It boils down to just taking them away.
It might be easier (and nicer) if the bottle fairy visits your house. Here's what I did with my 2 year old:
First, I hid all but 4 of her bottles. She didn't know any were missing, she had one when she wanted one and that's all that mattered to her.
Then I told her that the bottle fairy would be coming soon. Since she was no longer a baby, the bottle fairy was coming to take her bottles to a brand new baby.
I put an empty gift bag outside her bedroom door and every morning, I had her put one bottle in the bag, reminding her that when all the bottles were in the bag, the bottle fairy would come.
Once they were all in the bag, the bottle fairy came that night. The bag disappeared and a simple toy (a 50 cent punch balloon) was left in it's place.
Every time she has asked for a bottle, I've reminded her about the bottle fairy. There have been no tears, no screaming.
at 12:46 AM on Apr. 5, 2009