How do I get my little boy to not need the bottle every night for bed?

Raven - posted on 11/03/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My little boy is 18 months, during the day he does not get a bottle, but every night he will not go to bed without one. I've tried on numerous occassions to get him to go to bed without one but he just cries until I give in. If I didn't have a full time job I would just continue to try it this way, but I wake up every morning at 5:00 am to get readdy for work and get my lil man ready for daycare.

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Raven - posted on 11/06/2008

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I would just like to thank everyone for all the helpful advice and give it a try this weekend. I am keeping my fingers crossed because he is so extremely attahced to the bottle but I have high hopes!! :)

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Have your son pick out a fun sippy cup from the store or have him decorate one. Give it to him with water in it. Perhaps your son may be happy with a new sippy cup.

Julane - posted on 11/04/2008

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We went from bottle to sippy cup by the time my daughter was about 14 months. By about 20 months, we went to nothing at least an hour before going to bed. We just tried to encourage her that she is growing up and has had plenty during the day. The transition is okay and sometimes there are tears, but it will all work out. My daughter is now 2 1/2 years old and is doing fine!

Stephanie - posted on 11/04/2008

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is what i did i give him a sippy cup and tell him he is a big boy and dont need the bottle any more

Pam - posted on 11/04/2008

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Our son has a sippy of water at bedtime during book routine but the cup is for out of bed only. He gets all of his last sips in while we read and then I give him a warning that it's "time for sleepies" and he sucks down some water quick, knowing that we have prayers and then that's it. I really think they do well with a heads-up so they can prepare. Also, if you do have to do the letting him cry thing, maybe around the long Thangsgiving weekend - you'll have a couple extra nights without having to get up for work that way. Just a thought! Good luck...

Susie - posted on 11/04/2008

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We allow our daugher to have a sippy cup with WATER in bed-- it keeps her happy, and it's not a big deal for her teeth, etc.... but you'll just have to make the switch and make it happen. I understand the giving in thing-- REALLY I do! :) We also have started blaming things on "the doctor"-- which our daughter takes well-- "The Doctor says no more _____" and that's it-- she doesn't ask again! :)

Michelle - posted on 11/04/2008

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Its going to be really hard but the only way to get him to let go of the bottle is to simply quit giving it to him. He's learning now to cry until you give in to him. A few bad nights of sleep is worth the bottle gone and a good lesson of Mom being in charge. Try starting at the end of the work week, continue over the weekend and by the next week I bet he'll be over it already. Good luck!

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