How to get off the bottle?

Rachelle - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi, my son is 2 years old, he is potty trained during the day and can drink out of a cup, but the problem I have is at night and when he sleeps during the day, I have to put on a diaper, seeing that he wont go to sleep without his bottle. How can I get him off the bottle at night?

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Angela - posted on 04/15/2009

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I had that problem.. My daughter refused to do anything withuot a bottle. I finally put my foot down and took it away. Best thing to do is make sure they have a drink or something to fill their tummy before they go to sleep. Like a snack or lunch before a nap. I also switched it up by giving her a Princess blanket which shes infatuated with so everytime she would lay down I would havnd her her Princess as she calls it. She of course cried the first few nights but she got over it quicker than I thought she would.

Nicole - posted on 04/15/2009

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We moved our daughters bottle from just before bed to just before the bath (routine was dinner, bottle, bath, bed). this worked really well for us. We dropped the bottle feeds completely at 2 years. Explained to her that bottles were for babies and she was a big girl. Our daughter is 2.5 years. Also by having her bottle just a few minutes after finishing dinner she was didn't drink much. We cut it down by an ounce ever second day till she was only having 3 oz. We still put her in a nappy at night but 90% of the time she is still dry in the morning. I always make sure she uses the potty before her lunch-time nap and she has not had an accident yet (only wore nappies for the first month)

Amy - posted on 04/15/2009

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I agree with Justine his upset and doesn't know how to deal with it. You just have to stay strong and talk to him about it. Both of my kids hit their head on the bed or wall when I took the bottle away from them but they got over it. Be strong.

Justine - posted on 04/15/2009

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I think he only bit you out of frustration. You are doing something to him that he doesn't fully understand. He can't comprehend yet why he shouldn't just have the bottle and in his little mind you are just being a big ole meanie. Don't be offended or upset with him for this kind of action and certainly don't reinforce it by giving in to his tantrum. Be strong and stand your ground with him. Make sure he knows who is in charge here! Don't give up.

Rachelle - posted on 04/14/2009

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Thanks to everyone for the advise, it looks like there is only one thing to do - TAKE IT AWAY AND WITHSTAND THE CRYING. I actually tried it last night, and I was SHOCKED by his behaviour - he got up, ran to me and bit me on my leg! Thats when I gave in before I became nasty with him. He never did this? Could it be other kids at his creche showing him these naughty manners? PLEASE HELP WITH THIS ONE!!

Alesha - posted on 04/14/2009

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I did not have a problem with the bottle, but with the nuks. When we took the night time bottle, we offered dinner a little later the normal, balked up on his food and then offered a sippy cup with milk right after bath time and then again right before he went to bed. After doing this my oldest became very attached to the nuk, and when it fell out at night he would wake up screaming for it. Some times he was up 7-8 times a night, it got to be to much, and with a second on the way, my husband and I knew we needed to do something. I work in the medical field in peds and one of the physicians I work with gave me the best advise. He told me it takes 7 days to make or break a habit, and it is doing them no harm in letting them cry. He reassured me that by the middle of the 7 days my little guy would be falling alseep and sleeping through the night nuk free, we just had to stick with it. He let us know if we gave in, we would have to start the whole thing over again. It was hard the first night he screamed for 2 and 1/2 hours, but every night it got less and by night 5 he was falling asleep and staying asleep with out it. I let everyone I know that asks me about it, that yes it was hard, but in the end it was worth it. He is going to be 3 and will still ask for a sip of milk or juice right after bath, and I am okay with this. At least he is sleeping through the night nuk and bottle free.

Justine - posted on 04/14/2009

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I have a great method for this and it will work like a charm. It's not the easiest thing to do but if you can bring yourself to suffer through it for just a few nights you will be done with the bottle. You just don't give it to him. Put him down like regular but without the bottle. Let him cry for five minutes then go in and calm him down. Then let him cry for ten mins., then fifteen. I doubt you will make it to twenty mins. It is really hard for the first night or two but he will get the idea very quickly. You just have to be strong enough to make yourself do it. I hope this will work for you as well as it did for me!

Amy - posted on 04/14/2009

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Just have to let them cry it out. Both of mine where hard to take the bottle away but they got over it. It's hard at firt but it works.

User - posted on 04/14/2009

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just arfter My son turned two i told him that now hes a big boy no more bottles ! we got a garbage bag and went and he throw them out we tyed the bag together and throw it in the big bin, we watch the garbage man take them away and we made a game out of it and he was fine, that nite he wanted hes bottle, i remined him we throw them out and gave him his fave thomas bottle with some water in it he no problems , he seemed to understand, then i wean him off the water bottle we told him to leave it in the fridge and if he wanted a drink he would have to go get it ( that never happened)  i hope this could help you cos i know hard it is when they just cry and cry xxxxx good luck

Leslie - posted on 04/14/2009

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I think you're just gonna have to bite the bullet and take it away.  In fact, get all the bottles out of the house.  If there are no bottles in the house then you can't give in.  Give him a cup of milk and a snack instead.  Your son will get the picture.  If he cries, you're just going to have to deal with it.  You're the adult, don't let a 2 year old manipulate you.

Rachelle - posted on 04/14/2009

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Thanx Brandy, I heard that advice too, tried it for one night and couldnt handle the crying after half an hour of screaming. How old was your son when you took him off the bottle?

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This may seem harsh to do.. but my son was the same way when he was little, the only thing i could do was just not give it to him, he cried for a little bit the first 2 nights.. then he stopped and has been off of it since. i would give him a small drink before naps or bed time, and tell him big boys dont need bottles anymore..

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