Hi, my son will be 4 in August. I can not get him off the bottle. His fine when im not around; doesnt even take it to daycare. Have almost tried everything. Please help!

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Leigh - posted on 02/07/2009

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Get him to give it to another baby as a present. I got my daughter to give her dummy to father christmas for the new babies that have been born. Work a treat. She only had a couple of nights trouble trying to get to sleep.

Nancy - posted on 02/07/2009

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Have you tried sippy cups in replacement of the bottle....Also tell him about the bottle fairy..You leave the bottle and the fairy will bring a gift.......

Alexis - posted on 02/07/2009

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I had to do this with my daughter at 18 months, it's bad for them emotionally to cling to the bottle they have to learn to deal with their emotions and whatever else other things they are using the bottles for in a better way. It will be a rough few days but they have to go in the trash. I told my daughter we were going to throw them away because she was a big girl and we threw them all out and she waved goodbye to them when the garbageman came and took them away. Now that night was hell on wheels and the next day was rough and the day after was no picnic either and I have to admit I did ask her if she wanted me to go get her a baba from the store and she said "NO". I knew were going to be "okay" then.

Liz - posted on 02/05/2009

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Have you thought to give him a special sippy cup. It has a lid for spills and it can be any colour he likes. Get one for youeself and anyone else in the house, just until he gets use to it. It won't hurt to try. Yous and your husbands can be a sippy coffee cup ofcorst. My youngest daughter was the same way and everyone said I was spoiling her. Like you I tried things too but this was the only one that helped me. I hope it helps you.

Tina - posted on 02/05/2009

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Oh my gosh, you poor mom!! Get rid of all the bottles in the house. Tell him the bottle fairy had to take the bottles to the "babies" that needed them. He is a big boy now, so he does not need a bottle. This will start to bother his teeth developing if it continues. Make sure there are no bottles available for him anywhere he goes.

Robin - posted on 02/05/2009

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My daughter took a bottle until she was three. She needed the additional nutrients from the formula because she was very very small. It was difficult to ween her from it. I started talking about the "bottle fairy" coming to take her bottles away. One day, we took her bottles, put them in a gift bag and tied them to a tree in our yard. The next day, the bottles were gone and the bottle fairy had left her a gift in exchange. She was thrilled and never insisted on a bottle after that. She may have asked for one but I simply reminded her that the bottle fairy came and took all of them. Two key things here - (1) make sure they are all out of sight and can't be found by your son and (2) make sure the gift that the bottle fairy leaves is something that your son is really interested in. Otherwise he won't see it as a fair trade and won't go along with this methodolgy for future transactions, like getting rid of his favorite shirt that is two sizes too small.

Cyane - posted on 02/04/2009

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Just throw it away. When he goes to bed just throw it away and when he gets up and asks for it tell him that it's gone cause big boys use cups. It may be difficult at first but he'll cope quickly!!

Charlotte - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Moeneebah:

Hi, my son will be 4 in August. I can not get him off the bottle. His fine when im not around; doesnt even take it to daycare. Have almost tried everything. Please help!




HEY DID U TRY INTRODUCING HIMTO A SIPPY CUP? WHEN EXACTLY DO U GIVE HIM THE BOTTLE?? HE'S OLD ENOUGH 2 KNOW THATS HE'S 2 BIG 4 A BOTTLE. HAVE U SAID TO HIM THAT BIG BOYS LIKE HIMESELF DO NOT TAKE BOTTLES ANYMORE THEY DRINK OUT OF A BIG BOY CUP?? U MIGHT HAVE 2 LET HIM JUST CRY & JUST GIVE HIM THE CUP IF HE'S REALLY THIRSTY HE WILL DRINK IT.

Annemarie - posted on 02/04/2009

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hi my first child now 16....was very attached to her bottle oneday she took it out in the garden and it got dirt on it and so i said no more bottle it is very dirty and you will get sick drinking out of a dirty bottle....she was about 3...it worked....

Anita - posted on 02/03/2009

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The way I got my son off the bottle was giving him less and less milk every night until a some point there was no more milk. During the day I would only offer a sippy cup so that he would get use to it. I also tossed all my bottles except for one or two so that it would make it harder for me to just give in and give a bottle. At this age your son is old enough to understand that he is too big to have a bottle.



Before bedtime he asks for water and I give him a little bit in a sippy cup. Good luck!

Marika - posted on 02/03/2009

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not to sound too harsh, but you're the one in charge and if you say no more bottles then it means no more bottles. he can scream and kick as much as he wants, just walk away. on my son's first birthday, i took all his bottles out of the cupboard and threw them away. there was nothing there for him to demand and i never had any problems.

Yadira - posted on 02/03/2009

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yes I totally agree! Please throw away all the bottles! If he's like mine, he drinks his milk before bedtime, so what I did was told him that he was growing into a sippy cup. Oh yeah, a trip to the doctor also helped. His pediatrician told him that he was not allowed to drink from the bottle and it was time to let go of it. So everytime he wanted one, I would tell him "What did the doctor say?" and he was able to let go of it.

Tina - posted on 02/02/2009

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Quoting Moeneebah:

Hi, my son will be 4 in August. I can not get him off the bottle. His fine when im not around; doesnt even take it to daycare. Have almost tried everything. Please help!




I got both of my daughters off their bottles by 13 months by letting them WATCH ME throw them away. (With plenty of sippy cups on hand of course). Kids understand that when things go in the garbage, their bye, bye for good. Good Luck!

Meredith - posted on 02/02/2009

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He is big enough to understand that he's too big for it!  I've seen the Supernanny try a trick that seems to work.  Find a fairlylarge reward that he would really like and put it somewhere he can see it.   Find all of his bottles and have him help you throw them away.  After 3-4 days of no bottle, he gets the reward.  Just make sure you use LOTS of positive reinforcement during those in between days.  Good luck!!

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