Getting a 2 year old off the bottle?!?!

Arlene - posted on 08/18/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 2 and is completely attached to her "baba". She constantly wants it and it is really taking a toll on her teeth. I have tried letting her pick out sippy cups, and talkng her into getting rid of it, but that never lasts more than a few hours. I hate to give in and give it to her but without it there will never be pease in my home!! Any suggestions? How did everyone get their children off the bottle??

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Amber - posted on 08/19/2009

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well i dont know if you have a dog or not, but with my two baby cousins we told them that the dog chewed their bottles up and we didnt have anymore. They were pissed at the dog for a couple days saying "that stupid dog ate my bottle" but it worked they never asked for it again lol

Betty - posted on 08/19/2009

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I like the straw cups the best because it's something they can use for a long time with out looking like babies. It's also better for the teeth. Even adults should be using straws whenever possible.

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My son didn't like the other sippy cups. My parents and I would let my son drink after us and show him how to drink a water bottle. After that it took about a week and he was completely off the bottle.

Arlene - posted on 08/19/2009

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Thanks everyone. My daughter has a habit of losing her bottles. Well, this morning, I found it and didnt tell her, so she's pretty much been forced into using the cup. The tantrums last about 10 minutes then thats it, she gives in to the cup. So far so good. Good thing I have lots of asprin for these headaches. Man she's a screamer!

LaTisha - posted on 08/19/2009

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I started my kids on sippy cups at 6-8 months and had 4 out of my 5 kids off the bottle by the time they were 1yr old. with my youngest i did it pretty much cold turkey, just stopped giving him a bottle at 10 1/2 months and use the sippys. My older kids i just gave a bottle in the morning and at night for a week or two, and a sippy during the day. One way is, Say she has 4 bottles in one day. well give her 3 bottles and 1 sippy, for a couple days then do 2 bottles and 2 sippys for a couple days, then 1 bottle and 3 sippys.

My boyfriend said his mom used glass bottles, she bought like 4-5, and when his lil bro broke em all that was it, no more. oh another way he said was, his cousin of his was still on the bottle at 2-3 and they went and bought her a calf bottle and gave it to her and she didnt want to use it, so they told her it was her only bottle she was gonna get and so she started drinking out of a cup. I wouldnt reccomend the last 2 ideas but i thought the last one was funny.

I think what helped was i started em early before they could get too attached to the bottle and i also breastfed for the first couple of months.

GOOD LUCK!

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2009

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Trash can. Sounds like you are just as attached so throw them all away then you wont be able to give in. And there will be peace in your home, it just may take a day or 2. She cries because she knows if she does it long enough you will give in.

Stephanie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I did it quick. When she wasn't around they went into a plastic bag in hidden away. The only thing we had was the squishy tip cups. Yea, she is gonna piss and moan for the first day, but that's all we have! Pick which one you want to use. I told my daughter that we simply don't have them anymore, thay are all gone. She was two as well, there wasn't anything I could say for her to understand because she's two, she doesn't understand, all she is doing is going with comfort and routine. You're a good mom to think about this and be aware of the teeth situation! My only advice and comfort to you, is you can do it. it will probably only take one day of discomfort on both ends.

good luck.

Katherine - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Kirsten :

I have had success with giving my daughter the sippy cup with the squishy end piece instead of the hard plastic sippy cups, and persistence is key....stick with it Ma!! It will happen...



I agree with Kirsten, persistence is the key...my son was a bottle boy and i just switched to the sippy cup with the squishy end piece and didn't give him the bottle anymore and he's adjusted fine, i just told him the bottle was gone.

DAWN - posted on 08/18/2009

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just cut the nipples off. if she wants to drink from it she will need to use it like a cup. and sippy cups are just as bad for their teeth just so you know, especially when a kid totes it around with them all day.

Kirsten - posted on 08/18/2009

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I have had success with giving my daughter the sippy cup with the squishy end piece instead of the hard plastic sippy cups, and persistence is key....stick with it Ma!! It will happen...

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