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How to stop Feeder Bottle

Sarita
1 to 3 years

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Updated on Oct 03, 2013

I am a working mother. My daughter would turn 3 years in November. Somehow she is not stopping the feeder bottle when drinking milk. She is on proper food and eats well, she drinks water, soup, juices etc in glass but when it comes to milk, she would want bottle. she drinks milk thrice afternoon, evening and night. Please advise what can I do

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aditi

| Aug 07, 2015

Hi, for me, all bottle feeds are already over except the midnight 1 which is about 5 AM. How can I get her to drink from a cup when she is half asleep?

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Aparna Bhatia

| Oct 17, 2013

please help me/give me ideas how to get her off bottles

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Aparna Bhatia

| Oct 17, 2013

My daughter is almost 2yrs 9 months old now. She is very adamant about not giving up on her bottle feeds and needs it everytime she wants to sleep. I have already tried all the tricks of buying her cups/sippers that she chose from shops, tried to tell her that baby far away needs one, but she isnt ready to part with it since I think she is too young to understand that point. I even tried to break her bottle and show that it was useless, but then my problem is now I also have a younger child (6 months) old who is using bottles and is too young to give up on that. My older one knows now that new bottles can be bought from shops since I got one for my younger one.

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Aparna Bhatia

| Oct 17, 2013

My daughter is almost 2yrs 9 months old now. She is very adamant about not giving up on her bottle feeds and needs it everytime she wants to sleep. I have already tried all the tricks of buying her cups/sippers that she chose from shops, tried to tell her that baby far away needs one, but she isnt ready to part with it since I think she is too young to understand that point. I even tried to break her bottle and show that it was useless, but then my problem is now I also have a younger child (6 months) old who is using bottles and is too young to give up on that. My older one knows now that new bottles can be bought from shops since I got one for my younger one.

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Neha Netragaonkar

| Oct 04, 2013

My son wud hv milk frm d feeder bottle til d age of 2. 7 yrs. Nw he is almost 3yrs n hasnt asked for his bottle since he left. Dis is a habit which d kids refuse to give up so easily. My sis had a baby n v convinced my son to give his bottle to d baby. He readily aggreed but did make a fuss abt it for abt a week. Even i got variety of straws n colourful mugs for him.

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Parentune Support

| Oct 04, 2013

Hey Sravani! This is an appropriate age for you to start the weaning process, though slowly, gradually, replace the bottle as they say with the cup/glass. Bottle- more than anything is also a comfort for the child, so while you need to take it away slowly, it has to be a gradual process and you would need to replace the comfort of the bottle with your love, affection and care through the weaning process.

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Sravani

| Oct 04, 2013

My son is 1. 5 yrs and I am trying to get him off the bottle too

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Sravani

| Oct 04, 2013

Dear all.. I have a question.. Ideally at what age should a child stop bottle feeding?

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Sarita

| Oct 04, 2013

Thank you Shikha and Arunima, the straw idea should work. Idea of postman is good too but its not going to work on her, she is little small and adamant to understand this. I can try it on my niece who is 5+ and still likes the feeder. Thank you both of you

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Anurima

| Oct 03, 2013

Dear Sarita, in addition to what Shikha has said, you could also try one thing which worked with my friends daughter. The little girl wouldn't give up the bottle till the age of 5. So my friend got her an attractive cup and told her that some babies far away do not have bottles to drink milk with. Since she is a big girl, she can drink out of the lovely cup her mom got her and she can give her bottle to one baby far away. This will make the baby and the parents very happy! So my friend and her daughter put her bottles in a nice bag, wrote a fake name and address and left in the letterbox. The little girl knew that Mr. postman took it with him on his next visit and delivered it to the baby. She feels proud and happy to have helped a baby far far away. The best part is she doesn't miss her bottle and happily drinks from her cup! You could try this little approach too. Children love stories, so make one up! If it doesn't work now, you could wait a little longer and try again once she is closer to 4 years old. Bottles are more of a thing of comfort to most children. Let her give it up when she is ready :) Hope this helps.

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Shikha Batra

| Oct 03, 2013

Dear Sarita! Bottle feeding is a habit which a child might take time to shun. U shd be slow in ur approach. try giving away with one time bottle feed n instead try attractive sippy cup, straws , her favorite cartoon characters sippers, etc. during the time of feed Then try giving up second feed n finally completely withdraw bottle. U cud tell her stories where u cud share how grown ups grow faster when they drink from glass, sippers etc. the child might cry for few days but u need to be firm n not give up. Hope this helps!

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