My 3 year old still has a bottle. He will drink from other things like cups. Sport bottles/ straws. But he's getting quite upset when I hide his bottle. As long as it's just water is there a reason I should take the bottle away? I'm thinking it might cause his teeth to become crooked?
He is having assments for SN but no diagnoises yet.
My nearly four year old has a bottle of milk a day. I make sure he drinks it fast (he would love to take ages over it) and brush his teeth twice a day every day. Ten minutes of sucking a bottle is not going to make his teeth become crooked.
With my dd1 we just told her it was gone and went cold turkey with it. She had the mother of all tantrums screaming at us for about 40 minutes. But then gave in and never asked again. We did have cups we knew she could and would drink from before trying this though, sounds like you have a similar set up.
It was hideous and it is still our landmark for epic tantrums, I Nearly gave in after 30 minutes, but realised that would be a bad precedent to set and kept going!