Off the bottle?

Abby - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Any tips on how to get my 20 month old off the bottle? He only gets two a day...one for nap, one for bedtime, but he loves them. It's the only "baby" thing he's holding on to. I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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Abby - posted on 01/04/2011

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Thanks, Neva and Toni! I can see using either of these methods....maybe a little of both. Thank you, thank you.

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We have started to remove my sons bottles now, he is 15 months he is down to one bottle a day which is his bedtime bottle of milk he has before he goes to bed. I have transitioned his morning bottle of milk to a cup which I have found does take him longer to drink than from a bottle, which is why I have not changed the evening bottle yet.

I am planning to change the bedtime bottle in a couple of weeks. I am intending on simply changing the bottle to a cup as he has transitioned to the morning one brilliantly. I honestly believe it is the milk he wants not necessarily the bottle but we'll see :-)

If I were you I would start by changing the nap time bottle to milk from a cup and allow him to have his one bottle for a few weeks, then once he is used to the nap time cup of milk change the bedtime bottle to a cup. I personally wouldn't offer something else as a substitute for the bottle because then you will be just moving the problem to something else which you will eventually have to wean him from. Good luck

Neva - posted on 01/03/2011

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At 20 months of age, your child no longer needs the bottle for nourishment, but it is a comfort thing. He will hang on to that as long as you allow it. It is important that you don't let him go to bed, either at nap time or bedtime with a bottle that contains anything other than water, because that can cause tooth decay. I would start, if you haven't already, putting water only in the bottle at these times. A lot of children will not want the bottle with water in it and will likely reject it. This is where parenting gets hard. You can tell him that he can have the bottle with water or nothing and let him choose. He will probably say that he wants milk, and you can continue to say that its only water or nothing. Offer him something else, like a stuffed toy that he can have as his lovey. If he chooses nothing, then praise him and make a big deal of "throwing away" the bottles. If you are going to save them for another child later on, just wait until he's not around to retrieve them and put them somewhere where he won't see them. Then each time he asks for the bottle, tell him that they are all gone. Offer him milk from a cup while holding him prior to going to bed and then brush his teeth as part of the bedtime routine. The first couple of days will be the hardest, but if you stick to it, he'll adjust just fine.

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