3-Year-Old Won't Give Up Her Bottle

Sara - posted on 02/06/2014 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old won't give up her bottle. I have told her that they are for babies and she doesn't need one, she even has special cup that she will drink out of but to have a nap or go to sleep she still wants her bottle. Should i just get rid of them and go cold turkey and have a couple days of misery?

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Ummm...3? You might as well just let her just go pick out an I-phone and anything else that she wants because you better do what she says like a good girl. If she finds out you posted this you will probably get disciplined by her better then you have ever done.

Zaida - posted on 02/12/2014

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this comment right here make me wanna smack you up a little bit.. your suppose to give helpful hints not be a d**k.

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Choose your battles. She is able to drink out of a cup.The bottle may be a big emotional part of her routine to go to sleep. Some day she will give it up. Just make sure her teeth are brushed well.

Renay - posted on 02/13/2014

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I have 4 kids, I promise you none of them graduated high school, middle school or even grammar school with a bottle in their mouth. don't worry so much. It is no biggie. just put water in it most of the time. no juice or soda or sweet stuff. milk is ok but just once in a while. (only thinking about the teeth). believe me there will be far bigger issues as they get older. Mom of 4 ages 30, 22, 20, and 15

Keilly - posted on 02/06/2014

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Get rid of it! Get a box big enough to fit all her bottles in. Next decorate it with her and together put all her bottles in the box and explain to her that you want to send them to another little girl (or boy) who needs them cause "they dont have any" , then tell her your going to put the box in the mail. More than likely she will play along. Have her pick out a sippy cup or another type of cup to replace it. the first day will be the hardest but because she is three, she should do pretty well! Ive done it and have had others do it works like a charm!!!

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Amanda - posted on 08/12/2014

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I'm just going to throw in there it might take trying a lot of different things before you find something to sooth her I never had bottle problem but my son started sleeping with when he was two and it took us a very long time to get him in his own bed

Amanda - posted on 08/12/2014

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Wow I really lucked with my babies. .. my daughter started using training sippy cups at 6 month's old and by 8 months she was completely on sippy cups at a year she was drinking from cups with straws and now learning to drink from regular. Cup at 15 mths old. ... both my kids were like that. .. I would say take it cold turkey and let her fuss it out in the end it will be better for her teeth. . Or maybe try rocking her or holding her hand like some else suggested look for other ways to comfort her. .

Casey Renea - posted on 03/12/2014

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IM HAVING SAME PROBLEM DAUGHTER TURNED 3 N DEC I TRIED TELLING MINE THE SAME THING SHE DNT CARE SHE SAYS SHE A BIG BABY SHE ONLY WANTS IT WHEN SHE TIRED OR GOING TO BED TO MY GRANDMOTHER WHOM LIVE WITH GETN MAD THT I WONT TAKE IT AWAY SHE HAD B PUT SLEEP NOT LONG AGO DO DENTAL WORK DENTIST SAID CAUSED FROM DRINKING CHOCO MILK OUT THT BOTTLE EVER NITE WELL SHE HAS TO HVE HER BLANKET TO SHE RUBS IT ON HER FACE TIL GOES SLEEP BUT THT NITE B4 DENTIST SHE NOT HVE NE THING DRINK DURING NITE SHE DRINKS 3 TO 4 BOTTLES BUT SHE WOKE UP CRYING 4 BOTTLE TOLD HER SHE CULDNT HVE DRINK IM A RECOVERING ADDICT N WHEN I GOT CLEAN I HAD GO THREW WITHDRAW. IT WAS BAD BUT I LAY THEIR WITH HER ALL NITE N THT HOW SHE ACTED AS IF SHE HAVING WITHDRAW FROM BOTTLE ALL NITE I THINK WHEN SHE TIRED IT SHE THROW IT AWAY I TALKED DOC BOUT WAY SHE ACTED THT NITE N SHE SAID ITS LIKE GOING WITHDRAW TO HER THT HER COMFORT THT N HER BLANKET SO WHAT AM I TO DO I'VE TRIED MAKING HER CHOOSE BLANKET OR BOTTLE DNT WRK I. HVE EVERY SIPPY CUP I THINK THE MISERY TAKN IT AWAY B LONGER THAN COUPLE NITES I THIINK IM GOING CUT THE HOLE LIL BIT BIGGER EVERY NITE CAUS E IF HER BITTLE LEAKN IVE NOTICED SHE WONT DRINK IT SHE SET IT N RAILING HER TODDLER BED N HOLD IT SO I LET U KNW HOW IT WORKS OR LIL HOT SAUCE IT MEAN BUT THINK SHE END UP THROWING IT AWAY AFTER C IT WON'T GO AWAY TELL HER THEY DON'T SELL NO MORE IF DNT WORK THINK I'LL LET HER DECIDE WHEN IT GOES

Honie - posted on 03/07/2014

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I think cold turkey is the best approach. My two year old breastfeed all the way up until I was 8 months pregnant with my 5 month old kid. I felt sick often, hot, very irritable, and cranky so I decided enough was enough! So I took it from him completely and in three days he became use to the idea that breast milk was no longer available. I know that giving in will be much easier than dealing with the crying, tantrums, and fits but it'll only last a couple of days. Not to mention the feeling of concurring weening from a bottle, breast, paci, or whatever is priceless!

Dawn Marie - posted on 02/23/2014

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I agree!! Mom of four also, a week from 2, 7, 12, & 15. Many other bigger issues ahead! Btw, my *almost* 2 year old (3-2 birthday) is also still on the bottle...think I may try the poking holes idea, a few posts up, though!

Holli - posted on 02/18/2014

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It's probably the sucking motion that relaxes her similar to a pacifier. You could slowly widen the opening of the nipple until it stops providing the sucking satisfaction. Then she can have the bottle whenever she wants but it most likely won't provide the use it once did. We poked holes in my sons paci when he was two and each night made it a little bigger. He slept with it a few nights but we noticed he didn't out it in his mouth, just held it. Worth a shot? With his cup we just battled for a week and kept telling him we don't take cups to bed anymore. Sucked! But he's still alive lol

Rachel - posted on 02/11/2014

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When my daughter was 18 months, maybe 2 years old, we put all the bottles away and got spill-proof cups with straws. Once she got older and wasn't so prone to spilling, we started giving her cups only half full, no lids or straws. I don't remember how easily she gave up the bottles once I put them away, it was quite a while ago now. Maybe letting her pick out her own cups or using crazy straws will encourage her.

Zaida - posted on 02/11/2014

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My three year old has a sippy cup but still considers it her bottle and wants it to nap ,for bed time and still wakes up for it how do i stop it at night time

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2014

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I agree with keilly I did the same thing my then 2 year old had a hard time kicking the bottles so we went and picked out some cups with his favorite character on it abd then we packed up all the bottles and I explained he was a big boy now so they are going bye bye one they were out of sight it was easier there were a few days I had to explain"remember they all gone" but over all not a huge issue after

Pshhiluv - posted on 02/11/2014

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My daughter barley gave up her bottle one month ago, she turned three this past Saturday. How I was able to get the bottle away from her finally was to hold her hand at night while she was falling asleep. She took comfort in holding my hand instead of the bottle! Hope this helps (:

Danielle - posted on 02/11/2014

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how is ur child getting it? just dont give it.tiny bit of liquid in a plastic cup, maybe, need too add a straw.

Tinker1987 - posted on 02/10/2014

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I had this problem too. my son is 3 and just finally accepted milk in a sippy cup

Jennifernider - posted on 02/08/2014

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That's what I did out of sight out of mind lol not really but a few days to a week and should be over it just like the soother I just took away every last one and she had to just move on some might say it's crewl but it works after a few days it wasent n issue

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