any suggestions to giving up the bottle

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Alexis - posted on 11/22/2010

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cold turkey, replace the bottle with a sippy cup and put all the bottles away where you won't be tempted to give in. Show her how to use the sippy cup\real cup and only give her that as an option. It may take a few days of them wanting the bottle but they will soon forget all about it. Positive reinforcement when they succeed and that will help motivate them.

Rhonda - posted on 06/30/2009

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"NUBY" has a sippee cup that is very much like a nipple. I just started my 6 1/2 month old on it at the table when he eats. He never skipped a beat when I gave it to him.

Lily - posted on 06/30/2009

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At that age, just stop giving them one. Instead give them a cup that has a top and a built in straw that way it might make the transition a bit easier.

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Jade - posted on 02/22/2011

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My son has just turned two and a half and was still having milk from a bottle until a few weeks ago, although he would happily drink water and juice from a beaker. One morning I just said 'No you can't have a bot bot' but gave him other options instead (beaker of juice/ beaker of milk/ toast etc) he SCREAMED! I mean really screamed and had a tantrum to end all tantrums for about an hour, but I stuck to my guns (I think that is the crucial part) and he did accept it and has been fine ever since. He asks for one occaisonally but accepts it when I say No and usually will ask for something else he knows he can have instead

Sheila - posted on 07/13/2009

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Quoting stacey:

I bought a sippy cup from Kohls that had a soft spout. My son used it one night and never used the bottle or sippy cup again!



I did the same thing.  I bought a sippy cup with a soft spout and gave her the sippy at her most insignificant bottle time (before bed).  She took it and I gradually replaced another bottle, and so on.  It took only a couple of days and she was off the bottle.  I also started introducing a straw to her right after as well and she took to it immediately.

Melanie - posted on 07/02/2009

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I just went through the same thing! My son just turned 2, June 11 and was still taking the bottle at nap and night time...so I changed the routine from rocking with the bottle to a sippy cup, laying on his big bed, and we read 2 books that he picks. It worked! No crying...and now at nap and night, he gets excited to pick the books he wants to read. - I went with a sippy that has a soft tip so it's more "bottle-like" than the regular sippy's he uses for water all day long. He still associates milk with sleep time, but we'll work on that later. - Hope this helps!

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fill it with something your child hates. Not a liquid. Bugs. Dirt. You have to know that it's not your child not giving up the bottle, it's you giving in. Don't. Be Strong. This is your choice. You are the parent and you make the decisions. Especially at 2.

Kate - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Kylie:

We had to have the bottle fairy come around for a visit. The bottles were left out and in the morning the fairy left a card and little gift for being a big girl and giving her bottles to babies who needed them. My child was 4 when we did that tho....



that's so sweet!

Kate - posted on 07/01/2009

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do u have any friends who have just had babies? i got my little boy a 'big boy's cup' and said that it had been brought by one of his favourite characters from a book or the tv programme he likes. i then got him to help me pack the bottles into a bag saying that '(a baby they know) needs these bottles'. it worked really well with my son. good luck!

Amomof2miracles0207 - posted on 07/01/2009

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my son is 2 and he has been off the bottle and drinking from a "big boy" straw style cup since he was about 16 months old. We were told that letting them have the bottle after they teeth start coming in can have an affect on the way they do come in. My son was involved with giving up the bottle and donating them for other babies so it wasn't hard at all for him to give it up.

Debbie - posted on 06/30/2009

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I took my daughters bottles away near 11 months and started with the sippy cups. Now if only I could get her to eat a better variety of foods. Hard to think that they are hungry or thirsty. Keep trying! dont let the bottle be an option. when they realize the cup is what they need, they will come around.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2009

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Yes, the disposable straws are great! Good tip, Erin. My one year old boy already uses one of those. Both my kids took to them the first try.

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Oh yeah, we keep a good stock of disposable straws! :) Get some funny shape straws too, makes drinking more fun :)

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I agree with Nicole, at age 2 I wouldn't transition to a sippy either! Go straight to a cup with a straw. I personally hate the built in straw cups because if you don't clean them right away the straw gets gross and you end up throwing it away anyways... We only used bottles for milk and when he was done with breast milk @ 1 he was done with the bottle as well. He'd already been working with other cups by that point, and we'd taken away the bottle except @ morning & night. Plenty of mags I've read said to fill with water and they eventually give it up, but if you're filling it with a variety of drinks I'm not sure if that'll be beneficial? I agree with other mums that said to make a big deal about becoming a big girl/boy. You can take your child to the store and pick out a bunch of neat new cups and trash or donate the bottles, or have the bottle fairy come? Either way it shouldn't last too long if the child gets upset, (s)he'll get over it in a matter of days.

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2009

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There is a kit at walmart that is 6 bucks, it comes with three different nipples that come in different stages to work them from the bottle to a sippy cup. It worked for all four of mine.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2009

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When my daughter was a year old she already knew what the trash was for. She already accepted a sippy cup and did rather well with it. So, on the day I decided that I'd had enough, I took her into the kitchen and let her watch me calmly throw every single bottle and nipple into the trashcan, tie it up, and take it outside to the can. From that day on she never talked about bottles again, and she did totally fine with her sippy cups I let her keep.

Carly - posted on 06/30/2009

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Oh yeah if it is a bed time bottle give a snack at the table with a small drink, too much fluids at bedtime will make potty training harder

Carly - posted on 06/30/2009

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get rid of all but one actually out of the house, then lose it or forget it somewhere. That way there is no choice of your little one. Then praise, praise, praise, for taking the cup. At 2 I would skip the sippy and go right to a cup with handles. I only use a sippy in the car or snuggling on the couch.

Kylie - posted on 06/30/2009

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We had to have the bottle fairy come around for a visit. The bottles were left out and in the morning the fairy left a card and little gift for being a big girl and giving her bottles to babies who needed them. My child was 4 when we did that tho....

Stacey - posted on 06/30/2009

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I bought a sippy cup from Kohls that had a soft spout. My son used it one night and never used the bottle or sippy cup again!

Julie - posted on 06/30/2009

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Make it HER ACCOMPLISHMENT!! Tell her how proud you would be if she gave her bottles to the babies (find a baby somewhere for her to give them to!!!), and let her do it. Then just simply don't give her any more! Make a big celebration about her being such a big girl now...throw a party, get her something "big girl". She may fight it, cry, be upset...but it won't last more than a couple of days! She is old enough to feel proud of herself for becoming a big girl...and old enough to understand that bottles are for babies.

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