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saying goodbye to the bottle for a 2 year old

(11 Posts)
MamaT Wed 19-Jan-05 14:16:44

I'm new to this, but I've been reading some of the messages and it's great to see I'm not alone. I'm a follower of the Annabel Karmel and Gina Ford bible's and things have gone fairly well. Eats and sleeps well most of the time. I'm really struggling now though with saying goodbye to the dummy and bottle. I need any helpful advice that might be out there.

galaxy Wed 19-Jan-05 14:25:28

No advice coz I can't get dd to drop the bottle - point blank refuses to drink milk if not in her bottle.

Libra Wed 19-Jan-05 14:28:49

I think I would say 'just do it!'. Have to admit that my mum got rid of the dummy for me. Took DS2 down to stay there at the age of 14 months and had to go away for a few days. Handed over our precious supply of dummies. Mum just said, 'Oh, we won't need those will we?' and when I came back they had all gone. Bottles went out last weekend. He is now 2.1 and they were creating problems because he was living on milk. He did cry for a bottle for a couple of days, but because they weren't in the cupboard, and he could see that, he soon stopped. Encouraged him to try out lots of 'big boy' cups like his brother. I think my DH was more addicted to the bottles than DS2 was - they were an easy fix when DS2 got grumpy. Once DH was on the side of throwing them out they went fast.

joanneg Wed 19-Jan-05 14:30:18

I just took the bottle away one day (after cutting it down). I chucked them all away.

I tried all different cups but ds refused to drink milk - so I made sure he had calcium in other products. And then about a month after cutting out his bottle he started drinking milk again! And now he drinks a lot! I think he refused at first as a last stand! He thought that I would cave in and bring the bottle back!
When he realised that I meant buisness he gave up!

hermykne Wed 19-Jan-05 20:43:48

mama my dd still has bobo and dodo on the go at 2, so i now say dodo only for sleep and bobo only in morn and even, but if things are a bit hectic i usually succumb, try water in the bottleinstead , might put them off!

milge Wed 19-Jan-05 20:46:56

I've just got my 2.4yo twins off the bottle and onto Tommee tippee 12m cups. I just bit the bullet and swapped over one evening after bath. They refused the milk for about a week, dd even wailing till 11pm in protest, but now they drink it as before. Don't give in and use a bottle again, or you will make a rod for your own back, cos your lo will know.... I chucked mine away during the week of wailing, just so i wasn't tempted. A month later all is back to normal Good luck. Can't help re dummies, as both of mine are still attached to their muslins.

janeybops Wed 19-Jan-05 21:16:06

Luckily for me my dd was biting her teat (the last one) so I said when you have bitten a big hole you will have to have a cup. And that is what happened!

Yorkiegirl Wed 19-Jan-05 21:33:02

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galaxy Wed 19-Jan-05 21:33:50

I did "agree" with dd no more bottles after her 2nd birthday but she cried and I couldn't do it

littlemissbossy Wed 19-Jan-05 21:36:39

I did the dummy first, then the bottle, cutting down on both initially, then I (or should I say ds) went cold turkey. He cried the first couple of days, but that was it... it really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Good luck

nutcracker Wed 19-Jan-05 21:38:18

I don't think Ds 2.1 would have a prob giving his bottle up, it's me that has a prob with it .............he's my baby

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