Getting rid of the bottle: "Cold Turkey"or "Ween him Off"!

Christina - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Personally I like doing things cold turkey, But he has two ear infections. See, his daycare told me not to bring in any more bottles. Basically, no more bottles. Because he just turned one. I am with that because I took all my kids off the bottle @ 1. But I am tempted every night because he cries and cries. I don't know if he's irritable or if he just wants the bottle. What should I do? Should I wait until he gets better or should I just suck it up!?

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Lisa - posted on 09/04/2009

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I would go cold turkey. We have recently been on holiday so we 'left' the bottle behind for another baby my daughter and she accepted this. With my son we left his bottle out for Father Christmas and Santa left him a cup in its place with a note saying he was a big boy and thank you he would give it to another little boy for christmas -

Aleisa - posted on 09/06/2009

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when i weened my youngest off, i switched from bottles to soft top sippy cups. it really worked well. when i made the switch i immediatly got rid of the bottles. she had to accept the sippy.

Sharnay - posted on 09/05/2009

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i would get rid of them all together i did.. my daughter also used to get alot of ear infections when she was on the bottle and was told to get rid of them i did that and the ear infections havent been seen since and it has been a year.. but wait till he is better...

Candyse - posted on 09/04/2009

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For heaven sake, let the little one have his bottle at night, for at least another 6 months before you tear away the comforter. Just because this book says do it by that age or that person, or friend or day care says by this age............ it does not mean "you have to keep up with the joneses" What harm does it do if he only has it at night for a little longer, he's still very much a baby at 1year - Bless him!

Sandy - posted on 09/02/2009

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In your contract with your daycare, they can have clauses stating certain things, such as no bottles after age 1, so don't blame them for trying to help your baby grow up. I wished I would've had someone help me get my daughter off the bottle earlier than 18months!

But back to your problem... The way i got my daughter "weaned" was no bottles during the day for a week, then no bottles at sleepytime at all. Instead we bought sippy cups (Nuby brand) that had a silicone top (same material as bottle nipples). That helped me transition her to hard-top sippys. Oh, and at daycare, we just "forgot" to send a bottle that first week and had no problems there at all.

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Christie - posted on 09/02/2009

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I quit my baby girl cold turkey but she really loved her bottle, so to ease the transition I let her take a sippy cup to bed, she's almost 2 now and doesnt even drink it most of the time, the cup is more of a comfort to have, some children just need a "lovey" no matter what shape it is. My son on the other hand had no problem and never needed any coaxing, listen to your Mom heart and go with what you feel is appropiate at home, every child is different, even from the same parents! Kids usually dont have a problem at daycare adhering to the "rules" of no bottle mainly due to they're peers of they're own age :) good luck!

Meghan - posted on 09/02/2009

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When my son reached one I just stopped giving him bottles. He would drink out of a sippy cup anyway, so I just gave him his whole milk in a sippy cup (got rid of formula entirely). We never had a problem. If he was thirsty he had to drink it out of the sippy cup - he was fine with it. If your son cries at night, just give him the bottle at night for a little longer and then get rid of that one too (it won't hurt him to have a bottle before bed). It might also be beneficial to wait until he feels better - he may be more receptive to the "no-bottle" idea then.

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2009

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First, he's your kid. The daycare cannot tell you what to do with your child. I looked at it as they need to grow up, they can use the cup at school if that's what they do. It is and will be a fantastic skill for the kids to learn. But I can do what I want to do with my kids at home. Even after my kids quit the bottle at daycare, they still got them at night and eventually I weaned them to water in a bottle and then we started to "forget" to give them, and they forgot too. No big deal. It was done. They were about 2 1/2.
I was told as Abbie was, that they will not take a bottle to school. lol!
When my kids are sick, and especially at his age, they could have what they wanted as comfort. Who likes being sick!

Stacey - posted on 09/01/2009

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I agree w/Abbie. If he's sick - for your own sanity - get through that, then deal w/the bottle issue. Are you ready? Does he drink from a cup? Is the bottle used just for feeding or for comfort? That's a whole other ball game. Do what's best for you and that baby! Like Abbie said he won't be in school w/a bottle! In your heart you know what's best! Good luck! :)

Abbie - posted on 09/01/2009

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I would NOT do it while your son is sick-- personally! Also every child is different. I can only go by what we did with our son, we tried CT..........pfft that didn't work. he refused to take any drink. My first question would be does he take cups? If not you need to work on cups first. The best advice i ever got was............ no one goes to school with a bottle! LOL Why is the daycare deciding when the bottle is gone? What do you feel as the Mom? I am not a firm believer that the bottle must be gone by 1, its the contents more so then the actual bottle. Good luck

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try ween him off at first and if it dosen't work then try cold turkey. just tell him he's a big boy now and bottles are for babies. i think it really depends on the age witch way you do it. but wait till he gets better first! i know when i was starting potting training my baby got really sick so potty training went on hold. when they are sick you feel so bad for them. i hope he is feeling better soon

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