How to get rid of the bottle feeder at the age of 4?

SONIA - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My daughter's going to be 4 this December, but still she drinks milk in her feeder. I have tried many times by giving her milk in different, colourful mugs, but she's not ready to leave her bottle. She starts shouting if she doesn't see her bottle. P LEASE HELP as I really want her to leave bottle feeding.

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Cindy - posted on 10/28/2009

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When my son was 1yr old I had a hard time switching him to a sippy cup so I went back to the sizw 1 nipple for small babies and he got mad the first 2 days that he could not get anything out of them. I also put a sippy cup out everytime I gave him his bottle and when he seen that the bottle was not doing it any more it made it easy for him to go to the sippy cup. You are going to have to do something about her and that bottle she is too old for it and when she starts school they may not let her have it to drink out of or the other kids could make fun of her. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2009

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My daughter is 3 1/2 and i coudn't imagine her drinking from a bottle. It's recommended they be broke at 1 year. I'd do the cold turkey thing that was said. She'll be in school soon, and you don't want her going to school with a bottle, right? :) There was a girl that went to daycare with my son when they were almost 3 and she still had a bottle. No one could believe a kid that big had a bottle. Let her throw a fit. When she's thirsty, she'll drink from a cup. i assume she is potty trained? Tell her if she's big enough to go potty, she's big enough for a cup. I got my daughter a sippy that had a straw, and she loved it.

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Edith - posted on 12/19/2013

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Tell them a good story that the end of it is the reason why the bottles are gone and never come back anymore .... I just did to my two kids age 4 and 3 ... My kids loves milk on the Botle .., I did try so many things like I spend so much just for the different cups or what ever they might like but it's not worth .. Then I decide one day that telling them the story and found that they scared snake when ever they saw on tv , so I told them that the snake took the bottles and give to the bin truck .... And I stick to that words for just 3 days ... They cried , they mooning , they shout ,,, but after all in three days they forget the bottles and now they drink milk on the glass ....

Keema - posted on 10/30/2009

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Ok ppl saying let her go cold turkey but the ppl sayin it don't have to stay with her and try to keep they self together while she crys kicks and screams. try the 3 in 1. and talk to ur doctor on was to get her off. I know for a fact that Im gonna have same problem with my oldest and his binky. try step by step don't put yourself in a position where your gonna be extremely stressed or depressed doing it.

Sunni - posted on 10/30/2009

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I know this is hard, but you have to do this for her. Her teeth are at risk every time she puts that bottle in her mouth. Even though she only has her baby teeth drinking milk out of bottle can even damage the teeth forming below her gums. My oldest was a pacifier baby and one night I just said no you are a big boy we put them all up and they were gone. I had him help me look for one. All over the house like an easter egg hunt when we could not find one. He decided he would have to be a big boy for just one night. That was the turning point because from then on I would just say remember how big you were. You did one night you can do it again. Good luck.

Keema - posted on 10/29/2009

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try the 3 in 1 sippy cup it has 3 differnt nipples one is bottle nipple one is a straw like thing and the 3rd is a sippy spout.

Twyla - posted on 10/29/2009

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spill proff sippy cups, they can drink them in their bed lying down. thats what i did . their at walmart

Amanda - posted on 10/28/2009

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THROW them AWAY!!!!!!! ALL OF THEM!!!!!! My son was 1 and my daughter was 3. She would only have one at night and would not stopcrying until you gave it to her. When my son turned 1 I threw ALL of the dirty bottles away and I donated the rest to their day care. When the kids came home that day I showed her that there were no more bottles in the house and she told me that's ok mommy I'm a big girl and I will have a sippy cup now. Throwing them away worked for me!!!!! Try it and don't give in. Tell her she is not a baby anymore and she won't get a bottle ever again. You have to put the child in a child's place.....you are the Mom and the boss not her.

Caroline - posted on 10/28/2009

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well dont you know the tooth fairy takes away the bottle and leaves a grown up gift. When my son lost his first tooth a age 5 and thats what happen. I was so sure there would be lots of crying and sleepless nights but there was none. By the way he is not a easy child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but it worked for me

Kassandra - posted on 10/28/2009

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Sorry but you have arough few weeks ahead, best to just toss them all and let her scream. Tell her bottles are for babies and she is a big girl and can no longer use them. With my son, I invented the big boy fairy and anytime he did something like a big boy(sleeping in his own bed) the big boy fairy would visit and leave money, candy, small toy etc.. under his pillow for being such a big boy. This worked wonders, hope it helps

Lisa - posted on 10/28/2009

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Hi Sonia,
I am a Mom of 3 grown children, the youngest being 17. There is no easy way to take the bottle away, but the longer she is using the bottle the harder it is. I took my kids off the bottle at 1 year of age. I just simply took it away. Yeah they screamed a bit for a few days but learned really quick that it was gone and they had to learn to use a cup.
Maybe it was easier because they were so young, but my pediatrician recommended it!
I also took the pacifier at a young age, my third child didn't want to give up his binky...wow...and at about 18 mths. I had decided this is it....and took it while he was napping and never gave it back, It was again hard for a few days...and then it was over.
So tough it out and don't give in. You go girl!!

Hannah - posted on 10/28/2009

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Just throw out all the bottles, get them out of the house. Maybe it will be a tough couple of days. But seriously just get ride of them. Make a ceremony out of it if you want. "Ok you are a big girl now time to throw out the baby stuff" Or just toss em and forget about them. She will cry and fight it but in a few days it will all be over.

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2009

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yes way to old to still have a bottle mine got off the bottle on her first bday and she will be 4 in feb and almost never uses a sippy cup she uses a small plastic cup with no lid but not a glass just in case she does drop it

Lynette - posted on 10/28/2009

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i think you should just get rid of all her bottles. if she throws a tantrum let it out the other ear. when she clams down explain to her that shes a big girl now and she dont need her bottle anymore...kids will be kids they cry and throw tantrums here and their but you are her mother and you know whats best for her..so just get rid of it..eventually she will understand and stop all the fussing...

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I've seen this countless times on Supernanny and Nanny 911. Despite the shouting and screaming, she needs to grow up and move on to big girl's cup. Try taking her somewhere and ask her to pick one herself. Keep your chin up and your foot down and she will move on eventually.

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at 4, cold turkey honey.. she really doesnt need it at all.. more of a control thing with her now.. she will get over it

Rhonda - posted on 10/27/2009

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My son was the same way, he was almost 4 before I got him off the bottle. I started with diluting the milk, a little at first then it was like 2 oz milk and the rest water. I would also fill his sippy cup with regular milk and gave him the choice. He eventually came around knowing the milk in the cup tasted better than his bottle. It didnt really take that long for him to get off the bottle. Good luck! I know it is hard.

Kim - posted on 10/27/2009

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I took my daughter off her bottle at 12 months old. She's not missed it one bit. Once a child is passed 15 months or so they should not be on the bottle at all b/c they can bite down on the nipple and choke on it. Your daughter is well passed the age where you can explain to her that babies drink from bottles and she is a big girl who drinks from a cup. Take the bottles away and let her cry. She'll take the cup when she's thirsty.

Heather - posted on 10/27/2009

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My mom told me that when I was 3 I was still using a bottle. What she did was throw them all out the window and say the "Bottle Fairy" would come take them away for a little baby that really needed them. It worked and that was the end of it.

Laura - posted on 10/27/2009

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i know this is going to sound mean.. but you just throw them all away every single bottle and that way its gone and there is nothing you can do about it.and she will just have to cry until she realizes that they are all gone and thats it, if she wants milk she will just have to use the sippy cup. i had a hard time getting mikey off the binky so with out my knowledge my cousin went through my house and took every binky i had and that night i went looking for one and couldnt find one and there was nothing i could do but let him cry it out. after that one night i never had a problem with his binky again. he never cried for it after that one night.

Sarah - posted on 10/27/2009

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Throw them out and let her scream. She screams and you give in, so she learns how to get her way. She will stop screaming when she realizes that you are not going to give in. This may take hours or days depending on how often you give into the screaming and how strong willed she is, but she will survive and the screaming will stop. Good luck and stay strong.....you are the parent.

Millicent - posted on 10/27/2009

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This will be tough but do it for her and yourself. Get rid of all the bottles. I had this problem with my oldest when he first had to make the switch to cups. Once I got rid of all the bottles he had no choice and really didn't put up as big of a fight as I thought he would. Also get her use to drinking out of a cup by sharing your drink in a cup with her. Sometimes they want to be like us so much that they will mimic everything we do.

ANNA - posted on 10/27/2009

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My daughter was the Same way, You Just have to Put Your Foot down and Tell her Bottles are for Babies and Your a Big Girl, She will be Very upset with you, But don't back down, and Hold your Ground, also make her a Sippy Cup and Try to Give it to Her, and if she won't take it sit it up on the Table, she will get Thirsty soon and You should tell her her Drink is on the table, and Keep Letting her Know That Bottles are For Babies

Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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my girls woke up one morning and i asked them to collect all the bottles and i took them to the otto bin and i told them to put them in the bin and they did. for a week i had 2 kids crying at the ages 1 & 2 for there bottles but i just kept ignoring it and they stopped u have just got to be persistant wit it.

Jamie - posted on 10/27/2009

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Yes your daughter is to old for a bottle, and she may throw a fit. This could last up to 2 weeks. One thing you could do is have her help you put all the bottles in a bag. Then tell her when she goes to bed that night, the bottle fairy will come, take the bottles, and leave her a special big girl present. If she asks what the fairy does with the bottles, you can tell her, she gives them to babies who need them and don't have any. Let her know if those babies don't get the bottles from the fairy, then they won't be able to eat. OR you could tell her that the the fairy turns the bottles into a special big girl present, so shes not really giving away her bottles.
It may be she can't part with her bottles, but if you tell her the present is made from her bottles, she may be okay with it and move on. What ever you do, don't give in. Otherwise, she could end up using them into her teen/adult hood. Not to mention she will have really bad dental issues when shes older. Gook luck!

Abby - posted on 10/27/2009

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Offer choclolate milk ONLY in a cup. I did that with my boys at around 18 months and the bottle was gone with a few months. I agree with Jenn, try being nice but when it comes down to it let her scream, don't teach her that if she cries she gets what she wants or you have a LONG road ahead of you!

Good Luck!

Cathi - posted on 10/27/2009

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Idid the same thing with bottles that I did with the Nuk....I told my oldest that we are going to collect all the bottles and take them to a special store and trade them in on a special big boy gift just for you.... He understood what was going on and he was very willing to do so...

Jenn - posted on 10/27/2009

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Personally, if it were me, I would just take the bottle away and deal with the shouting - it wouldn't last long before she realized that's the way it is and she's not getting the bottle back - 4 is way too old to be drinking from a bottle - I wouldn't even use a sippy cup - again too old IMHO. If she flat out refuses to drink milk in a cup, give her things like yogurt and cheese to get her dairy needs met.

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