It turned out that at two months I gave the baby a bottle. In six months, the son refused first from the nipples, then from the chest. And there was only a bottle. At first there was infant formula in it, then, when the baby grew up, began to pour milk. From another bottle, he drank water or juice. The idea that we need to wean off the bottle arose, but something stopped me.
Perhaps the desire to sleep at night or the inability to endure the cry of your child. When the son was one year old, the dentist said that the bottle should be removed, otherwise there would be problems.
Awareness of the problem
Yes, the bottle became a problem that had to be destroyed, and as soon as possible. I did not want the child to have further bite problems, for example.
Of course, I began to think about how to select a bottle. After all, this is not a pacifier, in which there is no objective importance. I needed a bottle to drink, because my son drank rarely, reluctantly, unskillfully from a mug, which I was constantly told about, noting that I was a bad mother if I hadn’t taught the child to even drink.
The first attempt to solve the problem
At first I tried to limit the use of the bottle. Gave her only water, and offered juice and milk in a mug. My baby sulked, mischievous, but still refused to drink from a mug.
Then I decided to give a bottle with the same water, but only before bedtime so that he would sleep better, because he didn’t want to fall asleep without it. The situation did not change much, because the child understood that the bottle — that is, that even in the morning, when he woke up, she was, and then suddenly disappeared. Therefore, he walked around the house, looked for her, took offense, wept and asked.
Then I ventured to use the cardinal method – to take away the bottle completely. I understood what it threatened and what tantrums could be, but I decided on this …
So, I hid the bottle completely. Instead, they were offered two drinker. One with a spout.
Another with a straw.
The pipe with the pipe was rejected immediately, because it was impossible to suck water from the pipe. The second trough also almost got married, because the water had to be sucked out of it, making efforts, and my son did not succeed.
We were saved by the fact that when I was boiling the drinking bowls, I noticed in the one with the spout, the rubber covers that covered the spout inside. They were needed in order to get spill-free. These pads from the nose I removed. Water began to flow well.
I offered my son to drink again. And cheers! We made it. The child drank from the drinking bowl. He did not need to suck the water, it flowed by itself, and he drank, probably, just as we drink bottled water.
At night, too, everything went well. Once he woke up when he wanted to drink, – the summer, stuffy – drank from the spit-pot and went to sleep.
Time passed, and he stopped looking for a bottle. Sometimes I started asking for a mug, which I could not help but rejoice.
I understand that drinking water is only half of the road to independent drinking, but this is progress. And I am sure that my baby will soon begin to drink himself from his mug.
Have you encountered such a problem?