Getting Rid of the Bottle?

Stephanie - posted on 08/09/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




My son who will be three in October will not give up the bottle. Mind you he will go all day without it and then once he gets home his first question is bottle. He still wakes up at night to have something put in it, I have not slept through the night in I do not know how long. I really do not want to start effecting his teeth, I need suggestions ASAP.


Sara - posted on 08/09/2011




We didn't take away my daughter's bottles until after she was two. There's no easy solution, you just need to stop giving it to him. It'll make for a couple of days of him throwing fits when he asks for one, but stay firm and just say that they're all gone and no more. Offer him water or milk from a cup/sippy. That's about all you can do.

Neva - posted on 08/09/2011




I would make a big production of "throwing out the bottles." You can retrieve them later, when he's not looking, if you need them for a future baby, but hide them well so that he doesn't know there is a bottle in the house. I would make a bottle throwing party, with balloons, gather up all the bottles and throw them in the trash. When he cries for them later, you just say, Remember we threw them away, you don't need them anymore. Since they're not going to be anywhere around, he will soon learn that he doesn't need them. It will take awhile because at 3 he has become attached to the bottle, but bottle use after 12 months of age really does do damage to the teeth. It is one of the greatest risk factors for tooth decay. When he wakes up in the middle of the night, simply tell him its time to go back to sleep and then leave the room. If he gets up, just walk him back. You may have a few more sleepless nights, but he will soon adjust even though those first few nights might be hard for both of you. Whatever you do, don't give in and give him a bottle, because then he'll know that if he persists in begging for a bottle, or crying for one, he'll eventually get one and it will take much longer to rid him of that habit.


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Tara - posted on 08/09/2011




When I got rid of the bottle with my girls what I did was start telling them that the "bottle fairy" was going to take the bottles away so that little babies that needed them could have them. I started telling both girls this about 3 days before I planned to do it.

The night before I took the bottles away I packed them all up (they had been sterilized already). The morning the "bottle fairy" was scheduled to make an appearance, I showed the girls the bag with all of the bottles and said that we were going to help the bottle fairy get the bottles to little babies that needed them. Then we all went down to our local Salvation Army center and I had the girls help me give the bag with the bottles to the center. They were then allowed to pick out "big girl" sippy cups that they could use if they wanted water at night.

My youngest girl fussed for about 5 minutes the first night and has been fine since. My oldest girl didn't put up a fuss at all.

The thing that worked so well here was that when my youngest asked for the bottle I could honestly tell her that we did not have them anymore.

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