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Back tracking to the bottle

Has anyone had this happen? My 13 month old had the hang of a sippy cup and was doing great at about 11 months old only using a bottle when it came to meal times and drinking milk. About two weeks ago, he decided that he will not have anything to do with the sippy cup and only wants is bottles for juice, water, and milk. How do I get hime to go back to the sippy cup?

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Asked by DAjZeZnLE at 11:24 AM on Apr. 6, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • He can only backtrack to it if you give it to him. Get rid of it now before you end up having a harder time weaning him from it. He is over 1 year and shouldnt even have it anymore.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • I understand that, but he throws the cups and will not drink anything in it. I can't not give him liquids.

    Answer by DAjZeZnLE at 11:33 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • He is probably teething. Give him the bottle and accept the fact that parenting is not a straight line of progress. You will continue to take two steps forward and one back through out his life.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:42 AM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • I agree with anonymous at :42... two steps forward, one step back. Start giving him some small plastic cups to play with in the bathtub so he can start learning how to drink from an open cup. As long as his teeth are brushed twice a day and he gets only water after the bedtime brushing, don't worry about bottles at this point.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:01 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • Im sorry mama, but i would use tough love here.. He will take it if thats all he has, i bagd our bottles up and he never sees them.. If he thows a tempertantm and throws it down i laugh and leave it there... he will see that im not getting anything else and he will start to drink it.. There is no going back mama..

    Answer by HottMamaRossx2 at 1:09 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • He can only "back track" if you allow him to do so. Take the bottles away. You know he can use a sippy cup, there is no reason he should be receiving a bottle at all. They're going to be harder to take (again) later.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:17 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

  • A child will not go hungry or thirsty... So you can either accept the bottle or you can take it away and offer the cup. You know that your child can drink from it so if it's the only option, he will take it eventually. It's part of human survival...As the others have said, He can only backtrack if you let him. It might be rough for a while but if your truely want the bottle gone you can get through it otherwise just let him have it and hope it's not harder later to take it.

    Answer by monshine2 at 4:51 PM on Apr. 6, 2009

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