How can I wean my 16-month-old from the bottle?

Tips on how to get a baby off the bottle without acting or feeling like the cruelest person in the world!!?? Son is 16 months old and has a bottle during the nap and at night. I have tried letting him cry it out, but I always give in. He wakes up to drink probably two full bottles a night. He’s always drunk all night. He breastfed all night till he was one n then bottle with vitamin D till now. Sooooo any tips, or should I just continue on letting him have it till he’s grown!!?


Only put water in the bottle and hopefully that will help

He’s only 16 months, shy are you doing this so early? It’s still part of their security at this age, he’s still a baby…

His nutritional requirements are being met through his bottles. 2 bottles per night is pretty normal. Small stomachs, fast growth.


16 months is a bit early imo. My son was 2 when I introduced the cup. He was 2 and a half when we got rid of bottles completely. Every child is diff however but … I personally wouldnt take the bottle away completely yet. It’s kind of a safe thing for them.

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Go by the farmers almanac for weaning it works

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Give him a soft tip sippy cup instead and have him get used to that for a few months then go to hard top sippys


I have 4 kids 2 I switched to a sippy cup before taking away night time bottles. 1 i had to be “mean” and throw it right kn the trash. My daughter is 20 months and no luck o. Weaning so far. So i will probably just be throwing hers out too.

Slowly ween milk out. Fill 3/4 milk use water to fill rest. Do that for a week. Then 1/2 milk half water for a week. Then all water. Then introduce a cup. My kids love the munchkin 360 cups. Good luck.

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Put what he don’t like in the bottle, and his milk in a cup…


Get a sippy cup with the part like a bottle and keep giving it to him with milk. I got my kids off the bottle like that. And it was easier with my second cuz he wanted are cups and his sister cup

We just switched over to a water bottle style cup. And then once she got used tl that slowely started to take away the milk and give her water.

Wen the baby is ready my doctor told me this let the baby come to you and tell you wen they are ready you push it later in life it could cause problems it worked far me with all my children good luck

That was your mistake. You should have given him a sippy cup when you weaned him from the breast not a bottle. Having him drinking that much at night will make it hard to potty train when he is ready too. Start switching him to cup instead of a bottle then start weaning him from the bottle at night…it will ruin his teeth!

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U wont be able to not feel bad. Go cold turkey. First few days will suck…but the child will learn quickly. That’s what we did. After 5 days, the crying stopped. They realized the bottle was gone. We tossed ours around 2, just before 2 actually, like 20 months. No more…just sippy cups and the straw ones. That’s all we had. They both got use to it. Really had no choice.
Good luck.

He doesn’t need any liquid with sugar in it overnight. That could rot his teeth. He shouldn’t be getting anything but water at night. All you can do is continue to offer a cup. He will not let himself starve or go thirsty. It’s an adjustment. Yes it might be hard but they all transition.

Back when my now 31 year old daughter was using a bottle. She was about 18-20 months and wanted a Barbie, I told her they are for big girls and your not a big girl yet you have a bottle, if you throw away your bottle you can get a Barbie. She walked over to the garbage and in the bottle went. Took her tight over to Toys R Us and she picked one out. That night she wanted a bottle, I reminded her the bottle was for babies, she’s a big girl now, she took Barbie to bed with her, and never asked for a bottle again.


Took my sons bottle at a year old and introduced sippy cups… he still got a sippy cup of milk at bed but now he’s 16 months old and we wake up to full cups of milk… he was a lot easier to break than my first son…

In my personal opinion, I would do only water in the bottle and give him his milk in a cup. At 16mos he shouldn’t need milk thru the night still. If he wakes up hungry thru the night, try feeding him closer to bedtime and make sure his belly is full. I can say from experience that letting them have milk in a bottle during sleeping times, will absolutely ruin their teeth. We were younger and clueless with our first daughter and thought we were doing the right thing because it seemed like that’s what she wanted. Little did we know the number of dentist appts would come from it. We have 1 appt left and she’ll have her teeth fixed. Just had our second daughter 2 weeks ago and will absolutely be doing it differently this time.


I’m a nanny for a 1 in a half year old. She calls her sippy cup " bottle" to dang cute!

First have him use a sippy or straw cup the rest of the time then reduce the numbers of bottles. My son’s feeding therapist had me slowly take bottles away. One bottle every few days or one a week. They’ll naturally up their intake of food and liquids. He needs more food at night because he shouldn’t need bottles throughout the night at that age. Put water in a sippy cup at night. I thought my son would really fight giving up the last bottle but by the time I had taken one away every few days, he didn’t even want the remaining one before bed.

After our daughter turned 1.
I introduced her to a step up bottle, instead of the standard normal nipple bottle and also a hard tip and soft tip sippy cup. She took both and loved them both. Different stage bottle might take them acouple day’s to adjust. But deffently help me to lean our child off bottle.
Once she was 1.5 or before she had no problem using only sippys and doesn’t even need sippys during naps or bed time. She is gonna be 2 in December and she is rocking the big girl cups now, wanting to be like mommy and daddy :heart_eyes: but she does still use her sippys.
It all depends on how your child takes to sippys or different stages of bottles. Your doing great mama! Keep it up!

Start putting water in the bottle and juice in a soft spout sippy cup. Worked wonders for my kids. They were almost offended by the water and wouldnt drink it.

Just switch. It will be a few days of learning the new. But no need to make it more difficult than it needs to be. Toss the bottles get a sippy cup. You might go threw a few different sippys trying too. We Intro sippys at 6m with foods. So at 1 year it’s nothing new. Good luck momma

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I’m having the same problem with my 17 month old. He refuses to drink milk out of a cup. I’ve got him down to 2 bottles a day 1 in the morning when he wakes up and 1 at night before bed then I brush his teeth and give him water in a cup. Its frustrating. He will drink juice and water out of a cup but not milk.

I went through the same thing :sweat_smile: Start taking the bottle away during the day and only use a sippy cup. We had to play around with different sippy cups for a bit. Use the bottle at night for a bit then wean off. Fill that baby’s belly up before you brush his teeth. It’s a pain in the ass but that’s what worked for us, haha

We did cold turkey to a sippy cup.

I just threw away all bottles and was done with them all before a year with all kiddos

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Just take it away. I took my daughter’s away and hid them all, gave her a sippy cup, Sha hated it and refused to drink for hours at a time but when she finally got thirsty enough she drank from it. It took about 2-3months to find the right kind of sippy cup she’d drink the best from though

Mine had bottles til 3 sippy cup during the day

My son loved those 360 cups

Try a soft spout sippy cup to transition. They usually say 6+ months

Give him a sipie cup.

I put water in it, then switched to sippy cup she fought for a couple of days then she stopped everything at bedtime

Milk bottles bad for teeth at that age. Thin it w water litlle by little till just water

Water in sippy for naps and bedtime. First few days/nights may be rough but I kept saying I’m doing to help protect her teeth and I didn’t feel so bad about it

I had both of my kids throw them away with me. They watched me put them in the trash. First few nights were tough but it got better and got them off the bottles.

Why does he still have bottles? Put him to bed with a sippy cup of water and let him cry. He’ll get over it

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My boy was 2! Lots of trial and error but when he chewed through his last nipple I made him throw it away and we picked out a Big boy sippy cup! It’s just like a band aid lol. Rip it off and they’ll forget about it!

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If you throw away the bottles then you physically can’t give in. Transition to sippy cups. Though I wouldnt think it was totally necessary until he was 2 or more.

Take away at full moon…
May sound crazy…
Took bottles and pacifier away from my three…
No problem…

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I would hold off on bottles before dinner… make sure he eats a lot and gets good and full… then give him sippy with water or milk. It will take some adjusting and you’ll just have to let him manage. Maybe go in and comfort him every 15-20min. Until he falls asleep… but don’t give in and give bottle back

Switch to a soft spout sippy cup, I liked nuby brand for my first born. Or a straw sippy. Slowly give less and less at night or switch to just water in the sippy, water is much better on the teeth than milk. At 16 months he should be eating a dinner that is big enough to last him until morning, so its probably just for comfort.

My cousin filled her babies bottle nipples with mustard…
Lol… didn’t take long to change their mind

My almost 3 year old still has a bottle of warm milk before bed :woman_shrugging:t3:

Milk at night is bad for his teeth so he needs water instead and put it in a sippy cup. My little guy didn’t want to give up his bottles at a year old so I just threw them away leaving him no choice but his cup. He fused for a day cause he saw they were gone and problem solved.

We put them in the mail box for the little babies.

If he’s already using a sippy cup/straw burn the nipples of the bottle and have him throw them away.
For my son, he didn’t want to stop using the bottle, but we burned the nipple and tried giving it to him (knowing damn well he wouldn’t drink from it) he said “ew, no, no” and gave it back to me. Then went to look for the other nipples/bottles-when he found all the nipples were gross we told him that’s it. And had him “throw them away” put them in a plastic bag, tossed the nipple and gave the bottles to a family in need :slightly_smiling_face: got himself a nice collection of sippy cups and reusable straws out of it. We felt terrible, but after a few days he was over it.

Trial and error. Your going to have to find a cup that works for your him and just let him cry it to out. It can take a while especially if they are really attached but peds and dentists recommend that they not have milk or sugary drinks at nap and bedtime. Can damage their teeth and palate and cause lasting developmental issues. I never gave my kids bottles to soothe at night and nap time. I fed them when they was hungry and when they were old enough to not eat at all hours of the night I adjusted the feeding schedule. Once I found cups that they preferred that made it easier. I would suggest the soft top sippys vs hard tops at first. Alot of kids tend to shy away from hard tops at first. Hope it helps.

My daughter is on the spectrum, and we decided she’d get rid of it when she was ready- she’d stop drinking completely if she didn’t have her baba. Or if you put anything but milk in the milk baba (she had certain babas for certain drinks) she got rid of hers on her own when she was 2 1/2. She picked out the sippy cups she wanted and that was that.

I had to buy the nubi cups with a soft top(nipple) since its more familiar to them instead of the hard top… Then when they start biting the soft top i got them the hard tops. Lol

My son was a late bottle baby too. He was almost 2 and it ended up messing up his pallet and his speech and he only had his at nap and bedtime too. I also got the cups that Amanda Marie mentioned and it helped a lot transitioning my son.

Well here at a yr old i just thro ugh all bottles away out of house and they went straight to sippy but some kids are different

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May sound crazy but ask the old ppl what day to do it by farmers almanac…i swear by it now!

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Leak proof sippy cup in place of bottle

Try jus a regular cup

You do it by not giving in