Got rid of all ds bottles, did I do the wrong thing?

(6 Posts)
waffles1 Mon 06-May-13 08:23:21

My ds is 2 next week so I decided to get rid of his bottles. He was having 3 per day, first thing, pre nap and bedtime. The reason behind wanting to get rid of the bottles was that dc2 is due in sept so didn't want to be washing and sterilising millions of bottles and also just felt that ds was now old enough not to use them. We took ds to the shop and he choose he new big boy cup to use and we explained it was for milk and he seemed quite excited by all this. The first day worked like a dream, used his cup before his nap and before bed and drank most of the milk, great I thought! However day 2 was a different story, refusing the new cup and getting extremely worked up, but not actually asking for the bottle back just obviously not happy that something has changed. The bottle is usually given in a dark room whilst we have a snuggle in the chair then he is put into the cot for his nap and bedtime sleep so I guess the cup is not as snuggley and does seem different. My question is, do we preserver or bring back the bottle just for sleeping times? Is it better to get rid of bottles or ensure ds is having enough milk which yesterday he had none. Feel terrible that our cosy cuddle time has been disturbed and that he is now getting worked up before he goes to sleep :-(
Any advice would be fab, thank you!

at age 2 he doesnt really need a bottle (or much milk). I would stay with the cup (and brush his teeth afterwards). From age 1 they only need the equivalent of 300mls of milk and not all needs to be in drink form as other dairy and milk with cereal, etc also counts.

mamageekchic Mon 06-May-13 08:36:43

He definitely doesn't 'need' that much milk a day, my dd is 2 and has milk in cereal and maybe a small beaker later in the day (we got rid of the bottle at about 15mths). She gets enough dairy elsewhere. I'd also worry about the bottle on his teeth at this age, were you brushing his teeth afterwards? In short, I think you've done the right thing, stick with it smile

SweepTheHalls Mon 06-May-13 08:58:53

Honestly, cold turkey is best in my opinion, and getting he bottles out of the house is the best way to not cave not prolong it! Make sure he still has lots of cuddle time, and within 2days he will be fine on cups not bottles, promise! I did this with both my boys at 1.

Just get rid it will be fine smile no need for bottles or that much milk at two. He will take it from the cup if he really wants milk. If he chooses not to then just shows that the bottle was habit rather than need. Relax it will be fine smile

rrreow Tue 07-May-13 17:20:05

DS got upset when we switched from bottle to cup (by the way, I think at 2yo there isn't any need to sterilise anything anymore, just hot soapy water is good or dishwasher as good as sterilises things) but we stuck with it and within 2 or 3 days he was fine. He loves his sippy cup now (it's one of those non leak ones that has a little hole in the top, kind of like a takeaway cup from starbucks) and hugs it when we give it to him grin

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