How Can I Get My 2-Year-Old Off the Bottle So It Doesn't Ruin His Teeth?

QUESTION:

"I need some advice on how to get my 2-year-old off the bottle.

I’ve tried putting just water in it or completely throw away the bottles and maybe find him a favorite toy that he likes. I tried having him full before bedtime. Nothing works. His father doesn’t like the idea of quickly removing it due to his tantrums.

When I try to change something or anything for my kids, I am the most hated person on the planet. My son did very well yesterday night because he slept with a full stomach, but tonight just wasn’t cutting it, I guess.

I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, and I know I’m a bad parent; I know my kids hate me. But what can I do to help my son get off the bottle, so his teeth aren’t messed up? Thank you!"

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TOP ANSWERS (AS SELECTED BY MODERATOR):

“Take him and let him pick out a sippy cup one that doesn’t spill when turned over; tell him that’s his new big boy cup.”

“My daughter just turned one, so no real-life advice from me yet (they make sippy cups with bottle nipple and sippy nipple attachments for easy transition) but I came here to say, even if you’re joking lightheartedly, YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT! And he does not hate you. You are the perfect mother/ father for YOUR baby. Good luck, I hear it doesn’t get any easier.”

“You are not a bad parent, 2-year-olds throw tantrums no matter what. We just went cold turkey, tantrums are to be expected but in my experience, after a couple of days they don’t even think about it anymore. Hang in there, momma.”

“You are not a bad parent and dad and you both need to get on board together and find a plan that works… sometimes taking the bottle away completely and letting them cry it out is the way to go. But it’s a job for two and both have to be onboard… let me tell you I have had to be the mean parent too many times and they get over it. Doesn’t make you bad.”

“You are not a bad parent and they do not hate you. That said you will just have to take it away and let him cry. Hubby will have to live with it or he can do the job of weaning him on his own.”

“Straw cup? Straws are fun! And if parents and older kids use straws it may be helpful too!”

“My 2-year-old was the same!! Always asking, not eating enough solid foods, and throwing tantrums. You just have to pick a day and decide you won’t give in! But stick to it, I gave in many times and gave her the bottle. But I stuck to it, she had many meltdowns, but she is happy and no longer on the bottle!! Good luck!”

“We started out giving my oldest a sippy with handles and a soft nipple, almost like a bottle but not quite. He picked that one up pretty fast but when it came time to upgrade to a sippy where he had to actually suck it out of it, he refused. So it took a little time, he kept losing his sippy so we finally said that was enough. We gave it to him and it took pretty much a whole day before he decided to give it a try. But that was all it took, just not giving him his other sippy, and boom he got it. Same thing with the now current upgrade we did recently to a cup.”

“During the day offer a sippy cup. If the bottle is used for bedtime decrease the amount of milk you put in it each night by an ounce. By the ending of a week or two, the bottle will be empty and you can say “all gone”. Then offer a sippy cup with water to go to bed with. I did this with all my kids, much less traumatic to them and you weren’t taking it cold turkey from them. This is something they have learned to have for two years so it should be weaned off, not just stopped (just my option).”

“Get rid of all the bottles and buy sippy cups. It won’t be easy. But it works. As long as the bottles are available to him and he knows they are he will not give in.”

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Just have to let him cry it out. Took about a week for my daughter

My son who’s 30 now . we made him throw his bottle away and explained to him he wouldn’t get it back it worked for me hope this helps

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Have you tried a big boy bottle like fruit shoot bottles and put it next to his bed and explains when he needs a drink then to have one. Or to give them to santa(maybe too young atm) but thats always an idea xx

Take him and let him pick out a sippy cup one that doesn’t it spill when turned over tell him that’s his new big boy cup

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Take it away and give them a supply cup. They will get over it. There is a supply cup i think its called nubby that has a rubber sipper sort of like a nipple

You are not a bad parent first of all. Second of all I would try letting him pick out a super cool big boy cup.

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You are not a bad parent and they do not hate you. That said you will just have to take it away and let him cry. Hubby will have to live with it or he can do the job of weaning him on his own.

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My 2 year old was the same!! Always asking, not eating enough soild foods and throwing tantrums. U just have to pick a day and decide you wont give in! But stick to it, i gave in many times and gave her the bottle.but i stuck to it, she had many meltdowns, but she is happy and no longer on the bottle!! Good luck

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Sippy cup only and stay strong momma he’ll be fine without a bottle

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Daycare helped a lot because my daughter was drinking out of her cup. I threw it away when we had a three day weekend. We had one bad night and that was it.

My daughter just turned one, so no real life advice from me yet (they make sippy cups with bottle nipple and sippy nipple attachments for easy transition) but I came here to say, even if you’re joking lightheartedly, YOU ARE NOT A BAD PARENT! And he does not hate you. You are the perfect mother/ father for YOUR baby. Good luck, I hear it doesn’t get any easier.:baby::ribbon::heart:

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Soft nippled sippy cup

Tell him the story about how the bottle Fairy comes around when he’s a big boy and Bottles taste so yucky to him and he takes it away and then he leaves a brand-new shiny bottle for him the next day… so then soak the bottle in vinegar so the nipples taste gross so then he knows that the little fairy is coming that night

Let him take a soft top sippy cup to bed.

You are not a bad parent! Take the bottle away without him seeing and only offer sippy cups. My daughter resisted it until I put chocolate milk in. She hasn’t looked back since. Good luck!

I have had good luck with soft spout sippys… Munchkin brand and Nuk brand.

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Keep putting less and less in the bottle at night. And if your out past his bedtime and he’s asleep do t make one unless he asks and even then only do 1 ounce. Within not even a month he won’t want it

Thankfully my son was 18 months old he threw his bottle away when I suggested it and started using sippycups at night now at 20 months he doesn’t go to sleep with that either. Sometimes with somethings just gotta wait for them to be ready in their own time.

Ugh. This is the worst. My first would not get off the bottle and the second would not let got of her pacifier. You are not a bad mom and they don’t hate you. It’s hard. Try a sippy cup. Tell them it’s just for big kids. Good luck momma