my 2 year old daughter dosent want to get off the bottle tried every sippy cup and regular cups and nothing she still wont give up the bottle. i even threw most of them out. what should i do
Nadine - posted on 04/14/2009
Don't throw it away there is a reason she wont give it up and the most likely is that it is her safety blanket. My son used his bottle as a safety blanket. So I started simple in the morning when he woke up I put his bottle where he couldn't see it and offered him breakfast with a cup of "something" on the table, and just kept asking him if he wanted a drink of it. When he was desperate for his bottle I only filled it with water which he didn't like but at least it was his bottle. My son really liked ELMO so I brought a small soft elmo toy and started to give him that along with his bottle when he wanted his bottle. Slowly he became more and more attatched to elmo and better at drinking from a cup. Then gradually as he wanted his bottle I started to only give him elmo which worked. All up this took about 3months to get him off his bottle, BUT IT WORKED. He now uses elmo as his security blanket instead of his bottle.
I hope this helps you.
i don't know if this will work for you, but with my daughter (who is now 4) we convinced her that she was getting bigger now and could do more grown up things like mummy and daddy and use a big girl cup. I got all of her bottles and put them out of sight so she would not be able to find them and just used encouragement and reinforced it by saying how proud i was of her and that being a big girl was a good thing because she got to do lots of things that babie's don't get to do. When i thought she was ready we got out all the old bottles and let her throw them in the big bin so she knew that we could not get them back because they were yucky. Hope this helps in some way. :)
Yvonne - posted on 04/14/2009
You've got to be kidding me!!!
So what you're all saying is that any kid should give up his or her safety routine before the age of 2? Ive talked to alot of moms and alot of nurses and the majority of them says that you can GRADUALLY start to help them not needing it anymore after the age of two. Up til then they actually NEED it! For the very reason they're to young to know how to be secure in them selves. You are so ignorant if you treat your child like he or she is a big boy/girl at that age! In their minds they're still babies at this stage! Even if they "want" to be "big" they're just not ready!
Any of you ever opened a psycology book?
"The first stage is the Oral Stage. It runs from birth to age 2. In the oral stage infants and toddler explored the world primarily with their most sensitive area, their mouths."
So, it's only making sense that that's where they find safety.
I'm not saying that you should only use the bottle, but merely NARROW it down to, say, twice a day. Morning/one nap time and before bed. Start introducing the sippy cup, but don't expect them to like it on your terms. Every child is individual and some may need more time. And then again, some don't.
My daughter uses a sippy cup when she drinks water, but the milk she still gets in a bottle. And she will until SHE decides enough is enough. I want her to feel completely safe in herself on HER own time, not mine.
Good grief! They're not schoolkids yet!
Ashlee - posted on 04/12/2009
What I did was I took all my daughters bottles off of the counter and out of the cabinets while she as sleeping, bagged them up and gave her the sippy cup. But before I took all the bottles away, I would let her drink from a straw in a normal cup and get practice on that. Once she was old enough, I just took them all away and she's been doing that ever since, now she drinks from a no lid cup with no problem and she's been doing this since she was almost 1 year old. But don't get mad about it, if she throws a tantrum let her do it. Because she knows you mean business and there is no other option but to drink from a cup. She will eventually get over it because they are always drinking something and wont get too thirsty. So just keep up with the sippy cup and she will come around. Good luck
Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009
Hello, I know what your going through. It's hard, but you gotta throw every single bottle away, If your daugther wants somthing to drink make her use a sippy cup. If she doesnt want to and starts to wine its ok have patience but dont give in. Just tell her shes a big girl now, and if she uses a big girl cup take her out or buy her something she likes. If that doesnt work put something that tastes bad on the nipple so she will not want it anymore. Hope this works. Keep me updated..
I agree with the majority of the posts. Just take it away, it will be harder on you then it will be on her. I took the bottle away from my son at 17mo. By that age, he had already taken himself down to just nap and bedtime. If she is still getting it alot, I would suggest a gradual, but she will pry still throw a fit when you take them away completely.
I replaced my daughter's bottle with a Nuby cup.
She asked for the bottles a couple of times, but didn't freak out too much.
She is still having the Nuby cup as a way to wind down at night. Not sure when I'll take that away, she's only 2.
GL, I know it can be difficult, but stay strong.
Ashley - posted on 04/11/2009
yeah i did use sippies for a little bit . i threw all her bottles out and then she started taking my sons bottles and he would scream then i would give it to him and she would get mad and hit him. its hard having a kid at 2 and another at 7 months she always wants his thanks ill try all of them idaes again
Yvonne - posted on 04/11/2009
I don't agree. Some children takes more time to loose the bottle. My niece is 3 and still uses one before she goes to sleep at night and sometimes once a day. A child needs to be secure and calm on the inside before giving up either the bottle and/or the dummy. You should try to narrow it down to twice a day and then once, maybe nighttime, so that the transmission is soft and feels safe to the child. Don't throw everything away and say 'no'. She may not understand why you do it even though you explain. She's 2 years old. Cut her some slack. She's just a child.
Stephanie - posted on 04/11/2009
I think using the straw cups would be a good idea since it's not quite a sippy cup. Mly son really likes the curly straw that just got and ALWAYS wants to use that. Maybe she'll think that's fun and you can transition that way.
Kimberly - posted on 04/11/2009
just throw away the bottles. shes going to throw fits but you just have to be strong and push through it. Buy the sippy cups and she will use them once she knows you are not going to give in and give her a bottle. If they suck on bottles for too long they can form an overbite..
Michelle - posted on 04/11/2009
I say throw out all the bottles as well. Have you tried letting her drink out of a "big girl" cup AFTER seeing you drink out of the SAME cup? My son was thrilled the day I let him drink out of a plastic "big boy" cup. At 2 she's more than capable to hold a cup. Then you can try going back to a sippy/straw-like cup after she's forgotten about the bottle.
Melissa - posted on 04/11/2009
Buy sipper cups that have a straw, throw away all of the bottles and dont give her the option of a bottle. Thats how I got my child on a sipper at the age of one. They will not let themselves get too thirsty. She will drink from whatever to get what she needs.
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