The bottle

Danielle - posted on 09/18/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My son is 22 months old and I am having a hard time breaking him of the bottle. He only takes it when its time for bed. And he won't nap during the day. HELP!!!

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Samantha - posted on 09/19/2010

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my son was hooked on the bottle so i just found a cup that had a teat that was made out of the same material as a bottle and he was fine , i also let him coose his own cup so that he was apart of the whole change thing , his cup at the moment is one from poundland but i started with a tommy tippee cup because thats the bottle make he had , hes never asked for a bottle again , as for the naps i cant help my son doesnt nap anymore either but i prefer it because he goes to bed earlier , hope this helps

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Samantha - posted on 10/04/2010

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Danielle I have the very same problem and its just not on anymore. My son as well loves his bottle lately he doesnt eat well but is just on the bottle all the time. There always has to be a bottle available for him to drink. He hates his feeding cups and right now he should be on the cups at least drinking from them. I use NUK for his bottles if you have any answers or cup brands that maybe I could try please do share once you have found a solution. My son is younger than ypur son but I see that I am headed where you are right now. Wish you all the best

Katrina - posted on 10/04/2010

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truthly he wont come off it till hes ready just make sure u brush his teeth every mornin . . . im havin the same problem with my son 2 n hes 22 months also . my son only kips durin the day if weve had an extremely busy day . dont worry about it hel grow out of it hope this helps x

Stacey - posted on 10/04/2010

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Ok, then now i need some advise. my daughter age 2 years and three months likes to suck the teat of the bottle. doesnt matter what i put in it she just wants to suck on it. What should i do? and where would i get a look a like cup that is not too expensive? Regards Stacey South Africa

Tajma - posted on 10/02/2010

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I'm in the same boat my son is 23 months and he gets a bottle @ bed time and nap time. My husband is also the problem he dosen't want him to go without it until my son is ready to give it up on his own. I have tried sippy cups as a replacement and he hated milk in a cup. Juice and water in his cups and milk in bottles.

good luck to you..

Angie - posted on 10/02/2010

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My son was on the bottle till he was alittle over 2 we used it only for milk..he had a sippy cup for his juice...he went and picked out his own special cup and that was what we used for his milk cup...he still has it and won't drink milk unless he has that special cup( has lightening mcqueen on it)

Melanie - posted on 09/30/2010

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When I broke both my boys off the bottle it took me 4 days each. It sucks but sometimes you have to hear them cry but it is for their own good :( Start giving him a sippy cup during the day for about 2 weeks beforehand, then once he is use to the sippy use sippy at night. I don't know if you give him a bottle to go to bed (in bed).. My kids never had a bottle in bed with them. Hopefully this helps. Good luck!!

Amanda - posted on 09/30/2010

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I think alot of peole "try" bottle breaking wrong. What you need to do is take all of the nipples and cut them up and throw them away. You cut them so you aren't tempted to pull them out of the trash during a rough time :) I saved the bottles just b/c I wanted to have them around for our next baby. It will be rough for about 3-4 days AND NIGHTS...but then it will be done. I always hear people say "We are bottle breaking right now"..you decide when he is to be "broke" from the bottle and be done with it. Once you throw those nipple's out you can say he is bottle broke and just get it in your head that he is done..no moer bottles. Don't "try"...just DO

Samara - posted on 09/30/2010

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My son (now 4) still loved the bottle, who cares if they are happy. They will soon grow out of it. He might see bigger kids drinking cups and then just one day decide to drink out of cup. Also too i think he ended up chewing the teat and ended up having to be thrown out because it had a huge hole in it - i showed him and warned him and i think once the last one was done - that was it.
As for the sleeps i'd say its just a phase, but if you aare wanting time out, i would put him in his room and just tell him its rest time, whether he sleeps or not - we all need a bit of time out during the day, even if its a half an hour - i even do it with my older kids it they are warn out, but feel they are too big for sleeps (especially in the holidays!!!!)

Krissy - posted on 09/29/2010

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My son loved his "baabaa" and he would drink juice from a sippy cup but not milk. We finally threw the bottle out because as long as it was in the house id cave in and give it to him because hed refuse to eat/drink. After a few days he did go back to normal but he wouldnt drink milk for an entire year after we took it away.

Kristen - posted on 09/29/2010

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I got lucky with my son. When he was 13 months old he bit the nipple and I told him he broke his bottle and that was it. He never asked for his bottle again. My parents tried something different. They had me give my bottles to the Easter Bunny for the poor children who didn't have any bottles. Granted, the Easter Bunny had to come back and give me 1 bottle back, but it may work! Good Luck

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I took my son off the bottle by 7 months I threw all the bottles away and just used the Gerber transition bottle the sippy part of it was rubbery so it felt like a bottle

Gloria - posted on 09/29/2010

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My advice with the bottle is try to find the right sippy cup that your little one likes. I am very suprise that alot of moms do not like to give milk at night time to their child. For me milk is very essencial equally with water because the little one's bones are not too strong yet. But, Anyways, to each its own. With the nap I say keep the room dark, good tempeture and let him/her in the crip to see if the child gets sleepy. With my daughter (17 months) I put on dora the explorer and she falls asleep watching it. she naps for 2 hrs and sleeps all night.

Rachna - posted on 09/29/2010

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get rid of the bottle. let him not drink milk. he will start drinking after a month, nothings gonna happen. noone remains sleep deprived. 2 days shall be touch but he'll complete his sleep after that. kids r more smart than we think

EMMA - posted on 09/29/2010

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i took my daughter off bottles about 6ms ago what i done was i told my daughter that the bottle fairys need her bottles for the bady babas so she put them in an a bag and hung them on the door in a bag in the morn we put money in there she aven't asked for them since or mentioned them

Andrea - posted on 09/29/2010

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My daughters were over one years old when we got rid of the bottles. I just threw them away in the trash so there was no chance of digging them out for a quick fix. We calmly explained that they were big girls now that sleep in big girl beds (toddler beds) and that bottles were for babies. They can sense when you are expecting a tantrum so be calm. They get water in sippy cups if the need a drink. We just set them on their little table and they grab them if they need it. I was lucky enough not to have too much of a fight. My oldest cried but we let her cry it out and she was fine. It was hard but it can be done.

Kristen - posted on 09/29/2010

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I didn't wean mine from the bottle. I just offered them a cup with the bottle, and eventually they stopped taking the bottle. My daughter got tired of the bottle at a year old, my middle son had his until right before his 3rd birthday, and my youngest son just gave his up (he turned 2 in June). To me, it's not worth the fight. None of mine ever took naps after they were 18 months old. If they did they would stay up until midnight.

Maria - posted on 09/28/2010

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is not really that bad my princess is 3years old and i still give her a bottle at night sometimes she dosen't need it. But he will loose interest she dosen't even ask for it no anymore. We just give it to her so she can have something in her stomach

Amy - posted on 09/28/2010

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I say, don't sweat it. My daughter is almost two and a half and takes a night bottle and occasionally a bottle in the afternoon. Sad that he doesn't nap during the day so early. My daughter stopped napping at about the age of two, but then she started going to bed around 7pm and sleeping really well at night. So, while I liked the idea of her resting during the day (and we do try to adhere to an hour in her room) I like the idea better that I get that extra hour to myself and sometimes she even sleeps in. I think the child will give up the bottle when he or she is ready. My daughter does go to bed without her bottle if she's tired enough, but we like to let her choose whether she wants it or not and she'll drink it during story time.

Jamie - posted on 09/28/2010

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The day my daughter turned 1 i took her off a bottle and now she drinks out of a sippy cup that has the rubbery top like the bottle and we had no problem. She doesn't take anything to go to bed some im not sure if a sippy like that would help but its worth a try. You can get them by Nubb at Walmart for like a 1.29.

Annette - posted on 09/28/2010

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I know with some children it is harder thanothers to break the bottle habit, I did not really had problems with my two I think it is best not to put them to bed with a bottle could be easier this way
just give the child a drink in a cup maybe half an hour before he ar she goes to bed

Jenn - posted on 09/28/2010

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Slightly different approach that surprised us in working: We went away for a week (on vacation), and it was there that we were able to introduce a new sippy cup and replace the bottle. I think the new environment made her more open to it. So if you have a chance to introduce the sippy cup consistently in a new place, I'd try that - could be Grandma's, a friend's, or perhaps someplace where your son is watching another kid drink from a cup. Another tactic we used is that my daughter likes her milk warm, so as we transitioned I would make the milk in the sippy cup really warm and cozy, and leave the milk in the bottle cool.

Angela - posted on 09/28/2010

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get a "look-a-like" cup that has a longer spout but its a sippycup...start with that ...i did that right when my girl turned 1...took a few times but keep doing it..it works...

Hollie - posted on 09/28/2010

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I had both of my boys off their bottles by 11 months. This is the situation I was trying to avoid! The first one did fine, but now my second son has to take a sippy cup to bed every night and he's 25 months. I only fill it about 1/3 full with water and when it's gone it's gone. I wish you luck and hope you find something that works for you. :)

Ashlie - posted on 09/22/2010

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sounds just like my son. i think that every kid has an attachment to something, my son just LOVED his bottle! I tried and tried to take it away starting at about 20 months, but he would screams for 4 plus hours and there are two other kids in the house so we couldnt keep letting him cry ( even though the doctors made it seem so easy) anyways i didnt finally get him off of it completely until he was about 27 months old, but i had to replace his bedtime bottle with ME. i ad to lay with him every night until he fell asleep, i think he just needed some kind of comfort, he just now last week at almost 30 months started going to bed and falling asleep by himself...its been a long process but we finally got to no bottle and no mommy and tyler squeezed into a twin sized mattress for him to sleep:) hopefully your child will take a liking to a certain blanket or something

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First off - what are you putting in the bottle? At this age, the only thing children should be getting at bedtime is water. Anything else could cause dental problems.
Both Samantha and Sherri gave great advice, and I would pick the method you feel most comfortable doing. whichever method you choose, THROW OUT THE BOTTLES! that way you are not tempted to give in and backpeddle. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies in these things! :)
And for the record - my son likes the NUBI sippy cups and there is always one on his nightstand filled with water as the bedtime bottle was the last to go for us as well.

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