Weaning my 18 month-old from the bottle

Elizabeth - posted on 08/11/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months old and won't give up his bottle at bed time. He has NEVER wanted milk from a sippy cup even when I've mixed chocolate, fruit flavor, etc. in it. I've also tried to give him formula in a sippy cup to help the transition and he throws in on the floor and cries. He's pretty ok throughout the day without the bottle, but the challenge is night time. Do you have any suggestions or feedback on the situation?

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Stop putting anything yummy in the bottle. Put his favorite drinks in the sippy cups all day. At night, when he fusses for his bottle, give it to him, but only with water in it. Water is boring, and not what he wanted. Soon he will figure out that bottles are boring and the good stuff is always in the sippy cups.

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Erin - posted on 08/14/2010

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Thanks Erin... She actually does sippy cups all day, it is just at night when she is tired. If she doesn't get her bedtime milk, she wakes up inconsolable in the middle of the night. I'll keep plugging away though! Thanks!

Erin - posted on 08/13/2010

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I don't know how old your daughter is. My son was 16-17 months when I got him off. He was easier than most I think though. The doctor say 12 months but I think every kid is different, start with a soft sippy cup with 1/2 apple juice 1/2 water then start putting the milk in the cup more and more. If she takes to it good your husband will be on board soon enouph. I know it takes my husband a little time to adapt to these type of changes as well as my son.

Erin - posted on 08/13/2010

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Thanks for the topic, I've been trying to wean my daughter from the bottle. My husband isn't on board saying she'll give it up on her own, so he gives her bottles! Suggestions?

Lize - posted on 08/13/2010

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I also struggled alot with my boy, he only gave the bottle up when he was about 2 1/2 years, I just said one day enough is enough and gave him a normal cup and said he is a big boy now, he has to deal with it! It was diffucult to be so hard on him but sometimes it's needed! Good luck it's not a easy thing to do!

Erin - posted on 08/12/2010

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The pedialyte is actually differant than the Pediatric drink I'm talking about. Mine is more like a milk consistancy. But if you are still giving him formula I'd check with your child's pediatrition because it also has viatamins in it and I think formula does too, and you wouldn't want him to get to many of certain types of viatamins.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/12/2010

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Pediatric drink. I never thought of giving him that. When he was sick I tried to give him pedialyte but he wouldn't drink it. Maybe the gerber drink will work. Thanks!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/12/2010

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thanks for the help. I think I will try them both. I've put water in his bottle and he screams louder...also tried putting his formula in a sippy and he throws it. He definitely is a challenge. I suppose I just need to stick to it so he eventually understands the bottle is "bye bye" ; )

Erin - posted on 08/11/2010

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I gave my son gerber pediatric drink (kind of like pediasure but less sugar and more geared for small toddlers). I gave it to him in a sippy cup. It has just as much calcium as milk. I gave him one every night, and milk in the morning and eventually he drank everything from the sippy cup. Also use the sippy cups with the soft nipples at first they are an easier transition. Good luck. Sometimes these things can be so challenging.

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