i need a little help

Danielle - posted on 07/10/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son is 2 and is still on the bottle. that is what soothes him. his bottle and his fuzzy blanket. i've tried just about every sippie cup there is and nothing has worked. i have even threw all of his bottles away at one point and time ended up going to walmart real late to get him another one b/c he would not stop freaking out. i know it's "bad" that he is still on the bottle but he has ocd with brushing his teeth and its not causing any damage to them by him still being on it. i just dont want to cause him any damage in the future b/c i wasn't hard enough on him.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/10/2012

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Danielle, 2 is tough!

Hang in there. Sometimes it just does take a little affirmation of your decisions, and for someone to tell you you're not a horrible person because you're making the little one cry.

Stay strong. PM me if you need to. Mine are now 18 & 14, and yes, I did survive! LOL...

Hey, a suggestion...do you have anywhere you could take a "trip" for a couple of days? Because my younger was a difficult one...and I forgot to take his bottle when we were on a trip when he was about 18 months. Yes, truly did forget it, but I think subconsciously I meant to, because his dad and I had discussed "forgetting" the bottle for the trip and having him weaned by the time we got home.

Anyway, I forgot the bottle, so when we got down the road, and he got thirsty, I gave him a sippy cup, and told him I forgot the bottle, but since he was such a big boy, I thought he'd be ok. He asked for one later that day, and again got the cup...wasn't happy, but he did see that I truly did not have a bottle, so he took the cup...and 3 days later, he wasn't asking any more.

My suggestion is, that if you can take a trip, to grandmas, or somewhere, for a couple of days, leave the bottles at home, and tell him that you don't know where to find more, so he's going to have to help you out and be a big boy.

Danielle - posted on 07/10/2012

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you are right and thank you. sometimes its good to hear what you already know from someone else. thanks

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/10/2012

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Quit giving in to his fits. You're in a position now where he knows (yes, even at 2) that you will do anything he wants if he screams long enough. You ARE causing potential long term tooth alignment issues the longer he's allowed to be on the bottle.

Time to tell him he's a big boy, and he needs to use big boy cups. If a night bottle is needed, do that, and ONLY that, but by 2, he should not be needing a bottle at night.

Parenting is a combination of tough love and nurturing. At least you're gonna think its tough love, when you feel like a heel for doing something necessary, and your kid is screaming. But the reality of the situation is this: The moment you gave into his first fit by running to Walmart to buy more, he KNEW that momma would do anything to stop him screaming. Now he's going to continue, and it's going to be tough on you, but you HAVE to stand strong.

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