Post # 1
My son who is almost 5 still drink from a bottle, that is the only way he will drink his milk. He is in daycare, drinks from a cup in the daycare, and uses a straw to drink his milk(at daycare). I am trying to take the bottle away from him, but my husbands said no because he wont drink milk anymore, he is a very picky eater only eats like 5 kind of food, chicken nuggets, bbq wings, crackers, and cheese. He likes mostly liquids. I took the bottle away from him, i told him you are a big boy now. He refuses to drink milk,,,. Any tips in how i can take the bottle away. I know he can drink from a cup, he does in daycare, but refuses to do it at home.
Post # 3
@brokeninnj: he doesn’t need to drink milk. You are the parent. Throw away the bottles.
Post # 4
He clearly knows how to get what he wants from you. Set firm boundaries and take the bottle away. It’ll suck for a day or two, and then he will get over it. Also, how is he getting nutrients if he isn’t eating veggies?!
Post # 5
@brokeninnj: agree with the PP, take away the bottle. It’s going to be rough at the beginning, he’s going to have plenty of tantrums but you have to stay strong and not give in. No child will starve themselves, if he is hungry, he will slowly start to replace the milk with more solid food.
Post # 6
Simply throw away the bottles. There will be temper tantrums but he will survive.
Post # 7
@brokeninnj: why don’t you take him shopping for a new big boy cup of his very own? let him pick it out. maybe one with a built in straw or some superhero on it.
have you tried weaning him off the bottle by not putting the lid and nipple on it and just let him use it as a cup?
you are the parent and he needs to know that you are the one in control. i would throw out the bottle. does he drink other beverages at home other than milk? what does he drink out of?
Post # 8
@mypinkshoes: He drinks other beverages from a cup, already tried the superhero cups, I have a 9 month old, and when he sees her drinking he wants the bottle. He still thinks he is a baby 🙁
Post # 9
@brokeninnj: My little sister drank from a bottle until she was 4 1/2, until the bottle fairy got rid of all the bottles and gave her a teddybear. Arent you more concerned about him only eating the foods you listed? Kids are only allowed to be picky if their parents let them.
Post # 10
@brokeninnj: We had the “buh buh fairy” at our house, and the buh buh fairy took away all the buh buhs when my brother and I were old enough to stop drinking from bottles. I think my mom said it was a traumatic time, but we got over it pretty quickly.
Post # 11
I get that it’s harder because you can’t just throw away all the bottles because your baby still uses them. Honestly, he’s probably jealous that he has been ‘replaced’ to a certain extent by a new baby; that has been his role for years, and now he’s expected to grow up while he sees her getting the treatment he wants. However, that being said, I would stand my ground. No bottles for him. If he doesn’t drink milk, fine. He doesn’t need to drink milk. He does need to give up the bottle.
Post # 12
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@mypinkshoes: I love these ideas, especially choosing a cup with his favourite character.
@brokeninnj: OP, I’m not a parent but I am a kindergarten teacher and I do encounter these problems sometimes. I guess sometimes as the teacher it’s easier for me to be ‘Mr bad guy’ than the parent, but in this case I would do as pp said (buy a nice cup together) and then simply take away the bottles for good after explaining why (you’re a big boy, you need to be a big brother to your sibling, mummy and daddy don’t use a bottle) etc.
If he doesn’t like the cup, then he will just have to go thirsty until he breaks (even if that takes a few days and a few temper tantrums). You don’t need to worry about short-term problems such as two days without drinking milk, because that *really* isn’t the end of the world.
Post # 13
@brokeninnj: My mom works at a preschool. She says that if he can drink milk with a straw at school, he can do it at home. He’s not doing it because you are not enforcing it.
Throw the bottle away.
He will drink milk after throwing a fit.
Post # 15
@brokeninnj: COLD TURKEY! Take it away! If he is hungry he will eat. You are the parent and need to set boundaries now otherwise he will know what he can get away with and will push you!
Post # 16
@brokeninnj: i think the new baby is the reason. you will soon be introducing sippy cups to the baby (if not already) so there will be no need for bottles in the house. perhaps try to make your son feel like he needs to help train his new sister how to use a cup. he needs to be the influence.
you need to remain in the control position. i have a feeling the 5 year old thinks he is. i would also be a bit concerned as to the limited menu. does he eat any fruits or vegetables?