Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: EKKE | 2009-12-11

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TAKING 2 YEAR OLD OFF THE BOTTLE

Hi need your advice please... My 2 year old daugther is by a daymother where she does not drink out of her bottle at all, but at soon as we stop at home she ask for her bottle. When she goes to bed and during the night she drinks her bottle. When can I take her of her bottle and how please.. Thanks

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

The best way is to offer her a sippy cup or toddlers cup whenever she wants to drink. If she still wants a bottle at night only this is still acceptable. She will hgive up wanting to drink from a bottle by herself. Be patient and encourage her to drink from the cup every day.

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Posted by: another mom | 2009-12-11

wait till she is about 18 months but you could start now too, just that its nice for them if they like it and it comforts them to wait a bit. You will have to play out a big act that a kitty/doggy/monkey came into the yard and took the bottle for its baby and the bottle therefore will not be comin back, find a time when she is aware like maybe you hear a bit of noise outside and then act out the whole scenario and of course make sure you then get rid of the bottle because the whole story should be real, she might cry but tell her the kitty needed the bottle for its kitten or something and make it a special type of sharing story and that she is now too big for it, otherwise try the trick that someon tramped the bottle with the car by mistake and now it broken/gone, of course a 2 yr old does not realise you can BUY another, just maybe dont take her past the bottle dept in the supermarket for a while. She mite wake in the nite and ask for it for about 3 nites, remind her even in her sleep and b4 she goes to bed remind her what happened. Within 3 days she will be over it and then stop talking about it altogether unless you trying to tell her she too big for it. Good luck not easy!

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