How can i take my son off the bottle n binki..he's 1 yrs old

Alysha - posted on 09/08/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son sleeps wit his binki at night n me n my husband put him to sleep with a bottle (mainly me) cuz i dont know how to get him to fall a sleep on his own..he is in the middle of teethin right now n sick but i dont know how to get him off the bottle.

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Sophia - posted on 09/08/2010

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Get him a sippy cup with one of his favorite characters on it. Then throw out all the bottles. Let him have juice, milk, etc in it during the day but only put water in it for bedtime after his gums/teeth are brushed. Only let him have the binky at night. No wandering around with it during the day. When he gets a little older cut the top of the nipple of the pacifier. He won't be able to get a grip on it to suck so he'll just get tired of it.

Sarah - posted on 09/08/2010

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Personally I would focus on the bottle first and get that down before taking away the binki. The bottle you can do it three different ways. 1. go cold turkey and just take it away. Sometimes this is the best way even though you may have a few long nights. It is going to take him some time to figure out how to put himself to sleep and in doing that he may cry through it until he figures it out. The crying is hard to listen to, but it does get better and the crying does stop. 2. Instead of putting milk in the bottle put water in the bottle and slowly decrease the amount of water in the bottle. 3. Keep with the milk in the bottle and decrease the amount over time, BUT brush teeth AFTER bottle and BEFORE bed. No matter which way you choose be patient and consistant.

For the binki....once you have the bottle gone then I would work on the binki. With my daughter I started by only allowing her to have the binki when she sleeps. So the binki was left in the bed and she could only have it when she laid down. She started to bite on her binki's and would break the tops of them. This would cause her to drool a lot, which then left her chin chapped. One day I just told her that her chin would feel better if she did not suck on her binki. That was all it took!! So maybe cutting off the tips of the binki's and making it uncomfortable to suck.

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