I need help getting my two year old off the bottle?

@tomysole (457)
United States
August 21, 2007 5:30pm CST
He's going to be three in a few months and he drinks bottle after bottle of milk. What can I do to get him to stop and start eating regular food.
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@BlueAngelRS (2900)
• Canada
21 Aug 07
My daughter is 15 months and wasn't really a big bottle drinker although she still has two a day...My suggestion would be try introducing his favorite drink in a sippy cup...I know my daughter loves her sippy cup I put water or watered down ice tea or juice in it...Also I feed her first before her bottle...If she doesn't eat much then at least she is eating a little and generally she won't want anything to drink for an hour or so after eating...If your son doesn't like the regular sippy cups a friend of mines twin girls were like that too so she bought the cups that have straws and they use them now and are off the bottle...hope this helps...
@tomysole (457)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Good tips thanks!
• Canada
22 Aug 07
You are very welcome...Also I've noticed that when the rest of the family is eating she likes to eat with us she sees us having it so she wants to try...
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I like the ideas that others have posted. Mine is more of a question. Does he take a bottle to bed? If so...I would stop that immediately as well. Thats the hardest habit to break. I wish I had more ideas. Neither of my children liked their bottles much. I hope you can get him off of it soon!!
@tomysole (457)
• United States
22 Aug 07
He does and that's our main problem because he won't sleep without it. He'll cry all night and never let us get any sleep. I think trying to get him into the habit of sippy cups will most likely be the best way to get him off the bottle and then eventually he will just eat.
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
21 Aug 07
This problem is very easy to solve. Just start adding water to the milk. Begin with a little water, and each day add a little bit more. Before the bottle contains more water than milk he will get tired of sucking on it. This Little trick works every time, and the little guy will never catch on.
@tomysole (457)
• United States
22 Aug 07
I like this idea but what I'm afraid of is that he will just ask for more frequent bottles because they won't be as filling as whole milk. Will give it a try though.
• United States
21 Aug 07
Waiting as long as you have, it's going to be difficult to get your son to give up his bottle. Does he sit down at the table with you at mealtime? If not, that's the very first place to start. Replace daytime bottles with a sippy cup, but let him have a regular bottle at bedtime (but not in his bed with him)Give him milk in a cup at mealtimes. Just plain flat out don't give in to his demands for continuous bottles! I know it's hard to listen to the whining and crying, but it's worth it. If he is drinking constantly, he is not getting the nutrients that he needs to grow and be healthy physically and mentally. Good luck. With any habit, it's going to take a little bit of time and a bunch of energy to break it. (And now I'm off to break my 4 year old's habit of sucking his thumb...)
@tomysole (457)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Thanks for the good advice.
@vinzen (1022)
• India
22 Aug 07
Hi, i think you should have started earlier, to wean him off the bottle, maybe you didnt realise it. I guess, when the childs around 11/2 years of age they should be completely off the bottle. My kids were around 1 when they left the bottle, one left it easily the other took some time. They both used to love their milk and the elder one left it early and was ready to take the sipper, which again she left within 1- 2 months and switched to her plastic glass. The younger one was stubborn and refused to leave it,so one day by accident the bottle fell and broke and i took advantage of that and told her that see, the bottle has broke and there is no more milk in it, but there is milk in the glass, she did not cry for long and was hungry and took her glass and had her milk willingly there after. So kids start off, its we who have to make the start at first. We take time to wean them off thinking or trying for a small period thinking that theyd not be able to take the glass or leave the bottle , as maybe the kids cried and a little and we didnt try much and gave the bottle back to them. So if we make an effort and try, theyd be able to wean off easily. And once they take the glass , and drink milk from that, they will soon start with their semi solid food as well.