need help? trying to get my son off the bottle

Crystal - posted on 07/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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he is doing very well so far..besides for when he takes naps or goes to bed. he has a bottle with him in the crib..how can i stop this?

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Amanda - posted on 07/08/2009

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I started giving him the small sippy cups with the soft spout all day and then the bottle at night for 2 nights then gave him the sippy cups at night to and he adapted well like he never drank out of a bottle and my kid is 12 months and walking. And he is a very demanding colicky kid and he is happy as ever with the sippy cup. hope it works for you.

Shon - posted on 07/04/2009

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we reduced the amount in the bottle each time until it was pretty much just a mouthfull & he has taken himself off it now,he doesnt even want it when its offered. =)

Jenni - posted on 07/04/2009

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I, too, started weaning my son at 9 months. He didn't like the ones with handles, because he was used to the bottle shape. I used the Take n' Toss ones, and he was fine. One day, after he'd really gotten the hang of it, I just decided to see what would happen if I gave him only cups that day. He didn't really notice, and he's been off the bottle ever since.
I only keep the bottles out to put in my cooler for the diaper bag, since they have caps and measurements on the side. That way, I can just stack his cups together and fill when needed.

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I started weening my son off the bottle when he was close to 9 months old. I started giving him sippy cups and I usually fed him a bottle before bedtime. Once he got used to the sippy cups, he didn't want the bottle anymore. To overall it took about a month of so, but my opinion is don't just take the bottle away right then and there, because he'll start crying constantly for it. Once you show him a new sippy cup, he'll become interested in it. Just take it one day at a time. Hope this helps for you.

Jael - posted on 07/03/2009

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Ya take it away as soon as possible because him laying with it can ruin his teeth and cause ear problems. try the cups with soft tops at nap time but depending on how old, he might not need anything to nap or sleep anymore.

Samantha - posted on 07/03/2009

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You might have to just take it and not give it back. I started off giving my kids the plastic sippy cups (toss and go). I just took the bottle away and never gave it back. Giving it to him in the crib was probably not the best idea. To help with that, try giving him a bottle of water instead of milk. It might be rough the first couple of days, but he should adapt quickly. Hope this helps.

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