Loving him and being a good parent is getting him off the bottle at 2. This may seem counterproductive especially as you have just gotten him into a good sleep routine but this will be of benefit in the long run.
First off you re far from a bad parent and they definitely don t hate you.
How to get my 2 year old off a bottle. The bottle guzzling tyrant in my house would wake at 3 a m. Sippy cups can be used as a transition between bottles and open cups and they can minimize spills unless your toddler unscrews the top. The american academy of pediatrics aap recommends that parents wean their children off the bottle completely by 15 to 18 months of age.
That s not to say there isn t a good reason for phasing bottles out in your child s second year. Slowly reduce the quantity of formula for babies under a year or whole milk in babies over a year you put in the bottle and top off each feeding with formula or milk again in babies older than 12 months in a cup. You re doing everything right.
Even though the bottles of milk may help the toddler to go to sleep in the first place which is generally why the bottles are. Starting at 6 months let kids occasionally drink from a sippy cup so when you eventually do get rid of the bottle your child will already be acquainted with the cup suggests corrigan. And often this means the toddler is actually falling asleep whilst having the bottle.
If you re really eager to wean your toddler from the bottle just avoiding the worst may seem too gentle. Try these tips to get your little one to leave his bottle. I eventually just moved to a sippy cup and threw the bottle out.
1 and to be honest it s not appropriate to set solid general deadlines for milestones such as weaning. I had the same problem. But right now all three of you are getting the worst of both worlds.
When you start using a sippy cup use it for all liquids including milk right away and then switch to an open cup such as a 2 handled cup as soon as your child can manage it usually before age 2. But a bottle of milk on your lap as a comforting snuggly end to the day followed by cleaning his teeth isn t necessarily something worth fighting over. Kids who have bottles before bed as part of their routine tend to be more prone to night waking too and will often ask for another bottle before they can drift off again the bottle has become a sleep association.
There are two main ways to weaning your child off of the bottle. For gradual bottle weaning it s usually best to cut out a bottle in the middle of the day followed by the morning and then nighttime bottles miller says. And ask for just a tiny milky.
Change up the night time routine. For bottle fed toddlers a really common issue for parents is that the bottle has become an integral part of the going to sleep process on which the toddler has become very reliant. You might also try only serving water in the bottle one feeding at time which may make your baby bored enough to give up.
Gradual bottle weaning and cold turkey. Took 3 nights of crying and up and down with my daughter but it had to be done. You and your.