Tips to get your child to stop drinking from a bottle. My son is 19 months old. :(

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son is 19 months old and I would like to get him to not drink from his bottle anymore. We moved recently and he has his own room here, where before he always slept in bed with me. I thought that by letting him keep the bottle he would adjust easier, and I was right. However, now it is time for "baba to go bye bye"... any tips?

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Jessi - posted on 03/09/2010

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i took the bottle away from my son when he was 12 months old. he is now 21 months. we made a big deal out of getting "big boy" cups. he absolutely loved it. i got rid of all but one of his bottles by giving them to his cousin who is 3 months younger than he is. i think by giving them to the baby he felt that he was doing something really great. you just have to take it from him. if it is out of sight then he will soon forget ab it. you might have a rough few days or maybe even a week but you have to stick with it and be consistent. if he sees that you are serious ab not giving him his bottles back he will not resist the idea of the new cups very long.....you can do it and dont underestimate him, it might be easier than you think

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Kathleen - posted on 03/09/2010

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Just take the bottles and put them up, or give them away. I did use a transition cup for a bit. My favorite was born free. He may switch quick one he realizes he's not getting a bottle. For bed though give it to him before he goes to bed. Then just shut the door. He may scream for the first few nights for a bit but he'll get the idea. I had to do it and it was heart wrenching but my son now goes to sleep without a cup or a bottle and sleeps in his toddler bed without a problem.

Sabrina - posted on 03/08/2010

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i know this seems really harsh to do but the only way i was able to break my daughter from the dreaded bottles was i had her watch me throw them in the trash (also known as the icky can at our house) and then she understood that they were gone and not coming back. this also helped me with it too... because just by trying to ease the break and still having the bottles around the house i was more likely to cave and give them to her. but after she saw that they were in the icky can she didn't ask for them any more and was fine with the tippy at night... then a few weeks later she didn't want anything in bed with her because the tippies just got in her way when she was trying to sleep. granted though when she is sick she'll still want water or some thing, but that's the only time. good luck

Geralyn - posted on 03/05/2010

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Stephanie, I forgot to mention that I had introduced the rubbery straw when my son was about 9 mos. I had to show him 1 or 2 times how to suck from a straw. You may not have to do this with a 19 month old, but I took the straw out, put it in liquid, capping one end so that there was liquid at the end of the straw. Then when my son had his lips around the straw, I let go of my finger, and he got to drink... He took to it right away. It was easy.

Geralyn - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son went right from the breast to a bottle with a rubbery straw. There are several brands - I used the Munchkin one. They are similar to the bigger bottles that teen agers and adults use, so it is a cup that they can use for a long time. They do not need to go from the bottle to a sippy cup to a regular cup or cup with a straw. Why introduce a sippy cup, something that you would then have to wean him off of in the near distant future?



Sippy cups are meant for a temporary transition, although some children use sippy cups for much longer than they are intended. Sippy cups and baby bottles affect oral motor development and teeth placement. Speech therapists have written about this and recommended the use of the rubbery straw, which is a much more natural sucking motion than a sippy cup or baby bottle. Straws do not adversely affect oral motor and teeth placement.



Don't make unnecessary work for yourself.... and one more trransition for your child.

Heather - posted on 03/03/2010

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buy the sippy cups with the lip on it with the little hole.. take the rubber stopper out of the cap so he will get a taste of what's in the cup than put the rubber peice back in and he should tak eit with no problem.. my son has been off the botttle seen he was 6months old...

Pauline - posted on 03/03/2010

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During the day...let him sip on a special cup just for him. So he can get use to drinking like a big boy!!!

Angela - posted on 02/28/2010

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i also had a difficult time getting my son to drink out of a sippy cup. the only thing that helped was to put some chocolate milk in the sippy and gave that to him. the first time i made sure it was VERY chocolatey.. and then each time after that i would put less and less chocolate in it.. and now he drinks out of a sippy no problem. it only took my son about a week until he was completely fine without the bottle.

Mary - posted on 02/27/2010

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This is what i've done and do,I give my daughter her last drink around thirty mins. bf bed,,at first its hard,but you gotta stay strong,he starts crying for it,i know this sounds mean,but let him cry and a few nights of that he'll stop.He will not get hurt from crying.You just be firm and consistant with anything you try to teach your child and you will succeed.Remember that.

Selina - posted on 02/27/2010

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one day we just switched his last milk bottle to a sippy. our sond didn't care about the difference. now we're at the point where he'll have milk at dinner and doesn't want anything before bed.

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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My lil girl was at that age also when I needed to get rid of it. Since she was already use to a sippy cup during the day and using a bottle at night, I just threw out her bottles all together. It sounds harsh but at first she was crying i did give her the sippy cup at bed time and when she figured out that she had no more bottle and to use the sippy she was just fine.Good luck

Pamela - posted on 02/25/2010

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well if u want him to stop drinking in bed altogether I have no idea, but I give my daughter a spill proof sippy cup of water for bed just to help her fall asleep. I figure when she gets older I'll make her get rid of it but for now its just a comfort thing.

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2010

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Maybe try telling him he can have a drink before laying down or nothing at all. He'd probably take the drink if he's thirsty. If it's more of a soother for him, maybe a certain blanket would comfort him.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2010

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oh no, he drinks out of a regular cup, and sippy cup, he uses a bottle for bed and naps. I would like to break that

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2010

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Make the transition easy for him. Buy a sippy cup with a rubber sipper. then switch to a plastic sipper. My son took a while too and we tried the gradual way. Now he uses a straw. It's a process.

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