It has been a long time battle with my daughter weaning her off her bottle. Unlike with her potty training which she immediately embraced, leaving her bottles behind is just too much for her. She is more than three years of age and whether she likes it or not, she needs to give up her bottles soon.
I want her to stop drinking milk from her bottles but I not from drinking milk. I want her to continuously drinks her milk until she’s grown up because milk is important for the body. My dilemma is if I take away the bottles forcefully, she might also stop drinking milk. This is the usual experience of the other mommies I’ve asked. So what I’m praying is that she’ll voluntarily give up her bottles. I also grab every opportunity which I can use to persuade her leave the bottles and use cups or mugs instead. When we went to Daiso, a Japanese store, one time, she eyed a fancy mug. She asked me to buy it for her. I told her that I can buy the mug but she should use the mug for her milk instead of the bottle. She agreed. But she immediately returned to her bottles after two tries. Needless to say, the first attempt was a failure.
Couple of days ago, I started another attempt. My husband and I were planning to switch her milk to another brand. But we need to know if she will like the prospective brand, so we only bought a sampler size. When she saw that I was getting another milk, she told me that she wanted it. So I told her, “Okay we will buy this, but you have to throw away your bottles and drink this milk from your mug.” She agreed again. That night, my husband and I asked her to throw her bottles. We handed to him a clean but used plastic bag and her bottles. We let her be the one to put the bottles in the plastic bag 🙂 Then, I tied the plastic bag and let her saw that I put it in the waste bin. That night, she also drank her milk from the mug.
The next day, she was looking for her bottles. I reminded her that she threw them the night before. She checked the waste bin and found it clean. Hubby woke up earlier and cleaned the mess 😀 She’s drinking her milk from her mug for two days now. The frequency of her milk intake decrease but she is compensating it with eating solid foods. I do not also allow her to go bed without drinking her milk. If she don’t want to drink it directly from the mug, I just spoon it for her. It is too early to say that we win the battle this time but too early too to say it is another failure.
Do you have the same battle? How did you win the battle? Let your victory be heard.