Getting my 27 month old son off the bottle

Nolene Du - posted on 04/17/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi I have a 2year old son. He wakes up 5-8 times at night for a bottle of milk. We tried to get him off the bottle but he screamed and cried until we couldnt take it anymore. Any advice on how to get him of the bottle?

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Julie - posted on 04/19/2013

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You need to take the screaming a little more. You see, you have conditioned him to wake up for the milk 5-8 times by not letting him learn to sooth himself to sleep.
Now, The older he gets the worse it gets. Bottle boot-camp baby! That's what we called it. Give him ONE sippy cup with milk @ bedtime, do not give him anything during the night if he wakes up, go in and say "nigh-night" then set the timer for 20 minutes. I read a book that said it takes that long, and for my kids it was like to the minute. At two, he may go longer so go in after 20 minutes and do it again, but no words just ly him down gently and set the timer again. IF he still is not alseep, ride it out...ear plugs and my mantra during that stage, "no child has ever died from crying."

Nolene Du - posted on 04/17/2013

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Thank you Sarah, just seems like im punshing him. Will try it. We have to break this habit.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2013

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Put water in a sippy at night. If he is waking 5-8 times it is a habit and you have to break the habit. It is going to take some time and some screaming. You just have to stay with it and stay strong. Once he realizes that the bottle of milk is not an option then he will stop with the screaming, but if he knows that you are going to give in he will continue with the screaming. It may take longer since he knows that you gave in once already he will push even harder and longer to see if you will give in again. Kids are smart and they learn how to work they system early. We just have to be smarter and more strong willed then they are.

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Sarah - posted on 04/18/2013

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You are pushing. Sometimes as a parent we do need to push our kids. We as the parent know what is best for them, so sometimes we have to make decisions that the child may not like. Change or habits are hard to break. Most of us don't like change in order for us to change we have to be forced to do so.

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