How to Get Your Toddler Off of Bottles

How to Get Your Toddler Off of Bottles


– Hi, I’m Dana. This is a question I get asked a lot: How do I get my toddler off of a bottle? And the question and concern
usually arises at bedtime. Now, this is kind of a
really big mindset shift that needs to occur for every parent because basically for the first
year of this child’s life, liquid has been the primary
calorie source, right? Whether it was breast milk or formula, that’s pretty much all
they were living on, right? A food yeah sort of came into the picture, but it was more secondary. The primary source was this fluid. But after the first birthday, that shifts. Now, liquid becomes a beverage and solids become the calorie source. Now, what happens though is a lot of people linger with bottles because they think they need
to fill their toddler’s tummy with lots of milk in order for them to sleep through the night. I’m here to tell you that
is not the truth, okay? Now, I’m assuming that they
have really good sleep skills. If they do not have good
independent sleep skills, then you’re gonna wanna pick up a copy of the Sleep Sense Program and get down the right road with that. But as far as adding milk
to your bedtime routine, it’s not necessary. It really isn’t. Often, if a child’s not eating well, the culprit is milk. Too much milk consumption
really interferes with a child’s solid consumption. So, for a lot of you,
it’s gonna solve those eating challenges that you’ve been having to end so much milk right before bed. Another common concern is that she won’t take milk in anything but the bottle. Now, I do find that this is
problematic if the bottle lingers much past the first birthday. This is a common occurrence because they get this weird association that milk only belongs in a bottle and they become very
reluctant to give it up. But I would say, switch to a sippy cup. You can get the little sippy
cups that have a soft top. Those are a little bit
easier to transition through, or just a plastic cup with a straw. A lot of toddlers really love straws and they’ll take the milk from the straw. But here’s the truth: If they don’t drink it, it’s okay. It’s okay. She doesn’t really even need cow’s milk. It’s not a necessary
requirement of her diet. In fact, many a person would tell you that you shouldn’t be
giving your child that. So it’s not the end of the
world if she doesn’t drink an eight ounce glass of
milk right before bed. Hopefully, she’s just had
dinner an hour or two prior, so she won’t be all that hungry or in need of lots of
calories right before bed. So, I hope that takes the
pressure off a little bit. If she doesn’t take it, it’s no big deal. I would offer some, maybe during
story time in the routine. If she doesn’t want it, no big deal. Don’t force it. She may come back to it. Some kids go on a little milk strike when you get rid of the bottle and after a few days of seeing that, well, it’s not coming back, I guess I’ll use this sippy cup now. They can come back to
it, so that might happen, but even if it doesn’t, I
don’t want you to panic. There’s lots of other ways
to get all that good stuff, calcium, and all that good
fat that comes from whole milk into her diet in other ways. You could also start just
offering little bits of it spaced throughout the day to see if you can encourage
her to drink some, if that’s important to you. Alright, thanks so much
for watching today. Sleep well.

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6 Replies to “How to Get Your Toddler Off of Bottles”

  1. my son is 22months old and only drinks bottle.he refuses d sippy cup.he doesn't want to eat solid.but am still trying because he is a very fussy baby.

  2. My son has been drinking out of cups and water bottles a few months before he turned one years old. He never really caught on to the whole sippy cup. He not a binkie child either. At night he’ll still wake up at night looking for his bottle ( he’ll only go through 2 8oz bottles until he wakes up at about 7 maybe 8 in the morning ) what should I do ?

  3. My baby is on a sippy he was introduced at 4 months and is fully on a cup now at 9 months and has been for two months now. A great bite proof cup darling and co its tried in my house and tested and its antibacterial

  4. I've a 3yr old she wont take a sippy cup I've bought about 15 different types and she goes to her other parents and they give in to shut her up at night basically. Home she doesn't get her way… I've tried to get them on the same page but easier said than done. I'm starting to worry about her teeth… any advice?

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