21 month old Son sleeping with bottle

Tiffany - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is 21 months old, he still sleeps with his bottle of milk and we even have to fill it up a few times throughout the night...Any ideas as to how I go about stopping this? We have tried the sippy cup, cold turkey getting rid of bottles...BUT nothing as of yet has worked...HELP!

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Brenda - posted on 04/24/2009

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I'm going to say the opposite of what most say, because my son was a big bottle baby. He was almost two before we got him off the bottle completely. Start switching out some of the milk with water, just a little bit at first, and do that for a few nights. Then a little more, and a little more. Eventually you'll get half and half and by that time he might decide he doesn't want it, especially if you offer both the bottle and a sippy cup with milk. With mine, about three weeks before we lost the bottle completely, he was taking a bottle of water only to bed with him, and I'd let him have milk in an open cup before going down. My doctor was okay with him having a bottle of water in bed, but we lost his last bottle and I told him that he had to take a sippy cup with water. At the age of nearly 4, he's finally gotten rid of his "milk". (It never had milk in it any more, but he would take a sippy cup to bed with him at night and would have it there if he got thirsty for water). Now he's big enought to get out of bed and get his own drink from the bathroom when he's thirsty.



Try the sippy cups that are called Sports sippers b/c they're close to a bottle, but it didn't work for me. I got a playtex sipster that didn't have a spout.

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I had the same problem. what i did was instead of milk i put water in his bottle. At first he would throw a fit but then he got the idea. Then i just threw the bottles away and now he only get a cup at bedtime with less of an ounce of water in it. and he's happy. It is hard at first. But it has to be done for their own good. Hope you can figure out what works for you. Good luck!

Janine - posted on 04/24/2009

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This can be very bad. With my first son I had no idea that leaving his bottle in his mouth could cause what they call bottle rot in their baby teeth. Not so bad you think cause they are just baby teeth and they fall out then their permanents come in. Wrong it creeps its way up into the permanents weakening them and causing them to be eatin away while in the gums so when they grow out theu are already deteriotating. I learned the hard way teh dentist had to pull his top 4 teeth out when he was 2 1/2 so this wouldn't happen. they had to put him under and the poor little guy was so miserable. I felt like the worst mom in the world but I had no idea this could happen.As far as cold turkey are you giving in when he cries for awhile? You need to throw them away and not have any back ups in your house if you try it that way. It takes a day or two which is very upsetting. But if you have a back up bottle and give it to him when he cries you are showing him it is not permanent and he is going to see it as more comforting. And want it even more. For both of my boys I got rid of the bottle when they were about 1 1/2 . I just threw all the bottle away and all we had were sippy cups. It took about 2 days about 3 with my second.

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