my son 19 months old won't give up the bottle
â« Shawnn âªâ«â« - posted on 06/10/2016
Brianna, as Evelyn stated, bottles tend to become a bad habit after the necessity is over. We ALL know how hard it is to break a bad habit, do we not? Not only that, we all need to develop other ways to self soothe, and 12 months on is a perfect age to begin to learn that.
Not to mention...my youngest went "cold turkey" when I forgot to pack a bottle for a trip when he was 16 or so months old. He only used it for water at night, but I didn't see the need to buy one at that point. A sippy cup it was, and he had no problems.
Brianna - posted on 06/10/2016
thanks for your response, you are absolutely right that a time comes when a child must go a step forward but can't we compromise for a short while just for the sake of 19 M kid's comfort? it sometimes comes difficult even for a grown up person to bear the detachment of the things he love's. I think we must give some space to every one especially to those who are totally dependent upon us. what you say?
Snow - posted on 06/06/2016
My daughter's pediatrician wanted her to give up her bottle when I took her for her 15 month appointment. She had one before her nap and one at bedtime. She told me to try bringing a cup of milk up to bed instead of a bottle, but she wanted nothing to do with the cup when I tried it. I ended up giving in and giving her the bottle that night. The next day I decided just to do it cold turkey at bedtime. I explained to her that she wasn't a baby anymore and that bottles were to babies so she wasn't allowed to have one anymore. I brought a cup of milk up to bed to offer her, but she refused. In the end I just put her in bed with a sippy cup of water. She had a little tantrum about it, but after 10 minutes or so she was asleep. She never made a fuss about it again; never asked for or demanded another bottle. I did struggle to get her to drink milk out of a cup. It took a couple of weeks without milk before I finally managed to get her to take a cup at meals. In the end it was my grandmother's suggestion that did the trick. She told me to try giving her the cup of milk first thing in the morning when she was hungriest, and sure enough she took it and drank. Since then I have had no issues with her surrounding bottles and drinking milk out of a cup. Every kid is different so I don't know if this will be helpful to u, but hopefully it goes easily however u choose to come at it.
Ev - posted on 06/05/2016
Brianna--kids have to give up the bottle at some point and tat is not too young to do so. A lot of doctors suggest a year old to teach a child to use the cup. Bottles tend to become a bad habit long after they have had their use. A child by 19 months to 2 years old has enough teeth eat, the ability to start using utensils, and is somewhat talking and can chew their food. Why do they need to be on a bottle? I admitted my kids were not happy giving up the bottle before age 2 but they did.
Ev - posted on 06/05/2016
Toss the bottles and give him only a sippy cup. He will not like it and have issues for a few days but once he learns that the cup is what he gets he will come around. It is part of the learning process and also the parent's learning how to discipline the child and to show them the way. My kids were both nearly 2 when they gave up the bottle reluctantly. But they did. My son was easier than his sister to get off the bottle. As for a pacifier---she lost her last one on an outing at 16 months and never looked back. MY son would not use it very often or for long and at 8 months he gave it up totally.
Dove - posted on 06/05/2016
There are two main (that I know of) approaches to this... Put only water in it and let him keep using it. Or just take them away and help him be comforted another way (perhaps a sippy cup w/ water and a few extra cuddles). He's likely not going to WANT to give it up... but that's why you are the parent and not him.
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