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Hitting the bottle (on the head)

Hitting the bottle

How do you tell someone they have to give up drinking because it’s becoming a problem? It’s a hard one, especially when that someone is two years old and their drink of choice is milk. My friend raised this question in our mum’s group last week because her son was wetting through his nappies at night. He’s two and a half, has a bottles at bedtime and sometimes wakes for bottles too.

I wasn’t very helpful because we still give Henry a bottle before bed most nights. We know he could move on but we like giving him something on those nights when he doesn’t eat enough dinner, plus he sleeps for 12 solid hours every night and we don’t want to do anything to change that.

However, if you do want to take away a toddler’s bottles, how do you go about it? Do you make them go cold turkey or do you slowly wean them? Have you got any tips or interesting stories? Do share so I can pass on the sweet knowledge and help my friend out. Thanks!


4 Responses to “Hitting the bottle (on the head)”

  1. Meredith Street

    We gradually reduced our kids bottles until the amount they were having was negligible, then we made a big fuss about new sipper cups and raved on and on about what a big kid they were for having their now tiny amount of milk out of a cup! Could the bottle go the way of the bottle fairy, where the kiddies donate their bottles to babies who need it more than they do? Nighttime is always tricky as no one is thinking clearly in the middle of the night (toddlers and parents included) but maybe a bit of a sticker/reward chart for not needing a bottle during the night? My kids love charts so we use them for pretty much everything!

    • kellyburnie

      I’ve still not introduced any sticker chart excitement for Henry but I think that’ll be part of our approach to toilet training. Also, love the idea of the bottle fairy, that would work really well with lots of kiddies keen to do good.

  2. Adele Bryson

    Oh my – (and i cringe in embarassment at this) Finn at 2 and half has a bottle morning, night and quite often once during the day before his sleep. To be fair he doesn’t always have it and we joke it seems to be his hot water bottle some days. But like you – grateful for it for when Finn hasn’t eaten a lot. His weight fluctuates due to his poor eating and I like knowing some nutrients are going in somehow. Also our plunket lady from PAFT, who has monitored him since we came home with him as a premmie, said to me if I was still breastfeeding I would be patted on the back and as far as she was concerned, as a Mum to four and grandmother to nine, he would give it up by himself over the next year or so and not to stress too much. That just like a breastfed babe they wean themselves. To be fair I think he is starting that process as like I say some of the time he barely drinks it unless he hasnt eaten much and on those days I am simply relieved he has had something. Also recently with him being sick and distressed in the night – yup we have offered a bottle because sleep is important to us – but we don’t give it to him when he is well. The other thing though I do find is how judgemental other people are of Finn and his bottle (and dummies) – one of my sisters constantly disapproves, and Finn’s nana also dislikes his bottle too. But it works for us so hey? I am learning not to judge what others do for their families, but it is hard to not be swayed by general opinion thats for sure :/

    • kellyburnie

      Very good point about breastfeeding and also just doing what works. I think a lot of judgy people probably haven’t been through as much sleep deprivation than those who are still up at night trying to find things which work!


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