Bottle still a comfort . . . how do i get rid of it???

Trisha - posted on 03/17/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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hi folks, my son just turned 2, and at nighttime before bed, he still has a bottle . . . i know it is a comfort, and for the past almost 3 weeks we have both been sick (cold), so i didn't want to take it away from him right now, cause he isn't feeling well. BUT . . . HELP . . . i wanna get rid of bottles altogether so that when we have another baby, it isn't a fight over bottles . . . any suggestions???????? Thanks!!!!

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Annie - posted on 03/19/2009

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my son is 3 in a half and i am having the same issues.He seems to want it most when he goes to bed at night.I have tried putting him to bed with a sippy cup but he just throws it at me.I get so stressed out him screaming for it that i just give in too.His pediatrician has suggested taking him away from it slowly.Like giving him a sippy cup or regular cup during the day and at the tableand giving him the bottle at night time for a week so he doesn't have to deal with the transition all at once.We tried that.He does really good without it during the day but of course we are still dealing with the night time problems.The real issue is we have to have more patience and just let them scream.It may take 2 days, a week but in the long run i think it will help.My husband and i haven't got to that point yet because by the time our 3 children go to bed we are so tired that we can't wait till he goes to sleep at night.This may not help you that much but i think it helps that you are not alone.I thought i was the only one too.I wish you luck!!

Trisha - posted on 03/19/2009

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thanks ladies . . . really appreciate the help . . . i am going to attempt cold turkey this weekend, cause we already bought some "Thomas" sippy cups, and we had said in the store that if we bought Thomas cups, then no more "bobba" . . . i will just use those for right before bed time from now on . . .

appreciate all of the help . . . have a great day!!!! thanks again . . .

Alicia - posted on 03/18/2009

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The sippy straw cup may help. Be prepared for tantrums, but don't give in because he will think thats all he needs to do to get what he wants. He will be okay without a bottle before bed for a night or 2 until he realizes he can have it in a cup not a bottle. Also for baby #2, try transitioning to a sippy cup when you transition to whole milk. Our pediatrician told us that by 12 months she should be drinking whole milk, and that at 11 months we could start transitioning in 1 drink a day until we completly switched over. So one morning I decided to start the whole milk transitioning process and decided to do the bottles at the same time. Milk is slightly different in texture and unless you warm it will also be cold and new to the baby. Something new to drink in a different type of container worked well for us. We never went back to bottle after the first week. My daughter loves drinking out of a straw, but hated the sippy cups with straws. Each child is so different. Our friends have a daughter thats 8 days older than ours and she did the sippy bottle thing for several months and had no problem between the two. She also liked the sippy straw cups.

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When I started transitioning my son from bottle to sippy cup, he didn't want anything to do with that cup. I finally found a sippy cup that uses a straw, and he loves it. I think bc it's the same kind of sucking and the straw is really soft. Here is a link so you can see what they look like.
http://www.gatortots.com/item_457/Nuby-B...
I hope that helps, good luck!

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As tough as it will be, but you'll have to do it cold turkey. He might scream and cry for the first night, but he'll eventually fall asleep. Don't keep one around just incase, because you'll end up giving in.



I don't know if you shop at Big Lots or have one near you, but we bought a cool sippy cup there that glows if you push a button on it. It was only $2.00 too. It's in the infant section.



Take him to a store and let him pick out a sippy cup and explain to him that this will be his bedtime cup and that bottles are for babies. You could also do something fun like the Super Nanny does. You can decorate a big envelope and tell him he's going to mail his bottle to a baby that really needs one. Make it a really big deal. Then when he wakes from his nap, you can have a new decorated envelope waiting for him with a brand new sippy cup in it for him. Tell him the bottle fairy gave it to him to thank him for giving up his bottles. Good luck!

Chrissy - posted on 03/17/2009

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I have that problem still.. My son is getting ready to turn 4 and now he has a little sister thats 14mnths. You have to be prepared for the tantrums. I just took it away and told him that santa took them all away and he said that u have to use big sippy cups now.I tell him if he wants to be a big boy and go to Chuckie cheese's and places like that then he can't suck on bottles. Those places only let big kids in not babies. He does use a regular cup once in awhile. I just hid the bottles in another cupboard. Now his sis is here he went right back to stealing her bottles. I just have to watch him and tell him no. He understands, but still has tantrums. I can't wait to throw them bottles out.

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