how safe is cold turkey ?

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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im thinkin of gettin rid of the bottles !! so my little 1 will use a beaker,ive done it b4 n she went nearlly 24 hours wi no drink and i gave in. should i try it again ? she is nearly 2. any other ideas? plz need help ive tried all sorts of of beakers n cups n she refuses .she is stubbon !!!

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Jackie - posted on 07/28/2010

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She will drink when she needs to...if you keep giving the bottle back you are showing her that if she waits long enough she'll get it.

Sherri - posted on 07/28/2010

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If she won't drink for a few days have her eat a lot of watermelon, apples etc. things with lots of water in them. She will get her fluids that way.

Jackie - posted on 07/28/2010

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I think you might be surprised. You could also put a cup down and leave the room...she may be more inclined to do it when you aren't looking...easier to give in if they think you "won't know" =)

Deborah - posted on 07/28/2010

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Did you try the cup with the rubber sucker thats similar to a bottle?



At nearly two you could almost try her straight to a plastic cup. Since she is so stubborn you could try a little bribery, get her favourite juice and put it in a cup, and plain water in a bottle. If she wants the nice stuff she has to drink from a cup, if she wants a bottle then she has to drink water.

Maybe try drinking some of her favourite juice and letting her try a drink. Or ask her just to take one sip then you'll give her a bottle.



Make sure that if you do get her to drink from the cup (even one sip) make a big big deal about it, phone daddy at work, granny, tell the cat and dog make a big big issue out of how big a girl she is

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Jill - posted on 08/07/2010

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I wouldnt have done it any differently other than cold turkey...definatly saved my life!

Amanda - posted on 07/28/2010

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thanks alot Tanya and Sherri will try agen soon xxx just hope it works this time xxxx

Tanya - posted on 07/28/2010

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throw out all the bottles, then that way u can't get them back.She will drink when she is thristy!I love her spirit to fight u thou lol!

Kim - posted on 07/28/2010

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my son had a beaker of water with a meal since he was 4months, when it came to take bottles of milk away it took about 2weeks to wean him off them, 1st only bottle before bed then no bottle at all, 1week was only bottle in bed then 2nd week it was no bottles at all. he drank out of a beaker fine because he'd already had one since he could remember, it took the 2nd week because he kept asking and crying for one. so really it only took one week, i'm confusing myself.

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2010

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i gave in she went over 24 hours wi no drink !! how long sud i have waited for 1 day 2 days 3 days !! ?

Deborah - posted on 07/27/2010

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I went cold turkey with Laura too, she cried for a bit and wanted bottles back, but as mentioned below its just to see if she can win.

Just don't give in, throw the bottles away and tell her thats the only cup you have. She'll give in eventually.

I went from bottles to cups with a bottle type sipper so they felt similar to a bottle in her mouth, then onto the hard plastic ones.

Griselda - posted on 07/27/2010

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My first baby was bottle fed and I took away the bottle cold turkey. She cried the first day because she would not accept her milk in a cup... By the second day I went to buy the Nuby cups with the plastic spout and she took it without a problem. On the third day, I gave her a regular sippy cup with milk and she took it and at night still gave her a Nuby. On the fourth day, she was completely on sippy cups. She was 13 months when I took the bottle away.
FYI, hide the bottles from your daughter's view. Out of sight out of mind!
Best of luck!

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2010

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thanks it just worries me that she wont b drinkin 4 days xxx just got wait n see if it works now xxx

Kathleen - posted on 07/26/2010

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We went from all bottles to only one at night at about 12 months. At about 13 or 14 months we did away with the night time bottle as well. I am all for cold turkey as they will ask for the bottle if they think it is available. Good luck!

Adrienne - posted on 07/26/2010

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She'll just see if you are going to give in. They will drink when they are thirsty. I went cold turkey from the bottle to the sippy cup and for the pacifier for my oldest son. It works a lot better then all the other advice that everyone gave me.

September - posted on 07/26/2010

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I think going cold turkey is fine. She'll drink if she's thirsty. Good luck!

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