Help my 2 year old wants his bottle at night.

Caramia - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi my DS is just over 2 years old.He has just started eating more foods and still has 2 bottles a day.He started a trend when he was poorly and had his bottle from 02h00 onwards.The last 3 nights I offered juice out of his cup which he had a sip of and then just battled on and wouldnt settle for 2-3 hours. When I tried to leave him he would cry but will settle whilst I am in the room.

I am a softy and have never been good with crying out.The two times I tried it he cried for 2 and a half hours non-stop. I need to sort out all these issues as I am 9 weeks pregnant with our second baby.

Any advise???

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Tylynn - posted on 01/18/2011

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my son is two and a half and chewed on the nipples of the bottles until they had holes in them so i kept throwing them away until i finally got down to one and i told him that if he chewed on that one i was going to throw it away. when he chewed through the last one i made him throw it away...the first week was the hardest. i let him cry it out and eventually he would calm down and fall asleep. now he has forgotten about the bottle.

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Carly - posted on 03/19/2011

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I had the same as Tylnn-my son done the same till he had one left.I made a big thing of him being a "big boy" and he could have juice in the bottle instread of milk he was 2 3/4 thne.. it took a while but you need to be consistant Keep offering him juice instread of milk..or if he won't take it water the milk down a tiny bit,and a bit more each night till he doesn't want it anymore...he may ask for juice instread,or none which is even better! Good Luck!!

Brittany - posted on 01/15/2011

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My daughter still wants her bottle in the middle of the night, but with water in it. I've slowly tried just letting her self sooth, but we're still wanting it.
My doctor says that each child is different, and that when she is ready she will stop wanting it and sleep through the night.
Sorry this probably isnt much help but i think that whe they are ready, they will tell you.

Caroline - posted on 01/03/2011

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my son is 2 and he has a btle at night it's the only 1 he has he goes 2 sleep with it im just going 2 wait till he want 2 stop it his ruitene. he drink from cup in the day.i know he will stop wene he is ready dont worry bout it it wont do him harm xoxo

Kim - posted on 10/13/2010

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The only advise I can give is perserverance, be consistent; when he's really thirsty he'll drink from the cup. I am the same way, fortunately my children adapted quickly to drinking out of a cup (I just decidedly threw the bottles away a few days after introducing them to the sippy cup) which was ample time for me to teach them what it is and how to use it; so really the hardest time for you will be the first few days.. Stick it out and you will have him off the bottle in no time.

Sandy - posted on 10/12/2010

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We need are kids to be kids and at two they are still babies and if his bottle is comforting to him it's ok. My son is 25 months and a couple nights a week he wants his bottle, we are taking it slowly, I do not believe that we need to have are kids do things Cold turkey. We need to teach them that with a little time and hard work we can achieve things. The problem with society is that we want are kids to grow up to quickly and then when they are older we wish then can be babies again.

My advice is take your time, some nights when he wants his bottle you simply try to change his mind read a book or colour. .My son love's the colouring, most of the time he will forget about the bottle and some time well he just wants his bottle.

Stelly - posted on 10/07/2010

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I agree with the last two my son is 25 months and still has two bottles. He doesnt always get two but the one before bed he usually always gets. My doc says its fine

Sara - posted on 10/03/2010

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my son is 2 and he still has a bottle at bed time there is nothing wrong with it what so ever

Sarah - posted on 10/03/2010

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I was always told by my parents you never see 5-6 yr olds walking around with bottles and really whats the big rush any way if a bottle makes him feel comfortible when he goes to bed at night it would be on fair to take it away. Every child is diffrent my first son gave up the bottle at 3 and my second gave it up at 2. My first we tryed to take the bottle away and he screamed for not just hours but days it was awful and then my second child was just fine when we switched him he was like ok mommy if that makes you happy

Jamie - posted on 07/29/2010

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To be honest, toughen up a little! LOL! My daughter was 18 months when I finally got her off the bottle. I had take it and just let her cry it out. I know it is hard but hey if you don't do it now you will regret it in the long run. It was very hard for me to do it and I put t off over and over but my doc finally told me I had to do it for the health of her teeth and I aint gonna lie, It was a very hard 3 nights but I just gritted my teeth and took it. Now she goes to bed with no cup or bottle. she has a drink before bed and thats it.

Kym - posted on 07/13/2010

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My son is 2 and ahalf & still has 2 bottles a night.. I haven't tryed to take him off the bottle yet but he had been sleeping in our bed for 2 years so Im just getting into into his own toddler bed, Next will be the bottle.. I want to get him off it before we have another bub, as we are planing the nxt one

Deborah - posted on 07/11/2010

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The best thing to do is sadly just to let him cry it out. My son is about 20 months and I just got him off of the bottle. It was hard for the first few nap times and bed times but he does really well now. It just took a few days. The best thing to put em to bed, get a good book, and go outside so you can't hear em as much.

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