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My son turns 2 next month. Normally I have my kids weaned off of bottles around their 1st birthday but this time, well other circumstances dictated an exception. But now, we really feel he needs to wean from the bottle. The problem is he relies on it. For all the medical stuff he goes through, the bottle is a comfort, and quite frankly still his primary source of nutrients. He has finally started eating some solids again, very slowly, but still is primarily feeding from a bottle. We have tried sippy cups, soft spout sippy cups, straw cups, etc... and occasionally he will use them. but then most of the time, especially during the night, he will not settle without his bottle.
I am out of ideas. I need some fresh ideas. I can't just let it be when he throws his sippy cup because we have to keep his calories up. But somehow I feel I really need to wean him off the bottle.
What types of sippys have you tried? I struggled to get DD from breast to bottle when she was 6.5months old. Then I struggled with getting her to sippy. I started with a Nuby which is quite "bottle like": Cups and Spouts < Nuby Products | Nûby?
Then after maybe a couple of weeks to a month, I switched her to a sippy.
Does he drink water from a sippy? If so, are you using the same sippy for milk? If that is the case, try a different type of cup for his milk and keep the water cup only for water.
I still do this. Kirsty will drink water from any cup at all, but she will only drink her milk from 2 specific cups we have. I have 4 cups in total.
When do you offer the milk in a cup? Do you sit it down alongside a meal? Say for example, breakfast... does he perhaps nibble on toast? Maybe sit a cup beside him, no fuss, not verbal confirmation of "here's your milk"... just lay it down and make no deal of it? He may surprise you and just pick it up without realising himself!