How did you wean your babys off of the bottle?

United States
November 2, 2006 3:36pm CST
I really need some ideas I'm at my wits ends. I've tried giving her blankets and teddy bears...she never used a pacifier so shes attached to the bottle she needs it to go to bed. ive even let her cry it out but eventually she gets to that screaming cry and then she wont go to sleep. I need some serious help here! She is 15 months old!!! Too old for a bottle and she has 11 teeth that I'd like to keep from rotting!
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@chelele (28)
• South Korea
3 Nov 06
Make sure to give her a isppy or something right before bed so she isn't hunry orthirsty, then give her the bottle with a slow flow nipple with water in it but only a few ozs 4-5 at the most, if possible get a 4-6oz bottle too. Then after a few days put less and less in it till you have 1oz at the most in it. Then after a week if she still wants it with almost nothing in it, give it to her empty. I did this with 3 of my 6 and of them gave it up when I got to about 2ozs and the other slept with an empty bottle for a week then nothing.
• United States
3 Nov 06
Thank you! That's a really good idea!
@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
2 Nov 06
My daughter gave it up on her own - I just kept offering her a sippy cup and she gave bottles up at 1 year. My son didn't want the sippy cup if he knew i would give him the bottle sooner or later. Sent him with 1 bottle and a few filled sippy cups to the sitters one day - did fine with the sippys. Next day sippys only and hasn't had a bottle since. He's now 2 years!
• United States
2 Nov 06
My daughter has no problem drinking from straws or cups or anything throughout the day but at nap time and bedtime she needs a bottle to go to sleep there is no other way...
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
3 Nov 06
It sounds like it's more of a habit than anything. You will need to replace the bottle with something else comforting. A story, blanket, etc...
• United States
3 Nov 06
It is a bad habit but unfortunately the damage is done she is quite attached...she sleeps with a blanket and a stuffed animal so she already gets that stuff! Also I read her a story before bedtime anyways!
3 Nov 06
This is a hard one as it seems to be more of a habit than anything else, my son (who is now 3) weaned himseld of by himself, although my nephew had the same issue as you are having. my sister reduced the amount of milk in his bottle then swapped to water, gave him a drink before bed to get him out of the habit of wanting it in bed. eventually he stopped wanting it. All the best with the weaning!!
• United States
5 Nov 06
Thank you very much!!!
• United States
3 Nov 06
I am with you here vicki! My son is so dependent on that bottle at bed time! UGH!!! My pediatrician said to put water in it and eventually they'll get the picture. It's a comfort thing. She said to get him off of it by 2 years old, which will be in Feb. so I'm definetly going to start the process very very soon! It should take a week max. My daughter who is now 4 1/2 gave up her bottle when she was one. She just stopped taking it and when I'd hand her one she would say, "no no mama!" She did the sdame thing with her binky too but that was when she turned two! My son is a totally diff. story though. He loves his ba ba's but never took to a binky! Yippee! So I really only have ONE thing to break him from! ugh! Good luck Vicki!
• United States
5 Nov 06
Yeah my daughter never took to a binky either thankfully! So really if you think about it the bottle pacifies them in the same way...so really we shouldn't be so upset...but it drives me crazy anyways hehe good luck to you too!!!
@srhelmer (6947)
• Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
3 Nov 06
We thought we would have a heck of a time with our daughter because she needed them to sleep. It was actually quite easy. My wife put her to bed one night and told her she wasn't getting a bottle (she was about a year old) and she slept fine. We then hid the bottles from her and she never had one again. She does, however, need a sippy cup of water in bed with her.
• United States
5 Nov 06
wow...i may try giving her a sippy cup with water that is a good idea! Thanks!
@angelface23 (2498)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I kinda know how you feel. My baby is 7 months and she never really took to the binki but when we feed her the bottle it is like her whole world. If we take it away even to give her a breath she freaks out and even when the bottle is gone. We have to hide the bottle from her until she is all ready to eat. We are supposed to take her off of it by 12 months at the latest but I am thinking that it's going to be very tough because that is her security blanket. She doesn't have any teeth yet though so I guess I don't have to worry about rotting yet. Well I know I do I'm just saying.
• United States
7 Dec 06
I agree with what some of the above posters said. Try putting just water in it. Or water down her milk. She won't care for the taste and may give the bottle up on her own. My son used his bottle as a pacifier. I did the horrible and let him take the bottle to bed with him when he was about 5 or 6 months old. I was just so tired and couldn't take getting up every night (I had 18 month old and was pregnant at the time). Eventually he was down to just that one bottle at bedtime. I watched him a few days and realized he would drink all the formula and be asleep but still sucking away on the empty bottle or he would just let it drop out of his mouth before he was done. So I started putting 4oz of water in there instead of formula. He never seemed to notice. It was the bottle he wanted, not what was in it (wish I had none that earlier, lol). After a week or so of water I just gave him an empty bottle to suck on and that worked great. He would suck on it for a few minutes and go right to sleep. Eventually he gave that up, too. And despite having a bottle in the middle of the night he has the best teeth out of the kids, lol. We totally lucked out. I had a cousin who gave her kid lots of milk at bed and soda and candy and all of his teeth were rotten before he turned 5. They had to put fillings in all of the back ones and waited for the front ones to fall out. Poor kid. Main reason I don't let my kids have junk food.
@adonica (439)
• United States
5 Nov 06
I don't have any children but this is how my mom weaned my sister off her bottle and it worked. She had us put our baskets out for the easter bunny and had us leave something for him. She told my sister that the easter bunny would love to have that bottle and convinced her to put it in the basket for him. The easter bunny took it and she never asked for it after that. I guess a lil' one could leave it for santa to :)