Posted in Bottle Feeding, Toddlers

My son won’t get off the bottle

My 1 1/2 year old son doesn’t want to get off the bottle he will drink out the cup but at night he only wants his bottle how do I get him completely off.

  • Kalynne
    Dec 03

    Idk if this helps but....when my daughter turned 1 we got her off the bottle by completely doing away with milk at night. I know, it sounds terrible but hear me out. Step 1 was that bottles were only used for milk and everything else was in a sippy. After a couple of weeks we started giving her the milk in the sippy cup during the day and the bottle only at night. Then I sat her down and explained to her that big girls get milk for breakfast instead of at night like babies. At that point it was easy to convince her to have the milk in the morning and it was in a sippy since the bottles were only used at night. She got sick about 6 months later and she got a bottle then but it was more for comfort than being stuck on a bottle

  • Bin
    Dec 03

    My 1.5 years old son not even know what is ‘bottle’. Breastfeed 100%. Tried more than 10 bottles be he just refused to accept it. Help

  • Heba
    Dec 03

    start at morning with a cup and the rest of the day keep it bottle then after a week make it a 2time cup and just the night bottle then let your child throwing the bottle by himself in the trash and every time he drinks with a cup give him hug or special kisses in a funny way don't give him any tangible rewards like cookies or chocolate make the rewards quantity things like hugs and tickling

  • Sunee
    Dec 03

    Cold turkey. I felt bad initially, but the idea of my little man potentially getting cavities was enough to help me get over it. It was in his best interest so I went with it. This was about 3 months ago & my little man is now 20 months. Haven’t looked back since! Hope this helps with whatever you decide.

  • Stacy
    Dec 03

    Simply take it away. You're allowing your child to control you. We have to remember that we run the show. Also, you can start putting water or a less desirable drink.

  • Amanda
    Dec 03

    My parents came up with the bottle monster for me when I was little and one night replaced all of my bottles with fun normal cups and a stuffed animal. They said the bottle monster came during the night and needed the bottles for her babies. It was effective

  • Alexandria
    Dec 03

    We switched to a sippy cup with a rubber top and that helped my son! He was off the bottle in less then a week. Off milk at night within a couple weeks.

  • Sarah
    Dec 03

    I’m having trouble with this too. Following! Lol

  • Kayla
    Dec 03

    let him cry it out!! my grandmother used to say, " if he gets hungry enough, he'll eat what's in front of him."

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    Try using a joggers bottle? I forgot the name but its the spout you can close, we started with using them during outings, slowly bed time then he picked out one he liked so we introduced sippee cups.

  • Christine
    Dec 03

    I switched cold turkey from bottles to a straw cup on his 1st bday. I work part time and so he took bottles during the day 2-3 days a week and otherwise I breastfed. I also weaned from nursing when he turned 1 and I was so nervous about the transition, but he ultimately went with it. I had been offering water in the same straw cup from 6 months on so he was used to it.

  • Samantha
    Dec 03

    Try feeding a harty meal like turkey and rice for dinner. He could still be hungry before bed. I find myself changing night diapers or waking up to a bed wetting if I gave a drink to fall asleep.

  • Heidi
    Dec 03

    Maybe try something else to soothe him to sleep like story time, lullabies, a special blanket or toy? Milk isn’t the greatest on their teeth overnight so maybe switching to nothing before bed would be easier?

  • Kelsey
    Dec 03

    When my daughter turned 2 I had enough with the bottle! I felt rediculous her waking around with a baby bottle. Plus my daughter is tall so she looks like she's 3! The day after she turned 2 I had her throw it away and I told her no more bottle because she's a big girl now! She cried and we had a really hard 3 nights. After that nights got easier! Just don't give in! Throw them away and don't buy more.

  • Carly
    Dec 04

    We kept the night bottle until almost 2 years. Doc said it was fine, so whatever makes our life easier was our thought. About two weeks ago, he was demanding it at bedtime, so we didn't do it...and haven't since. Maybe just a matter of time.

  • Jessica
    Dec 04

    I’m in the same boat! Following for ideas!

  • Tyerra
    Dec 04

    Throw all the bottles in the house away..then you have no choice

  • Madison
    Dec 04

    I was able to do it surprisingly. I have a 22 month old boy and I just stopped giving it to him. I completely just quit giving him a bottle at night. And when he’d wake up I’d give him his milk in a sippy cup. Cold turkey is the best way to do it honestly. He still will call his cup a baba bc that’s what he associates his milk in the morning with but he definitely doesn’t take a bottle anymore and I’ve thrown them all away.

  • Kirstie
    Sunday

    My son I got a cup at Walmart that was a transition bottle, it came with a nipple that was a sippy cup spout but for a bottle. I put that nipple in his bottle at night and started slowly watering his bottles down until it was all water. Now I just put him to bed with a sippy cup of water.

  • Stephanie
    Monday

    I went cold turkey with my son. He didnt like it one bit, but every morning milk in a sippy cup. Took about a good 2 weeks for him to get bottle only at bedtime. Now he is strictly sippy cup at 1.5yrs old. We also use the Munchkin 360 cup.