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Home >  Information A-ZAll Kids Information Articles Breaking from the Bottle

Breaking from the Bottle

When it comes time to break your child from the bottle (the best time is by the time they are a year old, or not long after), there are a few things you should do to make this transition as quick and as painless as possible.

• Prepare your child. Instead of just taking the bottle away out of the blue on day, you should tell your baby in advance that it will be happening. While small children really don't have much of a sense of time, and when you say 3 days or a week, they have no idea what you are talking about, they can still at least be aware that it will be happening soon.

You should tell your child, however long in advance as you want, that in a certain amount of time, they will be a big kid and they won't need their bottle anymore. Remind them each day, and several times on the morning that you will actually be taking the bottle away.

• You should get some sort of replacement for your baby's bottle. After all, your baby has just become a big kid, and if they don't need a baby's bottle, you should get them a big kid cup to take its place. Do not let your child have the big kid cup until the bottle is gone. This way, they have something to look forward to for during the time that they are dreading.

• On the morning of the day that you will be getting rid of the bottle, you should, as mentioned above, tell your child several times that today is the day they become a big kid and the bottle goes bye-bye. They won't quite understand, but they are likely to be antsy anyway. They may not realize that the bottle will never come back, but they do realize that it's going somewhere without them and that is likely to be enough to make them very nervous.

• Have your child throw the bottles in the trash. This is a very important step in this process. If your child doesn't see the bottles get thrown away, he may not remember and may ask for it a lot more often. If your child sees the bottles get thrown away, but you were the one who did it, they are likely to remember but they are also likely to be extremely upset about it. You will also want to take the trash out immediately, because if you don’t your child will very possibly be digging through the can later that same day.

• Do it early in the day. Most children want their bottle the most when it is bed time. If you wait until later in the day to take the bottle away, then it's not very long before they will start to feel like they need it. If you do it earlier in the day, your child won't think as much about it for quite a while. Then, when bedtime comes, and you tell them they can't have the bottle because it's gone, you can also remind them of their new big kid cup and how they acted like a big kid all day long by drinking out of it instead of a bottle.

• Expect a rough few nights. This is one of those things that just to be done yet it is very difficult. Your child may very well surprise you, and they may remember throwing it away and not ask for it at all. This isn't very likely though. They may remember throwing it away, but they also may still ask for it. Some kids will cry for their bottle, and some won't. This is why it is important to get rid of all bottles in the house. If your child wants it so bad that they cry all night, you might give in and give it to them. But, if there is no bottle to give, you can't give in. While you may have a few really hard nights during the breaking process, most kids are completely broke and don’t even bring it up again after a week or two.

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