How do i break my 2 year old from a bottle?

Brittney - posted on 09/06/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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She will be two in the beginning of October, and I have tried everything I can think of to break her from her bottle. She wants one all the time, though we have stopped giving her one except for in the car sometimes and at night. She has to have one to go to sleep with, and yes, i know how awful this habit is, i didn't know when i started letting her have it at bedtime. We have limited how much we give her to go to sleep, and we even dilute it with water. But once we add more than 3 ounces of water, to the 3 of milk, she wont take it. And without the bottle at all, she just cries. We are in some condos, and have neighbors who have been woken up by her crying so we want to avoid that if we can. Please Help!

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Nicky - posted on 04/23/2013

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I first started by switching my daughter from her usual 8oz bottle, back to a four oz. then from Milk, to water, then to a soft sippy cup nipple and then she just kinda phased out of it, this took about 3 months. It was so hard for her to get her off the bottle because we had just done a huge out of state move and my husband and I got a divorce. So it was a real difficult because she used it for comfort. I didn't want to take the only sense of comfort she had left away. But I tried that and it took awhile but it worked. Also talking to her, explaining it to her. "Tonight you are getting a small bottle of water, because you are becoming a big girl!" 3 weeks later "you are a big girl now! Big girls sometimes use sippy cups for bed. And sometimes they don't. Would you like a sippy cup?" Now my daughter says yes or no.mostly no. It has helped her understand and involve herself with the communication and decision aspect of it.

Crystal - posted on 09/06/2009

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Throw away every. I mean every single bottle you have in the house.

If she already does the sippy cup, us that in place of bottle for now. It took my 1st child up to a week to get over it. Just gotta deal with it, it will pass. :)

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Terrie - posted on 04/16/2013

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i really understand what your goinn through my daughters the same but iv been puttin 2 ounce to7 water, wouldnt take to it at first but i left it in to her reach then whenshes really tired and wants it she took it , if they really want the comfort to shell give in just done eye contact when she does go for it cos shell then realise you have one x

Rebecca - posted on 09/15/2009

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i wish i had an answer for ur post. i just traded a sippy cup for my 18 month olds bottle. good luck to you!

LaTasha - posted on 09/09/2009

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wow my son wuz off the bottle at 10 monthz...have u tried replacin the bottlez wit sippy cupz?

Kylie - posted on 09/08/2009

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you could wait till christmas and tell your now that santa want his/her bottle to give to another child and work it up starting now. so when christmas rolls around they will be prepared for it. my aunty did that with her three girls and it worked every time, with dummy and bottle. not saying it'll work for you but it's worth a try if all else fails.

Felicia - posted on 09/08/2009

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after my 1st baby I learned the hard way with him, so with my other two I just threw them all out and bought sippy cups. They will cry and scream but if they are thirsty they will drink it. You just have to be able to put up with the loudness and the comments others will make but thats what I do with my kids and I have 3.

Candisse - posted on 09/08/2009

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my son is 17 months and he hasnt gone to bed with a botlle since he was thirteen months...all i did was substitute his bottle for a sippy cup that has the soft teet and instead of giving him milk or juices through the day i gave him milk at brekky and lunch and after dinner, before bedtime...in between all these times i gave him water which he didnt complain cause he loves water but any kid that doesnt like water will probably most like it chilled and if not they will drink it if they are thirsty...then when they have that routine add in the juice in between and still water eventually they know a cup or a pop top drink before bed is their last drink of the night and i have done this just so when it comes time for potty training there wont be as many bed wettings...

Kim - posted on 09/06/2009

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after reading over all the great ideas everyone have gave you (some i may use my self) i had to add that im going through the same thing right now with my soon to be two year old. What i did to help was i took him to the store to pick out his very own big boy cup anyone he wanted and now everytime he requests his bottle i remind him of his special cup and how much of a big boy he is to have it. It seems to be working great,so i hope this helps.

Dyanne - posted on 09/06/2009

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No way to avoid the crying. You just have to stop the bottle, none at all. Just keep giving her milk and water in a sippy cup. There are some that start off with tops almost like a nipple. Just have to bite the bullet and do it!

Shayna - posted on 09/06/2009

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My son had it until he was 2 1/2 I didn't make him get rid of it. He did it when he was ready. I couldn't break his heart by taking it away. Then one day I just said "lets throw your bottle away" and he did. We never looked back. He was just ready .... I would suggest if you are going to let her keep it for awile longer .... start going to the dentist. My son's teeth were fine, but we took good care of them to.

Amber - posted on 09/06/2009

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That was a biggie with my daughter.. but what we did was throw them all away and let them cry sooner or later they will start using cups it's harsh but it worked for my daughter

Tia - posted on 09/06/2009

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Dont feel to bad i have a 3 year son that still drinks a bottle at night. My niece is 15 months and shes off the bottle how she did it i dont know, just stopped giving it to her i guess

Brittney - posted on 09/06/2009

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Thank you! I know what I have to do, I just know how it will effect her, which is what makes it hard. I will start tomorrow morning, when she wakes up, all of her bottles will be gone. Cross your fingers for us, please! and Thank you!

Lindsay - posted on 09/06/2009

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I would say that the most effective thing to do would be to remove the bottles from the house. Explain to your daughter that she is a big girl now and only babies use bottles. If the bottles aren't around, you won't be tempted into giving in to her. She will be fine off the bottle. She just can't do it alone. Sure, she will break down and have a few tantrums over it, but she will drink from a sippy if that's all she has. When we first switched from bottles to sippies, we used the Nuby cups. They are at Walmart and pretty cheap. They have the silicone tops though and feel similar to a bottle. That may help. Good luck to you. If you set your mind to it, you can make it happen. Just remember, the longer you wait, the more attached your child will become. It's better to do it sooner than later! =)

Brenda - posted on 09/06/2009

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We are just starting this roller coaster! We have a 16mth old and trying to get him off the bottle at night. Thanks soooo much for asking this question!! It's going to help us as well..

Brittney - posted on 09/06/2009

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This was very helpful, seems your son and my little girl have a lot in common. She does wake up numerous times throughout the night, wanting another bottle. And as a result, ends up peeing through her jammies every night. I have been so stressed out, and i am looking for a job, and her dad works the late shift at his, so neither of us are getting the sleep that we need, and i know she is not either. I will begin letting her just cry it out, and see how that goes. and once she is broken from wanting the bottle at night time, i will then work on the transition into her toddler bed. I know i am in for a rough few nights, but i will just have to deal with it. I know it is better for her, and for her teeth! thanks again, for all the help!

Tonya - posted on 09/06/2009

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I know what you mean about the neighbors its the same way with my son. It should be fine it will only take like 2 weeks of being consistant i know that soundslike a long time but what you rep is far more greater. Dylin is in a toddler bed and seems to sleep better also

Tonya - posted on 09/06/2009

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I would suggest letting your child be around other children that are on the sippy cup. Right now it seems that you are giving into the crying and that is not what you need to do. When my son was 9 months old his cousin kept putting a sippy cup in his mouth within a week dylin picked up the sippy cup and began drinking out of it. I had a hard time with dylin at night with him not wanting to go to sleep with out milk or juice but finally i had to set the rules and stick to them. Yes he cried and argued with me he is a typical 2 year old and he still wants to argue with me but i tell him he can only have water when he goes to bed and reassure him that in the morning he can have milk and juice. If i give him juice he manages to pee in his under wea through.Also another thing when i was giving him milk and juice he was waking up during the night wanting more. Now that he only gets water he is finally sleeping through the night!! He doesnt like the water so he doesnt drink it all. Every child goes through their hard times and its very hard on the parent but what it is going to take is just having to tell her no. Let her cry and dont give in. I had that problem also when dylin got into the habit of getting in bed and sleeping with me. I would give in to it because he would sleep longer and i would get more rest but i knew it wastnt the right thing to do. When i had to get him to sleeping in his room it was horrible with the way he cried. But he found out he wasnt going to get his way and is now going to bed without crying like he once did. My best advice to you is to do what you think should be done to adjust your child to your environment dont adjust to her wants and needs. It will take time but you will be amazed!!! Be sure that when she does not have the bottle tell her how proud you are that she is not drinking from the bottle and that she is such a big girl. The will reinforce positive behavior. I hope this will help you for i know it is hard but stick with it and i promise it will work

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/06/2009

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oh yeah and get a special stuff animal because it's the comfort that they want and it's the bottle for them ... so we need show them that there is other comforts in the world. I was also wondering do you have yahoo or windows live if so then add me.. Yahoo-victorias_kiss_4u@yahoo.com and windows live-kikithebellydancer@hotmail.com

Brittney - posted on 09/06/2009

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yeah, thats what i wondered about. Thank you. I will be sure to let ya know how it goes.

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/06/2009

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Trying doing one tranistion before the other because they do get overwhelmed.. that's what happened to mine

Brittney - posted on 09/06/2009

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Yeah, I agree with letting them cry it out, I'm just not sure if she would bother the neighbors or not, because her room is against the same wall that the neighbor's room is. Also, we are working on moving her into a toddler bed. :/

Jacquelyn - posted on 09/06/2009

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I am still working on it but, I have been giving the sippy cup at nap time and through out the day and the bottle at night... and gradually taking the bottle away at night.. My first one wanted the sippy cup and the nothing to do with the bottle. Andrew my youngest did not take the pacifier when baby and now loves sucking on the bottle... so yeah it's getting harder each night but, I am trying.. maybe we can help each other throughout the process.. it's not bad to let them cry it out.. by nite four they'll fall asleep because they are so tired of crying and knows that your not coming in.

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