Still drinking from a bottle at 2!?

Ashley - posted on 05/16/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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my son just turned 2, and still drinks from a bottle...how do i end this? he freaks out when i tell him no bottle, he like to have it right before bed time and nap time, and still gets up once or twice through the night for one (|i only put about an ounce in the night bottles) i can't listen to him cry, it breaks my heart, but i will not be able to potty train him until this is taken care of, as his diaper is soaked from the milk! HELP ME PLEASE!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2011

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When my older daughter turned one I made her quit cold turkey. It didn't last very long and yes, she did cry about not having one at night. She never really liked sippy cups and only drank from one once but except for that one time wouldn't drink from them at all. One night I came home from work to find an empty bottle in her play pen and I got very mad. Keep in mind that she had already been off the bottle at night by this time for a little while. I asked the baby sitter and he said that it was my (now ex) bf's doing. I gathered all the bottles and threw them away to ensure that wouldn't happen again.
My next daughter I did the same with, although she got to drink her's the night she turned 1 because her party was the next day and I really needed her to go to sleep so that I could prep lol. But that was the last time she got hers. I bagged them up and gave them away. With the second one because she still kept waking in the night I tried cups with straws, first with milk but after noticing that she woke up more I started putting water in it and she woke up less. Then I moved to regular water bottles if she really wanted a drink at night but I allowed her to cry to see if she'd settle without a drink. Sometimes she would, sometimes she wouldn't. She's 20 months now and sometimes still wakes up once during the night, more if she's teething or such. If she doesn't settle back down I tell her to tell me what's wrong or tell me what she wants. It's usually water, she'll drink and go back to sleep.
Anyway, if you're going to take the bottles away, I suggest that you do throw them away so that you don't have that temptation to break down and get them knowing that they're there. Plus, if you give into the crying and give them a bottle it's just going to make it that much harder to try to take it away at any future time because your child will learn if I cry, scream, and throw a fit enough then I will get the bottle back.

Carla - posted on 05/16/2011

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I think Karli is right about her advice, All my kids were off of bottle by13 months and I would limit bottles to nap and bedtime, then just bedtime. I put their favorite drink in the sippy and water in the bottle and eventually they only wanted the sippy. Let them pick it out and keep a chart and let them put a smiley sticker or even a star for everytime they use the sippy. Its alot harder when they get older. Let us know how it turns out!

Karli - posted on 05/16/2011

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Hello, you can try limiting it until bedtime. Take him shopping for sippy cups and let him pick out a cool one. He may be more likely to use it if he chose it. If he asks you for a bottle don't say 'no' to him but say yes, you can have one right before you go to bed but right now you can have a drink from your new cup. I think the nap time one should just be cold turkey and give him something from his new cool cup. As for nightime, try just talking him back to sleep or sing him a quick lullaby or humming something or rubbing his back and cutting out the drink all together. It is hard to listen to them cry but maybe letting him cry just a little longer every night before you go to him might be enough for him to learn to get himself back to sleep. He may actually be waking up out of habit as opposed to a real need for a bottle. Let me know if any of this helps.

Sherrie - posted on 06/04/2011

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ASHLEY, i found something off the wall that is working!Maybe this will help!Someone suggested putting pinto beans in the bottles and going, "yuck, icky bottles, has bugs in it!" Well i washed like 4 beans and put them in her milk bottle and juice one.She screamed and wanted to show her daddy we made a big deal(praying all the time it would work)out of the buggys in her bottle and she threw the bottle AWAY! I was shocked all day Desi hasn't wanted one, tonite she did but drank a juicy juice, juice box instead. Maybe ,Maybe this old wives tale will work!lol...pinto beans, i would have never guessed!lol......Try it ,maybe it will work!I just hate to see them cry for so long and not eat ect.take care, and GOOD LUCK! Sherrie

Annalamb - posted on 05/31/2011

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Come on now! Leaving him to cry is not the only way. Get him one of the cups with the soft round spout, it is almost like a bottle. And at night, water the milk down a little more until it gets to water only. They have these cups lots of places and they work great. Everytime anybody asks for advice they get "oh let them cry". Everybody knows how to do that! When you ask for advice, that is not what you mean!

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Danielle - posted on 06/04/2011

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I have a 15 month old - he takes bottle at bedtime and when wake up. I liked the post re: putting water in bottle. I will try that - and then put milk in his sippy - maybe he will take the sippy over the bottle??? He uses sippy during the day.....

Shikhacandy - posted on 06/03/2011

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hi i need help my son is 3 yrs old he drinks water n juice from a normal cup but wants milk from a bottle hes refusing to use a cup for milk. how do i get him to eave his bottle. he also has a language problem he speaks less for his age is seeing a speech therapist . plz help.

Anne - posted on 05/31/2011

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If I get them a soft spout sippy cup, what's the difference to a bottle? I might as well just leave them the bottle. As long as they give it up by the time they start Kindergarten, I don't see any harm really.

Anne - posted on 05/27/2011

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Our kids used the bottle until they were 4 years old. But we only let them use it at night (going to bed) and in the morning (waking up), not during the day. Around the 4th birthday we went cold turkey. We put them in the trash, in front of the kids. They cried for a week and then never asked for them again. It wasn't easy, but we stuck with it.

Jessica - posted on 05/24/2011

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We have the same problem here. My daughter will only go to bed after a bottle and she's 2 1/2. I was finally able most days to keep her from a bottle at nap time, by keeping her busy and putting her down right after lunch. But the night bottle is a tough one. Not only can I not stand to hear her cry, she's cried so hard at one point she threw up, that was a weekend her step-siblings (who live with us) were gone for the weekend. But my other problem is all 3 kids rooms are in close proximity to each other. I don't think it's fair to them to have to hear her scream and cry either when they have to get up at the crack of dawn for school! I'm glad you posted this, it's nice to know that my child isn't they one.

Cindy - posted on 05/24/2011

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I am a mother of 5 and a grandma my youngest is 15 months old and he was using a cup until he witness another toddler drinking a bottle then he started to want the bottle again. My friend suggested I buy a new cup. Now I hav lots of cups and well so far he is not going for it, he just likes to look at them. I take his cups when we go out and offer them at home. He wants to drink from r cups with straws when we go out to eat but not his straw cup. I think I am going have him watch my 2 year old grandson drink from a cup, maybe u can try that hav ur toddler watch another toddler drink from a cup. Like I said I am a mother of 5 all my other kids caught on fast ages starting from age 21. I know they will eventually grow out of it. I hope one of ur tips works out for u.: )

Sherrie - posted on 05/23/2011

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Ashley, i will let you know my secret if you tell me yours!lol....I bet Destiny will beat me out.You see i just found out i had uterine cancer and had to have a total hysterectomy and all went well but my nerves are really shaky, because it threw me into menopause.So i keep trying but it's my nerves that lets HER WIN ALWAYS!they are so smart it's amazing!lol.Good luck hun,and if i have any good luck i "ll let you know!thanks again!Sher

Cynthia - posted on 05/20/2011

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put them in the trash and dont buy any more. 2 year olds cant get their own bottle. problem solved:)

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Apparently when I was two, I wouldn't give up my bottle. My uncle got sick of looking at me sucking on a bottle (thought I was too old) and threw my bottle out of the 10-story window. My mother says I cried, screamed, and threw tantrums literally the entire day. Then the next day I forgot about it.



(I'm not suggesting this method. I just never get a chance to tell this story.)

Lacey - posted on 05/20/2011

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my little boy is 2 sept 1st and he still has a morning bottle and a night time bottle sometimes he will say "no mummy not bot bot cup this time" he just chooses really as long as he is happy and getting all the vitamins he needs then i dont see a problem with him having a bottle obviously by the time he goes to nursery i would like him off the bottle but at nearly 2 he is fine. its all up to u and what you feel like but dont take it away then give in coz they wont stop crying thts when the problems start. good luck if you decide to take it away xx

Ashley - posted on 05/20/2011

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aww thanks Sherrie, yes i know how much better i feel when i know someone else is going through it too! i am taking the bottle away this weekend....and i will not be thrwoing my bottles away because i am pretty sure i would have to do the same! he loves his bottle! good luck with your little angel! if you ever accomplish this task, you should give me a little email, and tell me your secret! haha

Sherrie - posted on 05/19/2011

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Going through it right now, sweet girl and my daughter WILL NOT GIVE IT UP! WE Had to actually go retrieve the bottles we threw away in our waste can (in a bag)!Because she was making herself sick by crying so much.I'm at my wits end and she's a stubborn one, she already picked out a sippy cup and drinks from them sometimes.I need help ,so i'm reading your's.I'm glad she's (and me) are sorta normal!Ughhhhh thanks for the post! Good luck!Sherrie

Meagan - posted on 05/18/2011

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Try substituting, and let HIM pick out the substitute. At this age they like choices and they like feeling in control, so maybe if you tell him that he is a big boy now and gets to pick out his big boy sleepy time cup, and LET him pick one out, then he will accept it. Also, make a HUGE deal out of how proud you are and all that jazz. The bigger the deal, the better the outcome. Also, although I didnt have this problem, I did have a paci addicted child, and when she asked for one, I ignored her completely. Not in the mean way, but I would talk about "look at the moon.... Oooooohhh..." or other things. Change the topic. I noticed that when I told her no to it, she would fight and cry, but when i ignored it, she would push the issue until she got bored and joined in on whatever other thing I found for her to be interested in instead. Also, sometime you have to let them cry about it. It sucks and it's heart breaking, but it will be ok. Just ignore the requests and talk about something else! And always offer the sippy cup instead. Or, if hes into straws, get the type with a star instead.

Ashley - posted on 05/18/2011

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thank you!! its great to hear that someone else had this same issue...and got through it!

Ann(ie) - posted on 05/18/2011

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my son had this very same issue he didnt get off the bottle untill he was 2 and a half! You have to draw the line and it might take a week or so but he will get over it, thats the good things about kids we think about it more than they really do. Throw them away and replace with a sippy cup with water and keep it beside the bed, let him know if he is thirsty heres a drink, DONt say anything about bottles! If it helps get him a bear or blankie of some sort,m because its a coping thing with children and bottles. Hang in there, this works trust me, just be consistent

Ashley - posted on 05/18/2011

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thank you very much for the advice! i actually don't let him sleep with the bottle, he gets up and i get up with him! i know i know CRAZY!! lol i also dont give him any juice, just on the rare occasion...mostly just water as i know juice is bad for their teeth. thanks so much for all your help! i am going to let him pick out a new sippy cup this weekend and we are going to give i a go! thank you!

Charrise - posted on 05/16/2011

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I agree with Holly. The bottle is not good for children with teeth especially at bedtime. Crying is hard to tell with but eventually he will cry himself to sleep.
http://www.childrenshospital.org/clinica...

The link shares: What is baby bottle decay or bottle rot?
This is now referred to as early childhood cavities, a condition that is seen in children who use bottle containing milk or juice at night or during naps. Baby bottle decay or bottle rot refers to the cavities that babies get from the sugar found naturally in milk and juices when placed in bottles.
Why is it not recommended to allow children to fall asleep with a bottle containing anything other than water?
Milk and juice contain natural sugars which pool around teeth during sleep. During sleep, the saliva flow is reduced which does not allow for the sugars to be washed away.

Ashley - posted on 05/16/2011

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thanks ladies! i will give the cry thing another try...i just hate it!! not to mention when he is up crying he wakes up my 4 month old too! ahhh wish me luck! i appriciate the feedback!

Holly - posted on 05/16/2011

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It may sound crule but let him cry it out, he is in no way enduring any phisical harm. Plus it's not good for him to sleep with his bottel, it may take a few days or even weeks but stay strong and consistant, do not give in!!!

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