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nows the perfect time...have him give them to santa! and in return Santa can bring him some cool new sippy cups to use!

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Quoting Ashley:

My son will be 2 on Dec. 4th and still LOVES his ba-ba...any ideas on getting him off that habit?

He's a very very needy guy - loves to be held all the time and I know he finds comfort in his ba-ba....he pretty much started sleeping through the night just a couple of months ago. I didn't have a problem getting all the ba-ba's out of the house when my daughter turned 1 and Rylee is going to be 2 in a week and I'm trying to tell him that when his birthday comes, the ba-ba's need to go to the babies because he's a big boy. Any other suggestions?????? :) Thanks



 



Ashley,



I took all the bottles out of the cupboard and when she got up in the morning to get it for her I said uh oh...somebody took all the bottles.  She didn't say a thing and took a cup. Just a suggestion.



Sally





 

Kirsta - posted on 12/04/2009

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That's the problem with a lot of kids now. Growing up too fast and too soon can also lead to them having to deal with taking their baby's bottle away when they should be excited about getting their first car or going on their first date. Don't rush it but don't stop them either. The bottle fairy idea is amazing. Both my older kids broke themselves, I didn't have to worry about it. But had I had to worry about it, I wouldn't have rushed them. The pacifier was our big step. And like most kids, they didn't go to school with them. Let him have his bottle until he is ready to get rid of it.

Erin - posted on 12/04/2009

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Throw all of the bottles away, that way you won't be tempted to cave in when he cries for it. That's the way I had to do it!

Laura - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son was one when he bit the nipple and I said throw it away! He threw it away. We started him drinking from a cup at 6 months old.

The sad part about a bottle is that it is so bad for children to suck on to pacify themselves. If you put milk or juice in the bottle they can have such bad teeth the dentist will have to pull them out. There's no bigger pain than the ones we give to our children. Especially those we can prevent.

The best thing to do is take it away and replace it with a sippy cup. They have some nice ones that do not spill.

The earlier you introduce your child to growing up the better they do in social circumstances.

And I would take your 1 year old off the bottle at the same time.

Good luck!!

Lisa - posted on 12/03/2009

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This may not be a tactful way, but I did it when my 1st child reverted back to being a "baby" after my 2nd child was born... I added a "little something" to the bottle... soy sauce, lemon juice (worked the best). My son associated the bottle with the icky taste and love the sippy cups...

Dannielle - posted on 12/03/2009

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tell him santa needs it for the new babies, and santa will leave him a special gift in return

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2009

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When my daughter got rid I hers I told her she was turning three tomorrow (the day before her birthday) and if she wanted a birthday party she would have to get rid of her ba-ba because big girls dont have ba-bas and when you are three you are a big girl and dont need it anymore! See mommy doesnt have one! So I expained to her we were going to put all her ba-bas into a box and throw them away. I allowed her to gather them, we walked to the garbage can together, I lifted her up and she threw them into the dumpster. Then we went back into the house an hour later she cried for them and I told her YOU threw them away! She thought about it and stopped crying and asked for her sippy, That night she got upset again and I reminded her that SHE threw them away so she could have a party- if she still had her ba-bas then she couldnt have a party and now she can!

Tanya - posted on 12/02/2009

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i wouldn't recommend letting your kid have a bottle until they are 3, it's bad for their teeth! unless you are cool with your kid need caps on all of his/her teeth

Krissi - posted on 12/01/2009

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I'm with Caroline! My oldest is 15 my second is 10 and my little boy is 20 months. I give him a "bobby" at bedtime, naps or whenever he just needs to lay down to relax. My 10 year old wanted a bottle at bedtime until she was 3. No biggie to me. She didn't start school with it! HAha! They will eventually give it up. Enjoy the baby years- they grow up too quick anyway and you can't get that back. If it comforts him then I don't see a problem with it. I would do anything to comfort my babies even give them a "bobby" if that's what they want. Enjoy your little one!

Krissi
http://www.my3kids1st.com

Tanya - posted on 12/01/2009

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take it away and don't give it back! he will drink out of a sippy once he gets thirsty enough. The sippy cups with the soft top might help.

Laura - posted on 11/30/2009

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If he is using it mostly for comfort, only put water in it. Tell him anything else needs to be in a cup. This way he can still have it, all night if you let him but his teeth won't rot and you don't need to worry about milk or juice spoiling for being out too long. If you just don't want him to have the bottle, try a toddler sport bottle. They make them with the spill-proof valve but look more toddler style, not infant style.

Caroline - posted on 11/29/2009

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Why are you trying to make him grow up so quickly? He is still a baby. My son is turning two on 31 Dec and Im really enjouing the fact he's my baby. Dont rush it they grow up so quickly. He's not going to be at Uni with jis ba-ba so dont worry just enjoy!

Tara - posted on 11/28/2009

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My daughter was the same way! she finally got rid of it at about 2 1/2...We used the bottle fairy method...I made a big colorful calendar(my daughter helped) we made it 20 days long you can make as long or short as you want. I hung it up in her room and everyday i told her how the bottle fairy was gonna come and take all her bottles to little babies who didn't have any, and that she was gonna get a special present for being a big girl and helping so together we would make a big x on each day. When the day came we went and took all her bottles and put them in a bag outside for the bottle fairy(actually they all went in the garbage) Then we bought her a special new big girl cup and a doll. That was it never even asked for the bottle after that!..Also we bought her cups that had a soft plastic top( like a nuby cup) to ease the transition a little better. Its also really important that you throw the bottles away so you don't cave and give him one if he's having a hard time....Good Luck!

Anne - posted on 11/26/2009

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You may find this humorous. Our oldest will be 26 on Dec.27. When she was about 2 years 8 months she still had her Bottle only at night and only with about a tablespoon of apple juice and the rest water. I had been talking to her about giving it up soon. Well one night the three of us MOM, daughter and DAD/Husband, were kneeling at her bed saying bedtime Prayers. It was her turn to Pray and her voice grew high pitched and so I peaked, to see what was coming next. She had one hand on her hip and the other hand with her pointer finger raised toward the ceiling. The this is what she said "Dear Jesus please help me not need my bottle some night. Not tonight but some night soon in Jesus name amen."

About 3 nights later she told me after dinner, "I do not need my bottle any more."

Your idea of talking about the idea of giving up the bottle on a given day is a good idea. You may want to think about getting some toy or book to remind him that he is a "Big Boy" and does not need his "BA-ba".

I hope you do not think I was trying to make light of your concern. I really think sometimes we moms think it is a reflection on our parenting if our children do not "Follow The Norm" for when our children do things. If all things are equal and your Dentist is not concerned about this and try to continue with your plan.

Jennifer - posted on 11/26/2009

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you could leave it for santa to pick up with the cookies and milk:)
with my son when we went to the beach we threw it in the ocean and did a bye bye ceremony! replaced with sippy cups my daughter is now 7 months old and i am interducing her to the nuby and nuk sippy cups they are soft nipples like the bottle and she seems to like it - main thing is jeep him involved in the process and let him pick out the cups etc..make it fun and celebration !!!!! good luck

Joanne - posted on 11/26/2009

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my son is almost 16. now its a different "ba-ba" he wants lol im wishes for the good old days haha. anyways i tool him to the store to buy his very own big boy cup. when we got home, the "ba-ba fairy" had been in the house and left a note that read. " wow today you have become a big boy! When i saw you getting your big boy cup i came and brought the baby cups to other little ones who need them. Thank you for your help". he smiled. When he went to the cupboard where the ba-bas were in place was a whole bunch of big boy cups. he also had big boy bowls plates etc. this also worked with the "diaper fairy". i miss those days when he was gulible lol. i really hope this helps u. let me know

Crystal - posted on 11/26/2009

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my son is 17 months going on 18 pretty soon..i just through the bottles out and said this was it..sometimes its the only way..I changed him to a straw cup and some how it worked..he has been off the bottle for over 3 weeks now.

Brandi - posted on 11/26/2009

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Well you could try only giving him the ba ba at bedtime and see if that helps and offer him a sippy cup soft tip which is like a nipple of a bottle, My 3 year old was a little over 2 before he broke his self when he came down with an ear infection and sore throat so he did not want to suck anymore because it hurt. Hope it helps.

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