How do I break my 2 yr old of the bottle?

Tiffany - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old daughter is still depending on the bottle for nap time and bed time. I've taken it away from her for the last 2 nights. But it's really hard to handle all the crying and screaming. I try to tell her that we don't have any more bottles, that they are all gone. I even let her check the cabinets in the kitchen to see for herself. She's ok with it at first, and goes and lays down in her bed but then starts to cry. It takes her about 2 hours to fall asleep where as before with the bottle it would take her only 5 minutes.

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Nicole - posted on 04/02/2013

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I am going through the same situation. My daughter is now 28 months old and it's time to let go of the bah-bah. I asked my mother how she did it and it really seems to be working like a charm. She said that she only gave us water in the bottle...no milk or juice. If we wanted milk or juice we had to have it in a cup. So... I took all of Payton's bottles and put them away except 1...It now is a water bottle. She doesn't seem to be too keen on the water and so she quickly sets it down and goes for the cup. At night she will sip a bit on and off on the water in the bottle but it ultimately gets tossed aside. I will say...she sleeps better at night and so do I now that I'm not getting up to refill a bottle or change a wet diaper. Hope this is helpful! It's been a few days now and I feel confident that by the end of the week we will be bottle free.

Anka - posted on 11/30/2009

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I have a question, when you say you are trying to get her off the bottle, are you referring to the milk feed or the actual bottle? As I dont have a problem with my LO drinking milk, but I would like her not to drink it from a bottle. But she refuses to drink her milk from a sippy cup or even a normal plastic cup. She'll have her juice / tea / water from the sippy cups / toddler cup but not the milk. She asks for milk quite a lot and then she only wants to drink it from a bottle with a teat. I've even tried the soft silicone sippy cup teats, no go. she throws major tantrums. I dont know if i should just stick to my guns and dont give her the bottle, with a whole lot of throwing around the sippy cup and crying. My LO is 19 months.

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One thing you could do is over a period of time add a little water to the milk (I am presuming its milk she is drinking) and increase the water a little bit every day until its really watery and she'll probably wean herself off the bottle that way.

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Angie - posted on 11/25/2009

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give the bottles away and buy sippy cups.they have dora and every thing just tell her that dora uses a big girl cup

Shari - posted on 11/25/2009

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I took my daughter off at 12 months (actually a week after 12 months). It was as easy as replacing the bottles with a sipp cup of milk. I am sure as they get older this would only get harder because they understand more but I would say you have to stand your ground. You will have to deal with crying for a few nights but it will slowly get better. Also, I never put my daughter down with her bottle. My doctor always said it was bad for her teeth so I never started doing it and maybe this made it easier. Good luck!

Dallas - posted on 11/24/2009

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YOU ARE RIGHT YOUNGER IS BETTER, MY SON GOT OFF HIS BOTTLE AT 12 MONTHS AND IT WAS EASY....

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Stand Strong!!!! :) Eventually she will get used to it. For next baby: get them off the bottle earlier, mine was off before her 1st birthday and she never knew it was gone. I would give her a sippy for a while then let her finish whatever drink it was in her bottle so she got used to both. I found out she only will drink her milk warm (to this day and she is 19m) so I just heat it up. She will get used to it just don't give in or she will realize if she throws a fit she will get what she wants. good luck (maybe buy some ear plugs?! :)

Dallas - posted on 11/24/2009

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same here, my daughter 2 as well, i get the same problem. she fell asleep last night without it but will get up and want one.

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