Getting my 2yr old daughter off the bottle.

Heather - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is attached to her bottle, she only get's it at nap time and bedtime. What can i do to get her off the bottle? I been told to just throw it out, but i want to do it slowly with her.

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Amy - posted on 04/07/2011

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Kids aren't supposed to have a bottle after 12 months for several health reasons. My step-son was spoiled by both of this parents about the bottle issue until I was able to show them (from a picture we'd had taken) that it was giving him cavities. It was really hard to wean him from the bottle because he was so old when it was done, whereas my daughter basically weaned herself from the bottle because I *never* let her go to sleep with it. When she hit the year mark, we'd already been letting her use sippy cups at meal times, and she just lost interest in the bottle. I'm sorry to say that you're probably going to have to take the bottle away abruptly. It'll be a hard few days, but let her see that you're doing it - after buying some sippy cups - and then if she asks for it, remind her that there aren't any more bottles.

Heather - posted on 04/05/2011

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Being your daughter is 2 years old now Ive got a feeling its going to be even harder to get rid of it for you. As much as you want to do it slowly, that may not be an option. i tried breaking my son slowly at a year and again at 15 months and the slowly thing just didnt work. At 19 months I finally had to break down and just get rid of it completely and try to explain the best I could that he was a big boy with no more bottle. It was about 4-5 days of hell, but then it got to the point he didnt care anymore. I just had to give him a sippy and tell him, if you get thirsty enough youll drink it. Big boys have big boy cups, not bottles. Keep in mind, the longer you keep her on the bottle, the more chance you have of her teeth having issues because of it. My son is 2 1/2 now and we have recently started getting rid of the sippys. Your daughter may be at the age now that if her speech is developed enough you can explain things better to her, we have started telling my son that he doesnt get sippys anymore because big boys drink out of big boy cups. Daddy has a big boy cup and mommy has a big girl cup. I have a cup of water in his bedroom for bedtime, and he is allowed to drink from it before time to lay down(usually he drinks it during story time) and then no more. During the day he has a big boy cup on the kitchen table with water, I keep one there all day every day so if hes thirsty he can just go take a drink, and at breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner I let him say what he wants to drink, whether it be juice, milk, or tea. I found also the more decisions I let him make, the more willing he is to go along with the idea because he feels he is a part of it. Good luck, hopefully it will all work out for you!

Amy - posted on 04/04/2011

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I'm in the same situation my daughter is 19 months old and takes a botttle at nap and bed time but the bad thing is she will drink 3 bottles a night! if she wakes up and it's empty she will just cry for hours til I get a new one.... she does drink from a sippy cup that's not my real issue it's the night time bottle how do I wean her with out tramitizing her?

Amanda - posted on 04/04/2011

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my daughter was on it til she was 3 i tried to do it slowly but she just got more attached 2 it i had to just thro it out and she was fine wheni did

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You could try giving her less and less at a time and if she wants more you could give her a sippy cup. My son was 1 when he started to use sippy cups and one day I just stopped using them but he never used them while napping or bedtime. Good luck :)

Heather - posted on 04/03/2011

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Mine will do the same thing, she cried for 3 hrs till i gave her a bottle. It Breaks your heart

JANINE - posted on 04/03/2011

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19months old if give her a cup with her milk she goes mad and points too the bottel holder!!given just water in babies bottel and put milk in cup and she had no milk for a day:-( she crys for ages till I give her a bottel! my boys went from bottel to cup easy!!j9

JANINE - posted on 04/02/2011

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Mine still has hers she will only drink milk as well so if anyone has any tips it would be very helpfull,do not want to go through days of hell..she will not even hold a sippy cup!!!xxx

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