How do I get my almost 3 yr old off the bottle?

Misti - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My mom watches my children while I work. I almost had my son off the bottle until his sister was born - that was 14 months ago. Now I can not get him off the bottle especially with my mom giving me grief about it and stating he will stop when he is ready...Whats the least cruel but quickest way to deal with this.

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Jamie - posted on 11/01/2009

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When my daughter was a year old we started giving her milk and juice in a sippy cup and water in her bottle. She prefered the milk and juice over the water so It didnt take but a week or two and she started taking the sippy cup over the bottle. She didnt even care about the bottle after that.

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My little boy is 2 and half now. He was on his bottle to get him to sleep until last month and i was in the same position as you! i thought he would never grow out of it. It started causing drama at bedtime when i just took it away so i just let him be. Literally all of a sudden he asked for his milk in a cup!!! the thomas the tank engine design definately helped but now he happily sips away with a bedtime story :) More often than not he asks for milk in a cup during the day too instead of juice!!

I think in this case your mum is right, he will eventually just give it up x

Annie - posted on 11/04/2009

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my son 14 moths and off his bottle i got the cup like his bottle and now he drink form that he dont have a botle at all noe and no dummy as well try get soth sipper cup like a bottle top chick tommy tips there called

Davie - posted on 11/03/2009

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oh dear!! my daughter and son were off the bottle around 8mths...if they can hold it they can use a cup, your mama needs to respect your decision..he has no buisness being on a bottle, any dentist will tell you that is aweful for thier teeth..both your kids should be off the bottle hun, first thing, get rid of them all...include them in the process..take them to the store payday, let them both pick out a fun cup.. bring yourself down to thier level and explain to them what big kids they are, maybe that would help. just remember it will be hard @ first..just dont give in ok

Sheniqua - posted on 11/03/2009

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Hello Mommy!

I trust that all is well with you and your's. Well! am hopeing what i have to say has some effect to helping you and your little one out. My little Miah did so well after she truned 11 1/2 months i started giving her cream of wheat and other soft stuff in what is called a sippy cup here in the Bahamas, Nassau to be on point. It's not one of those that has a straw just a nolick top that the holes are big so that what ever is on the inside can come out, it almost looks like a bottle but with out the nipple and the numbers at the side, so maybe you can try the sippy cup and see what happens. All the best!

Melissa - posted on 11/01/2009

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give a week for the bottle to go. every 2 days take a bottle away. if he has 1 in the morning, 1 at nap time and 1 at night. take the nap time away, wait 2 days and take the morning away, last take the night time away cause thats the hardest. it will take him a while to get used to not having a bottle at night but dont give him anything to replace it if its right before bed, just stop. he wont like it but its the only way. every time you take a bottle away replace it with a sippy cup. if you give him juice make sure its watered down to much sweetness can ruin his teeth. milk is better. i hope it works out for you. it will be easier then you think.the bottle at night

Kelly - posted on 11/01/2009

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I just took my son to Walmart and told him to pick a cup maybe 2 that he liked and said that the ONLY way he got them was if he gave mommy his bottle he put them in the Garbage him self cause he wanted the new cups so bad but my son was almost 3 before he went to bottle to cup with the straw!! He still used them well the cups not the bottles at night still haven't figured a way to get him off of that!!!!

Hope that can help out!!

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Take to bottle away, do not even give it to him at night. He may not like it, but he will adjust. You just have to be firm and not give in to him. Also, tell your mom that he is to not have a bottle anymore and that she is not allowed to give him one. She needs to respect your decision and help you out.

Sheila - posted on 11/01/2009

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Ive heard children being on the bottle up to 1.5 yrs old but never 3 yrs old. Since he does have a smaller sibling that he sees drink from a bottle. it may be difficult. But the most you can do is not allow him to drink from a bottle and say NO, and your mom or whoever watches him should lay down the law also. its no different then if he decided he wanted to wear diapers again like his little sister, would you just say "ok, i guess" probably not because you know hes old enough to not have to be in diapers, therefor it should be the same for bottles ya know?

Robin - posted on 10/31/2009

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try a soft top sippy cup take all the bottles and throw them away and tell him that it is nasty to drink from a bottle now and possibly reward em when they do it

Letisha - posted on 10/31/2009

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If ur 14 month is off the bottle the best thing to do would be to throw them all the way he will get angry but it in the best for him. Also give him a realy nice cup that he will be trading for the bottle. He is going to get thrist enough not to care what he is drinking out of

Jessica - posted on 10/31/2009

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my youngest was the same way only we had to give it back to her due that she is so small " she wore more of then drank it " i was hard for me and seemed crule but i sat down at the table in the morning and had the cup ready and told her that she was a biggirl today and gave her the sippy we call it a baba it took a couple of days but if u stick w it it should work i have always found that talking to your childern makes it easyer.

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I agree, I left my oldest till he was ready and he was still using a bottle till he was 3. I have a 2 year old who was off the bottle by about 14 months and I have a 1 year old who has a bottle for milk and juice in a sippy cup. Once he has got used to the sippy cup we will stop the bottle completely.

A gradual transition is easier for some but other children seem to adapt straight away.

Good luck, although I suspect you will need more luck convincing your mom!

Gabriela - posted on 10/30/2009

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He is a BIG boy now and he should have a big boy sippy cup. And so his sister. Try to find a very colorful cup for each, you could give it to them along with some other "big kid thing" to reinforce the idea (something that says "3+" on the box may do the trick for him).

Jaime - posted on 10/29/2009

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I totally agree that taking it away is the easiest way, start with only giving sippy cups during the day, no matter what! The first few days will be rough, but he will get it. Then after he has accepted that he cant have a day bottle, take him off the night bottle too. He is old enough to understand you explaining it to him, so being firm is what will make it successful. Also i agree it will be much harder if sister is also getting the bottlle, maybe now is a good time to wean her as well. They make sippy cups that are similar to a bottle, but are more like water bottle sippers. Those are what we use for night time still for our 18 mo old. He likes it, and it is easier to clean than other sippys that have all the "parts" that i can't figure out a good way to clean. Good luck!

Jana - posted on 10/29/2009

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Are you going to try and have you daughter off of bottles as well? It might work if you say, "Your sister is too old for a bottle so she will be drinking from her (insert random characters name here) cup from now on. What cup would you like to drink out of?" Because it sound like unless she is giving up the bottle, you might be fighting a pointless battle because he will have access to her bottles, so you can't just take his bottle away. I think if you take time to explain that it is time to drink from a cup and let him pick the cup, he'll understand. If not, then when he is thristy enough, he'll drink from the cup/sippy/straw. Good luck and I hope you find something that will work, but stick to it and don't give in.

Mellissa - posted on 10/29/2009

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i'm just now taking the bottle away from my two year old so i know what your going through.i just told her that her daddy took all her bottles to work with him and threw them in his garbage truck.she only gets one at night.just throw them away and get him a sippy cup he likes.

Shynea - posted on 10/29/2009

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I would get several different kinds of sippy cups and let im pick the one he like and let him know he's a big boy now and his sister is the baby.

Mary - posted on 10/29/2009

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He was ready a long time ago!! The longer you wait the harder it is, I also took my kids away at 1. I would give him a week and a count down chart and tell him we are having the bye bye bottle countdown and talk about it every day for the week then have the big throw it in the trash celebration, and have it be a good thing. and have a new sippie cup for him to use,,, then throw it away n never look back! also explain that he a big boy now and they dont get bottles... good luck!

Kayliecia - posted on 10/29/2009

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We took our sons bottle away at 1 years old. what we did is just took it away, and went to sippy cups...let the baby know that its time to be a big boy.

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