Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Kitty | 2008-12-18


Giving up the bottle

My son is 27 months and has a bottle of milk when he goes to bed and wakes during the night wanting tea (I only give him about 100ml at a time). I know that this will be a problem when we try night-time potty training, so I want to try wean him off the bottles at night. Last night I tried talking to him, telling him that big boys don' t drink from bottles, they drink from cups, in hopes that if he drinks from a cup it is less liquid and he may not want to get up and drink. So, when he woke for his tea bottle, I tried to give him the cup and he just threw tantrums, until I eventually just gave him the bottle, but explained that he should not be drinking from the bottle, etc. I thought that maybe he isn' t ready to give it up - he has never had a comfort object (teddy/dummy/blankie). Should I wait a bit longer before trying again, how should I go about weaning him, that isn' t going traumatize him too much?

Expert's Reply



You need lots of patience to get this right. Continue to explain to your son that bottles are for babies and he is a big boy now. Substitute his midday bottle first with a cup, then the night bottle. Reduce the amount of milk in the morning bottle which is the last one you need to try to get him to give up. Do not give your son tea at night, substitute with water if he continues to wake and offer this only from a cup. If he performs simply walk out of his room.Only return when he quietens down and again only offer him a cup. Do not beg and plead with him. Be firm and speak in a clear firm voice telling him what you expect him to do.

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