Weaning your little one from their bottle
Bottle yes? Bottle no? My son is two and a half years old and we recently weaned him from his bottle. He used his bottle a lot more for comfort than he did for feeding or thirst.
Is your little one ready?
It can be tough to determine when your son/daughter is ready to wean from their bottle. I think there are many things to consider to figure out if they are ready. So these are some of the thoughts that rolled through my mind to figure it out,and come to a conclusion that they were ready to wean from the bottle.
Yes I think all mothers use age as a huge factor. Is my child old enough to be without this? My son was two and a half so I knew that was a decent age to be without a bottle. The age differs with each child, so with you as their mom go with your gut.
Is my son emotionally ready to take this step? I hesitated on this with my son, he is more emotional than any other little boys his age I know. And because he used his bottle as a comfort this is something I thought about more than once.
I think this is something to think about for sure, If your little one has milk or juice in their bottle often than try water. By the age of 2 my kids are already having no milk or juice ( except on certain occasions ) in their bottle only water. Milk or juice can cause tooth decay really quickly. If your child has another liquid they are downing while using a bottle it could be time to either wean or start on water.
Are you up for the challenge? It took me three hard days to wean my little boy just during the day ( not weaned at night) from his bottle. It was tough. So you need to know that you are ready for the toddler tantrums and emotions that come with it.
I knew that my son was old enough, was emotionally ready, had water in his bottles, and that I needed to have him weaned. So I was ready. I decided to take the plunge.
This day was crazy! I had to let my son know countless times that he was now a big boy and didn’t drink bottles except at bedtime It took him a while to understand that he couldn’t have bottles. I would always offer him a cup of water when he asked.
He didn’t go into the sippy cup stage. I tried it and didn’t like it. it seems like he was still drinking a bottle.
This day was as hard as the first to be honest. He still continued to ask ALL-DAY-LONG for a bottle! It was super frustrating but I think the trick is to stick with it, don’t give in.
This day I felt like I could sigh a breath of relief. He knew by this time that he only got a bottle at bedtime. And you know what is cool about this? It totally set up to make the nighttime weaning so much easier!
This can be different for everyone. For me It went easier than expected. My little one one asked for bottles at bedtime for maybe another two nights. Than he would start to say “i”m a big boy, I drink out of cups,” So I would give him a drink out of a cup before bed, he would cry slightly than deal with it. It was so much easier than day weaning!
As a mom things like this can make you wonder what to do. But I am a believer that moms know what is best for their own kids. If you are good with your 4 year old still drinking a bottle go with it. You know what is best for them. Don’t let what the world thinks or the mom next door is thinking on how you raise your little ones, do it your way!
If you liked this try How you can wean your baby from their pacifier.
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