my son is 18 months, give me some ideas on how to ween him off the bottle please

Sara - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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my son takes two bottles a day one in the morning ad one at night, i would like him to be off the bottle but im not sure how to start this process

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Katie - posted on 04/15/2009

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hi there!! I had this problem with my son and im afraid it was cold turkey! Well i lost his bottle and he only drank out of a certain one and i have introduced a tommy tippee cup before but not interested but it took two days for it to happen!!! Im struggling with his dunnie now thats the next step! Good luck!! from katie

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I had a pediatrician tell me once that it only takes 2 days to ween a child from a behavior. If you have two days of patience, throw all the bottles away, give him sippy cups, let him cry, and turn up the music.

Sophia - posted on 04/14/2009

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How my son let go of his bottle was I started him with a sippie cup during the day, and only gave him a bottle at night. The biggest help was when he started day care being around the other children that were using a sip cup or no blttle at all made it easier for him to let go of the bottle and I found that soon he didn't want the bottle at night either. He was totally off the bottle by the time he was about 2yrs. old which I think is fine. Most children let go of their bottle and binkies on their own anyway. Good luck, remember he's still young he's only 18 months, a few more months with his bottle wont be the end of the world.

Sara - posted on 04/13/2009

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thanks for all the help i will let you all know how it went...hes actually a really easygoing baby so i dont expect too much whining but its always good to hear how others handledit thank you all

Bea - posted on 04/13/2009

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Throw away those bottles!!!! You can do it!!! I agree with all the other posts. =)

Amanda - posted on 04/12/2009

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i used sippy cups with straws. there are some that say they are spill proof but be careful because they do spill.  stop the bottle all together and tell him big boys dont use bottles.  oh and patience lots of patience

Kelley - posted on 04/11/2009

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I have three sons, and i used straws. It sounds weird but soda cups with straws (filled with whatever beverage you want) at restaurants and home let them drink like "big" boys and they still have to use their sucking motion. they take a bit to learn not to tip the cup up like you would a bottle but the straws worked for us. Good Luck, it will happen

Heather - posted on 04/10/2009

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The evening bottle will probably be the hardest to break him of. But the morning it will be easy to distract him from wanting it as long as its out of sight and out of mind. With breakfast give him a tippie cup of what ever beverage he dirinks then once he is done eating find an avtivitie immediatly to distract him with. For night time its more of a comfort thing to help him relax and go to sleep. Both my boys took a sippie cup to bed with them by 11 months (with water only because millk on their teeth at night is not good) but it helped with the weening process. As the other gal said you might get some whining but encourage him he is a big boy now he does not need it. But again keep it out of sight and pretend bottle is a 4 letter word for a few days because if he hears you say it then he will want it. Good luck

Shamekia - posted on 04/10/2009

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You probably should start the process by not giving him anymore bottles. I know he'll probably whine for a while but I promise you like the old saying goes, "Time will heal any wound."

Don't let the whining discourage you from doing thid because he really should have been weened at about 10-12 months.

You can take him to the store and let him pick his own cup, that may help the cause. But most definitely just forget to give it to him. If you just put the bottle away, he'll stop wanting it.

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