I cant break my son off of his bottles and he is almost 17 months

Victoria - posted on 03/03/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son is 17 months and he still like to drink from his bottle at night. i know i should have broken him of it a long time ago but i just couldn't have the heart to make him cry. but now i am 7 months pregnant and i need to break him the bottle before the baby comes. is there a easy way or do i really have to let him cry it out??

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Sarah - posted on 03/03/2010

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I would either throw the bottles away (if getting new ones for the baby) or pack them all in a box and give them to a friend or family member. Then give him the sippy cup. Getting the bottles out of the house helps you stick to not giving in to the whining and it also gets the bottles out of sight for your son (out of sight out of mind kind of thing). At first he may whine and cry for the bottle, but once he realizes that you are not going to give in then he will drink from the cup. The whining is not fun to listen to, but it won't hurt him and it also teaches him that not everything he wants will he get (an important point going into the 2 year years). The amount of liquid he drinks may go down for a couple of days, but that is OK it will go back up once he gets adjusted to not having the bottle. Also sometimes with the bottle they are drinking more liquid than they need throughout the day. Having a cup at meal times and a little bit at snack times is more than enough for him to drink.

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Jennifer - posted on 04/07/2010

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We went cold turkey with our son when he was 13 months. He never complained about it. He's now 2 1/2 & uses an old bottle to feed "Baby" a small stuffed bear. He was already using a sippy cup when we took the bottle away. We took it away because each time we tried to feed him with a bottle he would throw up but he was fine with solids so we figured he didn't need it anymore. Don't know if that helps.

Karen - posted on 04/05/2010

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I put something my son didn't like in his bottle and milk in a sippy cup. Then would give him both, he always tried the bottle first and put it down for the sippy cup of milk. In a few days he just wanted the cup knowing the bottle was no good. Good luck:)

Benedetta - posted on 04/05/2010

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I tried all kinds of sippy cups. The best ones for the transition are the BORN FREE 3-6month sippy cups. The nipples are soft (not hard) like most traditional cups- and its not a bottle. He took to it quickly.

Laura - posted on 04/05/2010

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Please. please , please don't take it away if he is not ready. He is still just a baby himself, even though when the baby comes he will be the big boy. My older daughter had hers until she was 2.5, and a big sister. She had her pacifier until she was 3.5. Both things she gave up on her own schedule. He will know when he no longer needs it. My worry was always that I would rush my older one to be the "big" girl and she would resent her little sister for taking away her babyhood. I read the Happiest Baby on the Block and the Happiest Toddler the Block and they really have helped me make so many good parenting decisions. Good Luck!

Allison - posted on 04/01/2010

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I don't think there is anything wrong with having the bottle at night. My little girl is nearly 2 and has a bottle of milk for her nap and before bed. Does your little one wake up and go back to sleep through the night? If yes, then he knows how to go to sleep unassisted, it is just a comfort thing. They might only be little, but they still have their independence and to teach them they can't do things in their own time, is acting a bit like a matyr and taking away their development in decision making. He won't be on the bottle forever, he'll make the decision in his own time. And just teach him not to steal his little brother or sisters bottle. He will understand, but I would definitely encourage sippy cups during the day.

Barbara - posted on 04/01/2010

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Yes you really have to just take it away and let him cry if he will. You can try to replace that comfort thing with a fav. stuffy for example. But the sooner the better, not only is it hindering him from learning how to go to sleep without assistance, but they will keep his teeth from coming in properly. Also, if you give him anything other than water going to bed, it promotes tooth decay. Good luck with it, hope yours is not as stubborn as mine ;) Either way it was not as bad as what I expected.

Louise - posted on 04/01/2010

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what's the big deal.?...trust me he won't be going to kindergarten w/ a bottle. There is no set time to get rid of the baa. My 28 month old twins still use bottles at nap and bedtime. The bottles are comfort things to them and I'm not about to stress them out at times that they're supposed to quietly and contently go to sleep. They don't nag me for a baa, it's willingly and quietly given to them those two times/day. Eventually, we'll all be ready to say goodbye to the baas.

Viki - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son is almost 20 months old, but I'm not insisting on giving him the cup. I believe that he will ask the cup when he becomes ready. He is not the child you can make do something he doesn't want. So, I don't rush him. He'll leave the bottle when he's ready. He likes to drink yogurt from the cup.

Faizah - posted on 04/01/2010

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Why is it wrong to be latched in a bottle??? I gave up my bottle when was 5, because I wanted to and I throw it away myself. I am perfectly fine, nice teeth and no issue.. so does so many kids i know even latched till 9 years.. they are fine...

Now my son ask for bottle only at night before sleep, drink then brush his teeth and go to bed... it all depends... there is no right or wrong... build their confidence to make them stop not because you want to...

Tracey - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son used to have a bottle of milk before he used to go to bed. I stopped him having his bottle at night when he turned 2 and he didnt like it. I used to give it to him in a beaker but he didnt want it. It went so far with him that he refused to drink milk. He would only drink milk if I made a milkshake. He's 5 now and drinks milk again now but he only started drinking it again after he started school when he was 3. Different kids react different ways. My daughter is 2 and is still b/f but in the day she uses beakers so I dont have to worry about weaning her off the bottle.

Crystal - posted on 04/01/2010

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Take it from him and let him cry i'm glad i didnt have this problem i didnt have this trouble my daughter was off the bottle at 7 months old during the day & at 10 months old she was off completely she didnt want it anymore just now to get the binky gone is our thing now we working on

Charnelle - posted on 04/01/2010

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I agree. My son is also 2 years old and still wants his bottle at night when he goes to bed.

Debra - posted on 04/01/2010

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I was given so much advise, but worked with us is to get you son to throw the bottles away himself. Turn it into a game. You get really nice non-drip sippy cups which do the same job at the bottle. My older daughter is 2.5 now and she still gets her milk at night - but at least it wasn't a case of her stealing her sisters bottle.

Lucinda - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son was 2 before we swapped the bottle for a sippy cup at night, he used them in the day but always had a bottle before bed. I went a bought new Thomas the Tank engine sippy cups and put the bottles in the cupboard up high all the time telling him what was happening. He was pretty fine with it. There is no right or wrong time, just stick with it when you decide to do it...

Chantelle - posted on 03/31/2010

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Try giving him the bottle for one night and then the cup the next night. Switch it up! And eventually just continue to give him to cup each night. i did that with my son and my son was off the bottle in a week! Now he doesn't even use the sippy cup! worked wonders for him.

Amy - posted on 03/29/2010

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we did an "oops, we cant find it!" and pretended to look for a bit then said, here's a sippy cup, we'll go try and find it. went back up in 15 mins and she was out. So we let her have that for a couple months and then darn it, we lost the sippy too. crazy ole parents. and she did just fine with it. we did make sure it was only water in the bottle and also put water in the cup. so it was the same liquid but different object. pretty soon it wasn't a big deal.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/28/2010

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one night... that is it! One night and your child will be fine. If you want him to cry or better yet go to walmart and get a sippy cup with the soft nipple. Tell him it's alright and if he doesn't take it. put it next to him (he will take it and be fine) even if he is crying for a little bit

Frances - posted on 03/28/2010

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my son jus made 10 months and he has been taking the silicone top sippy cups since he was 8 mts he handed me the bottle when he wanted his cup instead just gotta have the sof t tops for the baby to hold onto and it feels like a bottle to him and he will change to it that way u wont have both your toddler and newborn on the bottle

Elena - posted on 03/05/2010

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When my daughter was 11 months old I transferred her from the bottle to a soft rubber nippled sippy cup. At about 18 months we transferred her to the hard top sippy cups. You should try getting some of the Nuby brand sippy cups. You can get them @ Walmart for about $2 apiece. Fair warning, you child will probably chew through a lot of the nipples. You can go to www.goodforthekids.com and buy 10 nipples for about $15 dollars. It worked for us, hopefully it'll work for you too. As far as the bottles, after you get the cups, hide the bottles until you have your next child.

Dawnielle - posted on 03/04/2010

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honestly, it's not that big of a deal.

people make it out to seem like at age one - bottle stops and if they continue on it then you are enabling your child.

your kiddo will stop, it's just a security thing for now i'm guessing. offer sippy cups during the day, show him how much fun a big-kid cup can be, and praise him profusely when he does it.
in my opinion, just taking the bottle away is like telling him that it is wrong and it's not.

my daughter is two and still breastfeeds at random because she longs for that security...she doesn't rely on it for nutrition and she drinks from a cup all day but if she gets hurt or is afraid she wants to latch on...i talked to my pediatrician, and she informed me that children transition at their own pace. she compared it dumbo and the feather he "needed" to have to fly...once he realized it wasn't the feather that was important he didn't need it anymore.
he will get off the bottle and if you want him to soon then do what you feel is best for him. don't let standards and pressure from other moms influence your decision.

Alicia - posted on 03/04/2010

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I just took the bottle away cold turkey from my daughter. She cried for a little while but once she saw her cousin, who is 3 months older than her, using a sippy she had no problem not having a bottle. She was 12 months when she stopped using bottles and now she has to have two cups at all times one with water and one with juice or milk.

Lauren - posted on 03/04/2010

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my son is 15 months and has a sippy cup through the day with water (or very rarely he has juice).. but still has bottles morning and evening. i suppose in my own little way i'm trying to keep him as a baby. we are going to do cold turkey, bottles up in the attic.. i know he'll whinge for his bottle, but soon realise i'm not going to give in. although he's teething at the moment so i think i'll leave it til that's subsided!! lol!

Jackie - posted on 03/04/2010

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You need to just do it cold turkey. Offer a sippy cup at the time he normally gets the bottle, my daughter still has a cup before bed, but like Sarah said, just give the cup....he can drink or not...that's his choice. it really only takes a day or two to adjust....but you def. need to just get it over wtih.

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