Getting my 2 year old off the bottle

Leanne - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi my son is 2 and I was wondering if anyone had ideas on how to get him off the bottle in the night without him screaming??I have a 4 year old but he was never on a bottle..thanks:)

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Claudia - posted on 01/31/2009

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Hi. What I did with my son (now every child is different) but,I would switch off for example: During the day give no bottle's give a sippy cup instead. Or you could alternate bottle then sippy or however you choose to do it. But for the night time I would say like an hour or so before he goes to bed or when it is his feeding time make sure he gets a good filling of food and milk in his belly and then lay him down.

Or the other way you could do is this: Explain to him that there are others babies who needs a bottle so lets give the other babies yours and the bottle pirate (or whatever character he likes i.e.wonder pets, spiderman) will pick them up tonight and leave you something special for giving away your bottles. And you get him a cool sippy cup and maybe like a truck or small toy to congradulate him on sending away his bottles to the other children. When you put the bottles in a bag or whereever then let your son put them by the mailbox, then in the morning have him go look in the mailbox after you wake him and make like the mailbox had the pirates..again whatever your son likes look like they were there to put the presents in there or in another bag.

HOpe this helps we had to do this with our son's pacifier. And it worked has been pacifier free for a long time.

facebook me if you have any other questions :)

Good luck

P.S.

The first couple of nights might be tough on him but replace the bottle with a cuddle toy or something else. :)

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Dawn - posted on 02/02/2009

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I weaned all 3 of my kids off their bottles at one year by just giving sippy cups with their milk or formula at meals and water throughout the day.  Just make the cups available to them and if they are truly thirsty - they'll use the cup.  At the same time I did this, I started offering water in a bottle at bedtime and they only wanted a little and then just wanted to go to sleep.  If you just eliminate the bottle and only offer the cup - they'll have no choice and they'll find they are okay without it.  I'm really not sure about the children over a year old (especially so close to 2) because they are so opinionated and by now know the difference.  Good luck with your trials!  I hope someone's suggestion works for you.  Take care....

Dawn - posted on 02/02/2009

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I weaned all 3 of my kids off their bottles at one year by just giving sippy cups with their milk or formula at meals and water throughout the day.  Just make the cups available to them and if they are truly thirsty - they'll use the cup.  At the same time I did this, I started offering water in a bottle at bedtime and they only wanted a little and then just wanted to go to sleep.  If you just eliminate the bottle and only offer the cup - they'll have no choice and they'll find they are okay without it.  I'm really not sure about the children over a year old (especially so close to 2) because they are so opinionated and by now know the difference.  Good luck with your trials!  I hope someone's suggestion works for you.  Take care....

Betsy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hi Leanne ...



I've been asking myself the same thing lately.  My almost 2 1/2 yr old has been the same way.  However, I've conditioned him to do this b/c I put him in the same room w/his older brother who goes to school.  So every time he'd peep, I'd go running - sssoooo not cool.  Anyways, I've been slow to respond now and have noticed he will often times go back to sleep.  So now I'm listening to what kind of 'cry' it is and trying to determine whether it is necessary to go for my 'run' down the hall.  A couple times I've also got back to his bed WITH the bottle, and he's back to sleep.  SO ... I agree with the 1st reply to try and make sure your little guy gets plenty of food/milk before bed - then try and determine whether the 'cry' is truly urgent, or he might just be checking to make sure you're still around.  I'm not sure if this is frequent during the night, but I've also made my 'refill' bottles w/cereal to 'fill him up' and have weaned him down from several times a night to a couple times per week.  Hoping this goes away real soon ... my best wishes to you!!  Stay strong!

Lesley - posted on 02/02/2009

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I did try laying her down with a sippy cup but I think the problem with her is she doesn't like how slow the flow comes out in the sippy cup vs. the bottle.  I keep the spill proof seal on it so the flow of the milk doesn't come pouring out but I think the flow is too slow for her.  My daughter always asks for her bottle first thing in the morning when she wakes up but other then that she will drink out of a straw cup throughout the rest of the day.  I will keep trying, I may have to buy different sippy cups until I find one that she likes.  Thanks for your advice but glad to know I am not alone when it comes to the bottle. 

Leanne - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hi My son tilts his head back with a cup even if it  has a straw so then he cant get any lol mu son when drinking from a sippy cup will like to lay down to drink it so maybe you could try getting your little one to lay on the arm of your couch that way the cup is tilted back alittle...my son wont take a cup in the night time only bottle.. well good luck and let me know if it works :)

Lesley - posted on 02/02/2009

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I am having the same problem with my 21 month old.  She seems to have a problem on learning how to tilt her head back when drinking out of a sippy cup,  she gets fustrated so I have to help her.  She does well with straw cups but she really doesn't drink that much milk out of it where as with her bottle she drinks a lot more.  My only concern is that she is not getting the amount of milk recommended for her when she drinks out of a sippy cup so I give in and give her the bottle.  She is really petite but by the time she turns 2 I want her off the bottle completely and hope she will learn how to drink out of a regular sippy cup.  As a monther I guess I need to keep working with her and eventually it will pay off.  Good luck with your son.  My only question is how can I get my little one to learn to tilt her head back when she is drinking from the non straw sippy cup?  I thought by now she would know how to do that.

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