We are coming to the end of what seems like a life time of having bottles in our house. It’s not something that has happened over night. We have been doing small changes to get to the end goal of no bottles. I thought I would share with you what we have done. Just incase any of the things we have done will help you.
How to wean toddler from bottle
Dropping the nap time bottle
This was the first thing we did. I started to notice that Alby wasn’t really needing a bottle to go down for a nap. He was just messing around with it. Or throwing it around his cot until he fell asleep.
To be honest he didn’t even notice that I had taken it away. He went to sleep fine and didn’t cry out for milk.
Reduce the amount of milk
Alby used to go to sleep with a bottle. It was part of his bedtime routine, bath bottle bed. Over the last few months I noticed that he still had milk in his bottle when he woke in the morning. Or when I went to check on him in the night. So I started to reduce the amount of milk I put in his bottle. ounce at a time. He got used to having less milk in his bottle and as the weeks went on he was drinking less and less. Until he wasn’t really using it to settle himself at all.
He then started doing the same as he did with his naps. He would mess around with it. One of his favourite things to do was to Squeeze the teat so the milk went all over his bed .Or he would just simply throw it over the side of his cot. Which used to give me a heart attack. As I always thought it was him falling out his cot. Even though he did it every night.
Take them all away
We are now throwing all the bottles away . When I say throw I will probably take them to work for the children to use in the role play area. I just don’t want them in the house. You know what it’s like you have one bad night you give in give them the bottle and that’s it. They want a bottle more than ever and it’s 100 times harder to stop them having one.
The next thing to tackle will be the dummy but I’m not sure that will be as easy as the bottle. We are though starting to make small changes just like we did with the bottle. All this change does make me a little sad though. It makes me realise my baby is no longer a baby.
I hope this how to wean toddler from bottle helps you and it isnt too stressful for you.