Bottle

Tanya - posted on 02/01/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I want to stop using bottles!!!! Does anyone have advice on how to get my son off his night time bottle?

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Allison - posted on 03/25/2011

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my sugestion is get rid of all the bottle you have so your not tempted to give and switch to water at night not milk if he refuses a sippy cup then honestly he doesnt really want a drink he wants comfort my 23 month old hasnt had a bottle since before she was one as soon as she could hold a cup in both hand i got rid of the bottles

Donna - posted on 02/08/2009

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Christopher was easy to wean because I never put him to bed with a bottle (not because I thought it was bad for him, but because I didn't want milky sheets or spoiled bottles in the bedroom lol)....I always gave him his bottle before bed, then he was relaxed and had a full belly for bed. Maybe  give him a sippy cup of warm milk before bed...and perhaps hold him while he's taking it?



But...Christopher would not drink from a sippy cup until about 2 months ago...we wanted nothing to do with it.



It helped when I found a cup that had a flexible rubber spout..similar to a bottle.  The bad thing about those cups though, is....if the child throws the cup, sometimes, the "nipple" part pops off and liquid goes everywhere!!!  Thankfully, now he's on a totally plastic cup.



Good luck!!!

User - posted on 02/08/2009

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When my son turned 1 my husband and I wanted to get him off the bottle right away, so we started giving him his milk with dinner. He has been off the bottle completely since and about 2 weeks later was not longer having milk before bed. Good Luck! :)

Melanie - posted on 02/07/2009

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The nighttime bottle is the only bottle my daughter still drinks from and is the one I am hesitant to wean her from. She drinks milk, water, and juice from a sippy all day long but by bedtime is so tired that the bottle seems the easiest way to get the milk in her. My plan is to start slowly giving her less and less in the bottle when she is close to 18 months and then not giving her milk before bed at all (in a bottle OR sippy) so that I can slowly move into potty training. A downside of the milk before bed is the seriously full diapers.



I like Amanda's idea of giving the milk with dinner instead. Good idea!

Amanda - posted on 02/07/2009

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There is a lot of talk about how bottles are bad for toddler's teeth. However plenty of my friends still nurse until 2 years old or longer and I personally believe there are lots of things you can do to avoid "bottle mouth" (when the baby teeth rot out). The problem with bottle mouth is that the liquid, whether it's milk or juice, pools in the child's mouth if they sit with the bottle in their mouth. So obviously we just didn't allow this to happen. And anyway, sippy cups now a days really aren't much different anyway, so even with a sippy cup you have to make sure your child doesn't carry around and suck on the cup all day either. You never allow them to lay down with a bottle or a cup, etc.

For us it wasn't hard to get our son to switch over to sippy cups during the day. We simply switched what we put the liquid in and he drank it. We did this very early though, right at his birthday, and we had also already introduced sippy cups before his birthday as well, so maybe those two things helped.

But even with the sippy cups, Joshua is either sitting in his highchair or in another chair that he can get in and out of whenever he's drinking anything other than water. When he gets his afternoon snack he also gets a sippy cup of milk, but he knows he needs to sit in his chair in the living room to drink. Whenever he gets up out of his chair I take away the sippy cup and ask him if he's all done. If he wants more milk he'll sit back down, otherwise he's done and I put the cup away. That way he's not sipping for hours off any cup, which might cause bottle mouth even with a sippy cup.

But the last bottle feeding of the day, the one he normally feel asleep during, was the one he didn't want to switch. Also, we would brush his teeth before he gave him this last bottle, because he would fall asleep and we didn't want to wake him back up to brush his teeth (which by the way he totally hates getting his teeth brushed so it's a giant battle every single day). So with that bottle I was really worried about bottle mouth because he would drink and then have the milk on his teeth for the entire night. That is why we decided to get rid of the final bottle of the night, or rather to fill it with water which won't hurt his teeth. If my son didn't hate having his teeth brushed so much maybe we could have kept the bottle but brushed his teeth afterwards, so there's that option as well.

Good luck,
Amanda

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My son still drinks milk from a bottle, and any time I offer him milk in a sippy cup, he just throws it aside after one drink and won't touch it again....So, maybe I'll start trying the water in the bottle and see if he adjusts. Why is it so important to switch over by a certain time anyway?

Amanda - posted on 02/06/2009

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I wanted to write back to you because I did this and it worked!!

Here's exactly what we did: every night we try to follow a routine as much as possible, eating, then bath, brush his teeth, diaper and PJ's and then read a story - this is when we would give him his final bottle of the day - and after he finished the bottle or when he fell asleep we would play a music box, kiss him good night and lay him in the crib.

The final night of the milk bottle we did everything exactly the same. The next night we gave him his milk in a sippy cup with dinner, he normally drinks water with dinner if he's thirsty. Then we did the bath and etc, and when he was ready for his bottle I gave him a bottle of water. At first he took it because he thought it was milk. He drank a few sips before he realized it wasn't milk. He took the bottle out of his mouth and looked at it funny, shook it up and then tried again. Once he realized it was water he drank a few more sips, but pretty soon he wanted his pacifier instead.

Next night same thing, except this time he took one or two sips of the bottle of water and then handed it back to me.

The third night he looked at the bottle and just kept his pacifier in, he didn't even want the bottle at all.

Tonight is the fourth night so we'll see if he wants the bottle at all, but if he doesn't then I'll stop even offering it to him. And also, even if he does want to drink some water, at least it's only water after I have brushed his teeth!

I would suggest you try this, maybe it will work for you as well as it worked for me!

Good luck,
Amanda

Amanda - posted on 02/02/2009

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We are finally about to try to give it up too! I am going to try to fill his bottle with water, as per a suggestion from a friend. The idea is that he'll realize it's not milk and get frustrated and eventually not even want the bottle. But we haven't started yet!

Are there many other mothers with 16/17 month olds still taking a bottle? It was easy to get our son off the other bottles and get him onto sippy cups, but it's this last night time bottle that I am sorry to see go. I would keep him drinking it if I wasn't so worried about his teeth.

Amanda

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