How to get rid of the bottle???

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a's girl's picture
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How to get rid of the bottle???

Any ideas? Alison loves her baba. She acts like it is her best friend. She will walk into the kitchen and say "baba"? and look around for it. I have been trying to limit to just nap and bedtime but that is hard too. We are going on a trip in September and I refused to have to take the baba with us. Any ideas???? Help!!!

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I thought we were going to have a huge fight with Maia, too, but she let it go with hardly a peep (just one day of crying). My family has always gone by the astrological signs from the Farmer's Almanac for weaning/potty training... I can look up when the next days are good for weaning, if you'd like!

There was another thread on bottle battles and I took Hannah's advice from that thread. I just let Maia have a cup of milk where-ever she'd had a bottle before. She had already been drinking from her cup first thing in the morning so that bottle had gone away easily. It was the night and nap bottle that we had to concentrate on. I took the night one away first because she seemed less concerned with it. I gave her a cup of milk to drink with her stories and surprisingly she was fine. For a couple of days we left it at that because she was far more attached to her nap bottle. (Plus we were waiting for a good weaning date.) But finally we tried, doing just like we do at night with stories and her cup. She was a bit more adamant about that one and threw a fit the first day. But after a day or two she was good with it, too.

Now, over a month later, she doesn't even want milk at her nap! So she only has it for breakfast, lunch, supper and before bed--she still seems to want something to drink during her stories. It's funny how that has totally switched since changing from the bottles. I'm sure she'll eventually give it up, too, but it'll happen when it happens.

Now, the paci... that's what I'm fearing! :eek:

Good luck, gal!!

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"prynn" wrote:

. My family has always gone by the astrological signs from the Farmer's Almanac for weaning/potty training... I can look up when the next days are good for weaning, if you'd like!

I didn't even know you could use the Farmer's Almanac for such things. That would be awesome!

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Ah! I didn't have to wait to get home to my copy. It's on their website. LOL!! You're in luck, actually--today and the next two days are supposed to be good for weaning. However, if that's not good for you the next good window is August 8-17th.

(Aug 8-17 is also good for potty training in case anyone is ready for that....)

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okay almanac is interesting! never even thought about that!
good luck kritsti! no advice here, we did the milk switch too from boob, nap was a snuggle and go to bed, morning and bedtime was a cup of milk, now she only gets her morning one since that's our "milk and coffee and cartoons" time!

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All that worked for us was persistence. We cut out the bottle and just started giving them the sippy cups. But we use Playtex cups that they have to suck on for the milk to come out. (Great for preventing spills!) They learned pretty quickly that they got milk out of the cups and from that, they just forgot about the bottle. Sure, there were about 2 or 3 times that we used the bottle for comfort, but even that faded out. (and we noticed they weren't sucking on the bottle as they normally would have... kind of like they forgot how to use them?) Just keep on! She'll get it. :vibes:

Maybe make a big deal about the sippy cup, and let her pick one out at the store or something. :vibes:

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I have found that just doing it, cold turkey, is easiest for young kiddos. They don't understand reasoning, or just this once, and consistency is key IMO. I have a friend who started putting milk in to her son's bottle and now he is almost 3 and still using it every morning/night. She has NO idea how to get him off of it.

We took G's paci away at 1 year (for her birthday) and we had 1 rough (if you could call it that) night and then it has been smooth sailing!!

Good luck with whatever method you choose!!

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Any luck, gal??

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She has a sippy cup during the day but still cries for the baba. I was trying to cut her down to just a bottle before bed but I am thinking that this weekend it is just going to go cold turkey!!