how can i get my 4yr old off the bottle at nite?

NATASHA - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am having trouble getting my 4yr old boy off the bottle at nite, he is completly off it during the day. I also have a 8mth old boy that is on bottles.

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Krissy - posted on 10/31/2009

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Sadly it's true. Just have to take it and let me cry it out. It may take a few days because kids are hard headed. LOL Explain to hm that his brother needs the bottles now. He needs to be a nice caring big brother and give them to him. If he seems ok with that then reward him for every night he goes to sleep without it. Make a huge deal of him not having it and he will come around. Otherwise get some ear plugs. My oldest daughter took me two weeks to break. She cried every night. My littlest one throw it on the floor at 10 months and wouldn't take it after that. We gave her a drink of mt dew and she wanted the good stuff instead of milk. You also could try giving him something that he doesn't like to drink. Tell him that's all that can do into his bottle if he wants something else to drink he needs to throw the bottle away to get something that tastes better. Good luck. GOD bless

Brenda - posted on 10/31/2009

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the best solution is to put bitter or Degradability the pacifier or bottle,and put another different flavor to the milk.

Thea - posted on 10/31/2009

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Just take it away!!!!! he will be cranky for a few days. he is 4 and should understand that he is a BIG BOY now. My doc told me to take it away at the age of 15 months. He was ill in the hospital and the doc said when you get home put them away!!!! After 2 days he was fine. We put a cup of water on his night stand for him at night. He dose not even drink it. It is just having it there. GET RID OF IT!!!!!!

Tara - posted on 10/31/2009

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well the 8 month old u have a little more time. but ur 4 year old u are going to have to take it a way and i hate to say it listen to him cry. if u notice it is his safety balnket. trust me i had to break my 3 year old of bring his cup to bed. if ur 4 year old is really thisrty he will let u know. how i did it was slowly take the amonut in the cup at night then took it away and listen to him cry i would check on him but he was ok. if he was thirsty he came and got me and i got him a little water just enough. this has worked for me. if u are ready to take ur 8 month old of his just give him water. that might help. they use it as a safety balnket.ur 4 year old might be old enought if u leave some water in the bath room in a cup u should be ok.if im not awake right away in the moring i have my 3 yeah old take the cup of milk i have on the counter for him and cearl in a bowl pour the milk in the bowl and he picks his spon . that helps too. ONLY PUT WATER IN THEM AT NIGHT. when u do this.

Ashley - posted on 10/31/2009

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My daughter was 3 and i wish i would have gotten her off sooner cause it messed her teeth up. Well what i did with her is that i basically took it away from her, and when she asked for it i told her it was gone, and after about 4 nights of her crying for it and wanting it she finally started going to bed without. What do you put in the bottle? Milk or juice? They may cry and scream and do all that, but its better then having your kids teeth messed up, i learned the hard way, and i actually fill bad for it

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Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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What I did was start adding water to my children's bottles of milk a little every day. Put regular milk or whatever they like to drink in a bottle in a sippy cup. It wont take him long to realize the one in the sippy cup tastes better than the one in the bottle. Good luck!

Diana - posted on 11/05/2009

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At exactly one year I threw all bottles away, along with the pacifier. My son took it rather well, he only cried for three nights. At two I took the sippy away and taught him to drink from a regular cup with no lid. Of-course it is hard to do, but well worth it in the end. My childrens teeth are strong and healthy. Water in their cups twice a day keeps them on track for healthier teeth and body!

Jennifer - posted on 11/04/2009

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4 years old on a bottle is WAY.......... to old. It is the parents fault when the child ends up with teeth and speech problems. Cold turkey will be your only option if you seriously care. Sorry I can't be of more help. I have 4 boys and all of them we're bottle free at 10 months. I would go straight for the CUP., not a sippy, he's WAY... to old for that too. GOOD LUCK!!

Katrina - posted on 11/04/2009

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Tell your child that he no longer gets a bottle that they are for babies only that that he is a big boy and throw out the ones that he uses.

Shannon - posted on 11/04/2009

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You could try swithching to water at night, in a soft tip sippy cup. This worked for my girls. The first few nights may be tough no matter what you try but the soft tip sippy cups still have a nipple feel to them and with water in it you dont have to worry about milk or juice spoiling or harming his teeth. When i first started this with my 18 mo old girl the cup was empty in the morning now she doesnt have a cup in bed with her anymore it took about 4 weeks to break her after switching to water in a cup.

Jamie - posted on 11/04/2009

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I have two kids, 5 and 3 you just need to TAKE that away, it's going to mess up their teeth, they won't talk properly they might have speech issues, it's just like that pac....switch to a sippy cup..NUK has good ones at walmart...get him off he's TOO old...;-)

Stacey - posted on 11/03/2009

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First of all sister, start a sippy cup of milk at 10 months for that baby!! lol We dont want to repeat again!! I started both my kids on sippy cups at age 10 months and took the bottles completely away. As for your son, I would not give him a bottle anymore at night, its more a security thing now than a hunger. Take him shopping for a new friend he can have in bed with him at night to replace the bottle. Tell him the bottles went bye bye to be given to babies who need them because he is not a baby anymore. Feel his pain and be gentle. He will miss his bottle and will cry for them, especially when he sees baby brother with one, but you need to stay strong and be consistant and follow through. Give him a sippy cup that he picks out himself and let him help feed a bottle to his baby brother so he can maybe understand better. Hope this helps you and your little man!!

K Marley - posted on 11/03/2009

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Take it away and let him cry for a week... worked like a charm when my daughter was 15 months old ..its hard but is what is best good luck :) Your 8 month old can wait until 15 months...

Brynn - posted on 11/02/2009

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my oldest daughter was a month away from being 3 when she got off the bottle. i was down at my sister in laws boat one weekend. at the end of the weekend i was standing near the edge of the boat and i was holding her bottle. i dropped it into the water and not by mistak. i waved bye bye bottle and she waved bye bye bottle. from that day on she never asked for it again.. i know people who had their kids mail their bottle to elmo or santa or some other favorite tv or real life person in their life.

Kristen - posted on 11/02/2009

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I start taking the bottle away at 9months so by the time of their 1st bday its no more!!! I recommend gerbers sippy cup for beginers! it was a soft nipple thats kinda like a bottle nipple. maybe that will help in some way

Nicole - posted on 11/01/2009

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I just took it all away. Once they could drink from a sippy cup it was gone. My two oldest weren't even 1 yet and the bottles were gone. If they woke up I would give them drinks from the sippy only.

Lacey - posted on 11/01/2009

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Christmas is coming....we're trying to break our almost three yr old of the pacifier. He's been told that Santa doesn't bring things to 3 yr olds who still use a pacifier. He understands and is working on it. Santa is a great tool!



As for the bottle, I, personally, hate bottles, & the younger they give them up, the easier it is. My youngest two are only 14 months apart, so when the older one turned 2, I started the younger on a sippy cup and we got rid of all the bottles. Eight months isn't too young to start a sippy cup and it is far easier to just get rid of all the bottles at once. Start that little one on a sippy and as soon as he/she is willing to take formula from it, have both children help throw all the bottles out on trash day. It might be tough for a couple nights, but it won't be as bad as you think.



Also, if you are giving either of your children anything other than water in their bottles for bedtime or naps, switch to water. If they cry, just remember it is far easier to hear them cry for a bottle & milk than to cry because they have to get a filling (or worse) at the dentist. The water will also help them break the bottle habit.



One suggestion I've heard about giving up a pacifier that you could use for a bottle, is to go to Build-a-Bear workshop and have it put inside the toy - that way he gets to keep his bottle with him in a special toy. You might only be able to put the nipple in, but it still might be worth considering.

Julie - posted on 11/01/2009

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OMG! Does your 4yo still drink from a bottle at night? I got my son off the bottle at just over 2yo! I just started to put his milk in a cup with handles and no spill lid. It's not a sippy cup with a straw. It's one with a sip spout thingy. He refused to drink out of it for ages, til he surcumbed to it. He realised he had no choice but to drink outta his cup. I reminded him that bottles are for babies, not big boys like him. I have a 1yo also. He was younger at the time. That's how I pointed him out to whom should be drinkin' from a bottle.

Amanda - posted on 10/31/2009

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the good old CIO method...(cry it out) That is how I took the bottle from my 2 boys they both have been off the bottle since they were 11 months old...just put all the bottles away they cried a bit the first night but I guess they got over it...they were fine with it and had their sippy cups during the day ..no bottle or cup at nite time. Its hard to do but its something we know has to be done and they wont hate you...for too long...lol...its part of growing up...time to be a big kid!

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