How do i get my 2 year old off the bottle?

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 2 today and the doctor told me she can't have the bottle anymore, but when she goes to take a nap or go to bed that is all she wants; and if she doesn't get it she cries and makes herself sick, how do I get her off of it?

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User - posted on 10/15/2012

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In the same boat. his denist told me that it was weeking his teeth so im gonna give him his sippy durng nap time for a week or two then slowing take the bottle away. he has CP which makes it harder on me

Andrea - posted on 11/13/2008

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I am going through something similar but with the pacifier. I think the thing to do is just be strong. It might be a tough week but once you say non you can't go back otherwise, you're just prolonging the inevitable.

User - posted on 11/13/2008

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I'd have to agree with most of the posts...if you want her to stop, just stop it, let her know it's not an option (that's what I had to do with my oldest, and believe me there were days I was so close to caving in because it wasn't easy, but he got over it). And also with the "You are the Mom, you know best." She is your daughter and you know her better than a doctor. Listen to your doctor and if you don't agree, then listen to your heart instead.

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hi there, i am a mother of five grandmother of 2 and daycare mum of alot. my advice is just stop, you ll be incovinenced for a short time but once they get the message you mean business and you ll stick to it. it will be good. just tell her your stopping in now, put it in the bin let her see it go in the garbage then the garbage man take them all and i mean all of them. then thats it. and stick to it.

Jo - posted on 11/12/2008

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My son who is 18 now still had a bottle at 3. Don't see a problem if it is only water or milk in it. He has had no problem with his teeth

Melissa - posted on 11/12/2008

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In answer to some of the questions, no she is not on formula she has been off of that for over a year now. There was no medical reason other than messing up her teeth. We have been trying to change over to a sippy cup to get rid of the bottle but she tells me no and that then say baabaa and will stay up as long as she can and cry as hard as she can until she gets it. My mom told me to just let her decide when she doesn't want it anymore, b/c that is what she did with me. That is what I was trying to do, just trying to help it along a little. I don't know.

Joy - posted on 11/12/2008

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Hi there I have two children and braking them was easy for me but I never let them go to bed with a bottle. When they turned one I gave them a sippy cup with handels easier for them to hold. My son didn't like that at first but I told him that he is a big boy and he had to be a big boy for me. My daughter didn't care as soon as she got the cup she was happy. It is hard to be a parent when there is no instructions.LOL You will do fine with whatever you deside. Remember this is your child and you know your child better then anyone. Hope this helps

Barbara - posted on 11/12/2008

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If you want to break the habit of a sleep crutch (without the cry it out method) then maybe you could try making sure she has a drink before bed, give her a small amount of water in her bottle for a few days. Then do the empty bottle. Then do no bottle. My children (9, 7, and 3) all have sport water bottles beside thier bed so they can take a drink if they get thirsty. They fill it before bed themselfs are responsible for keeping it closed so it doesnt leak (have an accident very rarely) and can not fill it again. They rarely drink from it but when they are thirsty it saves me from having to wake up to get them a drink and using it as an excuse to see mommy. The mother of six has a good point to and my friends (one with 5 one with 6) both have a more relaxed matter of fact appoach with there children that seems to work.

Dominique - posted on 11/12/2008

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Do you still feed her formula? Our little girl left her bottle just like that when we took her off formula. She's not fond of the taste of normal milk, so the moment we took her off the formula she did'nt want the bottle either. But she's still so small, maybe you can let her keep it for a little while!

Caroline - posted on 11/12/2008

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What was the doctor's reason....other than the possibility of tooth decay while drinking as they drift off to sleep....if she falls asleep with water...I say (as a mom of 6)....let her be.....they are only tiny for a nano-second.....as thong as they are healthy and there is no detriment to their growth or (teeth).....let her be a baby.......

Lucy - posted on 11/12/2008

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hi there, my little girl has just turned 1. she would only go to sleep with a bottle so i just sent her to bed with an empty bottle and a beaker with milk in it instead now she doesnt need the bottle as well she just has a beaker with milk in at night and goes for naps during the day with nothing. hope this helps lucy

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