How to get rid of a bottle??????

Lisa - posted on 11/13/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 19months old now but when she goes to sleep she wants her bottle. All day long at home and at her papas she uses her sippy cup with no problem but when its time for her to go to bed for the night she does not want her cup she wants bottle. I did get rid of all but one. We went thru three restless nights without a bottle but she will not go to sleep without it. I know that she is to old for one but what do I do to get sleep I work and need sleep and she needs sleep to. Help please

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Jamie - posted on 01/02/2010

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I know this probably isn't what you want to hear, but you have to go cold turkey. Weaning her off them sends the message that sometimes the bottle will be there and sometimes it won't. Let her see you throw her bottles out. Tell her she's a big girl now and big girls don't need bottles anymore. You'll probably be in for a restless night or two (or three or four...) but the longer you give her the bottle at all, the longer you'll struggle. My daughter and I were going through some tough times at home when she was 12 months and I let her hang on to the bottle as a comfort object. By the time our problems resolved themselves at 18 months, she was very attached to her bottle. We went the cold turkey route and while it sucked for about a week, it was never as issue after that. Good luck to you.

Brandy - posted on 12/17/2009

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Make her throw it away and when she ask for it tell her you throw it away remember your a big girl now. and get her a big girl cup. I hope that helps

Hillary - posted on 12/16/2009

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Cold turkey is the only way. Get rid of all the bottles in your house so YOU won't cave and just sit it out.

Kristy - posted on 11/13/2009

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Cold turkey...just get rid of it and let her cry it out. It sounds harsh, but the longer you wait the worse it will be. As long as she knows you will give in, she will manipulate the situation. I promise she will be ok. Find other ways to comfort her to fall asleep...lay with her and rub her hair...play soothing music...think of something to distract her from wanting the bottle. She will soon forget about it. Good luck!

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Gina - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hello Lisa i feel your pain i finally just got Nattallia off the bottle she is 15 months old we gave her bottle to her younger cousin whos 1 month old we told her the baby needs a bottle can he have yours he dosent have one bubbas are for babys you have a sippy cup u r a big girl and big girls dont use bubbas .. she heard the baby crying and gave it up to him ya it was a hard 3 nights but she really has done great i got her nubby sippys & the seem to work for her i know every child is different i wish you lots of luck try to tell your child that a baby needs it ... Have a wonderful new year may god bless you with love and happiness threw 2010 ,,, Gina Marie

Beth - posted on 12/27/2009

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with my son christian we gave the bottles to santa to give to the babies of the world who are in need of them he helped me wrap them up and we put them under the tree and santa gave him more big boy cups in place of the bottles he does ask for them though we put them up and i keep reminding him that santa has gave them away

Erica - posted on 12/25/2009

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i am in the same boat you are in- a few times we used the soft nipple sippy cup- (nuby) and it seemed to work- but sometimes it just doesn't. It's a slow process for some- and it makes them comfortable so why push it. I think that starting to pull them off the bottle by 18 months and completely off by 2 is perfectly acceptable. My daughter is 18 months now and still takes a bottle at night time or nap. the rest of the day it's sippy cups, and she's fine with it. Especially where my daughter is cutting her molars, she is already cranky and spiking a fever, so I think that by doing something as simple as giving her a bottle to make her comfortable at night ( as well as me lol) is fine. Good luck!

Kate - posted on 12/15/2009

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We let Noah choose his own special cup, which he now drinks (milk) on the lounge whilst waiting for Big Dog which is the signal for bedtime. Because he had the chose and we explained to him that bottles are for little babies he didnt put up too much of a fuss. good luck. kate

Trish - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daughter was 2 when we got rid of the bedtime bottle. I went out and bought her a present had it wrapped up relly colourfully and when she asked for her bedtime bottle I gave her the choice of either the bottle or the present. When she picked the present (of course!) I made a big deal out of playing with the toy with her. She did get around to asking for her bottle again that night so I gently reminded her that she picked the present instead and that she's a big girl and bottles are for babies. After she went to bed I put away the new toy and when she aske for the bottle the next night I went through the same conversation with her, got out the new toy again and played with her. I think she accepted it well because it was her choice. Its been about six months and sometimes she still asks. I just keep reiterating the same conversation and it seems to work!

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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ok forces and making her well thats not going to happen. she only takes it at night and most nights she does not have to have it . but im sorry on those nights where she is way to tired and screaming when i put her to bed im not going to listen to her cry because she is to tired and all she wants is the bottle half of the time its not all the way full . i work a full time job and am a college student. and kristy i would never let my daughter just cry it out she will end up crying so hard it makes her throw up. i dont even beleive in putting her to bed by herself and letting her just cry it out that is way to darn cruel to a child they will end up being scared . the ideas with the silicone sippy cups thank you and i will try.

Kelly - posted on 11/16/2009

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snip all the nipples off her bottles and show her that they are all unusable. Try a slow release sipper cup so she may lay down with it even...

Kendal - posted on 11/16/2009

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My son loved his bottle for going to sleep so when he turned a year old i threw out all the bottels and soft nipple sippy cups... (the nubby brand) they feel enough like a bottle to sooth them to sleep... if you get rid of all the bottels then there will be no temptation to go back to them ... force her ( and yourself ) to change! hope this works for you too!

Catherine - posted on 11/15/2009

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with all 3 of my boys that have gone on to cups at night we told them if they put it in the bin themselves they got to go to the shop and get a toy, something they really wanted. but we made them put the bottle in the bin themselves so they knew where it had gone and why. we didn't force it we just told them what would happen if they did it. my eldest was 23 months when we told him, and i repeated it every day, it took 6 weeks but then he did it, my 2nd did it straight away at 2 cos he really wanted a buzz light year (which he still has 3 years later) and my 3rd did it last week also 2, but he wasnt so sure and kept asking for it back. seems to have worked though. i know some people say just throw it but i think it is better for them to know why they dont have it anymore. however i agree with all the above and do not give in as then they know they can get it back and it will be worse. i guess its the same with all kinds of comforters, bottles, dummies blankets just be ready for a few restless nights! good luck

Samantha - posted on 11/13/2009

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When we were trying to wean my daughter from bottles, we got her a sippy cup with a silicone spout. Very much like her bottle, she really didnt know the difference. If there is a certain type of sippy she prefers, give her one like that and nothing else. Soon, she will realize she cannot have the bottle. It's hard, but when it comes to toddlers, you really have to put your foot down...otherwise they will try to get their way by throwing a fit whenever they want something....Some people see it as being harsh, but then you see their kids acting very innapropriate...

Amanda - posted on 11/13/2009

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It will be very hard but you just need to take it and not give it back!!! Instead give her a stuffed animal to sleep with.. It will be hard but after about a week she will completly forget about it! I had a similar problem with the binky but you have to be strong and not give in! Lay her down and rub her back or tummy so she feels comfortable! GOOD LUCK

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