Bottle Breaking

Chelsi - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 17 months old and still on the bottle for nap and bed time. We are expecting another baby in June of next year and really want him off the bottle before that. any tips or help will be appreciated!!

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I was lucky and both my boys were off their bottles by 1. We just took the bottle away and gave them sippie cups. I suggest putting their favorite drink - for mine it was milk or juice - in the sippie cups and put water in the bottles. It might make the sippie cup more desirable and eventually you can hopefully just get rid of the bottle completely. Fo me, getting the bottles out of sight compeltely helped. Once they didnt see it anymore they really didn't freak out and settled for their sippie cups. Hope this helps and good luck!

Judy - posted on 11/23/2009

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I have 7 kids. Each stopped bottles differently. My suggestion.... don't stress it. Don't make it a power struggle...... you won't win! Ease off the daytime bottle first by replacing it with a soft sippy cup... Best ones are the cup with covers that have both a nipple and sippy option. You might have to try several sippys before you find one he likes... start with the cheapest and go from there... don't break the bank..lol

When working on the night time bottle offer him the sippy (that he is now familiar with)earlier to fill him up. Then just give him less and less in the bottle or just make all the bottles disappear in one day..... throw them all away so there are none in the house to fall back on in a moment of weakness :) and tough it out for a couple of nights. If he has a strong need to suck he might take up thumb sucking to replace the bottle. Socks on his hands would stop that.

Amber - posted on 11/23/2009

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i give my son the munchkin sippy cups from walmart with the soft spout and hid all my bottles and hasnt had one since october!! Or i have also have used the nuby brand they arre both fairly cheap no handles on sides and have soft spout ! Hid ur bottles and dont give in ! good luck! i broke my son in a week

Linsey - posted on 11/23/2009

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I have a daughter that is 15Mnths and her dr. wanted her off the bottle by her 15mnth apt. She is still taking the bottle at night and nap time. My mom and I have been talking about it, she had 5kids and her words of advise is to just take it, deal with the crying themselves to sleep while u rock them or whatever ur thing is. Go head first and don’t give in. She said it will suck for the first couple days, so if he goes to a sitter you may want to wait until you have a few days off. I am planning to do this very soon. But I dread it!!! Good Luck, and if something else works better let me know!

Crystal - posted on 11/23/2009

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Maybe try a sippy cup or a straw cup. My daughter didn't like sippies she jumped right to the straw. But if you give him his bottle warm maybe try giving him the sippy or straw cup warm too. Good luck.

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