How to get my 19month old off the bottle

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter will NOT go to sleep unless she has a bottle with milk. I have tried to put the milk in a sippy cup but she wont drink it unless its in her bottle.
Any ideas?

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Melissa - posted on 12/23/2009

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i wish i had some god advice for this other than cold turkey! my son was chewing through bottle nipples at 11 months (by then he had 8 teeth) and i got tired of replacing them. so on his 1st birthday, i bagged up all the bottles and put them away, gave him a sippy cup, and dever looked back! he had no problem with it! i do like the idea of giving them to the baby reindeer though! i'm going to remember that for the future!

Lynda - posted on 12/22/2009

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With my daughter, she was the hardest and the most stubborn when it came to taking things away. All you can do is just take it away and let her scream. She will give up after a couple nights. It's hard and it really sucks but you have to do it and it doesn't make you a bad mom, it's just something that has to be done....

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Prior to taking it away all together, reduce the number of ounces by and ounce every couple of days until she is only getting an ounce. Then take it away completely, possibly on a night when your routine is shaken up anyway - for example when your out/up later for some reason and she is extra tired.

Lady - posted on 12/21/2009

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give her milk in other ways like in cereal or yogurts - milky puddings or cheese sause. just show her she's not getting the bottle for a few days and eventually she will get over it. it's not easy and there is no magic solution i'm afraid to tell you but you are the parent and if you don't want her to have bottles any more ( and 19 months is more than old enough to give them up ) then you have to just do it - christmas is a very good time because you can tell her santa needs them for the baby reindeers and he is going to leave an extra special present for her to say thankyou. give her a little snack and a drink before bed and that should keep her going - my first son was the same for a while and i would give him some warm milky weetabix before bed and he would sleep right through, eventually he wanted his milk again and he took it out his cup, good luck!

Morgan - posted on 12/21/2009

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We just had to do it cold turkey. It involved crying yes but only for a few days and then it was smooth sailing.

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