I can't get my 19month boy off the bottle....HELP

Jennifer - posted on 07/06/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and he NEEDS his bottle. He will take a sippy cup most of the time but he will all of sudden start crying and the only thing that will make him stop is a bottle of milk.Also at night time he needs it to fall asleep. The Dr said 14 months he should of been off it.

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Sheena - posted on 07/10/2009

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Hi Jennifer! I had the sameeee problem my son was soooo attached to the bottle up until 18 months because i took the binky away when he was 5 months :( I felt soooo bad but i had to do it. The doctors told me its okay if they have a bottle up until 2 yrs old and then it can cause bottle rot! Im sure the doctors in different states are saying different things but what we did was - my son had a sippy cup alllllll day but would NOT go to bed unless he had a BOTTLE soooo at first we tried these NUBY cup/bottle it looks like a bottle & has a teething-like nipple on it because my son was biting through all of his regular nipples. That only worked for like 1 week and he was realizing it wasnt what he wanted. Then we decided to warm the milk up a LITTLE bit & put it in the sippy cup and give it to him in his bed. It ended up working. Eventually i heated the milk in the cup up less and less and eventually it went cold & he was fine! Its all about wheening! It takes time and effort but definately soooo worth it!

Colleen - posted on 07/09/2009

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Get the stage sippy cups from NUBS the have a bottle, straw like, and a sippy cup lid that is interchangeable. all of which are soft like a bottle nipple.

Amanda - posted on 07/09/2009

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My daughter had a hard time adjusting to sippy cups. We bought her some that had soft nipples that you have to squeez to open instead of suck. They worked very good for transitioning her.

Kelly - posted on 07/07/2009

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My daughter is 18 months now,and we got her off the bottle a few months ago. It was hard, for me, not her. We slowly started eliminating her bottles though out the day, then at night. I would lay her down at bed time and hope she forgot. I would suggest not offering the bottle at all. Don't let him see any bottle at any time, and just keep offering the sippy cup. It'll be hard, but let him cry. Good luck.

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I personally think you should officially take his bottle away because if he constantly cries for it and gets it back, thats showing he'll get it whenever he wants. You should also tell him that a sippy cup if for big boys and that bottles are for babies. Also, being on a bottle could possibly ruin his teeth, so the sooner you take it away, the better. Maybe not emotionally for him at first, but having him on a sippy cup on a daily basis will make him forget about a bottle.

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I personally think you should officially take his bottle away because if he constantly cries for it and gets it back, thats showing he'll get it whenever he wants. You should also tell him that a sippy cup if for big boys and that bottles are for babies. Also, being on a bottle could possibly ruin his teeth, so the sooner you take it away, the better. Maybe not emotionally for him at first, but having him on a sippy cup on a daily basis will make him forget about a bottle.

Christina - posted on 07/06/2009

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Hi Jennifer, I had the same with my son.

I started giving Will little cups of squash between meals (did take me a while to find a cup that he would drink out of but i did eventualy find one) and his milk in a bottle for meals then i slowly took the bottles away starting with the lunch time one then when he'd got used to that i took away the breakfast time one then dinner

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