how to get 17 month old off bottle

Cammy - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son is 17 months old almost, and he takes a sippy cup all day long, but when it comes nap time or bed time, he wants a bottle...how do i get him to take his cup to bed, or nothing at all, without having to deal with all the screaming for hours on end

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Abby - posted on 07/15/2009

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u may have to deal with teh screaming for a few days. but with my son i took his off him at 6months! just take it away, just give him the sippy cup with milk or whatever in, dont make a fuss over it. if he wants to drink it he will, else he'll just go to sleep, prob with a bit of whinging!

Brooke - posted on 07/14/2009

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My daughter was 8 months old when I decided to take the pacifer away. I knew she was ready to get rid of it because it would be on the floor and she would just play with it. Hints why I just picked them all up and threw them all away. When she was 12 months I took the bottle away. She used to fall asleep with one and finally I just took them away. She didn't cry or anything she just rolled over and fell asleep. Every child is different, my daughter is very easy. When its bedtime she gives everyone hugs and kisses and then runs to her bed sayin night night. Once you put her in she takes her teddy's and rolls over. Thats it, now shes getting ready for potty training. It all depends on your child. You will just know what to do. If your child is prone to screaming like that then I guess like someone else said on here you will just have to let them scream. Thats what I had plans on doing if my daughter screamed.

Jules - posted on 07/14/2009

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You are going to get screaming with what ever you do, You can't avoid it. Just leave him with the sippy cup say goodnight, Explane to him that he doesn't need a bottle any more and that bottles are for babys, give him a kiss and walk out the door. Do not go back in to that room, Or hell keep it up. If you are like me and can't handle the screaming then shut the door, He'll eventualy fall asleep. If he shares a room Then it's going to be harder. Holli Rousseau's Idea is good to.

TARA - posted on 07/14/2009

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TRY GIVING HIM A PACIFIRE. THEN IF THAT WORKS LET HIM GET USED TO THAT THEN TRY TAKING THAT AWAY.

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I did the same as Jacquie - it really helped and I was able to get my daughter completely off bottles by the time she was 10 months old.

Samantha - posted on 07/14/2009

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I Gave my son a sippy cup and he now has that with some milk before bed then goes to bed happily i praised him heaps for uswing his sippy cup we clapped hands and cheered now when my friend son drops his bottle my son picks it up and gives it back to him he doesnt even want it!! Just try praise before bribery or he may want something everytime he does something!

Jacquie - posted on 07/14/2009

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I used the nuk sippy cups. They have the soft nipples like a bottle.My little guy never really knew the difference. It only took me about two weeks to ween him completely. As for the bottle mouth, Get him used to laying down with water instead of milk or juice.

Holli - posted on 07/14/2009

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I know it sounds silly but tell them that bottles are for babies and that he is a big boy. Then tell him that the "Bottle Fairy" will come and take all his bottles and replace it with a new toy if he gives up his bottle for the babies. I did this to wean one of my kids off a paci and it worked like a charm. If there is resistance, I would just let him cry it out. I know it is horrible listening to them scream but I would rather listen to the screaming than him crying because of his teeth hurting from decay. That is one of the worse things you can do is let them lay down with a bottle. My daughter got "baby bottle mouth" and had to have teeth pulled. Not a pleasant experience! Take a look at these pics and it might make you think twice!!!! Good luck!!!

http://www.ada.org/public/topics/decay_c...

Kayla - posted on 07/14/2009

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When i weaned my son off the bottle i just gave him the sippy cup that was close toa bottle they have the soft tops like the bottle and i would lay him down with that after about 1 week with the sippy cup he never turned back to the bottle when he cried we would jsut go in and pat his back and hum to him and he would go to sleep with in a few mins or else u can try pretending u r drinking out of his sippy with him watching u then give it to him hope some of this can help

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