Bottle battle

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Chickdey's picture
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Bottle battle

Ok so I know they say that babies should be off the bottle by 12-18 months but Sigrid is attached to her bottle. She gets so cranky when I don't give it to her and she will say baba over and over again and cry - its so hard. Im not sure what to do to ween her off? Anyone else still on the bottle?

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Maia's still getting two bottles a day... one before nap and one before bed. She goes to nap and bed on her own, after taking her bottles, but I'm afraid that she really associates them with the ritual of going to bed. We do the whole rocking, snuggling, taking of the bottle and then I put her in the bed. I've been afraid to try to replace those two bottles. I know I need to do it soon, though or it'll be a hard(er) habit to break.

Maybe you should wait a couple of weeks and attempt weaning again?? Does she like her sippy cup? Good luck with Sigrid!!

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DH and I were just discussing this. Alison acts like her "baba" is her best friend. How ever will I get rid of the bottle??

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i dont have any great advice, both of my kids were more than happy to stop using the bottle, kylee actually started refusing it at 11 months. its the paci that is the enemy in this house :confused:

i dont know if it would work for a bottle, (maybe its just the comfort of sucking?) but i weened my son off a paci by cutting part of the nipple where it would go flat if he sucked it. maybe cutting a little bit of the nipple and giving it to them? of course, i wouldnt put more than a little sip in the bottle. but maybe they will realize that its broken and not want it anymore?

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"iluvmygemini" wrote:

i dont have any great advice, both of my kids were more than happy to stop using the bottle, kylee actually started refusing it at 11 months. its the paci that is the enemy in this house :confused:

Our house too! UGH! I know he's still a baby and all, but I have never liked paci's and want it gone, but sometimes it is the only thing (besides the boob) that makes him happy.

I don't have any input on the bottle thing. Nathan never liked them the few times he had one. Hope you can figure something out soon!

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good luck, no bottle or paci here so totally no help, but i do think from watching others the sippy cup might be a good distraction, maybe try offering her both, her favourite drink in the cup and her least fav in the bottle? (here it would be pear juice in the cup and prune in the bottle!). with other things jade seems to respond well when she gets some input into the final choice (lame but it works!) good luck

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Oh my....we have a well-child appt tomorrow and I'm sure at 15 months the Dr is gonna tell us off.

D & R still get a bottle at nap time & bed time. We cut out the morning bottle last week, which wasn't too bad since it wasn't associated with sleep. They will drink from their cups all day but at sleepy time it has to be a bottle.

I did attempt taking away the nap bottle last week too. Wow that was horrible. And, even though I probably shouldn't have, I gave in....they are teething and felt miserable already. We have not tried since. (LOL, 'We'....actually it is ME not DH)

It is also funny that if they even SEE their bottles they will scream and tantrum wanting a bottle instead of cup.

I don't know what to do. I'm sure the Dr will tell me tomorrow though.

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I would try to cut out the least important one first. I wasn't weaning Drew off the bottle, but when we weaned from the breast I cut out the session he cared least about first. He was much more attached to the night time session than the morning, so I made it a point of distracting him with something fun instead, like watching Blue's Clues and having a snack.

Hope you guys find a way to smoothly transition!

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OK, I just attempted removing tonight's bedtime bottle and.... it went much better than expected!

Usually they eat dinner at 6, bath at 7, then to bed with bottle. But today I gave them sippy cups of milk before bath and afterward. Allowed them to drink as much as they wanted. David had 2 full cups (16+oz!?) was put into his crib and he cried for about 5 minutes and was out. Rachel wasn't interested in the cups up until bed time. She kept trying to lay on her back to drink (like a bottle) and would cry because it doesn't work that way (straw cups). I had to rock her while she drank for awhile then put her into the crib when she stopped drinking. She is now snoozing! Score 1 for mommy! Biggrin

Not sure about tomorrow's nap time or bed time, but at least it is possible!

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You've given me the incentive to try that tomorrow night, lady! Dirol Congrats and I hope they keep it up for you! David sounds like Maia. She will drink two sippies back to back sometimes!

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My daughter was born Feb 2 last year. She still loves her bottles and I don't care in the least! Moreover, her doctor echoes my feelings on the matter. I plan to slowly get rid of all the bottles by her second birthday. Right now she has 3 a day, all associated with nap/bed times.
I don't think any of us need to worry about our babies' bottles quite yet!

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This is my 1,000 post! Biggrin

Tonight I gave Maia a sippy cup of milk to drink while we read her the bedtime stories and she went to bed without a hitch! Let's hope it stays that way. LOL Now, though, I don't know what to do with her nap.... Hannah, did you have any trouble with nap vs bedtime? Maia seems to associate her nap with her bottle more than she did bedtime, I think. If we could get rid of that one, I think we'd be .... bottle free!

jubileerose, thanks for posting!! I was becoming afraid that I was too late in doing the weaning. I think you're right in that the babies will do it in their own time. I don't think I'll force the nap/bottle issue yet and maybe she'll grow out of it like she's seemingly done with her nighttime one.

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Amanda - yay for 1000 posts, and getting rid of the night bottle. Smile

I was feeling confident with how the bed time bottle removal was so I just carried it on the next day for the nap. I had to extend the nap routine, sat with them and read a book while they finished their cup. I don't usually do a book at nap time. So, that helped the first couple times but now they are just fine. They did whine for a few minutes before falling asleep, and sometimes still do, but after a few days adjusting it is going well.

For us, I think if I would have continued the nap bottle but not the bed bottle it would have confused them... created more of a power struggle since they would know they could get the bottle if they tantrum enough (from DH). I threw out all the bottle nipples last week, so there is no going back now!

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Hooray for throwing out all of the bottles!! David and Rachel are doing so great!!

Maia went to bed again with just a sippy of milk for story time. But at nap she threw a fit wanting her bottle. I think the problem is that nap time is not very structured for her. When I went back to work (when she was 8 weeks old) she was not on any schedule. My mom (who keeps her) just had to get her to sleep when she could... but instead of ever working out a scheduled nap Momma just kind of followed Maia's cues. Eventually (within the last 3 months) her nap became regular--every day at 12:30. But there is no ritual to it like there is at night... She kind of just lays down (with the bottle) and goes to sleep after she finishes it. I guess THAT is the ritual. So I'm not sure how to fix that and it's especially hard because I'm not home to really do it... But your story (and tips to extend nap time's ritual) gives me hope. I'm going to try to figure this out!

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Oh my... I'm glad it went well!

We are *almost* done with bottles. Both of them are teething something fierce, and have been in tears most of the day today, so they got a bottle for comfort, BUT for the last week or so we have been without! It helps that they already go to bed on their own, but that only took a couple days of crying.

I think that's what's helped us - them being able to sleep on their own. If we hadn't buckled down on getting their sleep under control, they'd be GLUED to their bottles. I think it helps that they never really cared about pacifiers either.

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D & R never had a nap time ritual either, bottle while in the crib then they fell asleep on their own. I would put them in the crib when I knew they were close to being sleepy.

So, there is hope! Nap time is still the toughest time. I just read a story, as they drink in their crib or on my lap, before the nap then leave them to it. Some days if they are super fussy/tired I skip the story or just recite one from memory while I get them calmed down. (It's amazing how I can remember so many different kid stories without the book!)

I did wait until there were a few happy days of no fussing - like, I waited until David's teething issues calmed down before attempting the complete removal of bottles. He has been fussy today so it was a challenging nap routine earlier.

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Just an update--we're on day 4 of no bottles. I did what you were doing with nap, Hannah and it worked great!! Biggrin

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Excellent!! So happy it is working for you guys!