How do I break my 15 month old of her bottle?

Crystal - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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She will use a sippy cup some during the day but most of the time screams for her bottle esp. at night time

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Gina - posted on 02/02/2010

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hi crystal,
I had the same problem and my son didn't like the sippy cups so I got him one with a straw, they have some that have silicone straws and are spill proof, I tried to tell him he was a big boy and he could drink from a straw like daddy, he loved it. I just cut him off cold turkey from the bottle, remember the older they get the harder they'll get rid of the bottle. She might cry for it a couple of days but stand your ground and offer her the straw cup she'll forget all about it. Don't tell her "no, you can't have the bottle" they are smart and hate the words no, try " let's try your new cup" or refer to it as a drink not a bottle. " how about a nice drink" and offer the new cup. hope somethings helps just be consistent.
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Honestly, I'd ween her off slowly. Is she in daycare? My daycare doesn't allow bottles past 1, sippy only, which has helped us greatly. She gets a bottle before school and at night. Honestly, you need to do the HARD WORK. Parenting is tough. You'll have to hear some screams and moans, but set rules. From 9 to 5pm only sippy, then at bed time bottle, then in a few months, from bed time bottle to NO bottle. We are about to start that soon as Chloe approaches 2 years. I want her off the bottle by 2. So, now we're slowly transitioning her off the bottle at night and morning. Sippy in the morning for bottle and then milk for dinner at night, but nothing before bed. Its tough. You'll have to be prepared to hear some moans and groans. She's going to melt-down. Be prepared. Get girded. Get tough. No means no. Don't break! If you are home w/ her, then its much easier. Let her fall out and cry it out. Put the milk in the sippy leave it on the floor where she can get it. Then walk away. Say "here's the milk". This will only happens a few times before she gets it - no bottles 9 to 5!



You should start in small chunks, maybe no bottle 9 to 1, then go no bottle 9 to 5. Try going 4 hours w/o the bottle, then add hours onto the 4 hours!



Most parents want some easy road to separation - bottle separation, mommy separation; sometimes there is no peaceful road other than the CRYING ROAD. Cry it out. The old fashioned way. Screaming, crying never hurt anyone. Also they may cry for 30 minutes, so what. Let her work it out on her own. My daughter for various times has to cry it out; she's stronger for it. There is no sweet way to say no! There's just NO.



Oh, one Mom is right - after the 1st week, you are golden. THe first 7 days is tough - think about it - the first 7 days of dieting, the first 7 days no smoking, the first 7 days of STOPPING anything is rough, but YES...after the 7 days, she/he will think about it like "Oh, where is my X", and you'll say "Oh, you don't need that" - divert the conversation...After 7 days, its all gravy! Good Luck!

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Natalie - posted on 02/04/2010

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don't panic they all get rid of the bottle in their on time so don't worry about what anyone else thinks she just likes it as a comfort at night.

Chrisie - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son is only 13 months, but I am looking for ways to break him from his bottle. I have read the replies, thanks for the idea's.

Yesenia - posted on 02/02/2010

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Get her a special sippy cup and let her drink out of it in bed at night as if it was her bottle.

Hillary - posted on 02/02/2010

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I can't remember when I did it- but it must have been around 15-18 months- But one night after he went to sleep, we put away all the bottles, nipples etc- EVERYTHING. The next morning I gave him his sippy and told in a surprised excited way that "the Bottle Fairy" had come last night and taken them all. He looked at the drawer and was amazed. I told him that she usually does that when baby's get to be big enought boys to use their sippy cups really well. So he must be doing a GREAT job with his sippy cups. Making kind of wonderous and exciting made it super easy.

Melissa - posted on 02/01/2010

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Just keep trying to give her a sippy. My daughter went a few days without milk because she wasn't sure what to make of the cup. After that I guess she figured that was the only way she was going to get it!

Catherine - posted on 01/30/2010

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i know there is no difference between 19 and 21 months!!! duh...he just happens to be 19 months old now when i post this message and i had already decided to stop at 21 months!!

Patty - posted on 01/29/2010

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just put them out of sight.tell the babythere gone. the first week is bad .after that its all down hill

Jackie - posted on 01/29/2010

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Theres no difference between 19 and 21 months. You didn't have to worry about the milk a while ago....by a year or shortly after most of their nutrition should be coming from food.

Catherine - posted on 01/29/2010

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My son is 19 months old and still has his milk in the morning and evening in a bottle...i give my son alot of choice and free rein and he is a very positive and responsive little boy, i'll give him till he is about 21 months and then start giving him his milk in a cup...if he doesn't like it then it's not a problem coz i don't think they need as much milk at that age...no tears no arguments :)

Jackie - posted on 01/28/2010

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Just go for it all or nothing. You could use the Nuby style silicon top cups at nite...those mimic bottles fairly closely, but they aren't a bottle so you are good to go.

Rachel - posted on 01/27/2010

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What my daughter doctor told me to do with her was just take it away and give her a sippy and make sure that she knows that that is what she is going to be drinking out of from now on. I did that and it only took a few days for her to give in. You might want to try giving her a sippy along with her bottle during the day but more sippy then bottle and see what she does.

Cleo - posted on 01/27/2010

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i slowly took the bottle from my daughter starting at 10 months and even when she would scream for her bottle when she was a little older i let her scream because she needed to get used to her sippy because she was getting too big for the bottle.

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