Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bye Bye Bottle

As you all know, James turned one a couple of weeks ago and that is the time they tell you to ween kids off of their bottles. I intended to do this slowly, as I did with Beth. Beth didn't make it too hard. I waited a couple of months with her because we were moving and I didn't want to make it too traumatic, but it really wasn't too hard to get her off bottles. James on the other hand has always been a little more attached to his bottle because he doesn't have a binky so it has always kind of been his comfort object (along with his favorite blanket, Aka Bippy). I didn't think it would be too bad. The week of his birthday we got him from 5 bottles a day down to 3 without too much trouble, so I just thought we would keep doing that until we were down to just the bedtime bottle and then do what we had to do to get rid of that...but he seems to be getting MORE attached instead of the other way around. This morning he was just pointing to where we keep the bottles and whining. He knows what he wants and is very persistent about it! So I guess we are going to try the cold turkey approach. UGH! He will drink from a cup, but when it is those bottle times he takes a few sips and then throws the cup because it is not what he wants. He usually drinks a bottle at nap/bed time too so this means its going to disrupt his sleep schedule probably. He was already a royal stinker about going down for his morning nap and then only slept about half the time he usually does, if that. Ugh. It is going to be a long few days. He is already so whinny, which is not my James! We picked a bad day too, I have the mother of all migraines...what were we thinking exactly? Plus that dumb root canal is still bothering me, how can a tooth that no longer has nerves hurt so much, I never understood that... Anyway, if anyone has any advice on surviving this or any better ideas, please send them my way! I'm so sad to let go of my baby and my bottle snuggle times, but we have got to end this I guess...*sniff*

4 comments:

Summer said...

My advice - don't stress yourself out or stress James out and make everyone miserable. Randy had one or two bottles a day until he was 3 and he's semi-normal. . .

emily said...

sad. i hate transitions. i didn't take isaac's bottle away until he was older--probably 2, but now i can't remember for sure. the really hard part was he didn't drink from a cup very well. he would take sips, but not chug it like he did bottles, so i don't think he was getting as much liquid. but it wasn't a big deal, just like with beth it sounds like. noah still has his (19 months and going!)...i guess i should try but i'm not up for it just yet.

lynette said...

We just BARELY weaned my son from the bottle (like 3 days ago). He's pretty much on a hunger strike and he couldn't be fussier. I guess I don't really have any miraculous advice except stick with it. I feel your pain!!!

jennybrum said...

We did the cold turkey approach for binky and bottles with both my kids because that's what our pediatrician recommended. The first three days were HORRIBLE, but after that they both adjusted fine and went back to their regular schedules. Just pick three days when you are all feeling well. You can always bring him to my house to scream. I'm used to the commotion!