how to break baby from bottle

Bridget - posted on 02/07/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 15 months old and loves her bottle....she just likes to carry it around all day and sucks on the nipple....she takes sippys all day with juice in it but the instant, we put milk in it....she spits it out of her mouth and says blah....she takes a bottle for naps and at bedtime and here lately has been waking up wanting a bottle in the middle of the night....i want to stop the bottle all together and make sure she sleeps throughout the night and still takes her long afternoon nap....please any tips or suggestions...im soo over this whole bottle thing

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Maren - posted on 02/09/2012

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This is the sippy cup I used with my daughter to get her off the bottle. You can change the nipple so it is either a sippy or a bottle. We put the bottle nipple in it for a week or 2, then changed it to a sippy cup. It was a very easy transition, no tears. Good luck.

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Jessica - posted on 04/12/2013

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I guess I got lucky with my daughter, I bought her a nuk training cup, that night when she wanted to go to bed I put her milk in the sippy and she went right to sleep, I took the handles off so she could hold it like a bottle and it has been 6 days since she has had a bottle. I encourage everyone to take it as soon as possible my little boy was awful to bottle break. My daughter is 10 months old btw and she hasnt cried for it one time, good luck to you other mommas!

Latisha - posted on 02/09/2012

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With my son when he was around a year or older I just threw the bottle away and When he had to lay down he would cry but eventually he stopped you have to be presistant with it and they will get over it sooner or later

Angela - posted on 02/08/2012

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I was going through this last week. Except my daughter wasn't carrying around bottles. I guess because I never let her. But for naps an bedtime she always went to bed with a bottle. And at night she was drinking 4-6 bottles a night. That's when I had enough, because I was having to change her diaper and pjs multiple times at night. That's when I started making her drink her bottle before bed while I was holding her. She didn't want to go to sleep the first night. But after she drank whatever milk she wanted, I laid her down for bed and every 5-10 minutes I would go in to rub her back until she finally went to sleep...which was about an hour later. In the middle of the night I would repeat the same process, bring her out of bed, let her eat what she wanted and lay her back down. It was a horrible process and you don't get a whole lot of sleep the first few nights, but now she usually goes to sleep right after she has her bottle. She's been sleeping from 7pm-9:30am and has one nap in the afternoon.

For during the day, if she won't take milk from a sippy cup, she can't have any milk. Eventually she will just give up and drink it from the sippy cup. For my daughter the only time she gets milk in a bottle is for bedtime. Nothing before naps. Whatever she drinks during the day is in her sippy cup.

My daughter is 16 1/2 months old and hopefully someday I can get her completely off the bottle but for right now she's doing good with just a partial bottle at night

Hope this helps and good luck!

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Delta - posted on 03/12/2012

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Finally we are on sippy cups for a whole week now. Once we got him drinking from the sippy cups when he was in bed we took all the bottles out of the cupboard and put them in a sack and put them in the laundry room so he can't see them. He don't drink as much milk anymore, but we are bottle free finally.

Savannah - posted on 03/11/2012

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try givving her a sippy cup they have somany kinds. start by taking a bottle away at a time and replacing it with a sippy cup eventualy she will get the idea! Good luck!

Chris - posted on 03/08/2012

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They say hindsight is better than foresight...the real solution is to not let them carry the bottle around to begin with. It is a means of nourishment...nothing more. Hold them while feeding them the bottle. They don't get used to going to sleep with it and it doesn't become a comfort item because they don't carry it around (same with sippy cups-drinks at the table or standing at the counter but not carried around). But since the need to break them of the bottle now exists, cold turkey is really the best way. Get it over and done with. Diluting their milk turns them off towards milk. Letting them carry juices and other drinks in sippy cups is letting them keep their teeth constantly coated with sugar.

Heidi - posted on 03/06/2012

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try a soft tip sippy up the is close to her bottle. that how i help my 4 year old and my son to tranistion to a sippy cup. off the bottle

Ashley - posted on 02/13/2012

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Just take the bottle away! She can go with out milk for a few days. There is nothing pleasant about getting rid of a comfort item but the faster you do it now the easier it will be on the both of you. Does she take a pacifier? have another comfort item? It sucks but sometime you have to be the bad guy.

Mellanie - posted on 02/09/2012

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Chuck it all together in one go. She's using the bottle to soothe. Give her something else to soothe with. Make sure you reinforce that the new object (be it a special blankie, or stuffed animal) is her new tool. If you don't want her to carry the new object around until she's in her 30's, again reinforce it stays in the bed at all times, if she feels like she needs to soothe she can crawl into her bed and cuddle with her lovie... Make sure she knows she's not in trouble but there are boundaries we all have and her lovies boundary is her bed.



Good Luck

Alycia - posted on 02/09/2012

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Children should be off the bottle by 1!!! It causes Baby Bottle Tooth Decay and can ruin their adult teeth. Don't let them go to bed w a bottle at all! I never even let mine do it when they were baby babies so they could never get in the habit of falling asleep w a bottle. You don't want your child to be drinking/sipping on liquids all day. You definitely don't want them drinking sweets like juices and definitely they shouldn't even be drinking sodas at this age. That's so BAD for their teeth! If you just let the sugar sit on their teeth all day it's going to effect their gums, gum line and enamel. My daughter was born w an imperfection in her tooth and I can't wait until it falls out so I don't have to worry about it anymore. We brush her teeth all the time, we do her sister's, too, since I have twins, but you don't want those sweet drinks to sit on their teeth. Even milk has a natural sugar (lactose) that shouldn't sit on their teeth. If anything your daughter should only have water to carry around w her all day and it should be in a cup. I've heard many parents say they just toss all the bottles and if the child/ren is thirsty they will learn to drink from cups and be done. Not save a few as "just in case" or for the next, just tossed them all and bought new for the next baby. I'd say just get rid of all of them (just like pacifiers, they shouldn't have them after 2 since it can cause an overbite) and not look back. It won't happen overnight, expect it to take a few days, but your daughter will get the hang of it and realize you're the adult, you make the decisions and when you say no more bottle you mean it.

Charlene - posted on 02/09/2012

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don't really think this would help maybe but my daughters bottles gone...i told her santa took he replaced the bottle for all her presents...

Jodie - posted on 02/08/2012

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My little man had a bottle till he was about 20 months, and same as anything, it was a routine. 2 in the day time 1 before bed. And then got rid of 1 bottle at a time, obviously the before bed one was the hardest :) it just takes a bit of 'staying strong' ( easier said than done! ) good luck :)

Kim - posted on 02/08/2012

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I completely agree with Teresa... nothing but water away from the table. And I would offer the choice of water in a sippy cup or nothing at all, and cut the bottle all together in one shot-- it will likely be bad for a day or two but if you stick it out and don't give in, it should work.

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I wouldn't be letting her carry around either bottles or sippy cups w/ milk or juice in them all day..... The only drink that has ever gotten carried around in this house is water.



The baby I watch (17 months) still has her bottle of milk before nap. I don't know how her parents do things, but w/ me she only gets the bottle while she's on my lap. As soon as she wants to get down... the bottle goes away.

Bridget - posted on 02/08/2012

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thanks for all the tips....im gonna first try to get the bottle away at naps and bedtime and then work on getting rid of it.....right now, shes carrying it around but not drinking anything....oh and she wont take pacifiers but im happy about that....just wish she would give this whole bottle thing up....never thought getting her off the bottle would be this darn difficult....stubborn lil girl....thanks again...i will keep all of you updated....and any other tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated :)

Kim - posted on 02/08/2012

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My daughter was attached to her bottle too, although by 15m we had gotten it down to just bottle before bedtime, and sippy cups the rest of the day. We let her have a spill-proof sippy filled 1/2 way with water when she went to bed, and started doing a "snack" (which was A graham cracker piece) about a week before. One night, "Baba" just disappeared! The first two nights were HORRIBLE but by the 3rd night she was fine with just the water :)

Starfish - posted on 02/08/2012

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Most kids will keep wanting it as long as it's an option. Toss 'em. Right now, if she rejects the sippy, she gets the bottle. With no more bottles around, she won't have the option. Once she understands it's the sippy or nothing, sooner or later, she'll accept the sippy.

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2012

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my son will be 2 this week he hasnt had a bottle for 2 weks i just took it stright from him and chucked them all in the bin he has been using a sippy cup for a few weeks but still using his bottle and thought only way hes going to stop using bottle is if i just get them out of the house he was upset the first day but now he doesnt even ask for it or cry for it . it bear with it for first few days and she wont even be thinkin about the bottle good luck x

Delta - posted on 02/07/2012

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I came here to ask the same question lol. I have a 16 month old son that also drinks every other liquid from a sippy cup. He will take sips of the milk in a cup but then wants his bottle for milk. Give him juice, water, tea, even pop in a sippy cup and he takes it and drink with no problem. I resorted to making chocolate milk in the sippy cup to get him to change over even though a few local moms told me not to cause then all he would want is chocolate milk. Well it didn't work anyway, he took a few sips then he wanted his plain milk in a bottle. I am so over the bottle, and his Dr said at his 1 yr check up last Oct wanted him off the bottle by age 1.

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