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I need to break my 2 year old of his bedtime bottle any suggestions?

14 answers
3 years ago
He only takes a bottle before bedtime (and nap) but we need to eliminate it completely. He has gone through a lot of changes lately (move, transfer out of crib to twin bed, etc.) so I haven't enforced it, but I don't want to ruin his teeth so it's gotta go. He is a creature of habit and insists upon the bottle upon the mention of going to bed, and I am worried there will be no going to sleep without everything being in order. Anyone dealt with this that can offer some assistance? I have an 8 month old also so sitting in his room with him for long periods of time is not too much of an option. I am hoping to continue to nurse her so that I don't have to give her a bottle and go through this again with him (or her)...Please help.

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3 years ago
Can you limit the amount of liquid in the bottle? Say only give a small amount.Is it a habit now versus him actually wanting what is in the bottle? Maybe switch to just water. He might become disinterested if you switch to something he doesn't like as much.
3 years ago
My son had and still has little routine and insisits on certain things he needs for bed. When he was having bottles it was the same thing for a long time. I transisiton him on to the sippy cups that look like a travel mug lid more so then with a spout. Hope that makes since. It seemed to work for him. Give it a try and see from there.
3 years ago
Well the way I broke my first one, my mom told me to look on the almanac calender and to look for your child's sign and if its in the legs then thats when you should break the child off the bottle, now see when I first tried it I thought that it was just a bunch of bologna, but it worked and I believe because I haven't tried that with my daughter and she is still wanting the bottle.  So I guess I need to use my own advice.  But you should try it, to see if it works for you
3 years ago
i heard that switching to water with a splash of juice and then weaning to just water works.  its usually the actual bottle that soothes them, not what type of liquid is in the bottle.  or, i will wait until he is very sleepy and hold him while letting him drink his last bottle and when he falls asleep i put him in crib without one or maybe you could put one with just water. but mine is only 12 months, so might not work with a skilled 2 year old.  =)  good luck!
3 years ago
With my son I switched to a cup with a straw.  At first he would ask for a bottle and I would explain to him that the only option was to drink from a cup/straw. It was pretty effortless and I realized I built things up in my head to be a lot more challenging than how they actually turned out. He still wants a drink before bed and nap time, it just doesn't come in a bottle anymore.
3 years ago
Does he still drink milk in his bottles at night? I would suggest maybe swithcing to water at bedtime, (dentists and doctors usually recommend the same thing -teeth and gum issues)Or maybe even transition to a sippy cup or glass with a lid he can take to bed (one that doesnt leak!)  Also, have him pick one out at the store one he likes, like a big kid. It may take a few days to get into a new routine, and patients on your end but im sure he would do just fine! =) good luck
3 years ago
You should break him from the bottle. I know that its gonna be hard, been there and done that! I took my sons bottle away, cold turkey at 12 months old. However, mom little brother who is five is autistic and very routine orriented and my mom let him break himself. Everytime she tried taking it away he would go into a total melt down and had major behavior issues. He was only getting a bottle of water at night, and a cuppy durring the day, but he has finally transitioned totally to  cuppy. Now shes working on potty training him. hes five and on the same level my three year old is on. All kids are different. I hope this helps :-)
3 years ago
why are you still giving a 2 year old a bottle? there is no reason as to why he can't drink from a cup. i took the bottle away at 10 months and never looked back. i offered a cup at 6 months. just take it away! throw it in the trash. when he asks for it, tell him that a bottle is for a baby. big boys drink from cups. say this as you hand one to him. and if you ever want him to be potty trained at night, then you need to eliminate that bedtime drink. i dont give my daughter (18 months) anything to drink after dinner at 5. she goes to bed at 7:30 and seems to stay decently dry throughout the night.
3 years ago
Wow, "pinkpaisley8709"... So, you think it's that easy for everyone? Where do you get your education from? It also sounds like you are possibly dehydrating your daughter which is unhealthy and well, mean. Staying decently dry through the night may be convenient for you, is terribel for her kidneys. Shame on you.We recently adopted a little girl whom was only fed milk in a bottle for her first year. She was taken from her parents for obvious reasons. It is, for her, a source of comfort and sustenance. She cuddles with it when she is done. She holds it to her chest, all night. I have tried switching from milk to water, and it is definitely the milk she craves as well as the object. In all my years of working professionally with children I have never seen a situation like this. Itr is easy to say, "just take it away" in most cases. This is almost traumatizing for her.
3 years ago
Wow, "pinkpaisley8709"... So, you think it's that easy for everyone? Where do you get your education from? It also sounds like you are possibly dehydrating your daughter which is unhealthy and well, mean. Staying decently dry through the night may be convenient for you, is terribel for her kidneys. Shame on you.We recently adopted a little girl whom was only fed milk in a bottle for her first year. She was taken from her parents for obvious reasons. It is, for her, a source of comfort and sustenance. She cuddles with it when she is done. She holds it to her chest, all night. I have tried switching from milk to water, and it is definitely the milk she craves as well as the object. In all my years of working professionally with children I have never seen a situation like this. Itr is easy to say, "just take it away" in most cases. This is almost traumatizing for her.

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