How do I break away bottles from my child?

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned one and we have put holes in the pacifiers and she doesn't seem to want them anymore but we're having more trouble breaking her away from the bottle, especially at night. She used to sleep all night now she has started waking up 2 or 3 times at night and cries. Sometimes I just give her milk so she'll go back to sleep. How can I change this?

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Holly - posted on 10/23/2012

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its just a slow process, but if she just turned one i wouldn't worry about it. just make sure she is full enough at night, and even JUST a bedtime bottle for a while is ok, soon enough she'll stop wanting the bottle... if your worried about the teeth i'll let you in on a secret... my kids kept their bedtime bottles by the age 15-18 months and their teeth were fine... babies get those rotten teeth from CONSTANTLY carrying around bottles/ pacies in their mouth all day long... my nephew walks around with a pacie and tries to talk around it... it drives me nuts. and he talks with a lisp... she let the older one do the same thing... and he is 8 now and STILL talks with a lisp and STILL drools ALOT! at the age of 8!

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Lacye - posted on 10/23/2012

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Personally, I started weening my daughter off the bottle at around 10 months. by 11 months she was off of the bottle completely. All I did was give her a bottle one time during the day and the rest of the time she got a sippy cup. After she had reached a certain age, she didn't get the bottle in her bed at all.

Barbara - posted on 10/23/2012

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Go o the sippy cup and only at night give her the bottle. Try skipping a nite here and there. It is better to wean them off they go cold turkey.

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2012

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I offer those cups with the straws and she does good with them just night seems to be the difficult part of the day. I am just stressing because I'm hearing it can mess up her teeth, speech, and if we don't break her soon then she'll be even more difficult later on. I understand all babies are different, I just don't want to be the one with a 5 year old in the store still on a bottle.

Amy - posted on 10/21/2012

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Since she just turned one I wouldn't stress the bottle too much. You can try filling it with water and offering her that, or try to transition her to a sippy cup during the day, and then gradually get her on it at night too if she keeps waking. My daughter only took a bottle before bed, so we'd giver her a bottle and then brush her teeth she was about 1 1/2-2 before we dropped the last bottle completely and the reason was we lost all the parts to the bottle so we just said it's all gone and we were done with it.

Crystal - posted on 10/21/2012

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What do I do at night when she wakes up crying? How can I calm her down without giving in but without her waking up the entire house?

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