I took the bottle a way from my 22m old

Brittny - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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he will drink juice all day in his cup.but refuse to drink his milk in the cup.he would only get a bottle at night and at nap time. what can I do to help him with the change?

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Emily - posted on 09/27/2009

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Wait it out- he will eventually want his milk bad enough to take it from a cup! Also, cut back on the juice and he may take to the milk in a cup faster.

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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I see so much of it, and that was one thing I always did very early, because babies don't know why you're taking it away. I took mine all away at 10 months. I introduced sippy's at 5mths. If he's getting to have it to sleep with, you're going to have a really hard time. I love the idea of a bye bye ceremony, it wouldn't hurt, or cold turkey if you can hang. But I know you know it's just going to get harder the longer you wait. I had a friend that was still giving her child a bottle at 4 years old.... yes, 4! I made up the bottle monster and scared him into having another one. It's a really hard subject for some mothers to understand, but after 2 it's just laziness on the parents behalf. I do wish you luck, and even more so... your little guy.
GOOD LUCK!!

Annora - posted on 09/25/2009

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I took the bottle from my daughter at exactly one year. We had been giving her sippy cups during the day, several weeks prior, to help the transition. So, obviously i've never had the experience of taking it away from an almost 2 year old.

However, I would recommend you take the bottle away from your child asap since your child is 2.

If he's really attached to it...here's an idea. Have a "Bye-Bye Ceremony."

Before your child has their nighttime bottle, gather all the bottles he has and set them out somewhere, like your dining room table. Tell him it's time for them "to leave" and that this is the last night he will have it. Let him know he's a "big boy" and that big boys don't need bottles anymore, they take sippy cups. When he's finished his night time bottle, take all the bottles and let him help you put them into a trash bag. Wave 'bye' to them as you put them in the bag. (it's up to you if you want him to help you take it to the trash can/dumpster or not.....depending on how well he's handling the whole situation).

If he's upset, try to stay calm and re-assure him that everything's all right! He may not even realize that he's not getting it back the next day, so he might not have any reaction...yet.

This may sound silly, but i've seen things like this work for different children. Plus, it's a "sure-fire" way to know that if your child does 'break down' w/out having their bottle, you won't be able to 'give-in' cause they're all gone! The child will forget, soon, about the bottle.

Hopefully this has been helpful to you. Even if you don't use this idea, it may have sparked other ideas for you!

You've got my prayers :-)

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