How do you take a bottle away from a 3 year old?

Rosemary - posted on 05/17/2010 ( 172 moms have responded )

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hi,

My daughter Ariana still feeds from a baby bottle..How do I take it away? any suggestions?

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Jenny - posted on 05/18/2010

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I took bottles away at 12 months. It was easy. I just didn't give them anymore and threw them out. If they were thirsty they used a cup. Easy peasy.

Astin - posted on 05/18/2010

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Hi ,
You know your daughter better than anyone. If you need to add some cute story to help then do it. Just take the bottle away!! She'll whine for a while but you have to be strong. It's better for her dental health to quit and eliminate the possibility of ear infections. Do it for her!!

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I am surprised to read that a 3 yr old still has a bottle. You don't want to be mean, but I think you need to take them away cold turkey. If you are going on vacation, you could "forget" them at home, or better yet, "forget" to bring them home. The point is, whatever you decide to do, you have to stick with it! Your daughter is old enough and smart enough to know how to work you!! :) Good luck!!

Susan - posted on 05/18/2010

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find a sippie cup that the lid screws on (so when she throws it down it won't pop off) there are some nice ones, she should transition easily. She may protest at first... it will just take consistency on your part. After she gets used to being off the bottle start giving her drinks from cup. You can do it!

Tiffany - posted on 05/18/2010

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I had the same problem with two of my kids. I found a sippy cup from Walmart that had a completely rubber top. The opening was spill proof and collapsed like a bottle nipple would. My kids loved it and it made for a smooth transition from bottle to sippy. I will warn you though if the sippy top gets punctured or bitten in any way, the top is no longer spill proof.

Erin - posted on 05/18/2010

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I say just do it! It will only get harder as she gets older. My son was drinking from a sippy cup at 6 months and gradually went on to them alone, from there to regular cups by 2. They're perfectly capable and bottle feeding to long can have a negative effect on their jaw structure.

Jamie - posted on 05/17/2010

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Take her by the water let her throw them in she will see they are all gone then take her to buy a "big girls" cup. Let her put them in a bag and put them out for the garbage man let her watch as he take them away. Sometimes if they do it themselves it helps a great deal.

Rene - posted on 05/17/2010

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The way I did it with all four of my kids was to start watering the milk down. Never give them anything else in the bottle. Tea, kool-aid or what have you was always given in a sippy. That was the only thing they were allowed to drink from during the day. It wasn't long before they no longer wanted the bottle at all.

Medic - posted on 05/17/2010

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Umm at three a bottle should be more than long gone at this point just throw them away and tell him hes a big boy and should be drinking from a regular cup. I threw my sons bottles away on his first birthday and after a few days later he was over it and on his second birthday I threw away all his sippy cups and again it only took a few days and he was over it too.

Rebecca - posted on 05/17/2010

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you could away's try the fairy thing saying the bottal fairy's need them for the poorer children and get her 2 collect them up put them in a bag put them outside the fount door just before she is going 2 bed i had a similar problem with dummy's and we did this but sent them off on a balloon but don't think it would b wise with bottle's good luck!!!

Rosie - posted on 05/17/2010

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I am dealing with the same thing with my 2 yr old, I tried to just hide it and give her a sippy cup instead she didn't drink any milk for 2 days.

Karen - posted on 05/17/2010

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Get rid of the bottles and tell her that you had to give them to some little babies that couldn't afford to buy them.

Jackie - posted on 05/17/2010

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At three it will be tough best approach is tough love and just throw them away.Tell her she is a big girl and can't go to school if she is still using a bottle.

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well i have the same problem as u.....i only give him the bottle at night and during the day a big kids cup he trows a fit but will get over it well that the only advice i can ive u good luck...........

Lexi - posted on 05/17/2010

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When my brother and I were weaned from our bottles, at a little over 3 years old, the Bottle Bunny came to our house. My mom spent a couple weeks telling us all about the bottle bunny and getting us excited. It's just like easter or the tooth fairy except you leave your bottles and tippys in a basket on the porch and the bunny comes and takes them away for new babies who need them and leaves awesome big kid toys and a special big kid cup for you! lol I still remember my basket, I got a my little pony cup and a Breyer horse. That's how I plan on doing it with my son when it gets to be time for that. I think the key was that we were excited for it and after that the bottles and tippys were not even in the house. It wasn't an option. I'm sure there were a few days where we whined for the bottles but we had our big kid cups instead.

Lisa - posted on 05/17/2010

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Take her to the shops and let her chose a special big girl cup. Throw away the bottles.

Kim - posted on 05/17/2010

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I took the bottle away at a year and he never cared. I was soooo shocked. I thought it would be hard. Sorry I don't have any advice.

Jackie - posted on 05/17/2010

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Your best bet is to just throw it away. Thats how I did my son with his binky. They may throw a fit but they'll get over it.

Katie - posted on 05/17/2010

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You could try just throwing them all away and telling her that they are all gone and she has to drink from a cup now. You could also take her to the store to help her chose a big girl cup but tell her that she can only have it if there are no more bottles in the house.
With my daughter (she was 14 months at the time) I just gave her her sippy cup and never looked back. She never really cared about the bottles anymore. Maybe just put water in the bottles and tell her she only gets juice/pop or the good stuff in a real cup.

Jodi - posted on 05/17/2010

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It's a bit tough at that age because it has become such a habit to them. My daughter was the same age when we had to get rid of them. We did it at Christmas by decorating a bag, then she helped us collect all the bottles and teats and put them on the bag because the baby reindeer needed them. The deal was that Santa would leave a bike for her (because she really, really wanted one) if he could have her bottles for the reindeer. She never looked back :)



Obviously that isn't going to work for you, because it isn't Christmas for a while, but maybe you could make up a bottle fairy that collects bottles to give to the new little babies. If you don't want to turn it into a fantasy game, you could explain to her that she is too big for bottles now, and there are lots of poor children who need them and maybe bundle them up and take them to charity, and as a reward for being a big girl, she can choose something special at the shops for herself?

Christina - posted on 05/17/2010

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I haven't had to do this yet as mine is only 8 months old but maybe start by only giving her the bottle at night and then slowly move away from that. Maybe get her to feel that she is a big girl if she stops it and only little kids use bottles. Good luck!

Kristin - posted on 05/17/2010

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You could always try the "You are a big girl now and there are babies who need these" approach. Then just take them and get them out of the house.

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